Jaiya - UES
Jaiya - UES

Jaiya - UES

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.jaiya.com/
  • Phone: 2127178877
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Executive Chef: Wanee Pokpoonpipat
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live DJ every Friday- Saturday Night from 7pm - 12:00 am

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 80th Street & 81st Street
  • Public Transit: Subway line 6 to 77th street Subway line 4,5,6,6x to 86th street Bus line M15 to either stop (81 & 82 street / 2nd Ave) or ( 78 & 79 street / 2nd Ave)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Second Avenue Street Parking - 1 hour metered parking, free after 7pm, Sunday free all day
A word from Jaiya - UES
Jaiya New York's menu is inspired by the cuisine of Wanne Pokpoonpipat, who arrived in New York City in the 1970's with dreams of introducing Thai cuisine to west. With her creation of the first Jaiya in Elmhurst, Queens, she single handedly changed the Asian Culinary landscape of New York. The dedication and passion she put into Jaiya and its menu, truly expresses the love she has for the art of Thai cuisine. The heavenly herbs and spices transports you directly into the heart of Thailand. Her dedication has not gone unnoticed garnering recognition from the New York Times as well as from Michelin. She oversees the menu at Jaiya Thai-Oriental in Gramercy to this day.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerThai
Jaiya - UES reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (28)fit for foodies (25)good for groups (12)romantic (12)special occasion (8)hot spot (7)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (3)notable wine list (2)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (2)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Dinning Thay food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The place is full, reservation is obligatory. The menu is difficult to look at because is a dark place. The food was great: red snap fish with marschroon and the shrimp delicious ! The vulcanic icecream was regular!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant! Delicious treats!
    gorosie
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Surprisingly, tasty, fresh food. Appetizers definitely enjoyable- Wait staff, really attentive; food suggestions on the mark!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Thai Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I was craving authentic Thai food after my trip to Thailand, and Jaiya is amazing! Everything is great and the atmosphere is really nice too. We came here with a big group, and had a great time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great thai food
    pachiorelle
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    really delicious and authentic tasting thai food and staff was very accommodating of our group. will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great spot
    Courtney
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great dinner. Good service. Disappointed they didnt have the bottle of wine i wanted.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • steady and reliable
    midtownVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    maybe not the most exciting, and maybe not the scene, but the food is well prepared and satisfying. note their use of spices is not what most amarican palates are used to - so don't order spicy if you don't like heat
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Second Avenue surprise!
    visitorVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Jaiya stands apart from the typical Second Avenue restaurants. It is quite nice looking, with a very diverse and interesting menu. And very very tasty food. We look forward to coming back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for a date
    FunPlaces2go
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great place for a date. Dark mood lighting and great ambiance. Food is delicious- curry dishes come in a small wok with a fire underneath with a ladle which makes it an interactive experience and something to talk about. Service was fine. Make sure to make a reservation on thrs/fri/sat nights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food! VERY AUTHENTIC
    JamieLee1385
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I've been coming here for over 20 years with my family. Food is amazing and authentic Thai dishes
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super good
    RTUES
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Made a last minute reservation here. Super good food, super good vibes, great experience, will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great food
    excellent
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    This is place awesome, great vibe, great service, a little crowded after 8 but still worthwhile. Food is amazing, try the steamed mussels and desserts are to die for. Panda flan and mango with sticky rice are phenomenal! Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was an experience!
    Locakitty
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    I have tried Thai food before, but this was outstanding! The flavors burst in your mouth!! Our Waiter Tom was awesome. He discussed the different food choices withus and told us what they would taste like before they came...OUTSTANDING!! **Only downside... the sticky rice came in this little tiny basket ...it was cute... but it sooooo little! MORE STICKY RICE PLEASE!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty Thai
    UnnamedDinerNo8
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I really enjoyed my meal at Jaiya. The food was delicious, the portion size was good and the menu was clear. I expecially appreciated the attentive service. We sat close to the door near the bar. It was a little distracting as those at the bar were a bit loud; on the other hand it was nice to see outside. The entryway was very narrow for both servers and new patrons coming to the restaturant. I would go back, next time I would like to sit in the back of the restaurant were it looked like there was a large dining area. The decor and atmosphere had an exotic aisian vibe which was a good match with the Thai food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Came here with a party of 7 and the restaurant accommodated us no problem. Ambience and food both fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not your average Thai
    lookingforspecialmealsVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Everything we tried was fresh and uniquely prepared, nothing greasy or heavy. We had the steamed vegetable dumplings, kale and scallop appetizer (the kale was cooked but had a nice crunch), and catch of the day red snapper wok fried with Thai spices. Our waiter was friendly and helpful with the menu. He switched out my husband's beer when he didn't like the one he had suggested, and suggested the flan which was made with a Thai fruit, so lighter than typical flan - perfect. Very quiet at 5:30.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, spotty service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Hostess chastised me for being 7 minutes late for my reservation, yet they were far from full. Tom Yum soup was amazing!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great thai dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Tried Jaiya and wasnt dissappointed. Had the coconut shrip and the vegtable dumplings...both were excellent. Also had the Pad tai and the Red curry dishes both werre very good. Overall, service was very attentive and the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 56 reviews are from the Jaiya - UES reviews archive.
  • Great experience and food
    GM3131
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    This is a great little restaurant that often goes overlooked when walking by. It's unassuming in appearance, but once you're inside it has a moderate-to-vibrant feel with good service and great food. A lot of options for everybody, and they give you a solid choice of spicy vs. not-so-much. Their food tends to run on the hotter side, so if you like less bite, go with the lowest option, which I think is mild. If you go hot, you may want to get a pitcher of water. Overall a great experience and well worth a night out with a small group or if you're attending with another person.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Thai Menu Around
    KayP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    I loved this place because it has such a big range of options, and especially interesting vegetable-based ones -- something that I don't find rings true of other Thai places in the area. The crispy eggplant is a must-try as it was phenomenal. I went with three other women and we ordered three appetizers and three entrees to split among the four of us, which was just perfect. Though I went with wine, the drink menu looked interesting too. The service was consistent and the setting was very attractive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun thai food
    JevittVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Jaiya UES is fun local place for Thai. Just wish the prices were a few dollars cheaper.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    only on weekdays, they don't offer lunch special on weekends like other places in the neighbourhood
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    goodfood
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    The food was great. Just the right portions and bursting with flavor. Clean and delicious thai food! And on a side note they have a very nice bathroom,it was big and clean.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good drinks and food
    PathakpVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I went twice in one week. First time w/ my girlfriend was a Thursday night. Quiet and enjoyable. Food was okay but different for a Thai resto so wanted to bring my hubby back w/ some friends. Noisy on a Friday night! They have a DJ- not conducive to conversation !!! My friends liked the food but kept complaining how dark it was! Definitely an upscale Thai resto with a bar menu and food menu to match but with a vibe if u know! I would go back only on a weekday.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Thai in the UES
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    What a gem! Amazing food - get the grilled Dungeness crab starter and the coconut Tom kha soup with vegetables. Complex flavors, beautiful soup presentation. Drunken noodles are heaven although were hot as h*ll. The whole fish (red snapper) with ginger was beautifully presented, very fresh and had lovely subtle flavors. Charlie, the manager/head waiter, is charming and welcoming. Cool scene, gorgeous food. Our new favorite place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food
    NehaVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We are vegetarian's and they serve amazing food without eggs and fish sauce. I would recommend this restaurant to all vegetarian
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Party of six
    PepperJay
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Jaiya brings a little bit of downtown uptown. Sultry décor, mouthwatering food, potent cocktails, attentive but unobtrusive service, and all at the right price point. Ideal spot for a date or to wow out-of-town guests. This was the first time I visited with a party of more than four. I'm a big fan of the booths (which seat a maximum of four) but our oversize group was seated at the large table under the buddha waterfall, which worked well too. Everything was top notch, as usual. Our one tiny gripe was that after we'd settled the bill, no one returned to fill our water (despite the fact that we were clearly still chatting). The restaurant was half full so we were neither preventing them from closing nor hogging the table. Overall: <3 Jaiya
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Thai food; clean,well
    chaseman
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Excellent Thai food; clean,well prepared and pleasant service. Food comes quickly . Noise level after 800pm is very loud due to vibrant bar scence and DJ in the front ( perhaops this is only on Friday and Saturday nights)--so eiteh rgo earlier or aske to be seated in the back
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely Thai Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    I picked this spot on a whim and it was a great find. Lovely decor, great service, and great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food, great atmosphere
    hodge
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    This place was fantastic! The food was unreal, we started off with their signature salads. My girlfriend had the Pad Thai with Prawns which was phenomenal and I had some type of Curry with stew meats...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place is hot!
    GotMyThaiOn
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    The service was fantastic. The food was delicious. Atmosphere is dark, quiet, and romantic. Price was about what I expected to pay. Be careful of the spice. My wife and I love spicy food and asked for the spice level of medium. That proved to be a little too spicy for us, although it was still excellent. The beads of sweat rolled down my forehead as I endured the heat. The Chai Tea Creme Brulee (sp) was a great end to a very good experience and it also put out the fire. Cannot wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food &beautifully decorated
    YackieohVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Great food and a find on the Upper East Side. Beautifully decorated, classy but hip. Fantastic dishes, best pad Thai I have had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jaiya is my favorite Thai
    JosephVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Jaiya is my favorite Thai restaurant in manhattan. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find in the upper east side
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    You can't go wrong with thai. Here's a note, the level of spicy at Jaiya UES is extremely spicy, so I recommend getting a mild.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yum food but pack your parience
    jack
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Jaiya serves up some tasty thai food. Atmosphere is very stylish. World dance music is great touch. Cocktails are delicious. Waiter Sal was very helpful & informative. Here's the challenge. The kitchen is beyond slow. Thus if you are willing to wait for the elevator to bring your dish, then the food is worth the wait. Delays are so common that they dont offer a free drink during the wait for food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too expensive for what it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Too expensive for what it was. If it had been half the price, I would have been happy to pay for it. But it wasn't worth the money at all.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better than Thailand
    diner44VIP
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    After returning from Thailand two weeks before trying this restaurant i still recalled my great Thai food experiences there. Jaiya has food from all regions, a lengthy and descriptive menu, and terrific food in beautiful though small surroundings. It was a terrific meal and i will be back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spiced well
    midtownVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Take note, most Thai restaurants tone their spicing down to suit American palates - not here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thai with class
    NYCtravVIP
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Excellent quality Thai with extensive choices. Staff is accommodating and friendly. Wine prices are a bit high with very few bottles below $50.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good favors dry meats
    AnthonyVIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    Let me start with flavor. All the dishes very flavorful and we'll seasoned we liked the favors The site is very attractive
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Best Thai food in Manhattan
    anonVIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    We've been to their other locations many times but this one's the best! We needed to adjust the spice level since I found "hot" unbearable, but mild-medium was VERY spicy & delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic