Sala Thai

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4.6
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OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Everything we ordered was over seasoned.

J
Miami
35 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Thai restaurant on the Upper West Side. One of the (if not THE) best Thai restaurants I’ve ever been to.
Will be back, for sure.

LV
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Thai food I have ever had!

AB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sala Thai is a beautiful spot to share a meal with friends. Food, service, and ambiance are great. Will be back soon!

WD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food and table service were outstanding, but an annoying policy of refusing to seat me until my guest arrived was off-putting. The tiny bar area could hardly accommodate all the people similarly barred from entering the restaurant which was virtually empty.

OT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Loved the decor and service. Food was very good but noise level was too high to be totally enjoyable.

TF
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent customer service and food recommendations from everyone we encountered. We will definitely be back to try other dishes.

AS
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food; came in close to closing but wating staff was still friendly and welcoming. Foodservice was fast and the price was decent.

W
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the spicy duck salad; Larb pen I think?? Delicious! Good appetizers full bar great service.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious but ridiculously loud.

Z
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great lunch special -- love the food and staff is very kind.

J
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, nice choices, very nicely appointed, too noisy at times.

b
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very special Thai restaurant! We had dumplings and duck curry. What could be better!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was highly recommended by a friend so we went to celebrate our anniversary. We were very happy with the food, decor and service. Minor complaint was the service felt a bit rushed....

KB
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

The food is very good and the service exquisite; the place is beautifully decorated. BUT the noise level (earlyish, 6:30 on a weeknight) was pretty deafening. That's the only downside. Pad Thai excellent, ditto cabbage soup.

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Deliciously spicy and varied Thai food! No complaints except that I'm not allowed to eat as much as I wanted to.

DG
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!!! Food, service, ambiance, cocktails... all top notch!!! Will definitely be back. :-)

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were both amazing!!

y
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautifully decorated with attention to detail - this is not a typical Thai restaurant in the area. Menu is interesting with classic dishes on one side and more unique/adventurous dishes on the other. Food was very flavorful and delicious. Size of each dish was average. Only issue that we experienced was extremely slow service. But very friendly service.

SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything that we ordered was delicious. Appetizer to dessert. Great vibe and good food.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was good. Special ambient, it feels and smell like Thailand. Highly recommendable.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere- lovely servers- delicious Thai!

C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This is a little gem of a place, wish it didn't get so noisy, but the food is excellent.

A
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has to be our best OpenTable find of 2019! We would totally travel from Queens to UWS for this. Authentic decor and atmosphere; fabulous food and great service, Portions are generous to come hungry! We highly recommend the Thai chicken wings, shrimp pad Thai, and the mango sticky rice. As authentic as you'd get on Thailand.

L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in a very cute place!
Menu is very extensive so there are options for everyone!

IK
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Sala Thai - food and service are lovely, but can be kind of loud

KK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely excellent. I can’t believe it took me so long to discover this neighborhood gem. I would go there weekly if I could. Amazing food, great service, pretty decor. Top notch.

UW
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 4

Great creative food. Rushed and rude service. Beautiful decor.

s
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambiance, service and of course the menu selection and quality of the food.

V
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I lived in Thailand years ago. Have tried many Thai restaurants. Easy to disappoint me with dumbed down versions of Thai dishes... Sala Thai is not Thailand but it is very good. I felt that close attention had been devoted to every dish. We had green papaya salad...as good as it gets in restaurants. laap gai, which is ground chicken marinated in a spicy lime/fish sauce sauce...excellent... Also had a duck version of laap but the duck was not ground up..served with black sticky rice .. very good... Had Mussaman curry... not as good as in Thailand but better than in other Thai restaurants... We had Pandan chicken. in banana leaves with the black sticky rice.. quite tasty... Had sautéed bok chok because you gotta have some green... we had the classic mango in coconut milk with dark sticky rice... love that dish. and some kind of ice cream with coconut custard... delicious... Would not seat us until the other couple showed up... bar was too small to fit me and my wife together...kind of a downer hanging around outside but only a minor blip in the experience

MO
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good. The calamari could have been a little hotter (temperature) and a little less heat (spice) in the mango salad, but overall it was delicious. Would eat there again.

MA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time at Sala Thai and it was great. There menu is broken down into classic dishes and special dishes. The first time we went we ordered more classic style and the second time we did all specials. Everything was amazing.
The decor has an authentic Thai feel with a NYC twist. If you are looking for good Thai food, good service, in a fun atmosphere I would give this place a try.

e
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and great food.

s
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Birthday dinner with family

BC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, attentive service, and a lovely space.

DM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was the best Thai food we have ever had. Food amazing, service great, highly recommend.

DA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was good, unfortunately since it was 90 plus degrees out, it was very warm in the restaurant as their AC did not appear to be working.

TB
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Please lower the noise level of the music as it would contribute to a calmer ambiance overall. Otherwise, the food was average to good.

CS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious - a complete departure back to the food that I had in Thailand. I recommend this, but it is not for the uninitiated on authentic Thai flavors. Come with an open mind and an empty stomach and you will be rewarded!

MA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

From other reviews I know that Sala Thai has the same owner as Thai Villa, downtown. At Sala Thai, the food is excellent, refreshing, well prepared and well above the quality of a 'good' thai restaurant. Everyone in the restaurant is welcoming. We started with the purple dumplings with peanuts and crab, so delicious. I had the soft shell crab salad, which was super, but it has had more noodles than salad so I'm not quite sure it is a salad other than it was served cold. My husband had a shrimp and vegetable dish, again very fresh, a very good portion, and a great sauce. The decor is beautiful, but not quite as beautiful as Thai Villa, which is fine, it is elegant yet comfortable. I gave it a 4 on noise as by 6PM a loudmouth young woman a few tables away (You know the type, always too loud from spending much time in bars) was making it hard to converse without yelling over her, but as the general background noise grew we could hear her less. The service is super but the young waiter brought me a red wine, likely a pinor noir, when I asked for a pinot gigio, and seemed a bit taken aback when I nicely stated that what I ordered is a white wine and what he brought was red. He fixed the situation and did apologize later. So a great place, I will be back for sure, it is so easy to get Thai food but so difficult to get great Thai food in a very pleasant environment.

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