Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Pongsri Thai, Revisiting an Old Midtown Fav

When I first started working in midtown, a few years back, I went to Pongrsi Thai, all the time. With their solid Thai food and reasonable lunch specials it was one of my standbys. Somehow along the way, Pongsri fell out of favor with me and my lunch crew. At this point, I'm not even sure why. But all of that changes last week when I returned to Pongrsi for my first lunch there in a very long time.

It all started when one of my work friends and I were trying to decide where to go for lunch. We wanted to get out of the office instead of eat something at our desks or on a bench somewhere. She suggested Minar, another of my old standbys that I haven't visited in awhile, but I had just had curry and wasn't in the mood. I wanted to try Free Foods, but we both agreed despite the name the price was not right for lunch. Pongsri? Ding Ding Ding. We had a winner.

When we arrived at Pongsri at around 12:30, the place was fairly crowded, but we still got a table right away. I ordered the Chicken Pad See Ew ($5.95) and my friend got the Pad Ki Mao ($6.95). The dishes were steaming hot and out of the kitchen before we knew it.

My Pad See Ew (which apparently literally translates to "fried with soy sauce"--awesome) was studded with fresh and crispy Chinese broccoli. The chicken was moist and flavorful. The noodles were sauteed to perfection. I was planning on taking some leftovers home, but...there were no leftovers. Too good. My friend also enjoyed her Pad Ki Mao. We'll both be back and soon. I promise not to forget you again, Pongsri!

Pongsri Thai
244 West 48th St
New York, NY 10036
Tel: (212) 582-3392

2 comments: said...

I'd like to hear more about the Pad Ki Mao because when I ordered it from Pongsri, I found it to be bland and slimy. The pork was dry, the spicy level was low despite my request for extra spicy, and overall the dish was mediocre. I did order this by delivery, however, so maybe that's why it took a hit, but still it was enough of a bad experience for me to not go back and to stick with my Pad Ky Mao (drunken noodles) from Topaz Thai.

On another note, and I'm sure you saw it last week on Midtown Lunch (we were in the same article), here's a link to my Topaz vs Pam Real Thai Encore entry.

Brownie said...

Interesting. My friend seemed to like her Pad Ki Mao well enough. There weren't any complaints at the meal and she finished most of it. That's too bad that the dish totally turned you off Pongsri. I saw your Drunken Noodle battle on ML and I definitely have Topaz and Pam Real Thai on my midtown Thai food hit list.