462 Ninth Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1001840.754467 -73.995310
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Garment District
Almost Amazing – I love this west-side gem. Before a night out, grab a beer or glass of wine here because the food here is almost amazing. I have to say almost 'cause sometimes I have to add some spice to the red curry. But the green curry gives me the extra kick and hits the spot. Got a cold? Go for green curry duck. Fore appetizers, try 'em all -- hoy jor, shumai, duck roll (I'm a big fan of duck). Not too crazy about the veggie dumplings, but the grilled eggplant is awesome.
Best Lunch – The lunch specials are a bargain at this tiny cafe. I always order my food 20-30 mins ahead of time because it's so busy... but well worth the wait. (Have you seen the line??) My favorite is the pad see ew chicken and duck noodle broth. For 6.95, you can't go wrong -- even when it's raining outside and the service is a bit slower... which is understandable. My advice? Just order by phone and pick up your food. I have to go back for dinner!
Cozy Cafe – I ate at Aura for dinner last Thursday and was pleasantly pleased. Their prix fixe holiday menu was a bargain, but other dishes on the regular menu are equally impressive. I enjoyed my jap chae (the beef is so tender!), mango with tofu salad and fried ice cream. The food is Thai, but with an international spin. Definitely will be back.
Quite The Thai Aura – Lets forget about Burgers and Cupcakes for a moment and concentrate on the friendly Thai Neighbor that is Aura Thai. The food is fab, the place is cute, and the service is wonderful. One more thing: Good prices!
Rocks My T-Buds – My best bud and I have no shame. We just moved into a nice condo on 10th Ave, and have been grabbing three or four dinners from Aura every week for the past month. The food's that good. I get the beef salad and a side of jasmine rice 'cause the sirloin is, hands down, the best I've had. When I'm in the mood for sauteed noodles, I order the pad see ew chicken. All the flavors are just right. My tastebuds agree. Awesome service.
Editorial Review – Pint-sized Asian fusion cafe stocks its menu with favorites from Thailand, China and Korea.
One Ace – My girlfriends and I visit Aura every Thursday night after happy hour. We take the 1/9 from Columbia and walk a coupla blocks down from 34th. We don't really go there to take in the atmosphere since it fits a limited number of people. Just go there for the food! My fave dishes are the Panang Curry with brown rice and Pad Cashew. If you ask for extra spicy, they'll give it to you the right way. (I'm 1/4 Thai and that's the way my mom makes it.) I can't ask for a better, more authentic place. When you're thousands of miles away from home, it's nice to have a place that offers gourmet meals at decent prices.
And for dessert, mango with sweet sticky rice, please.
Aura 3x – I ordered from Aura about three times this week and my co-workers laugh at me for being so consistent and boring. I can't help it. The food is to die for!!! (especially the chicken noodle soup). Oh, I can never have enough of their desserts.
Still Tops the List – I don't know about other people's experiences, but when I went there after watching some soccer with friends today, we left the Aura full and satisfied. I mean, it's not the fanciest place on the block so my expectations were minimal. Everything was great. The girls there were sweet to us and accommodated our party of six -- even when the place was full. I ordered the Massamun shrimp... I never had it with avocados before. The curry was so rich and tasty. We got a little tipsy off of their wine selection and a couple rounds of Singha. We all walked out with menus and business cards. Def will go back with my in-laws to try their famous duck dishes.
FAVE SPOT near 34th – My family goes there for dinner 'cause the restaurant isn't too spacious. I think their service has improved tremendously over the past few months, but you have to be patient. Try their Thai iced tea (not too sweet but just perfect), Duck Salad and Pad Thai. (I know they're boring choices, but Aura's got the basics to a T.
FAVE dining spot on the weekends!!!
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