Two powerful Thai restaurants await you in the East Village. Zabb Elee and Bodhi Tree are both great, but you must be a fan of powerful, flavorful, and downright spicy food. After meals at both these spots, my eyebrows were sweating, and my mouth was numb. I actually don't like being overpowered by spice, but maybe I'm just wimpy. For an authentic experience you can't go wrong with either of these joints. Just make sure you can handle the heat!
Zabb Elee's Som Tom Muazuar ($9), papaya, shrimp, bbq pork, rice noodle, and long bean is a flavorful medley of power. It's an experience to eat, and very spicy. Pair that with some spicy sauteed morning glory ($7), and you're in for one hot night!
Bodhi Tree's shrimp pumpkin dumplings ($5), steamed shrimp dumplings topped with coconut pumpkin sauce are unique and fabulous. A must order. Bring on the heat with their Bangkok Minced Pork Basil ($11), minced pork, string beans, with original basil chili sauce. Add a fried egg and live on the wild side. Either way, your brow will sweat.