When friends want to go out for Thai I usually go, “Meh.” Not because it isn’t a delicious cuisine, it’s just that ever since it became a food trend and every neighborhood got a thai place, most were just that, meh.
When I read in Paper that the recipes were based off chef Nam’s grandmother’s Bangkok cooking, I had to try it.
There were so many promising looking menu items and I wanted to try everything, but I went with the obvious: Pad Thai, a dish I ate countless times at Planet Thailand in the late 90s when Thai was a new idea. A dish that when it’s good it’s so good and when it’s not it’s so disappointing.
This Pad Thai tasted like a Thai version of my Nonna’s red sauce, really homemade. It was definitely a lot more noodles than shrimp or peanuts, but it was the perfect heat, spicy enough to be delicious but not so much that I needed to inhale the dish to try to escape the heat. The shrimp were very tasty and not overcooked. Lots of fresh greens and crunchy bean sprouts made this traditional Pad Thai, not surprising, but very comforting.
We also ordered amazing Chicken Dumplings Over Bok Choy in a Peanut Sauce that was phenomenal.
Jon got the Beef Stew Noodle Soup, an aromatic broth that hinted of star anise with perfectly falling apart stew meat, bok choy and noodles.
I cannot wait to go back and try the Drunk Man Noodle and the Fancy Fish Ball Soup.
No Name Bar
597 Manhattan Ave