A new addition to the Thai food scene has arrived in Nolita, and it stands out among the other Thai restaurants in the area. Created by former Per Se chefs Matt Danzer and Ann Redding, Uncle Boons’ menu is a trendy new rotisserie and grill inspired by Ann’s family in Thailand. Given the culinary background of the chefs, you might expect Uncle Boons to be a formal affair. Although it’s definitely not cheap, the atmosphere is fairly casual with an inviting dining setup and eclectic décor reminiscent of Thai homes in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s. Plate-sharing is encouraged here, as is eating with your hands.
This is not your run-of-the-mill New York Thai food: with dishes such as Grilled Blowfish Tails (Pak Pau), Red Curry Bamboo Shoots (Naw Mai), and the Betel Leaf Wrap (Mieng Kum), Uncle Boons serves a creative, fresh selection of Thai cuisine. The restaurant has already garnered rave reviews from many on Yelp; customers are responding enthusiastically to the chicken, the traditional slushed beer, and the fact that Uncle Boons doesn’t skimp on spiciness.
Thai drinking food (Ahaan Kap Klaem) is, as the name suggests, a collection of dishes typically accompanied by alcohol. Not that anyone needs much encouragement to have a few drinks, but at Uncle Boons this kind of warm, celebratory mood is the norm.
A few tables are available for advance reservations and there’s a back room for private parties, but most of the tables at Uncle Boons are kept open for walk-ins. As this is a popular new spot, you’ll want to anticipate waiting for a table, but you can always sit by the bar and enjoy a wine or Thai beer while you wait to start your meal. Uncle Boons is closed on Mondays and opens for dinner Tuesdays through Sundays.
7 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012