Last night I had dinner at Pam Real Thai, my favorite Thai restaurant in NYC. I’ve been dining at and taking out from Pam Real for years, and I believe it’s one of the best and most authentic Thai restaurants in NYC. Ninth avenue between 42nd and 57th (Hells Kitchen) is lined with an abundant amount of Thai spots, and Pam Real stands out from the others. The flavors of all the dishes are great and it is a great bang for your buck!
I’ve had almost everything on the menu, and last night (accompanied with my friend Allison Du Val, the owner of the event space the Foundry in Long Island city) I ordered for us the steamed chicken dumplings ($4.95), fried tofu (3.95) , seafood green curry ($9.95), and a special noodle dish ($8.95).
The steamed chicken dumplings are stuffed with ground chicken and shitake mushrooms, and served with a dumpling sauce. They are also topped with some crispy garlic, which give them a nice little crunch, and the sauce is the perfect balance between sweetness, tanginess, and spiciness. It’s a great appetizer and they are the best Thai dumplings I’ve ever had!
The fried tofu, served with crushed peanuts and a sweet chili sauce, is really good too. The batter on the tofu is not too heavy, and it's the perfect appetizer for all you vegetarians out there!
The seafood green curry comes with shrimp, squid, mussels, bamboo shoots, chili, basil, and lime leaves. It is truly a soothing dish with the perfect balance of sweetness and spiciness. They don’t skimp on the seafood either; there are plenty of those “goodies” from the sea floating around!
The special noodle dish I ordered was one dish I had never tried before. It was rice noodles sautéed with scallions, bean sprouts, egg, a special spicy sauce, and I added shrimp to the dish too. And I have to tell you, it was quite phenomenal! The dish blew my mind. It was basically a take on pad thai, but with a little more heat. I really loved the dish and will be ordering it on a consistent basis!
So for one of NYC’s best Thai restaurants, Pam Real Thai is the place to be. I should mention that the décor is pretty much non-existent, but they do have a sister restaurant, Pam Real Encore, two blocks away on 47th and 9th with a sleeker look. But when you are eating food this flavorful, for these prices, you most likely aren’t going to be paying much attention to your surroundings.