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, dishes are tangy, rich and creative. Standouts include the kob woonsen (garlic and soy marinated frogs legs), koong (grilled head-on prawns) and kaduuk (roasted bone marrow satay).

Cocktails are as exquisite as the food. A limited number of tables are released two weeks in advance for reservations, but the restaurant encourages walk-ins: arrive either before 6pm or after 10pm and prepare for a bit of a scrum as you wait to be called. It's extremely popular, but absolutely worth it. Tip: it's usually less of a wait if you're happy to eat at the bar.