Downtown Thai Spot Soothr Leases Location Near Lincoln Center

  Last modified on June 19th, 2024
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Soothr’s East Village location. Photo by Eden, Janine and Jim via Flickr

Soothr, a popular Thai restaurant in the East Village, appears to be planning an Upper West Side expansion.

According to an Instagram post from @TradedNY, Soothr has leased space at 35 West 64th Street (between Broadway and Central Park West), about a half block from Lincoln Center. The space was formerly home to Picholine but has been vacant since the Michelin-starred French and Mediterranean restaurant closed in late 2015. The New York Post reported in 2018 that Sushi Inoue was planning to open at the address, but that never materialized.

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Soothr’s website says it specializes “in family noodle recipes from throughout Thailand,” and that guests can expect “the most bustling and energetic environment of Bangkok street food vibes at Soothr.”

The restaurant’s East Village location first opened in 2020 and quickly gained the praise of celebrated culinary critics including Pete Wells of The New York Times, who reviewed the E. 13th St. location in September 2021 and raved about the Thai noodle soup, Soothr’s specialty.

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The menu at the East Village location includes a variety of noodle soups such as Seafood Tom Yum, Duck Noodles and Stewed Beef Noodle Soup, alongside entrees like Yum Pla Tod (branzino topped with spicy mango salad, mint, shallot, culantro and cashews), Panang Duck Lychee Curry (caramelized duck breast in curry, lychee, okra topped with coconut cream and kaffir lime leaf), and Si-Krong Pad Ped (wok tossed spicy braised spare ribs, kaffir leaves, cucumber and long beans). Rice and wok noodles – as well as a list of Thai-inspired, elevated cocktails, each named after a gemstone – are also available.

 

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Wells’ NYT review cites Nate Lingwan – formerly of Fish Cheeks on Bond St. – as the head chef at Soothr. The restaurant’s ownership also runs Sappe, another Thai restaurant at 240 West 14th St. (near Eighth Ave.), which opened in January 2024.

Representatives from Soothr have not yet responded to a request for more information about when their Upper West Side restaurant is expected to open.


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