Somtum Der

4.5
210 reviews
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$30 and under
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Thai
*Awarded 1 Michelin Star 2016*
Somtum Der, Bangkok's most celebrated Isan (Northeastern Thai) restaurant has opened a branch in New York. It serves fiery papaya salads, bracing herbal broths and perfectly grilled beef with a level of authenticity hitherto unseen outside of Thailand.

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.6

Authenticity is the name of the game at Somtum Der, an East Village restaurant with one other location – Bangkok. Follow our Food Rundown to navigate the huge menu and avoid the mediocre dishes.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 210 People Are Saying
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New York Area
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is healthy and delicious!
Loved every bite and the teas were also a big hit.

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OT
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very nice food and great atmosphere !

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Not a typical Thai restaurant... Great food with a good selection of salad. Love the Nam Soh accompanied a Boiler Maker...

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was phenomenal. I really don’t like Thai that much. But everything was very tasty. Now I know why reviews said their food is authentic. Definitely recommending and coming back again.

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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good, although a bit confused about the combo recommendation on the menu initially.

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CI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes, this is the second time I've been here. Initially heard about the resto from a friend's IG post. Came and have been coming and taking different set of friends to try the resto. Maybe just add more dessert options but otherwise food was so delicious and tasty. My friends enjoyed lunch and we got the best seat too. Thank you!

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IZ
New York Area
142 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Menu is very authentic for a specific type of Thai cuisine. I'm not that adventurous so my review is also based on my preference for less out there food e.g. Uncle Boons is more my cup of tea.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best food I’ve had in New York.

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CP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time at SomTum Der. Food is excellent at a great price. Great staff. Definitely go back.

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L
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

The service is not so good, the salad was served as the last dish which is weird.
The food is too salty and spicy also the portion of the dish is small compares to it's price.

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S
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just great! Best Thai food in NYC, very fresh and super tasty. Definitely worth trying!

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L
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If anyone wants to try authentic Thai food other than Pad Thai, this is the place!

Be careful though, if you think you can handle spicy, know the difference between American level of spiciness and Thai's. A level two spicy papaya salad with pork neck sent me to Phuket, recalling that evening when I was drenched in sweat eating a spicy salad. The pork neck is tender and chewy, with every molecule filled with sweet tang and mouth numbing spice that would kill any flu virus.

Their menu is full of the dishes you would get at a night market. Fried chicken, grilled rice ball, and spicy beef, soon would fill your belly with no room for dessert. I've learned my lesson and will save room for dessert next time.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Not very Vegetarian friendly - only 2 options on the whole menu.
Also the booths are ripped and should really be fixed. It takes away from how good the food is when customers are distracted by this stuff.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food. I’m not a fan of spicy but my family is and the food was wonderful.

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C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Seriously spicy, beautifully fresh, perfectly cooked, properly delicious. Love. This. Place.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Un peu cher mais très bon diner. Bruyant mais nous avons eu la chance d'avoir une table au fond de la salle. Restaurant bondé

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l
Minneapolis
103 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Delicious Thai food never disappoints.

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FS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Not sure what ethnicity this place was shooting for but it wasn’t the Thai we were hoping for. First- no tofu dishes? Tofu is what makes thai so yummy- and after practically begging they threw some tofu on my crab pad thai but everything had to be medium hot - no mild options. Every time I asked for something the answer was No, with this passive aggressive smirk. Will I ever return? No.

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G
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

great food and staff as usual! love the ambiance as well

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UE
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Fun and delicious Northern Thai food. We had a gluten free person and someone who doesn’t like anything too spicy in our party of 4. Everyone was well accomodated and had a fabulous experience

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m
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As always, food was great. We went there a little early on Sunday lunch and we had a nice and quiet ambience which was very good to us. Everything was perfect!

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MG
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went back for the third time, always enjoy the food and experience at Somtum Der

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food is always great but hate that the wait staff rushes you.

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AL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about this restaurant. Their regular spicy was more spicy than I was expecting! Definitely get the coconut milk pork skewers -- my favorite dish for sure!!

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a
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Somtum Der has some of the most authentic and best Thai food in the city. Spicy, be warned, but worth the sweaty forehead and runny nose!

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AM
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly authentic Thai food. Consistently great balance of flavours with a genuine chilli hit!

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VL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very good food, could have more options, they don't offer chicken

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SH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Thai food in the city hands down. It's spicy but it is SO SO GOOD. The papaya salad is the best I've had and despite a kick the very spicy chicken wing soup is the perfect dish for a rainy day. Condesned milk with tapioca was a warm fuzzy finish to an amazing meal. 7 star experience.

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love this place. The food is always delicious and exciting. Great vibes - lots of energy but not too loud or crowded. I’d come back for any occasion.

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m
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food as always. The service was excellent. I enjoyed all the dishes we ordered and will definitely go back.

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JB
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great, authentic Isam food. Very popular with the Thai set. Very loud, at times I couldn't hear my friends.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Stellar, authentic Thai food. Not just generic Americanized Thai food like pad thai- this is the real deal! Good portion size and reasonably priced. Cuisine has unusual flavors and comes very spicy standard so would avoid for people who can't handle the heat or are not adventurous eaters. Will be back!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellente cuisine, variée, parfumée, originale. On a envie de tout goûter. Notre coup de cœur sur NYC.
Le seul inconvénient : le bruit ! Ce n’est pas vraiment une ambiance détente.
Les jeunes serveurs sont attentionnés.
Les prix sont très corrects.

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KW
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

I was very disappointed with the food quality and taste. The pad Thai was try and had no taste. The spring rolls were greasy and the spicy Papaya salad was terrible. Would never go back

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HP
Atlanta
30 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great Thai restaurant in East Village. Not your everyday Thai curry restaurant. Spicy and delicious. Great neighborhood spot.

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OT
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Went for dinner.
Highlights: Papaya salad (mild), raw shrimp with chilies, pork cartilage soup, pork satay, mackerel vermicelli.
Food comes out very quickly so be ready to have your table filled out quickly!

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AL
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great tea! I recommend the lemon. Food was good and service was friendly.

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n
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, reasonable prices. Love this place!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Good for nice, casual dinner. Food was okay.

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MM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Don’t expect your usual watered down Thai dishes here! The offering is vast & authentic. Lots of variations on the papaya salad. If that’s not your thing there are grilled meats, noodles, and many more dishes to try. Loved the grilled coconut rice (it’s served on a stick like an ice cream bar!). Make sure you can handle the spices when choosing the spicy level for your food. Go with a group so you can try many dishes!

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