Mr. Haribo Mule was visiting NYC for a few weeks. He had an important trade exam to take. But I was able to convince him to take a break from studying and to come out a few times to meet me for lunch and dinner. Whenever he's visiting from Germany, I like to take him to places that he can't regularly get there. So Asian is always on the menu. I took him to Pure Thai Cookhouse to check it out. I've heard rave reviews and wanted to see how it would measure up to my current fave place: Pam Real Thai.
The place is pretty small with mostly 2-top tables. The chairs are backless and equally as small. However, I think that's the vibe they were going for. The roadside noodle and rice place. I personally felt comfortable but I can see how someone might not.
I started off the meal with Green Papaya Salad ($7) and this generous portion showed up. Along with shredded green papaya, they had dried shrimp, tomato, peanut, long bean, Thai chili, and lime juice. This was really good. Completely refreshing and full of flavor. This would be great on a warm day or paired with a heartier entree. The chili wasn't overly spicy and the lime juice was so nice.
Pure Thai Cookhouse
766 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10019