Thai Select
Thai Select

Thai Select

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thaiselectnyc.com/
  • Phone: (212) 695-9920
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Vegetarian / Vegan, Thai
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call us at 212 695 9920 or email us at thaiselect@gmail.com!
  • Private Party Facilities: Private garden room seats 30+ guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Manager 2126959920

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 36th - 37th Streets
  • Public Transit: 34th St-8th Ave (A, C, E) 8th Ave-42nd St (A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, S, 7, N, Q, R, W)
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Thai Select
Thai Select seeks to thrill the New York epicure with Thai that's global, fresh and fun. Located in the midtown-west area of Manhattan, Thai Select offers healthy, modern Thai cuisine with worldly flare. Although the signature taste remains authentic Thai in flavor, the presentation might be a bit French in aesthetics, a bit Italian in portion and a bit Japanese in simplicity. With dishes like Kee Mao Fettuccini (made with whole wheat pasta) and Fruit Fried Rice (stir-fried with seasonal fruits), Thai Crabcake (encrusted to perfection) and Coconut Puff Martini (jumbo shrimp hand-battered in coconut strips), the kitchen selects only the very best dishes in Thai cuisine and only the freshest of ingredients picked from the farmer's market for our patrons; hence the name, Thai Select.
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Thai Select reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (19)great for lunch (16)good for groups (14)fit for foodies (13)hot spot (9)special occasion (9)late-night find (7)romantic (6)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (2)notable wine list (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Good pick
    Troll
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Picked this place for Saturday lunch. Was pretty empty. Service reasonable and prompt. Tom Kar Soup, Pad Thai with chicken, and Love me Tenders. All hit the spot. Pleasing for casual lunch.
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    great for lunch, kid-friendly
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  • Love it
    NYChinnie
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We stumbled upon this place while walking around. I've been looking for a great Thai food in the area and this one fits the bill. They have plenty of vegetarian selections and the ambiance is great.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    pamlovedit
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Thai Select was a random find for me when looking for a restaurant near NY Penn Station that wasn't filled with tourists. My friend and I enjoyed a tasty dinner and a nice glass of Prosecco that was half off! The Pad Thai was perfectly seasoned and the service was attentive. Highly recommend for a good, inexpensive meal, without the usual NYC hipster fussyness!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • so so
    csdstyleVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Despite our reservation, my party of 3 waited for about 20,25 minutes for a table. We ended up sitting at the bar. 2 out of 3 of our orders came out wrong. I was given something completely different than what I ordered. But the food was good. The bartender was apologetic for the error and offered a free drink. I would still go back but was disappointed in my first try.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very good authentic Thai food
    AnExpatWifeVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    we have been back 3 times in 2 weeks. The curries and their noodle dishes are all excellent.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice ambience. But small portions.
    BlueKleenexx
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Nice ambience, fancy inside. But the portions are unsatisfactory and the food lacks flavor a little. I've had better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This was my first time here, and I must say the food was very enjoyable! We were a party of 6, and all of us ordered something different, and truly enjoyed what we ate. The appetizers are quite affordable, and extremely tasty!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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  • Fantastic find
    NYChinnie
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great service and food. One of the best Thai restaurant in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good Thai food
    Pampam
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    It's close enough (37th and 9th) to MSG so that you can walk there before an event. The food was served fairly quickly and we were glad of that because we had to get back to a concert. The prices are reasonable. I had a deal that included 3 appetizers and a glass of wine for $15.95. How can you beat that? I will certainly go back again on my way to the theatre!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Food is delicious
    Occasionaldiner
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I met up with a few friends at this place. The ambiance was modern and relaxed, which was perfect for our gathering. The service was just okay (it was friendly and they did come by to see if everything was alright, but there was an issue). One friend ordered a fish dish, but was brought a duck dish. Another friend wanted to be sure no tomatoes were in his dish, but his dish had tomatoes in it. We all laughed it off, but in retrospect, it was annoying. Still the food was delicious and fortunately no one had any allergy issues. I'd still recommend this place, but keep in mind that quality control may be an issue, and I hope they fix this, because other diners may not be as tolerant of this issue.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • perfect Thai flavours..
    AnExpatWifeVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We found Thai Select on Trip Advisor and on the strength of the reviews there we decided to give it a try. We went on a Wednesday evening and it was fairly busy, which is a good sign !!. They had a happy hour which was half priced wine, beer and cocktails until 8pm which was a bonus... and most of the staff were from Thailand, which was an even bigger bonus. We had a beef red curry and a chicken green curry and both were just as good as any we have eaten in Thailand, so good in fact we went back the following evening to try their noodle dishes which were also excellent. The staff were pleasant, cheery and everything arrived quickly, hot and really - what more do you need in a restaurant !!?? http://www.anexpatwife.com/the-restaurant-blog
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brienda
    Brienda
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We stopped in for a late night meal after a full day of touring NY. The waiter was good but we were not crazy about the food. The roasted pork appetizer was tough & full of gristle. There was not much chicken in our chicken dish.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Thai in NYC
    Felicia631
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Thai Select has fabulous Thai food. The grilled eggplant appetizer was outstanding. The food is fresh, the price is right, and I'll be back again next time I need a restaurant near MSG. Truly delicious Thai food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    food was delicious. service was awful. they just couldn't get the order right. and it wasn't even too busy. they kept bringing the wrong food to the wrong tables.
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    great for lunch
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  • Thumbs up
    TheC
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food was excellent and current. It was fresh and presented well. The Pad Thai was exceptional. Also, try the pineapple fried rice (I'm not a fried rice fan, but this was good).
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for Lunch
    Speedygraffiti
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Had a business meeting there for lunch. Food was pretty good, I ate the pad thai lunch special, but wasn't anything out of the ordinary. Worth it for the price and location.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 116 reviews are from the Thai Select reviews archive.
  • Great food and service
    S4AVY
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Varied menu with all the traditional expected Thai menu items. Lovely food and great staff, helpful and attentive. Happy Hour means 2 for 1 cocktails which is always a plus!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Nice NYC experience
    3fromMaryland
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We headed to NYC for a two day break from our reality and looked forward to a n NYC experience. The experience was exactly that. They accommodated a small suitcase and sat us away from a couple who were clearly on a date. There was a group next to us that were a little loud but not rude. Tables were set very close to each other but that was to be expected, after all we were in NYC. I would visit this restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • good prices, good food
    NanaVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    It was my first time here and I didn't know that to expect. It was the standard Thai restaurant layout, similar to others I have been to in the city. The food was good, and the drinks as well. However, we ordered a thai iced tea and they forgot it, until we had to ask for it again about 10 minutes later. It's a bit off the beaten path from the subway lines but if you're ever in the area you can't go wrong for the price.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is excellent
    LovThai
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    I went there with my family and another family. We have two kids and the service is great and the table we had was great which was under skylight
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not friendly
    Koiy
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    DThey are not very friendly and the food was not so good. The chicken saté was raw. They asked to bring another, so that was good.
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  • The food and service at Thai
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The food and service at Thai Select were excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Same old, same old
    RobbobVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    I had read glowing reviews about this place but I just found it to be standard Thai fair that could be gotten on any block in Manhattan. Not good, not bad.
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  • Great Food
    Peacock
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    I used to dislike Thai food until I ate at Thai Select. The service was great and fast. I had the Pad Kee Mao and it was great. Can't wait to go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Great place!
    JJCdVIP
    Dined on 1/13/2014
    Food is well-priced - lots of great choices! The beverages are nicely done! The staff is friendly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Food was good and the restaurant
    girl
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    Food was good and the restaurant overall met most of my expectations for your standard Thai restaurant. When we first arrived, the hostess/waitress seemed to be unaware that a reservation had been made (doesn't seem like they check their open-table notifications?) so she had to put the table together after we got there. The waitresses never checked up on us so I always had to flag someone down. But again, it's not like I made a reservation at Le Bernardin so it's definitely not something that would keep me from going back. Overall, it did the job for the night- just thought it was odd the restaurant wasn't aware that a party of 7 was coming in for 8pm
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    great for lunch
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  • LivingSocial Coupon
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Got this as a LivingSocial coupon (though it might have been GroupOn), and frankly, while the food was good, it's not something I would go out of my way for. There are a bunch of other Thai locations just as good, but closer to my house. If I lived in that neighborhood, it might be a decent location, but definitely nothing to go out of your way for.
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  • Just short of being very good
    PabloNYVIP
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    The menu is plentiful so there is something for everyone. The food was a little better than average. Although the wings were quite good, a pork signature dish came out cold. Service was pleasant but less than attentive. It took too long to deliver cocktails and since the waitress did not have a knowledge of alcohol, a simple drink"on the rocks" was incorrect. The prices are right and, therefore, TS deserves one more visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    The food is great but I always ask for the spice tray :)
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love Thai Select
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    I frequent Thai Select often. It's great for meetings, lunches and dinners. Food is great and service is lovely as well. Definitely a favorite of mine.
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good and affordable restaurant
    Smb30VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    Good and affordable restaurant in midtown near penn station is hard to find. really enjoyed the ambiance and food. good for after work dinner/drinks
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good and non-pretentious
    canario13
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    This restaurant was a good value. Food was very good and moderately priced. The extended happy-hour didn't hurt either! Will eat here again, definitively.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy Thai
    JDubs106VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    SO many Thai restaurants to choose from in this area but this is spacious, clean and yummy food. Good lunch choices as well!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was an excellent Thai
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    This was an excellent Thai restaurant. First time we had been there and the food was excellent as was the service. Noise level was a little excessive at times, but overall I would go here again the next time I'm in NY.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Great food and service - yet again!
    SunnyVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    Thai Select can do no wrong. Everything was perfect from start to finish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Great food, so-so service
    FAHT
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    Arrived at the end of Happy Hour and the service seemed to focus on getting drinks out. It was more of a noisy bar scene than restaurant. We ordered Pad Thai with Jumbo Shrimp, Pad Thai with Roast Duck as the entrees, and Spring Rolls and Tom Kar soup as appetizers. When the appetizers arrived 30+ minutes later, I found the Tom Kar soup to be delicious with big chunks of vegetables and chicken. My colleague thought the spring rolls were good but not notable. The entrees were fabulous with the Roast Duck winning as must have next time. Even with the service issue, we plan to eat here again.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Select? Yes, you'll be satisfied.
    QuadMCVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2013
    In a dry location for good restaurants this place is fine. Stylish decor past it's prime. Good energy in the room popular with young asians. Food is Thai fusion. Well prepared, imginative and very tasty. The Three Flavour Lime Tilapia was delicious and very spicy - as I had hoped. Our waiter was not so imaginative, and a bit slow on the up-take but friendly enough. Everyone walked away happy.
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    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Hidden Gem!
    TTLittlepaws
    Dined on 7/16/2013
    A small group of us who hadn't seen each other for a long time needed a restaurant where we could catch up on each other's lives. I booked a table at Thai Select based on its location and menu, which is extensive. The space is beautiful--much larger than I expected--and the food and service were top rate. Our server was attentive but did not rush us, and the half price cocktails were also excellent. I will definitely be back!
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    We ate there before theatre. Interior is gloomy,noisy,not cosy. But the food was outstanding,well prepared,interesting. The drinks were no t good at all,I had to send mine back. But I will come back for the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and price
    RC101
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    Found Thai Select on Yelp and I have to agree with most of the reviewers. The food is great and the service was wonderful. Not too loud at all and the price is better than most. Dinner for 2 with soups and main courses cost $32 + tip. Tough to beat in NYC and even outside the city. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.