The amount of Thai restaurants in New York City is overwhelming. Moreover, what’s become ubiquitous is pad thai served with ambient music, lighting, and chandeliers with lots of panache (think fake Louis Ghost Chairs by Philip Stark).
Up on the Upper West Side, is Sura whose style is very much of this standard. The cuisine isn’t redefining, yet the dishes are prepared with finesse and are extremely affordable.
More importantly, you simply cannot turn down an $8 lunch prix fixe, which includes an appetizer, a main dish and a dessert. Highlights are the grilled salmon, a perfectly prepared filet of salmon with mixed vegetables, rice, and what’s described as a Three Flavor Sauce, which definitely has tamarind in its line up. Also, don’t miss the Apple and Mango Salad, it has scallions, onions, cilantro, and tomatoes, dressed in a fish sauce vinaigrette that’s quite delicious. What Sura’s fortes are not, are curries that are disappointingly a little too watery.
Sura Thai Kitchen
2656 Broadway (between 101 st St. & 102nd St.)
New York, NY 10025