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“Wonderful Thaï food and lovely space” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sticky Rice

Sticky Rice
85 Orchard St, Frnt 3, New York City, NY 10002-4564 (Lower East Side)
212-274-8208
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Ranked #2,910 of 11,771 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Thai
Neighborhood: Lower East Side
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Neighborhood: Lower East Side
Top Contributor
248 reviews 248 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
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107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
“Wonderful Thaï food and lovely space”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012 via mobile

This little Thaï restaurant was a lovely surprise!
We were going to have dinner at Barrio Chino which is right across the street and, when they told us that the wait would be of 45mn, we decided to try Sticky Rice: great decision!
The food was very good, service was perfect and we were absolutely not rushed (which so often happens...)
So if you are visiting nyc and staying downtown, do not hesitate to try this restaurant!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Long Island City, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Little Thai gem nestled in bohemian East Village”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

Sticky Rice is a small restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere that offers delicious food at very reasonable prices. Although the 'Sticky Rice' served is not authentic glutinous rice considering its namesake, this eatery provides a sufficiently authentic Thai undertone to their cuisine that satisfies most fusion palates. I would however have liked to taste the stronger and more vibrant flavours that the legendary Thai street food has to offer to its patrons but non the less, Sticky Rice is a good restaurant and a pleasant escape from the hustle and bustle. It also stands out because of its use of excellent quality meat as all too often in Asian restaurants, the meat is processed and rubbery (something which should be outlawed due to its dubious origins).
So enjoy East meets West in this charming little venue and order the Papaya salad to refresh your palate or the coconut soup for a soothing rib-warmer.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles, California
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“Big portions of good food in a serene interior”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

My fiancé and a friend of ours were being tourist-y in New York for the day and decided to go to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum (my second time there -- it's awesome and you should go there, too). However, once we'd bought our tickets, we had about an hour before the tour we had chosen would get started. Hungry, we wandered up Orchard Street, trying to spot restaurants where we could grab a quick bite. As we didn't want to eat gelato for lunch and weren't feeling like more formal Italian dining, we were wondering what we'd do until we saw Sticky Rice. After checking out the menu, we got a table and ordered. The wait was not long, and the environment inside the restaurant is open, full of natural light, cool colored (you know, like blues and greens) decor, plants, etc. We all shared the vegetarian rolls (spring rolls, that is) as appetizers, along with some mango salad. The appetizers were fresh and very flavorful, so they were delightful to eat. Before we had even finished the appetizers, our main courses came to the table. The service is friendly and efficient, by the way. My entree was the tofu and mixed vegetables in red panang curry, served medium, which was pretty hot and OH SO GOOD. I intended to eat only part of my large-ish serving, but ended up eating all of it because it was so delicious that I could not make myself stop eating it. (I guess walking around Manhattan helped me work up an appetite...) My fiancé got the Pad Thai and raved about how good it was, and our friend enjoyed basil noodles with chicken and veggies. Their plates were also heaped with food, and none of us could refrain from eating the whole thing. Oof. Apparently this restaurant has a BYOB policy, with free uncorking if each person orders at least $15 worth of food. That is easy to do if you get a main dish and an appetizer or soup or something. Having said that, this place's prices were really good -- they were what I'd expect to pay for Thai food in the Midwest (about $9 - $11 for curries, rice and stir-fry, or noodle dishes, and another couple of bucks for Thai BBQ; appetizers are about $3-$6), while still being of good quality, fresh and flavorful, not greasy or overcooked, etc. There is also a wide range of beverages, both soft and alcoholic. Our friend had some wine she liked, and my guy and I shared a Thai Iced Tea. If we had come an hour later, we could have enjoyed the prix fixe "happy hour" special, where you get a starter, a main, and a drink of your choice from the menu for only $10.95! All of this said, if you are in the neighborhood and want some Thai food, or simply want to eat well in a lovely little restaurant without paying the typical high New York restaurant prices, Sticky Rice will make your mouth and your wallet happy.

Visited August 2011
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San Diego
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“Dinner at Sticky Rice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

We had a great dinner here. Service was great and the food excellent!

Visited June 2012
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Rochester, NY
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154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
“MMMMMmmmm, Sticky rice!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2012

YUM! Went for lunch after our visit to the Tenement museum on the recommendation of Catherine at the museum. (They even give you a discount when you show your museum ticket stub). Lunch special includes two appetizers and an entree- my choice of Pad Thai, dumpling and chicken satay were very good. Margarita sampler was yummy too (there were many to pick from and we chose Pomegranate, blood orange and mango). I had the best coconut ice cream ever, not too sweet, and served on a bed of sticky rice. Of course, had to have some of their namesake desert as well,mmmmm sticky rice! The price is right too. What a great value-

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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