Brookside Thai: Thai; Bloomfield; 380 Broad St @ Pitt; 21/19/$27; 973-566-0057; What a long, mouthwatering menu; BYO; All of your favorite Thai selections; Try the Pad Thai and Panang Curry; Delightful spices; Very large portions. $7.95 lunch specials M-F; Dirt cheap even for dinner as most entrees are under $10. I’d get 3 main courses for 2 and split them like a buffet! Service is questionable. http://www.brooksidethai.net/
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.
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!
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;
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.
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.
*Ridge Thai: Thai; Ridgewood; 50 Chestnut St @ Franklin; 22/17/$32; 201-493-9929; www.ridgethai.com/; Delicately made traditional Thai dishes; Stylish, relaxing décor; Excellent menu with a large assortment of curries, duck, chicken and noodle dishes; BYO; Won 2009 Best of Bergen award for Thai food. The usual huge menu for a Thai restaurant. Small place – 10 or so tables so come early. Great lunch specials. Thai curries amazing.
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.