Somtum Der

4.7
192 reviews
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$30 and under
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Thai
*Awarded 1 Michelin Star 2016*
Somtum Der, Bangkok's most celebrated Isan (Northeastern Thai) restaurant has opened a branch in New York. It serves fiery papaya salads, bracing herbal broths and perfectly grilled beef with a level of authenticity hitherto unseen outside of Thailand.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Thai
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm -
4:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday: 4:00pm -11:30pm
Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 260-8570
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kornthanut Thongnum
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bet E.4th - 6th Street
Additional
Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.6

Authenticity is the name of the game at Somtum Der, an East Village restaurant with one other location – Bangkok. Follow our Food Rundown to navigate the huge menu and avoid the mediocre dishes.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 192 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.3
service
4.2
ambience
4.5
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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l
Minneapolis
92 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Delicious Thai food never disappoints.

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FS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Not sure what ethnicity this place was shooting for but it wasn’t the Thai we were hoping for. First- no tofu dishes? Tofu is what makes thai so yummy- and after practically begging they threw some tofu on my crab pad thai but everything had to be medium hot - no mild options. Every time I asked for something the answer was No, with this passive aggressive smirk. Will I ever return? No.

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G
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

great food and staff as usual! love the ambiance as well

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UE
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Fun and delicious Northern Thai food. We had a gluten free person and someone who doesn’t like anything too spicy in our party of 4. Everyone was well accomodated and had a fabulous experience

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m
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As always, food was great. We went there a little early on Sunday lunch and we had a nice and quiet ambience which was very good to us. Everything was perfect!

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MG
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went back for the third time, always enjoy the food and experience at Somtum Der

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food is always great but hate that the wait staff rushes you.

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AL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about this restaurant. Their regular spicy was more spicy than I was expecting! Definitely get the coconut milk pork skewers -- my favorite dish for sure!!

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a
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Somtum Der has some of the most authentic and best Thai food in the city. Spicy, be warned, but worth the sweaty forehead and runny nose!

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AM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly authentic Thai food. Consistently great balance of flavours with a genuine chilli hit!

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VL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very good food, could have more options, they don't offer chicken

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SH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Thai food in the city hands down. It's spicy but it is SO SO GOOD. The papaya salad is the best I've had and despite a kick the very spicy chicken wing soup is the perfect dish for a rainy day. Condesned milk with tapioca was a warm fuzzy finish to an amazing meal. 7 star experience.

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love this place. The food is always delicious and exciting. Great vibes - lots of energy but not too loud or crowded. I’d come back for any occasion.

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m
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food as always. The service was excellent. I enjoyed all the dishes we ordered and will definitely go back.

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JB
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great, authentic Isam food. Very popular with the Thai set. Very loud, at times I couldn't hear my friends.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Stellar, authentic Thai food. Not just generic Americanized Thai food like pad thai- this is the real deal! Good portion size and reasonably priced. Cuisine has unusual flavors and comes very spicy standard so would avoid for people who can't handle the heat or are not adventurous eaters. Will be back!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellente cuisine, variée, parfumée, originale. On a envie de tout goûter. Notre coup de cœur sur NYC.
Le seul inconvénient : le bruit ! Ce n’est pas vraiment une ambiance détente.
Les jeunes serveurs sont attentionnés.
Les prix sont très corrects.

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KW
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

I was very disappointed with the food quality and taste. The pad Thai was try and had no taste. The spring rolls were greasy and the spicy Papaya salad was terrible. Would never go back

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HP
Atlanta
24 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great Thai restaurant in East Village. Not your everyday Thai curry restaurant. Spicy and delicious. Great neighborhood spot.

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OT
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Went for dinner.
Highlights: Papaya salad (mild), raw shrimp with chilies, pork cartilage soup, pork satay, mackerel vermicelli.
Food comes out very quickly so be ready to have your table filled out quickly!

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AL
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great tea! I recommend the lemon. Food was good and service was friendly.

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n
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, reasonable prices. Love this place!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Good for nice, casual dinner. Food was okay.

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MM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Don’t expect your usual watered down Thai dishes here! The offering is vast & authentic. Lots of variations on the papaya salad. If that’s not your thing there are grilled meats, noodles, and many more dishes to try. Loved the grilled coconut rice (it’s served on a stick like an ice cream bar!). Make sure you can handle the spices when choosing the spicy level for your food. Go with a group so you can try many dishes!

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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. We were seated immediately and never felt rushed.

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AB
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

the restaurant was good but not great. really this may be partially my fault. i washed Thai curry and did not properly look over the menu. THEY DO NOT HAVE ANY CURRY. also limited menu if you do not eat pork or shellfish. if you like spicy this is the place for you. also the dried beef was very good.

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EL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ordered 6 dishes and every single one of them was amazing. Highly recommended

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is very authentic. The BBQ pork, fried chicken and the raw salad are wonderful. I can eat them everyday. The spicy park cartilage soup and the seafood rice noodle is good too. I would come back again.

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ME
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ordered the papaya salad, spring rolls, seafood rice, seafood flat noodles, beef over rice, and grilled pork on skewers. Everything was very fresh and tasty. Just beware of the spicy dishes.

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T
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner! We ordered 3 times to keep trying more! Yum!

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 1

A bit limited menu but nice food overall. I’m giving ambience 1 star because of the smell the toilet/drainage cleaners made for ages during our meal (plumbing van was parked right outside the restaurant). It was horrendous. I know it might be an emergency but at least a member of staff should come explain to us and apologise so the smell doesn’t struck by surprise. It wasn’t even that busy. Oh but

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was bit spicy but it was really good

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E
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was splendid, especially the chicken soup. The shrimp sashimi was ok. And I really liked the veggie fried rice.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as usual

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O
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food you can’t find just anywhere. Seriously spicy, so tread lightly. Amazing quality for the price.

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IP
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

This place has some of the best Thai food that I've found in Manhattan.

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I
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Thai food in the city. Make sure to get the marinated beef.

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A
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The restaurant Is cute. The wait staff is efficient. The food is merely okay.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was absolutely delicious. A great menu with a kick! We had the option and chose spicy. There was lots of spice but also tons of flavor to back it up. I can’t wait to go back.

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j
London
54 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

really disappointing food. flavours bland, dishes poorly constructed and presented. perhaps got them on a bad day, but honestly at a loss how they have a star. uncle boons infinitely better.

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