Special Report

The Best Thai Restaurants in America

Source: Courtesy of Tuk Tuk Thai via Yelp

Tuk Tuk Thai
> Location: Los Angeles, California

With two L.A. locations, Tuk Tuk Thai offers all the classics as well as vegan dishes, hot pot, and smoky grilled steak, pork, and chicken. Treat yourself to a plate of kanah moo grob (crispy and tender pork belly with Chinese broccoli and oyster sauce) with a fried egg on top, and try the pandan taro pudding with coconut milk.

Source: Courtesy of Adrienne H. via Yelp

Tycoon Thai
> Location: San Francisco, California

A hip spot featuring Thai art and music, Tycoon offers Isan cuisine, classic dishes, and fun fusion items with the friendliest service around. The fried chicken wings with spicy lime sauce and roasted rice powder are a must, as is the kao pad kee mao (basil fried rice).

Source: Courtesy of Fei S. via Yelp

Ugly Baby
> Location: Brooklyn, New York

Advertised as “aggressive Thai with spices,” Ugly Baby packs a punch with intensely flavorful curries and noodles. Popular specials include the khoong muk kai kem (fried shrimp and quid in salted egg yolk) and the tom som pla kra pong (red snapper in ginger and tamarind broth).

Source: Courtesy of Joanne K. via Yelp

Zaab Zaab
> Location: Queens, New York

This cheery little restaurant in Elmhurst has garnered itself a Bib Gourmand listing in the Michelin guide for good reason. Zaab Zaab’s vibrant dishes are a feast for the senses. Whole fried grouper are piled with fresh mint, catfish are stuffed with aromatic pandan leaves, and duck breast larb is served with crispy duck skin and fried lime leaves.

Source: Courtesy of Emily S. via Yelp

Zabb Putawn
> Location: New York City, New York

From Michelin-starred chef Tony Rittaprom comes authentic Isan cuisine and the most sought-after ribs on the Upper East Side – gaeng hunglay, a rib stew with ginger, pickled garlic, tamarind, and hunglay curry. Take advantage of the affordable lunch specials and don’t be afraid to try the tom zabb teen gai (spicy chicken feet soup).

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