Ignore Pure Thai Shophouse at Your Own Peril

Photo courtesy of SENY/Ben Fishner

It looks like Serious Eats New York has discovered something that our man Chris H has been saying for months and months… Pure Thai Shophouse (on 9th Ave. btw. 51+52nd) is one of the best (if not THE best) Thai restaurant on 9th Avenue.  They especially liked the green papaya salad with salted blue crab.


  • I’ve been here a couple of times. Their soups are just not that great. The flavors are just too overpowering. I feel like I’m just drinking sauce.

    Their other stuff is good though, but yeah, I don’t get the hype about this place since their soups are their big selling point.

  • Well I’m glad to hear they have apparently improved since my only visit when they first opened, decidedly mediocre then & gave me no reason to return. I will tho since others feel it is pretty good & I will give it another go.

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    coming from a thai person, this place is FAR from authentic. the yen ta fo is absolutely horrendous. out of the 6 dishes we sampled, there was not one thing we would order again. I truly dont understand why so many people rave about this place.

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    I like this place, but the portions are kinda small. I never had the soups here though. I just get the noodle dishes.

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    I went for dinner last night and was not impressed at all. The pad see ew was very chinese-style with mushy noodles, the beef noodle soup was definitely nothing special, and while the brisket was tender it lacked flavor. The soup was very meh. The crab fried rice wasn’t very crabby but I liked the balance.

    I’m not a huge fan of spicy food, but the flavors in general at this place just didn’t seem to wow me at all. The food was just….kinda there.

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