The Stanton Social
99 Stanton Street, NY 10002 - 212 995 0099 - OK, so the Stanton Social is the look of things to come in Lower East Side. Sure, I imagine some of the old locals and the hipsters hate the place but there's no denying that LES is changing. Around the corner the Rivington Hotel now opened - it's tall glass structure juxtaposed against the tenement buildings.
If you're looking for a more upmarket bar in LES this is it. Go upstairs, and yes it's full of Upper East and West Side tourists and yes it don't have an 'edge' but at the same time it's buzzing, busy and a little more fun than Pianos ever was.
And as for the restaurant? Supposedly American/French/Japanese/Sushi/Thai. Take me there!
Kittichai At The Thompson Hotel
60 Thompson St, New York 10012, 212-219-2000 - For a little bit of class, try the Kittichai at the Thompson Hotel. Named after the chef Ian Chalermkittichai, you get what you pay for and what you get is amazingly succulent food, great service, a decent cocktail bar and possible entry to the roof deck I think they call A60.
The food is Thai with an extenive range of tapas, fish, poultry and curry dishes.
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Thom Bar upstairs
Cafe Noir down the street
196 Elizabeth St (btwn Prince & Spring St) - 212-925-3310 - Small, chilled Thai restaurant on the east side of Nolita. A young arty hipster crowd squeeze in booths and tables together for some well priced food and great sake mojitos.
171 Spring Street, Soho, 212-966-3939 - A busy and chilled Thai-fusion restaurant on the edge of Soho staffed by vibrant waitresses and filled with a lively crowd.
Like most places in NYC we had to wait 30 minutes to be seated, but it was worth every minute. The food was glorious, from the satay to the thai curry.
The Mojo drink is recommended too! I will return very often to this place.
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North 7th - Great Thai food in smart designed bar. Well worth the starting point before venturing around this great neighborhood.