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Pure Thai Cookhouse is a great casual spot for some delicious homestyle Thai food

Deciding on a restaurant to eat at in New York City can be a daunting task since there are so many incredible options. It seems like my favorite spots to eat change from week to week because I keep finding more great spots. As my list of go-to restaurants grows, I’m happy to share my recommendations to help you decide where to eat.

I’m a huge fan of Thai Food, in particular, I love homestyle thai cooking, something that feels homemade. When traveling to Thailand, I more often than not enjoy the street food more than fine dining establishments. If you’re looking for a Thai restaurant to take your friends/family out to for a great dining experience, I’d recommend Uncle Boons. But if you’re looking for a quick bite to eat, and don’t want to go all out on an expensive meal, Pure Thai Cookhouse is the way to go!

Pure Thai Cookhouse is located in Hell’s Kitchen on 9th Ave between 51st and 52nd Streets. If you’ve ever walked around Hell’s Kitchen, there are a ton of Thai restaurants to choose from. From Obao to V{IV}, there are some pretty great options. But most of these spots feel super scene-y, and sometimes, you might just want a chill canteen to grab some good food and relax. Pure Thai is great if you’re looking for that… a casual dining experience that feels more like a family owned sit-down joint.

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PURE specializes in signature dishes you would find from the many vendors and shophouses from the farmlands of Phayao, in the North to the floating markets of Ratchaburi in Central Thailand, to the oceans and fishing villages of Krabi in the South.”

I’ve eaten here twice now, and what excites me most about this place is that it feels very Thai. It doesn’t feel like a New York restaurant that serves Thai food. It feels and tastes authentic. Every bite flavorful and delicious.

Appetizers range from $9-$13, while entrees run about $13-$15.

Some notable items from their menu:

The Grilled Spicy Beef Salad was by far my favorite. It had all the notes of thai cuisine I love, sweet, savory, and spicy.

The Jungle Curry Fried Rice is also awesome. Each bite packed with flavor.

The Roasted Baby Back Ribs are also great. The meat just falls off the bones. Perfectly seasoned and spicy.

I’ll definitely be back to Pure Thai Cookhouse the next time I’m in Hell’s Kitchen.

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