127 W 56TH St Ste 1, New York, NY | Directions 1001940.764421 -73.978911
Neighborhoods: Clinton, Midtown
Amazing Authentic Thai – I stumbled upon this small place while taking a Kaplan course, and let me tell you, I actually looked forward to the course every week so that I could eat at Topaz. Although extremely small, don't let the bland decor and subterrean feel fool you, these people know how to make excellent Thai food. The prices are very reasonable and the service is medicocre ( I have definiately experienced bad service when they are very busy), but the food definately makes up for it though. The red curry is the best I have had in Manhattan...try it with the chicken and brown rice. Their Dranken Noodles are also really great, and you can customize the spice level. Their menu is actually pretty extensive, and they also have monthly specials, but I usually stick to my favorite dishes. We eat here a couple times a month, and always leave feeling extremely satisfied and with money still in our bank accounts....what more could you hope for in NYC? So, don't come here if you are expecting 4-star service, and just enjoy it for what it is: great authentic Thai food.
Good Thai food. – I could have thai food every day of the week still love it. This place does not dissapoint. Although it is a small place the food was just great and prices as well. Went there for lunch and was treated nicely. Overall a pleasant lunch.
Best thai anywhere – I eat here all the time. Best thai food anywhere. The food is ALWAYS good, no matter what you order. There are lots of vegetarian choices on the menu. The service is fast. The thai ice tea is the best I've ever tasted. And it is so cheap for what you get. The atmosphere is very cosy. It is usually full. You dont have to make reservations but you may have to wait 5-10 mins for a table. But that is because it is sooo good!
Very disappointing – I can't understand all the positive reviews. Went there last month with a friend and was very disappointed. The food was way below average, the service was lacking, the decor is tacky. Stay away.
Favorite restaurant in NY – I first visited Topaz after a two week trip to Thailand in '03. The food was perfect and the service fast, friendly and flexible. I have been back on five subsequent visits to NY and have taken several friends and business partners. Try the Drunken Noodles (AKA Pad Khi Mao) and Red Snapper with Chili and Garlic. I love to try all the new, trendy and expensive places in NY but always make a point to have one meal at Topaz Thai.
Eh puts it nicely – This Place was nothing special...Went there for a post birthday date and was seated right next to the bar(if you have eaten there you know what that means)...The pad thai was blah, drinks were blah....Nothing special
Find this place – This is a non descript little place that is a true jewel well worth finding. The aromas alone could satisfy. The tom ka was heady with generous use of coconut. The kang ped was some of the best I've ever had. The portions are generous and the service amiable and prompt. The decor isn't much in a long thin paneled room with cramped tables, but is somehow very inviting and comfortable. This is one of the best values I've found in NYC.
A variety of familiar Thai dishes, served in a calm midtown room with maritime decor. – In Short
Subterranean, small and wood-paneled, the restaurant serves an assortment of Thai standards to a midtown business and pre-theater constituency. Specialties of the house include sliced steak with peanut sauce, crispy duck in tamarind-pineapple sauce, a garlic-marinated half chicken and curried chicken-filled puff pastries. The array of Thai soups, including a pork wonton soup, is also popular. The lunch menu offers reduced portions at reduced prices, accompanied by steamed rice.
Topaz Could be Better – I used to eat here at least once a week about 10 years ago. Now it has become a favorite and is packed all the time. I have to say that with popularity, the food has fallen in quality. It used to be sooo good now it is just okay.
Quirky, but worth it – Situated next to the Mysterioso Bookstore, this tiny Thai haven can fill up in less than 30 minutes on a weekday night. Try and snag the two-top in the alcove at the front for some slightly divey romance. Food is very good (the Topaz fried rice especially) and the service is excellent. Prices are not much different from the Midwest -- about $10 for an entreé, which is a steal by NYC standards. Definitely worth a trip!
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