Pongsri Thai Finishes Renovations; No Price Hike

DSC00244Pongsri Thai (on 48th btw. B’way+8th) has completed the renovations to their front room, which shut down half the restaurant for the past couple months. And the big surprise is the fact that they didn’t raise their prices!  The lunch specials are still a very cheap for the neighborhood $6 to $8. If you have time to venture over to Ninth Ave. the thai restaurants are far superior over there (and for the same price you usually get an appetizer and/or salad with your lunch special.) But if you don’t have the time, Pongsri is a decent in bounds option (one that has been recommended often by commenters, bloggers, and Profiled Midtown Lunch’ers.)

The two noodle dishes I had on my most recent trip, are after the jump…   



Pad Thai (top) and Pad See Ew (bottom).  Both were fine, with a slight edge going to the Pad See Ew which was slightly above average.  You could do a lot better… but you could also do much much worse. Next up on the Thai Train… either Topaz (on 56th btw. 6+7th) or the new’ish Chai Thai (on 8th Ave. & 55th.)

Pongsri, 244 West 48th St. (btw. 7+8th), 212-582-3392


  • That Pad See Ew looks delicious. How spicy do they make it? I might go get that today.

  • @dougiec Pad See Ew doesn’t normally come spicy at all. But you can ask for additional pepper condiments, and they’ll give you about 4 different kinds (for various dishes). The vinegar one with the green peppers goes well with pad see ew.

  • Last time I had food from Pongsri, I got really really sick.

  • For Midtown- i’m quite OK with Topaz. I’ll have to try Pongsri and see how their veggie duck matches up

  • I used to frequent Pong Sri a few years ago and it used to be fantastic, I would even say exceptional. Then I went off to work in other places for a few years before finally landing back in Midtown. I went back to Pong Sri and found it to be totally different – that’s not to say bad overall, but absolutely nothing like what it used to be. Now it’s just average (although still cheap). I was crushed. I could be wrong, but I thought I saw evidence of new ownership.

  • I for one am a huge fan of Pongsri, and feel obligated to come to their defense. Their curries are totally awesome – and haven’t changed a bit in the 7 consecutive years I’ve been going there. At a price that clocks in lower than most McDonald’s value meals (and certainly lower than most hifalutin “fancy” deli sandwiches), I’m shocked to see any complaints here. Sure it’s no Wondee Siam, but there is a definite, distinct, and permanent place in my heart (and lunch rotation) for Pongsri.

  • Places and pictures like that(great pic) one dosn’t really worry about the food.Tis all about the Craic.

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