Isan Thai Food Nestled in NYC’s East Village
From the Northeastern part of Thailand, Isan Thai food is distinctly different from its sweeter central-cuisine cousin (think Pad Thai). For one, it’s SPICY and fiercly so. Isan Thai also serves up copious amounts of sticky rice, Som Tam (papaya salad), and Nam Tok (grilled meat salad). I’ve enjoyed all the trendy Southasian restaurants in New York City recently but Som Tum Der has been the standout in terms of food. Big flavors, filling portions, and phenomenal grilled meats are some of the things I consistently find in my visits.
Disclaimer: Som Tum Der received its first Michelin Star in 2016. As you can imagine, people are clamoring to try this place out now that it’s earned a coveted French star. Surprisingly, only one other Thai restaurant in the world has been awarded a Michelin Star (if you’re ever in Copenhagen, go visit Kiin Kiin Thai because I’ve heard raving reviews). So try to get a reservation if you’re going during peak hours–I never had trouble getting a table last summer but these days, the restaurant is always looking packed! Anyways, be sure to check out the delicious dishes below when you visit, and definitely get ready to drink
too many glasses of water as you inhale authentic spicy Thai food.
It’s finally summer in New York City again! If you have any new restaurant finds, as usual, please send them my way. I’ve actually been really obsessed with spicy and sour foods recently (explains why I love Somtum Der), I find that those flavors always go amazingly well with an ice cold beer in the summer.
Address // 85 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009
Hours // 12pm-11pm
Tel // (212) 260-8570