Isle Thai Restaurant

★★★★★

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Does anyone know what is going on at Isle - my favorite Thai restaurant?

The gate has been down for over 1 week and there is no sign or notice posted.

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

UPDATE:
Phone # is now disconnected. A shame - a great

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★★★★★

Does anyone know what is going on at Isle - my favorite Thai restaurant?

The gate has been down for over 1 week and there is no sign or notice posted.

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

UPDATE:
Phone # is now disconnected. A shame - a great

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The "food" actually smelled like a wet dog.
At first I thought I was just being sensitive, but after three bites of the worst Pad Thai I've ever tasted (I had no idea that it was even possible to mess up Pad Thai!). It was so bad I wanted to vomit for hours. I'm not one to ever return food and never have until today, but I wasn't about to pay for three bites of dog...so I quietly told my server, who asked me if I wanted to order something else. I smiled and just asked to just pay for my drink.
The server brought me my check and my drink was priced higher than on the menu. Apparently the menu they posted outside was the takeout menu.

When I confronted the manager and suggested that they post both menus in the window, he said, "just get out of here." Unbelievable. He did not once ask me why I returned a dish after 3 bites. Average Decor. Horrible service, Horrible food.

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★☆☆☆☆

The "food" actually smelled like a wet dog.
At first I thought I was just being sensitive, but after three bites of the worst Pad Thai I've ever tasted (I had no idea that it was even possible to mess up Pad Thai!). It was so bad I wanted to vomit for hours. I'm not one to ever return food and never have until today, but I wasn't about to pay for three bites of dog...so I quietly told my server, who asked me if I wanted to order something else. I smiled and just asked to just pay for my drink.
The server brought me my check and my drink was priced higher than on the menu. Apparently the menu they posted outside was the takeout menu.

When I confronted the manager and suggested that they post both menus in the window, he said, "just get out of here." Unbelievable. He did not once ask me why I returned a dish after 3 bites. Average Decor. Horrible service, Horrible food.

Pros: Cute interior, left side of the room is air conditioned

Cons: Horrible food, terrible service

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Very tasty. Very fresh. Very good prices. Very nice decor. Service leaves something to be desired. I would recommend this restaurant.

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★★★☆☆

Very tasty. Very fresh. Very good prices. Very nice decor. Service leaves something to be desired. I would recommend this restaurant.

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We were just walking by on a Saturday night (6 of us) on our way to Magnolia's (famous bakery the girls saw in .ex in the CIty) and we saw the restaurant. It caught our eye because we were craving Thai food. The hostess was super friendly when we walked in and told her we'd be back in a 1/2 hour for a table. Not a problem. She took our reservation right away. The food was excellent! 4 appetizers/4 main courses + noodles+rice for 6 people was more than plenty. The wine bottle was very good for $22. I'd definitley go there again the next time I'm in the neighborhood.

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★★★★☆

We were just walking by on a Saturday night (6 of us) on our way to Magnolia's (famous bakery the girls saw in .ex in the CIty) and we saw the restaurant. It caught our eye because we were craving Thai food. The hostess was super friendly when we walked in and told her we'd be back in a 1/2 hour for a table. Not a problem. She took our reservation right away. The food was excellent! 4 appetizers/4 main courses + noodles+rice for 6 people was more than plenty. The wine bottle was very good for $22. I'd definitley go there again the next time I'm in the neighborhood.

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We just moved into the neighborhood - we have about 15 Thai places in a 5 block radius. This is by far the best I've been to so far.

My basil soba noodles with chicken dish was incredibly flavorful with just the right amount of spice. My girlfriend's rama dish was savory with a nice flame-grilled taste to the chicken. This is the best thai food I've had in New York, with one exception - Sea in Brooklyn.

Aside from the food, I have a few quibbles. The decor is sleek, but seemed a bit shabby and run down. (Wild Ginger, two blocks away on Grove street, has a much nicer interior - but the food isn't as good.) The service was absent-minded, with the server having to apologize at one point for not putting our order in. But these things by no means ruined our meal. It was moderately priced and very satisfying. I'll definitely come back.

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★★★★☆

We just moved into the neighborhood - we have about 15 Thai places in a 5 block radius. This is by far the best I've been to so far.

My basil soba noodles with chicken dish was incredibly flavorful with just the right amount of spice. My girlfriend's rama dish was savory with a nice flame-grilled taste to the chicken. This is the best thai food I've had in New York, with one exception - Sea in Brooklyn.

Aside from the food, I have a few quibbles. The decor is sleek, but seemed a bit shabby and run down. (Wild Ginger, two blocks away on Grove street, has a much nicer interior - but the food isn't as good.) The service was absent-minded, with the server having to apologize at one point for not putting our order in. But these things by no means ruined our meal. It was moderately priced and very satisfying. I'll definitely come back.

Pros: Food, location, cheap

Cons: Service

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While enjoying an after-work brew at Blind Tiger, we wondered where to go for dinner. We spotted Isle across the street, and hey, since it's right there, checked out the menu.. which puzzled me. It looked like a nice place, but the prices? I wondered if I was looking at the lunch special menu - the prices were just too low! What was wrong with the place? But still, it looked like a nice spot, and the menu sounded good .. so what did we have to lose? In the end, my only gripe was there was nothing to gripe about - nothing to critique between bites - because everything was just amazing. The decor was contemporary but warm, harmonious, and felt authentic. The lighting was great. And the food? Divine! I had the crispy Tamarind Chicken and adored it. Tangy, not too sweet, with hardly any batter - just enough to give it a wonderfully light, crispy exterior. The portions were generous, the plum wine delightful, and we were just enchanted. Appetizers, drinks, and entrees for two cost all of $42. (with leftovers for lunch!)

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★★★★★

While enjoying an after-work brew at Blind Tiger, we wondered where to go for dinner. We spotted Isle across the street, and hey, since it's right there, checked out the menu.. which puzzled me. It looked like a nice place, but the prices? I wondered if I was looking at the lunch special menu - the prices were just too low! What was wrong with the place? But still, it looked like a nice spot, and the menu sounded good .. so what did we have to lose? In the end, my only gripe was there was nothing to gripe about - nothing to critique between bites - because everything was just amazing. The decor was contemporary but warm, harmonious, and felt authentic. The lighting was great. And the food? Divine! I had the crispy Tamarind Chicken and adored it. Tangy, not too sweet, with hardly any batter - just enough to give it a wonderfully light, crispy exterior. The portions were generous, the plum wine delightful, and we were just enchanted. Appetizers, drinks, and entrees for two cost all of $42. (with leftovers for lunch!)

Pros: Terrific food, great value, great ambience

Cons: Too far away to go every day (sad)

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Isle has the most amazing Massaman curry!!! This is the place I come to fulfill my thai food cravings and I highly recommend this place to all my friends. The volcanic chicken is also amazingly delicious. The green curry, pad thai, and basil stir fry are pretty decent too. I would recommend going during lunch when it's not as packed and they have a great lunch menu for a great price. Like other people have mentioned, it gets packed for dinner, and the servers tend to get a little forgetful/rude towards the end (slow on getting the check, etc.) but all worth it for the best massaman curry in manhattan.

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★★★★★

Isle has the most amazing Massaman curry!!! This is the place I come to fulfill my thai food cravings and I highly recommend this place to all my friends. The volcanic chicken is also amazingly delicious. The green curry, pad thai, and basil stir fry are pretty decent too. I would recommend going during lunch when it's not as packed and they have a great lunch menu for a great price. Like other people have mentioned, it gets packed for dinner, and the servers tend to get a little forgetful/rude towards the end (slow on getting the check, etc.) but all worth it for the best massaman curry in manhattan.

Pros: food, ambience

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Great Thai food, cool atmosphere and inexpensive prices. A great spot to get a variety of Thai food. Definitely try it out.

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★★★★★

Great Thai food, cool atmosphere and inexpensive prices. A great spot to get a variety of Thai food. Definitely try it out.

Pros: Food, atmosphere, price

Cons: Hard to come up with one

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Many times I will go to a restaurant on vacation with sparkling reviews on here only to be sorely disappointed. This was not the case with Isle. Everything was perfect!! Delicious, affordable, delicious, authentic Thai food. I have to agree with an earlier reviewer that expressed disdain for Thai restaurants that are simply "chinese" restaurants with different names for the same old "chinese" dishes. Isle is a refreshing taste of Thai cuisine at suprisingly affordable prices.

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★★★★★

Many times I will go to a restaurant on vacation with sparkling reviews on here only to be sorely disappointed. This was not the case with Isle. Everything was perfect!! Delicious, affordable, delicious, authentic Thai food. I have to agree with an earlier reviewer that expressed disdain for Thai restaurants that are simply "chinese" restaurants with different names for the same old "chinese" dishes. Isle is a refreshing taste of Thai cuisine at suprisingly affordable prices.

Pros: Food, Price, Location (in the village)

Cons: Not a darn thing...

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Tasty and large portins. Lunch specials available. Great drinks. When the weather is nice the dinning area opens to the sidewalk.

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★★★★★

Tasty and large portins. Lunch specials available. Great drinks. When the weather is nice the dinning area opens to the sidewalk.

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First time here and my boyfriend and I both enjoyed our meals. Portions could be a little larger but the price was definitely right! Service was pleasant although our waiter forgot to bring our drinks out and needed to be reminded. We will definitely come back here for dinner!

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★★★★☆

First time here and my boyfriend and I both enjoyed our meals. Portions could be a little larger but the price was definitely right! Service was pleasant although our waiter forgot to bring our drinks out and needed to be reminded. We will definitely come back here for dinner!

Pros: Tasty food! Cheap eats!

Cons: Portion sizes a bit too small!

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Great prices & great food! Service was slow toward the end but thats because they were jam packed & now i know why : ) I don't even like asian food in general but this place was terrific - the sauces & seasonings were off the hoooook! I loved their fried calamari full of flavor ,very citrusy with a spicy kick to them srved with a great spicey honey sauce. We also had the kafeer puff-with ground chicken also awesome... then i had the pork chop - was so good - very tender, big chop and grilled to perfection ... also the volcano chicken was rather tasty. I will be back & highly recommend it... u can't beat this place - great location, food & prices - a real triple threat. Only thing is according to my friend its not "traditional thai" but who cares - it tastes damn good!

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★★★★★

Great prices & great food! Service was slow toward the end but thats because they were jam packed & now i know why : ) I don't even like asian food in general but this place was terrific - the sauces & seasonings were off the hoooook! I loved their fried calamari full of flavor ,very citrusy with a spicy kick to them srved with a great spicey honey sauce. We also had the kafeer puff-with ground chicken also awesome... then i had the pork chop - was so good - very tender, big chop and grilled to perfection ... also the volcano chicken was rather tasty. I will be back & highly recommend it... u can't beat this place - great location, food & prices - a real triple threat. Only thing is according to my friend its not "traditional thai" but who cares - it tastes damn good!

Pros: FOOD!, Prices, Location

Cons: No hard alcohol, Service got slow

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You feel like a valued guest when you arrive here. The food is great and the service is not bad aswell. A little bit crowded in the dinning room, but what do you expect for a Saturday night eating out in the city. Looks like a good place for groups.

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★★★★★

You feel like a valued guest when you arrive here. The food is great and the service is not bad aswell. A little bit crowded in the dinning room, but what do you expect for a Saturday night eating out in the city. Looks like a good place for groups.

Pros: prices, service, food, location

Cons: tight tables

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I cook thai food often, and this place does it justice. It's tasty and all the entrees are ONLY $8. It's not amazing food, but pretty good. I particularly liked the Spicy Basil Noodle (Drunken Man Noodle) dish. It's close to the heart of the west village, near the christopher st stop. Really nice waitstaff. Great Thai Iced Coffee. Check it out!

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★★★★★

I cook thai food often, and this place does it justice. It's tasty and all the entrees are ONLY $8. It's not amazing food, but pretty good. I particularly liked the Spicy Basil Noodle (Drunken Man Noodle) dish. It's close to the heart of the west village, near the christopher st stop. Really nice waitstaff. Great Thai Iced Coffee. Check it out!

Pros: Inexpensive, Nice Staff, Good Food

Cons: Loud

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I had two parties at ILSE, the best thing was that the owner took really good care of us, we took all the menu's give them back and said bring out the food as you wish, all was wonderful, is as if you were home and mother is taking care of you.

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★★★★★

I had two parties at ILSE, the best thing was that the owner took really good care of us, we took all the menu's give them back and said bring out the food as you wish, all was wonderful, is as if you were home and mother is taking care of you.

Pros: Inexpensive, Great Location, Good Crowded

Cons: parking

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This is a gem of a thai restaurant. The food is stellar, and the prices are incredible. The environment is also very serene and calm, and the food is presented beautifully. It's a far cry from most thai restaurants. I dined here in a group of five, and all of us loved our dishes. I especially recommend the drunken man noodles and the pork chops. They're a little different than the typical thai food, and they were very good.

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★★★★★

This is a gem of a thai restaurant. The food is stellar, and the prices are incredible. The environment is also very serene and calm, and the food is presented beautifully. It's a far cry from most thai restaurants. I dined here in a group of five, and all of us loved our dishes. I especially recommend the drunken man noodles and the pork chops. They're a little different than the typical thai food, and they were very good.

Pros: food, environment, prices

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The food is excellent to any palate, and friends who lived in Thailand for years swore it was authentic. The kitchen will cook to order if you prefer more or less spice. All the ingredients are fresh and very well prepared, and the menu has great options for vegetarians. Prices are low for the quality and quantity of food, especially in the area. The wait staff is patient and friendly and even accommodated our group of 10 with grace when I called ahead. Great service, great food, great value. Can't go wrong with Isle - some of the best Thai food in Manhattan! Definitely worth trying.

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★★★★★

The food is excellent to any palate, and friends who lived in Thailand for years swore it was authentic. The kitchen will cook to order if you prefer more or less spice. All the ingredients are fresh and very well prepared, and the menu has great options for vegetarians. Prices are low for the quality and quantity of food, especially in the area. The wait staff is patient and friendly and even accommodated our group of 10 with grace when I called ahead. Great service, great food, great value. Can't go wrong with Isle - some of the best Thai food in Manhattan! Definitely worth trying.

Pros: food, value, service

Cons: cheesey decor

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Sleek decor at restaurant serving Thai entrees, plus curry and noodle dishes, lunch specials.

 

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