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.
What Insiders Are Saying
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.
Very much like being in Thailand, with a variety of flavors for the different dishes instead of everything tasting the same.
We arrived early in the afternoon and still had to wait for service. There wasn't anyone at the door to confirm my reservation. Fortunately my friend had arrived before me and secured a table and I assume told someone we had a reservation since I got my OpenTable points. The waitress came over & we did need some time to decide but when we did she was no where to be found. It wasn't busy so I don't know where she had gone. I ordered a coke and when she brought it she put it by my friend. I felt really ignored and disrespected by her. The deep fried chicken was okay and my friend liked his meal since he ate every morsel but based on reviews I read I was expecting more, especially when i saw other tables appear to get more attention as more people arrived. I was treating my friend and asked what was the minimum tip because I didn't think the service rose to getting extra. It was all right, not expensive. My friend thought it was an interesting menu not the typical Thai food but I wasn't impressed enough to go again.
Food is the highlight. Flavor is intense and powerful.
Fantastic Northern Thai food. Pretty typical service that one would expect in Thailand. Food comes quickly, as its made which is great. Be prepared to order your entire meal when the server first comes to your table.
Best restaurant ever! Always perfect.
Our first time coming for lunch - what a treat! Lunch specials were a fun surprise. The food here is always consistently delicious - can’t wait to come back!
Wonderful dishes, great cocktails and fantastic service in a charming atmosphere.
Unexpectedly excellent food and service. On the spicy side, which we like and a great taste blend.
Love the happy hour special!!
The server asked for the tips because we didn’t give them the suggestion tips so someone ask for it. I think that’s inappropriate to ask to the customer. Because We gave the tips that for a good food and a good taste of the food but it was not for the service. Btw we had the right to give or don’t give it anyway. I’ve been there once before but nobody never do that to me.
Food was amazing, drinks were disappointing. Our waitress was very friendly and helpful
The food is healthy and delicious!
Loved every bite and the teas were also a big hit.
Very nice food and great atmosphere !
Not a typical Thai restaurant... Great food with a good selection of salad. Love the Nam Soh accompanied a Boiler Maker...
Food was phenomenal. I really don’t like Thai that much. But everything was very tasty. Now I know why reviews said their food is authentic. Definitely recommending and coming back again.
Good, although a bit confused about the combo recommendation on the menu initially.
Yes, this is the second time I've been here. Initially heard about the resto from a friend's IG post. Came and have been coming and taking different set of friends to try the resto. Maybe just add more dessert options but otherwise food was so delicious and tasty. My friends enjoyed lunch and we got the best seat too. Thank you!
Menu is very authentic for a specific type of Thai cuisine. I'm not that adventurous so my review is also based on my preference for less out there food e.g. Uncle Boons is more my cup of tea.
Some of the best food I’ve had in New York.
My first time at SomTum Der. Food is excellent at a great price. Great staff. Definitely go back.
The service is not so good, the salad was served as the last dish which is weird.
The food is too salty and spicy also the portion of the dish is small compares to it's price.
Just great! Best Thai food in NYC, very fresh and super tasty. Definitely worth trying!
If anyone wants to try authentic Thai food other than Pad Thai, this is the place!
Be careful though, if you think you can handle spicy, know the difference between American level of spiciness and Thai's. A level two spicy papaya salad with pork neck sent me to Phuket, recalling that evening when I was drenched in sweat eating a spicy salad. The pork neck is tender and chewy, with every molecule filled with sweet tang and mouth numbing spice that would kill any flu virus.
Their menu is full of the dishes you would get at a night market. Fried chicken, grilled rice ball, and spicy beef, soon would fill your belly with no room for dessert. I've learned my lesson and will save room for dessert next time.
Not very Vegetarian friendly - only 2 options on the whole menu.
Also the booths are ripped and should really be fixed. It takes away from how good the food is when customers are distracted by this stuff.
Very good food. I’m not a fan of spicy but my family is and the food was wonderful.
Seriously spicy, beautifully fresh, perfectly cooked, properly delicious. Love. This. Place.
Un peu cher mais très bon diner. Bruyant mais nous avons eu la chance d'avoir une table au fond de la salle. Restaurant bondé
Delicious Thai food never disappoints.
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.
great food and staff as usual! love the ambiance as well
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
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!
Went back for the third time, always enjoy the food and experience at Somtum Der
Food is always great but hate that the wait staff rushes you.
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!!
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!
Truly authentic Thai food. Consistently great balance of flavours with a genuine chilli hit!
very good food, could have more options, they don't offer chicken
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.
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.