Uncle Boons

 

7 Spring St.

Thai $$$

Reserve two weeks in advance

Walk-ins with texting

Not only is this my favorite restaurant in Nolita, but it is one of my three all-time favorite restaurants in the city (plus, it has a Michelin Star). The restaurant is underground (and extends farther than you may think), dimly lit, and filled with different kinds of Thai posters art on exposed brick.  The menu might seem daunting when you notice items such as “Gaeng Som” and “Kao Pat Puu” but the waiters help to steer you in the right direction while explaining each dish.  My personal favorite is the Massaman Neuh, a short rib curry which is arguably one of the best dishes I’ve ever had.  Tack on a couple small plates (the spicy rotisserie chicken & banana blossom salad is another favorite) and make sure there are at least two orders of roti on the table.  They take very few reservations, so expect a wait if you walk in (go early to avoid the 2-3 hour wait during primetime).