Like so many things that happen in New York, Uncle Boons came onto the food scene with a bang. Owners Matt Danzer and Ann Redding (who also happen to be married) met while cooking at Per Se and decided to open this Thai spot tucked away in New York's SoHo neighborhood. Moving away from traditional takes on pad se ew and mee krob, the latter gets a dose of spicy sweetbreads while curries have additions like sour orange and crispy duck thigh (gaeng som). Beer slushies and a decent wine list are available to help temper the heat of the spicy roasted chicken salad (yum kai hua pli), and the crab fried rice (kao pat pu) and grilled head on prawns (koong) are not to be missed. If there's room, you have to try the fresh coconut ice cream sundae.
7 Spring Street (between Bowery and Elizabeth) Nolita NY 10012 646.370.6650 uncleboons.com
For more of Marcus's Recommendations: