the Nuaa
the Nuaa

the Nuaa

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.thenuaa.com/
  • Phone: 2128882899
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;

    Dinner: Sunday: 3:01pm - 10:45pm,

    Monday - Thursday: 4:30pm - 10:45pm,

    Friday : 4:30pm - 11:45pm

    Saturday : 3.01pm - 11.45pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Executive Chef: Chef Pitipong Bowornneeranart (Patrick)
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Catering options are available. Please contact the restaurant directly.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 61st - 62nd Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Bus : M15 ; 1st Ave / 62st
    : Q60 and Q32 ; East 60st / 2Ave

    Subway : N,Q,R,4,5,6 : Lexington Ave/ 59st
    : F : Lexington Ave/ 63st
A word from the Nuaa
The Nuaa means tasty and delicious. We are proudly presenting the precious art of modern authentic Thai cuisine. Come in to enjoy and further your understanding of Thai food. We are meticulous with our ingredients, taste, presentation and service. These efforts lead to something unlike what you may expect from other New York City Thai restaurants. We at the Nuaa are happy to accommodate all of your needs. You will have a wonderful dining experience.
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the Nuaa reviews from OpenTable diners
10 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (6)fit for foodies (5)romantic (4)good for groups (3)special occasion (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Why is it so empty?
    WeezieVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    With really good food, a well designed, pretty interior and good service, I don't understand why The Nuaa is so empty. It's really the only thing I don't like about the place. I was there with my husband and son and aside from one young woman eating alone and a table of 4 we were the only ones there! Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Everything about this place was beautiful and stunning. I really enjoyed myself. The food is to die for.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best in NYC!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Nuaa was outstanding! The food was amazing and the service was great. The restaurant provided a wonderfully romantic evening of great food and fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food, great drinks
    SammyVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We went with some friends for dinner, we had been there for lunch and liked it. The food quality was outstanding, portions not huge, but filling. Lots of vegetarian options. Also, most food was spicy but there were less spicy choices as well. I would go back. We were there on a relatively quiet night, the only annoying thing was a family there with their loud baby who cried the entire evening,,, other than that the ambience was very nice.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Thai-inspired modern food
    JasonSmith
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The Nuaa is not "authentic" Thai food: it is much, much better. The owner and staff are Thai, and they obviously know Thai cuisine extremely well. Every item on the menu is identifiably Thai, but you would never find these dishes in Bangkok (where I live). The Nuaa Nuaa is very New York, and very modern. Remember to save room for the flour-less beer cake.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • sissibee
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Eventhough the decor is very nice, the service good, the place calm and airy, the food is not very good, just ok for a quick lunch with the 15$ menu (starter + entree). Globally the food lacks refinement for Thai cuisine, it is heavy, too sweet, too salty, with too much sauce and too spicy. There are only two entrees on the menu that are not spicy. Nothing seems fresh, light and healthy. There is no children menu. We will not go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.8
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 27 reviews are from the the Nuaa reviews archive.
  • overpriced and boring food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The decor was beautiful, but that was about it. The food was overpriced and boring. We had the crab dumplings which tasted like cheap and canned crab. We had the cauliflower appetizer which was bland and the crab curry tasted identical to a sauce I purchase at the supermarket. My husband had the ribs, I think 2 came on his plate. Overall, I would not recommend this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worth it for the bathroom alone
    AnomyVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The restaurant was very quiet at lunch, and the service was great. (Not always the case; sometimes it seems like the fewer customers the less attention they get.) When I mentioned a signature dish (the purple blossom dumplings that I'd read about but weren't on the lunch menu, they happily provided them. The food was very good, and not just your typical Thai. The green papaya salad was also excellent, and not something I usually like. Finally, the restaurant is lovely, and if you go there, be sure to check out the sink in the restroom. Divine!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Nuvobano
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Looking for a Thai restaurant on the upper east side found this gem. Food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was my second time. They
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    This was my second time. They changed the menu , which was a disappointment.. Still, great food ....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What happened to your menu?
    foodie4nyc
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    The menu was condensed to two pages and everything we chose had "ran out" for the night. When we got our dessert menu, 2 out of the only 3 desserts were also out for the night. It was a poor experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • website menu is out of date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    I checked their website prior to booking the reservation but when we arrived it was completely different from the actual menu. The waiter informed me that they changed it at the beginning of the year (it was January 11th). The menu that remains was extremely expensive. The food was actually very good, but the portions were small. The crab appetizer was great, but you only get 4 sushi maki size portions on a giant plate.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Look Elsewhere!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Not worth the time and money for Thai food lovers. The food bears only a slight resemblance to true Thai cuisine. It appears to have been significantly modified to better align with the taste buds of UES New Yorkers. Some food items meant to be served hot were stone cold my the time they reached our table. Not all items on the menu were available on the evening I visited. The service was friendly but extremely inefficient. The environment and decor are attractive and inviting.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good change of pace
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Food was delicious although spicy. I switched to white wine to cut the spiciness. Loved the food. Waiters very attentive. Fun place. Will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Thai restaurant
    SJR1VIP
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    I really liked the ambiance inside. Never been to Thailand but I felt like I was there while eating. Everything from the Duck Bun and Crispy Calamari to the Papaya salad, Grilled Tiger Prawns and Pork Curry were delicious. I like spicy food and they happily increased the spice level at my request. Service was attentive and never intrusive. Look forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must place to eat while on town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Fabulous food and service!! A very relaxing dinning experience with great food options. You have got to try the nanny back Asian ribs! The service was impeccable!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had Thai food a million
    headcleanr
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    We had Thai food a million a million times and this was definitely one of the top three. Great cocktails, great food, great ambiance great service. We enjoyed it from the very first minute.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food, reasonable price
    hatetorate
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    Crispy calamari was memorable and dumplings also absolutely delicious. Also had pork tenderloin in green curry - hard to choose, but all we had was delicious. Definitely try the pink grapefruit basil martini. Refreshing and not too sweet. Gracious service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Way above other Thai restaurants.
    mgbfoodieVIP
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    Way above other Thai restaurants. Wonderful menu, great service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food great ambiance
    Sophiemot
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    We had a good time for 13 people. Good food, good service. Only down note, paying the bill was almost impossible!! Everybody wanted separate bills, that was too much For them, took 30 min to pay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will definitely return
    eastsidedinerVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    We had walked by this restaurant several times but were always headed elsewhere. We finally decided to try it on Friday and so glad we did! The appetizers are preceded by a little shot of a chicken based soup and orange juice to clean the palate. Appetizers that followed were great: chicken dumplings and ceviche. And the Chilean Sea bass was superb. Service was there every time you needed them but did not feel like they were hovering. This is definitely now on our list of regulars.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything was lovely- food
    AAAAVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    Everything was lovely- food and service. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    NanaBanana
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    The food and service are great. Enjoy! We've been back several times with different friends each time. It's always a hit!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Pleasently surprised
    Nicole
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    My friends and I are from out of town and are used to very good Thai food. We were extremely pleased with both the authentic food and the ambience. Would definitely recommend this place to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you are looking for delicate,
    fitfoodie
    Dined on 9/10/2013
    If you are looking for delicate, interesting, delicious, excellent Thai food, you've found the right place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food is very good.Staff freindy,res
    foodie2cravebarVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    food is very good.Staff freindy,responsive.One drawback..Being a Thai restaurant,not having,Thai desserts in the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visit to NUAA
    Francesca211VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2013
    A bit pricey, but the food is delicious, so worth a visit...service was very good and the ambience is appealing...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not so hidden gem.
    BebeVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2013
    What a versatile setting. Came on a date, and am already planning a larger group event here. Beautifully decorated. The food was divine. Authentic, delicious. Papaya salad was so fresh and scrumptious. I am still dreaming of the curries. Really great experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome venue
    DanaVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    The decor in here is unbelievable. The food is delicious and the staff is super attentive. Cute date night spot and perfect for cocktails with girl friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Where in the food is very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Where in the food is very good, the service was extremely poor, and the waiter was very rude. The service was very slow.
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  • Service was good, however
    DazzlingGem
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    Service was good, however I would not make a return trip for the food. Fine if you are in the neighborhood and hungry but not a destination spot. Presentation of food was very good. -Dumplings with crispy garlic were good but they add peanuts which overpowered all the other flavors. The dumplings were formed to look like little succulent plants which was very cute - and the garlic was good. I would order this dish again but without peanuts. -Crispy spring rolls were fair - filling was good, but the outside roll dough was too think and sort of gummy on the inside rather than thin and crisp. -For entrees we ordered the short ribs which were a nice portion. -Pad Kee Mao - used a root spice that tasted too earthy.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Have eaten here on a numer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/29/2013
    Have eaten here on a numer of occasions, the food is always very good, well prepared and delicious. The staff are excellent. I have no hesitation in recommending this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went there few times already,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Went there few times already, and we are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet