Uncle Boons

Top choice thai in SoHo & Chinatown

Michelin-star Thai is served up in a fun, tongue-in-cheek combo of retro wood-paneled dining room with Thai film posters and old family snaps. Spanning the old and the new, zesty, tangy dishes include fantastically crunchy mieng kum (betel-leaf wrap with ginger, lime, toasted coconut, dried shrimp, peanuts and chili; $13), kao pat puu (crab fried rice; $26) and chicken and banana blossom salad ($15).

Book ahead or arrive either before 6pm or after 10pm. Cocktails are as exquisite as the food.