Pandan Asian Cuisine: Filipino / Asian Fusion; Bloomfield; 406 Broad St @ Baldwin; 24/17/$30; 973-748-9997; www.pandanasiancuisine.com/ Focus on Filipino cuisine; Huge portions in an intimate, cozy setting; Try the various Dumplings; Soups are a meal in themselves; Pork and Chicken dishes stand. Leftovers for sure. BYO; Delicious Thai selections as well. And, the prices are oh so right. Go crazy and share 3 dishes if you are two people to fully explore the menu. Very inexpensive meal for dinner.
Spice Thai Cuisine: Thai; Bloomfield; 26 Belleville Ave; 24/19/$27; www.spicethainj.com; Absolutely authentic cooking; BYO; Can get crowded; Excellent service; Incredibly good reviews on Yelp; People love the authentic flavors and the spicy offerings; Closed Monday; Soft Shell Crab; Yellow Chicken Curry; Pad See Eiw; Thai Basil Duck; The menu has nearly 100 choices on it and the service is top notch. Try this restaurant!
Clifton Thai: Thai; Clifton; 239 Parker Av; 25/15/$36; 973-253-1400; www.cliftonthainj.com/; Incredible reviews from all sources; Tasty, fresh food; Try the Basil Chicken, Drunken Noodles or Green Curry; Grilled Chicken Dumplings; Duck entrees for under $20; Incredibly affordable; I’d order 3 main courses for 2 people as it’s so cheap and have leftovers; You will come back; BYO and lunch specials; Closed Monday.
Pimaan Thai Restaurant: Thai; Emerson; 79 Kinderkamack Rd; 24/17/$35; 201-967-0440; Consistent quality and service; Noodles and curries stand out; Excellent lunch specials; Soft Shell crab available; BYO; Will accommodate any plate; Pleasant experience though more of a spot for locals. Serviceable restaurant with well-presented dishes. Shrimp Pad Thai is tops; 201 Mag Best Thai winner 3x. Best Thai restaurant in Bergen county easily. Only issue is speed food comes out when busy. www.pimaanthai.com/
Bangkok Garden: Thai; Hackensack; 261 Main St; 24/15/$32; 201-487-2620; www.bangkokgarden-nj.com; Nothing fancy but the food is what you come here for; Endlessly long menu of everything Thai- from the curries to the Pad Thai and variations thereof; Top notch soups; Food for sharing. Specialize in seafood entrees; Now a full bar; Did I mention menu is miles long? Charming service for genre. Food is a step above for Thai. Oldest Thai place in county. Drinks are strong and cheap!
Sri Thai: Thai; Hoboken; 234 Bloomfield St @ 2nd-3rd St; 20/12/$23; 201-798-4822; www.srithaihoboken.net/; Small place, with almost no décor; However, one of the better Thai joints around with a huge menu begging you to try multiple selections, for a tour of Thai cuisine; Perfect for lunch or a quick bite out. BYO. Friendly decent service. Might be better for lunch – certainly not a great date spot. Kaw Pad with Crab; Pad Thai; Yum.
Pho Thai-Lao Kitchen: Thai/ Lao; Maywood; 219 Maywood Av; 23/15/$35; www.phothailao.com/; Unusual combo of Thai and Lao cuisine; Exciting dishes not normally found in the area; Setting is nothing special – super casual; Must try the spare ribs; Pad See Ew – get it spicy; Any of the house soups; Red or Green curry; Food comes out as spicy as you like: you ask for 1-5, 5 being super spicy; Closed Monday; BYO; Noodle soups similar to Viet cuisine;
Kai Yang: Thai; Montclair; 345 Bloomfield Av; 27/15/$37; 973-509-2110; Closed Tuesdays; BYO; Outstanding food; Complex, intense flavors; Consistently good every time; Nearly perfect reviews; Menu features Thai comfort food; Try the Chicken Dumplings, Shrimp Tom Yum, Massaman Curry or Duck Red Curry. Prepare for the best Thai food in the area. https://www.kaiyangnj.com/
Nori: Asian; Montclair; 561 Bloomfield Av; 23/19/$37; 973-655-8805; http://www.nori-sushi.com/; Won Best Sushi in Essex County; Super fresh sushi and rolls; Very substantial menu; Creative menu options; Sushi Pizza; Sashimi Tartar; Soft Shell Crab; You can order a sushi boat for 2 or 3 people; BYO; Special rolls have funny names (like Donkey Kong roll, if that matters). Small, casual place.
Sla Thai: Thai; Montclair; 38 Upper Montclair Plz; 27/19/$40; 973-509-0111; http://www.slathai.com/; As good as it gets for Thai; Casual but charming setting; Closed Mondays; BYO; Try the Pad Thai – it’s incredible; Not the usual huge menu – they focus on what they are great at. Specials written on chalk board; Great mid-week dinner option and ideal change of pace option.
Chok-Dee: Thai; Norwood; 561 Livingston St; 25/14/$25; 201-750-8880; Wildly good reviews for this small Thai place with expertly prepared dishes; Closed Monday, BYO; The curries are amazing; Can order online and pick up; Main courses are under $11 and appetizers $5 or so; Try the crispy duck or duck noodle soup; Menu endlessly long. Weekday dinner or lunch – perfect. http://www.chokdeethaikitchen.com/
Gao Thai Kitchen: Thai; Ramsey; 63 W Main St; 25/19/$36; 201-962-2691; www.gaothaikitchen.com; Open daily; BYO; Terrific, lengthy menu; Elegant setting – tranquil; Expertly prepared Thai cuisine; Try the jumbo lump crab fried rice, Shrimp Pad Thai or Duck rad prig – ½ a boneless crispy duck; Yellow curry seafood also great; So much to choose from. Great lunch specials. Pleasant service; Spot on quality. Incredibly good.
Ammata Thai Kitchen: Thai; River Vale; 184 Rivervale Rd; 26/13/$34; 201-664-2299; BYO; Unreal quality in this local spot known for quality; Closed Monday; Small storefront space but cute inside; $10 lunch specials. Everything is affordable. Order 3-4 dishes if there are two of you and share and enjoy leftovers! No better place for a Tuesday/Wednesday night dinner. http://ammata.com/
DD Thai Cuisine: Thai; Rochelle Park; 184 W Passaic St; 23/14/$31; 201-880-8227; http://www.ddthaicuisine.com; Try the Drunken Noodles with chicken or shrimp or the Duck Tamarind at the authentic BYO Thai find in Rochelle Park; Various fried rice dishes or sides are incredible; SO inexpensive; Whole Red Snapper, various curries, Pad Thai. Downside is décor which is basic and not very memorable.
Five Star Thai: Thai; Union City; 324 29th St @ Palisade; 25/16/$32; 201-583-1800; Authentic, wildly flavorful dishes; Try the Thai dumplings, Spicy Shrimp Soup & Drunken Noodles; Pineapple fried rice; BYO; Large portions; Tons of options on the menu; Specials galore; Worth a try for sure. Off the charts ratings for the genre. Closed Tuesdays. Roasted Duck for only $17. Endless curry options. http://fivestarsthai.com/
Hi-So Thai: Thai; Weehawken; 1903 Willow Av; 23/16/$27; 201-902-0991; www.hi-sothai.com/publish/; Very popular local Thai restaurant with endlessly large menu and fairly priced cuisine; Pad Thai and the various noodle dishes stand out; Right near the Lincoln Tunnel and it is BYO. Nothing overly unique about the place except for its consistency. Reliable Thai fair to be had before a night out in Hoboken. Cash only. Open daily 11:30am – 10pm.
Wyckoff Thai: Thai; Wyckoff; 314 Franklin Av; 26/17/$35; 201-485-8855; http://www.wyckoffthai.com/index.html; Incredibly well reviewed; Try the Thai Dumplings, Tom Yum Shrimp Soup, Pad Thai, or curries. Red, yellow and green curry are all delish; Spicy Duck Curry is incredible; Mix & Match lunch specials for $9-$12; BYO; Closed Monday; Always busy for good reason.