Chanpen Thai Restaurant

★★★★☆

About Chanpen Thai Restaurant

Hours
Monday 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM Tuesday 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM Wednesday 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM Thursday 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM Friday 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM Saturday 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM Sunday 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM

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I had my doubts after seeing the bad reviews but decided to take a shot at Chanpen since I was in the neighborhood. I'm VERY GLAD I did because the entire experience was awesome. The staff was awesome as was the food. From what I heard from our waitress, the owner is also the chef and it really showed because everything that we ordered(4 of us) was simply delicious. We had the pad thai(probably the best ever), the prawns in pesto sauce(with lots of other yummy ingredients that I can't remember right now), beef with basil and chili, and the Chanpen duck, which was just amazing.

I tried other Thai joints around the area the past few times I was in the neighborhood and none even comes close to comparing to Chanpen, with a new Thai restaurant popping up every block on 9th Ave, I'm glad I stopped in to the right one. I will definitely be back and so will all my friends. Definitely give this place a try!!!

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★★★★★

I had my doubts after seeing the bad reviews but decided to take a shot at Chanpen since I was in the neighborhood. I'm VERY GLAD I did because the entire experience was awesome. The staff was awesome as was the food. From what I heard from our waitress, the owner is also the chef and it really showed because everything that we ordered(4 of us) was simply delicious. We had the pad thai(probably the best ever), the prawns in pesto sauce(with lots of other yummy ingredients that I can't remember right now), beef with basil and chili, and the Chanpen duck, which was just amazing.

I tried other Thai joints around the area the past few times I was in the neighborhood and none even comes close to comparing to Chanpen, with a new Thai restaurant popping up every block on 9th Ave, I'm glad I stopped in to the right one. I will definitely be back and so will all my friends. Definitely give this place a try!!!

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The restaurant is one of the prettier Thai restaurants in the neighborhood, but the prices are very high, the portions quite small, and the service was poor. The food itself was just OK, most dishes were very salty and the pad thai was way too sweet. Unbelievably, they do NOT include rice with any of their dishes, it costs EXTRA! I have never been to any other asian restaurant in my entire life that did not include rice with the entrees; it seems like a dumb way to cheap-out. You can do MUCH better at most of the other dozen or so Thai restaurants in this neighborhood.

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★☆☆☆☆

The restaurant is one of the prettier Thai restaurants in the neighborhood, but the prices are very high, the portions quite small, and the service was poor. The food itself was just OK, most dishes were very salty and the pad thai was way too sweet. Unbelievably, they do NOT include rice with any of their dishes, it costs EXTRA! I have never been to any other asian restaurant in my entire life that did not include rice with the entrees; it seems like a dumb way to cheap-out. You can do MUCH better at most of the other dozen or so Thai restaurants in this neighborhood.

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It seems like most reviews about this restaurant are positive so they might have a different chef now... because my experience in this restaurant was terrible. The food wasn't good at all and even tasted old and we experienced upset stomach the same evening and the next day... I love Thai food but would definitely recommend to avoid this restaurant! The waiter was nice though but the person seating us was quite pushy.

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★☆☆☆☆

It seems like most reviews about this restaurant are positive so they might have a different chef now... because my experience in this restaurant was terrible. The food wasn't good at all and even tasted old and we experienced upset stomach the same evening and the next day... I love Thai food but would definitely recommend to avoid this restaurant! The waiter was nice though but the person seating us was quite pushy.

Pros: Nice Staff

Cons: Bad food

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I swear, they have to change their sign -- looks cheezy outside.
But inside, it's a different story. On full nights, it can be tight but there's generally enough space that you won't need to make reservations. They have the best pad thai I've tasted! and the tamarind duck is excellent! Nice and crispy but slathered with flavorful tangy sauce. The staff is warm and friendly and they greet you like old friends. It's affordable too! Highly recommended!

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★★★★★

I swear, they have to change their sign -- looks cheezy outside.
But inside, it's a different story. On full nights, it can be tight but there's generally enough space that you won't need to make reservations. They have the best pad thai I've tasted! and the tamarind duck is excellent! Nice and crispy but slathered with flavorful tangy sauce. The staff is warm and friendly and they greet you like old friends. It's affordable too! Highly recommended!

Pros: Cheap and great value! Yummy food, friendly service!

Cons: Can be cramped on nights

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I was really amazed at how nice and attentive the waitstaff is here. In NYC, restaurant service is generally very bad compared to anywhere else in the country. But going to Chanpen Thai restaurant, you can imagine that you are somewhere where the locals are very nice and hospitable! I always order the "pad pak" dish and the Thai ice tea-- yummy. And I love how the waitstaff has different outfits depending on the season of the year-- their summer uniforms have these pretty hibiscus flower prints, so cute! The decor is much nicer than other Thai restaurants in the neighborhood-- upscale and clean.

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★★★★★

I was really amazed at how nice and attentive the waitstaff is here. In NYC, restaurant service is generally very bad compared to anywhere else in the country. But going to Chanpen Thai restaurant, you can imagine that you are somewhere where the locals are very nice and hospitable! I always order the "pad pak" dish and the Thai ice tea-- yummy. And I love how the waitstaff has different outfits depending on the season of the year-- their summer uniforms have these pretty hibiscus flower prints, so cute! The decor is much nicer than other Thai restaurants in the neighborhood-- upscale and clean.

Pros: the friendliest waitstaff in nyc, nice decor, very clean, prompt service

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We live around the corner from this place, and we absolutely adore it. The waitstaff is unflaggingly polite, the service is quick, and the food is very tasty. The portions aren't huge, but certainly enough for one person. We usually get one appetizer and one entree, and that is enough for two people. We highly recommend the spring rolls, the panang curry with chicken, the yum neau, and the tom yum. We've tried all of the other Thai restaurants in this area, and Chanpen is by far our favorite.

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★★★★★

We live around the corner from this place, and we absolutely adore it. The waitstaff is unflaggingly polite, the service is quick, and the food is very tasty. The portions aren't huge, but certainly enough for one person. We usually get one appetizer and one entree, and that is enough for two people. We highly recommend the spring rolls, the panang curry with chicken, the yum neau, and the tom yum. We've tried all of the other Thai restaurants in this area, and Chanpen is by far our favorite.

Pros: Tasty food, good service.

Cons: Sometimes odd music choices (seventies soft rock, anyone?)

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Whenever I go to Chanpen with my friends (Sera & Juan) we always order the shrimp pad thai because this place uses just the right amount of seasoning & spice. Have to admit, haven't tried all their dishes since we're all suckers for pad thai. The drinks are reasonably priced and the decor is pretty traditional. What tops everything off is the fact they treat their customers with great care since their main concern is to find regulars for this great establishment.

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★★★★☆

Whenever I go to Chanpen with my friends (Sera & Juan) we always order the shrimp pad thai because this place uses just the right amount of seasoning & spice. Have to admit, haven't tried all their dishes since we're all suckers for pad thai. The drinks are reasonably priced and the decor is pretty traditional. What tops everything off is the fact they treat their customers with great care since their main concern is to find regulars for this great establishment.

Pros: Pad Thai...HMMM...(as Sear would say!)

Cons: A little cramped between each table, but who really cares Juan?

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Imagine our surprise to actually find such a fine establishment right in the heart of the theatre district or close enough anyway. The service was wonderful and responsive, ambience very nice, food excellent and reasonably priced. Even the restrooms was immaculate! We will definitely return to this wonderful restaurant.

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★★★★★

Imagine our surprise to actually find such a fine establishment right in the heart of the theatre district or close enough anyway. The service was wonderful and responsive, ambience very nice, food excellent and reasonably priced. Even the restrooms was immaculate! We will definitely return to this wonderful restaurant.

Pros: Very nice attitude on the part of staff.

Cons: Staff did not know much English but not a major issue

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They talked about traditional Thai but the dishes look more fusion than their traditional "COSTUME". Whatever happen to "FAMILY STYLE" Thai cooking, the portion are too small and tradtional thai cooking uses MSG which I prefer not to have in my body. After all, I'm still searching for that delicious thai cooking. But here, wasn't it but was a disappointment. There're so many thai food on ninth avenue that you can't just look good but your food has to be also.

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★☆☆☆☆

They talked about traditional Thai but the dishes look more fusion than their traditional "COSTUME". Whatever happen to "FAMILY STYLE" Thai cooking, the portion are too small and tradtional thai cooking uses MSG which I prefer not to have in my body. After all, I'm still searching for that delicious thai cooking. But here, wasn't it but was a disappointment. There're so many thai food on ninth avenue that you can't just look good but your food has to be also.

Pros: Thai

Cons: too tradtional

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We ate at this place yesterday. The food was fine. The ambience was in the Thai traditional old style but acceptable one. The service was fine. Good to try out.

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★★★★☆

We ate at this place yesterday. The food was fine. The ambience was in the Thai traditional old style but acceptable one. The service was fine. Good to try out.

Pros: good food, inexpensive

Cons: old fashion, old customers

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I have been ordering in from this place since I read reviews here. I love spicy food, and they really make it spicy when I tell them to! But their quantity for entrees is low compared to other Thai places, and it is more oily. I don't know about the ambience since I usually order in, but the food is definitely good, and they deliver fast.

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★★★★☆

I have been ordering in from this place since I read reviews here. I love spicy food, and they really make it spicy when I tell them to! But their quantity for entrees is low compared to other Thai places, and it is more oily. I don't know about the ambience since I usually order in, but the food is definitely good, and they deliver fast.

Pros: Food, Fast delivery

Cons: Less quantity

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I've only heard good things about this place and usually don't judge by cover (good or bad) and can't really say anything pos. or neg. about this place in general; but what i can warn is to stay away from the red snapper! it should really be described as sliced ginger with some kind of fish underneath. the texture was definitely fish but the taste was a painful amount of ginger (and i do like ginger) infused with misc. spices that equate to the person sitting next/across from you having half a meal

otherwise, everything else was great!
definitely try the red (or white) wine...

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★★☆☆☆

I've only heard good things about this place and usually don't judge by cover (good or bad) and can't really say anything pos. or neg. about this place in general; but what i can warn is to stay away from the red snapper! it should really be described as sliced ginger with some kind of fish underneath. the texture was definitely fish but the taste was a painful amount of ginger (and i do like ginger) infused with misc. spices that equate to the person sitting next/across from you having half a meal

otherwise, everything else was great!
definitely try the red (or white) wine...

Pros: fast service, pleasant wait staff, price

Cons: red snapper

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I have been eating at this terrific restaurant for years and eveyone I have taken there just loves this place. Living in the East Village, I must pass by 50 other Thai restaurants in order to get to W. 51st (Chanpen).

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★★★★★

I have been eating at this terrific restaurant for years and eveyone I have taken there just loves this place. Living in the East Village, I must pass by 50 other Thai restaurants in order to get to W. 51st (Chanpen).

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This place has the best chicken Pad Thai. I've never eaten in, but they have prompt delivery and the food is just delicious!

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★★★★★

This place has the best chicken Pad Thai. I've never eaten in, but they have prompt delivery and the food is just delicious!

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Best Thai in the city. I don't even like Thai all that much but my boyfriend is crazy about it. So I went after checking them out on CitySearch. Call me converted. I am a huge Thai fan now but only when it comes to Chanpen. So good that after my first time, I went back four times in the same week. I brought my work colleagues for lunch, my out-of-town friends for dinner, my boyfriend again for dinner and finally a birthday dinner with 10 friends. Amazing. Try the Chanpen Duck. It's excellent.

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★★★★★

Best Thai in the city. I don't even like Thai all that much but my boyfriend is crazy about it. So I went after checking them out on CitySearch. Call me converted. I am a huge Thai fan now but only when it comes to Chanpen. So good that after my first time, I went back four times in the same week. I brought my work colleagues for lunch, my out-of-town friends for dinner, my boyfriend again for dinner and finally a birthday dinner with 10 friends. Amazing. Try the Chanpen Duck. It's excellent.

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The place is a little small, but the GREAT FOOD and exceptional service more than make up for it. It was really busy the night I went, but the waiter was very attentive and our food came out incredibly quickly. And, to top it all off, everything on the menu is reasonably priced. We had dinner for two (appetizers, entrees, and wine) for $40. If youre looking for a great Thai place-- this is it! 51st and 9th Ave.

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★★★★★

The place is a little small, but the GREAT FOOD and exceptional service more than make up for it. It was really busy the night I went, but the waiter was very attentive and our food came out incredibly quickly. And, to top it all off, everything on the menu is reasonably priced. We had dinner for two (appetizers, entrees, and wine) for $40. If youre looking for a great Thai place-- this is it! 51st and 9th Ave.

Pros: Inexpensive, GREAT food, Attentive Waiters

Cons: Small space

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great seafood soup but too much peanuts in the dumplings. we were the only folks in the place for Saturday lunch

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★★★★★

great seafood soup but too much peanuts in the dumplings. we were the only folks in the place for Saturday lunch

Pros: service, food

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The Pad Se Ew is my favorite... fast service and pleasant atmosphere... not your typical Thai restaurant which makes it even more charming.

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★★★★★

The Pad Se Ew is my favorite... fast service and pleasant atmosphere... not your typical Thai restaurant which makes it even more charming.

 

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