$30 for $50 Worth of Thai Cuisine at Up Thai

Upper East Side

98% of 41 customers recommend

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In a Nutshell

Diners enjoy Thai cuisine in a stylish candlelit setting with exposed-brick walls and colorful hanging lanterns

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Promotional value expires May 7, 2014. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per table. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required. Dine-in only. Valid only for dinner. Not valid for happy hour specials. Must purchase 1 food item. Not valid on Valentines Day. Extra 18% service fee not included. Tax and gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

Up Thai

According to co-owner Apisip Kulviwat, the name for Up Thai is actually a subtle nod to two of the restaurant's main goals: to fill a much-needed Thai food gap on Manhattan's Upper East Side, and to creatively reimagine Thailand's most iconic street foods. The chefs accomplish that by using unique, varied ingredients in otherwise familiar Thai dishes. Not everything is a departure from authenticity, though. The pad thai here has real tamarind juice in the sauce, and Kulviwat says that the tender pork chops—his own favorite dish—taste like home thanks to fragrant lemongrass.

Although the menu is rooted in flavors and recipes from half a world away, the décor aims for something a bit closer to home. Ivy-lined trellises, intentionally distressed walls with brickwork showing through plaster,and lush greenery create a relaxing space that feels like a park or garden. Kulviwat says the goal is to create a spirit-lifting environment where it feels like "summertime all year round." Along that vibe, an eclectic cluster of lanterns resembles a nighttime constellation in one corner of the dining area, which sets the mood before the bar's inspired cocktails come out. Among those is First Kiss, which balances the sweetness of pear vodka and a sugar-coated rim with a refreshing dose of mint and basil leaves.


98% of 41 customers recommend

  • “Amazing food, service & atmosphere! Great sangria.. Super appetizers to share and fabulous specials... Loved the choices!”

  • “Good fast service and food was top notch. Also nice ambiance. Highly recommend!”

  • “Fresh good food for upper east side Thai. Could use heavier hand on authentic Thai spices”

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    Upper East Side

    1411 2nd Avenue

    New York, NY 10016


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