I lived in central Bangkok for 7 years, and here are all the places I recommend to visitors and frequented myself.  Most of the places I list here are shop-houses, restaurants and market areas, as the recent crackdowns on street vendors have made finding particular mobile food vendors difficult in central Bangkok. The majority of these places also will have an English or picture menu available if the staff doesn't speak English. Finally, almost all of these are businesses that offer consistent and delicious dishes at reasonable price points.

If you'd like to see the entire list on Google Maps, use this link: Google Maps List


Northern Thai (Lanna):

If you're craving food from the Northwest of Thailand (Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, etc), then these restaurants are the ones to go to for Lanna dishes.

Ab Muu - Krua Chiang Mai

Krua Chiang Mai (ครัวเจียงใหม่)
125/24 Thonglor Rd, Watthana, Bangkok 10211
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Stylish renovated shophouse in the heart of Thong Lor, serves a large variety of dishes (many that are not as commonly seen in Bangkok) with most under 200B.

Suggested Dishes:

  • Khanom Jin Nam Ngiaw (one of the best in BKK)
  • Chicken Khao Soi (Beef Khao Soi uses a different soup base which isn't as tasty)
  • Ab Muu
  • Khaaw Ngiaw
  • Nam Prik Num

Hom Duan
1 8-9 Soi Sukhumvit 63, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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Khao-Gaeng style place where they prepare a number of dishes in the morning for the lunch crowd. Cheap, offerings change daily and English translations on menu, but get there early before dishes run out.

Suggested Dishes:

  • Chicken Khao Soi
  • Larb Khua
  • Sai Oua

Ongtong Khaosoi
17 Phahonyothin Soi 7, Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400
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Cozy place in Ari, serves a few other dishes but go here for the Khao Soi (80 Baht).

Suggested Dishes:

  • Chicken or Pork Khao Soi

Porwa Northern Thai Cuisine
69 34 Phayathai Rd, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400
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Small place in Ratchatewi, serves a number of dishes from Chiang Mai, albeit made to appeal to tourists and Bangkokians, so most dishes are sweeter and less spicy, but still tasty.

Suggested Dishes:

  • Chicken Khao Soi
  • Sampler Set

Daradalay
280, 1 Phichai Rd, Thanon Nakhon Chai Si,Bangkok 10300
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Cute restaurant sourcing ingredients from their garden area in Bangkok as well as from their farm in Chiang Mai, a little out of the way but well worth a visit.

Suggested Dishes:

  • Khao Soi
  • Khanom Jin Nam Ngiaw
  • Nam Prik Ong
Various Lanna dishes - NomSen

NomSen Northern Thai (หนมเส้น)
15 Sukhumvit 40 Alley, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110
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Small one-woman show run out of the lobby of a modern hostel near Ekkamai. Cheap, home-style northern dishes, no English but has pictures of menu items.

Nam Ngao Pa Suk (น้ำเงี้ยวป้าสุข ก๋วยเตี๋ยวสิบสองปันนา)
18/1 Silom 3, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
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This shophouse hidden near Silom has been popular with office lunch crowds for their cheap and tasty noodle soup dishes.

Suggested Dishes:

  • Khao Soi
  • Khanom Jin Nam Ngiaw

Gedhawa
78 Sukhumvit 33 Alley, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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Popular with Japanese and Korean tourists, they serve their dishes mild so this is a good place for people new to Thai cuisine or wary of chili. They have dishes from around Thailand, although their Chiang Mai offerings are what you should eat. Friendly English-speaking staff.

Suggested Dishes:

  • Chicken Khao Soi
  • Lanna Appetizer Set

Southern Thai

When you're craving spicy and pungently flavored Thai dishes, nothing else is quite like the cuisine from the south of Thailand.

Phad Sato, Khua Kling, Namprik Plaa - Khua Kling+Pak Sod

Khua Kling + Pak Sod
98/1 Sukhumvit 53 Alley, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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The original restaurant from this small chain that still sources the majority of their ingredients from farms in Southern Thailand daily, although they have a few locations around Bangkok. The original renovated Thai house in the heart of Thong Lor remains my favorite, and is where the owner can usually be found presiding over a packed dining room nightly. English speaking staff and menu, large variety of dishes, all of which are range from good to outstanding, and many of which are quite spicy but delicious.

Suggested Dishes:

  • Khua Kling Muu Saab (one of the best in BKK)
  • Phad Sato
  • Crab Curry
  • Cowslip Creeper Flower Spicy Salad (Yam)

Prai Raya
59 Sukhumvit Soi 8, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110
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An outpost from a popular restaurant in Phuket, Prai Raya is set in a renovated house on a quiet soi near the main tourist area in Central Bangkok.

Suggested Dishes:

  • Crab Curry
  • Muu Hong
  • Whole Fish

Klangsuan
143 Soi Sainumthip2(near Sukhumvit Soi 22), Klongtoei, Bangkok 10110
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A relative newcomer to Bangkok, it's been well received for their spicy Southern Thai dishes made with authentic pungent flavors in a modern environment.

Suggested Dishes:

  • Massaman Curry
  • Khua Kling
Wontons with Massaman and Phad Sato - Phuket Town

Phuket Town
126/2 Thong Lo 4 Alley, Watthana, Bangkok
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One of the oldest Southern Thai restuarants still operating in Bangkok, it's moved locations in Thonglor but still serves pretty good dishes, although they cater more towards tourist and Bangkok palates so it's not as spicy or strongly flavored.

Suggested Dishes:

  • Massaman Curry
  • Khanom Jin with Crab Curry
Khua Kling Muu Saab, Muu Hong - Baan Ice

Baan Ice
115 Thonglor Rd, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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Modern trendy restaurant serving Bangkok-style Southern Thai dishes, so they tend to be a little on the sweeter side. Nice place for a date, always busy on weekends and evenings.

Suggested Dishes:

  • Fish in Banana Leaf
  • Phad Sato
  • Cumin Fried Fish

ตู้กับข้าวแม่
43 Nang Linchi Road, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120
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Good homestyle Southern Thai food, served Khao Gaeng Style. Come early before they run out of dishes(very popular for breakfast). Owner speaks some English.

Suggested Dishes:

  • Varies daily, choose a few from the prepared dishes on the counter
Phad Sato Kung, Somtam Thai

Khao Jao
341 Thong Lo 17 Alley, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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Small restaurant near the Commons in Thonglor, it's been popular with families and locals for many years. Very cheap for Thonglor, they have a variety of dishes mostly from the South, although they are served Bangkok style so not as spicy or pungent.

Suggested Dishes:

  • Khua Kling
  • Phad Sato

Isaan

If you like sour and spicy flavors, Isaan dishes are some of the most popular in Thailand and include staples such as papaya and other spicy salads, sticky rice and larb.

Namtok Muu - Ho Jia

Ho Jia Isaan (หอเจี๊ยะ ข้าวต้มโต้รุ่ง)
9 Sukhumvit Soi 71, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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Popular Phrakhanong neighborhood Isaan spot open for dinner, with live music on the weekends. No English spoken, but they do have an English menu.

Suggested Dishes:

  • Nam Tok Khor Muu Yang (grilled pork neck spicy salad)
  • Larb Bet (duck larb)
  • Somtam Thai

Baan Somtum
9 Si Wiang Road, Silom, Bangkok 10140
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Several locations around Bangkok now. Nice variety of somtams, good sticky rice and other Isaan dishes, consistent flavors.

Suggested Dishes:

  • Somtam
  • Larb
  • Sticky Rice

Polo Fried Chicken
137/1-3,9 10 Sanam Khli Alley, Lumphini, Bangkok 10330
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Popular place near Lumphini Park that is famous for their fried chicken topped with fried garlic along with other Isaan favorites.

Suggested Dishes:

  • Fried Chicken with Garlic
  • Duck Larb
  • Somtam

Somtum Der
5/5 Saladaeng Rd, Silom, Bangkok 10500
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Famous Isaan restaurant in the heart of Silom, they have a location in New York City that's also quite popular, and another location in Thonglor. It's a little pricey and slow due to the crowds, but still serves a decent selection of Isaan plates, albeit a little pricier than other restaurants.

Suggested Dishes:

  • Somtam
  • Larb

Phed Phed Cafe
64 Pradiphat 20 Alley, Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400
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Very popular place in Ari, serves dishes from Nakorn Phanom.

Suggested Dishes:

  • Somtam

Sabaijai Kebtawan
87 Ekkamai 3 Alley, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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Another long-time favorite in the Ekkamai area, they moved to another location near their original spot, but it still draws in Thai families.

Suggested Dishes:

  • Grilled Chicken
  • Bamboo Spicy Salad
  • Guay Tiaw Khua Gai

North East
1010 12-15 Rama IV Rd, Silom, Bangkok 10500
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Popular restaurant near Silom that serves a large menu of Thai dishes, although they tend to do better with Isaan dishes.


Thai

Most restaurants in Bangkok will serve popular dishes from around the country and many incorporate Thai-Chinese recipes that have become a part of the Bangkok culinary landscape over the past 100 years. Bangkok cuisine also tends to be sweeter and less spicy than other regions, and many restaurants versions of regional dishes will reflect that.

The Local
32 Sukhumvit Soi 23, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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Another nice place to take visitors, they make some old Thai recipes you won't see anywhere else, like the cow tongue curry which is always delicious.

Baan Khanitha
36/1 Sukhumvit Soi 23, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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A more tourist focused restaurant in terms of dishes and prices, but it's in a beautiful renovated Thai house and they will make it more to local taste if asked. Several locations around central Bangkok now.

ข้าวต้ม กระดูกหมู (Khao Tom Kraduk Muu)
71 Sukhumvit Soi 71, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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My favorite local Chinese-Thai restaurant on Sukhumvit Soi 71, only open for dinner. They serve a large variety of stir fried dishes, with the black olive pork and phad sato being especially tasty.

Larb Gai Tod, Muu Manaw, Guay Tiaw Khua Khling - Sago Tree

Sago Tree, Dish & Spoon Café
106 Sukhumvit Soi 71, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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Nice selection of northern and southern style halaal dishes at affordable prices. Laab gai tod and khua khling were very tasty.

TUBA Design Furniture & Restaurant
34 Ekkamai Soi 21 Alley, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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One of the best Larb Muu Tod in Bangkok, and generally a good place for appetizers and drinks with a funky decor.

Or Tor Kor Market
19 Phahonyothin Soi 15, Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400
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Largest fresh market in Bangkok, popular with tourists and locals, has dozens of food stands for a quick meal as well as loads of fresh produce. Combine with a visit to nearby Chatuchak Market and JJ Mall for souvenirs.

Larb Muu Tod and Muu Saab - Saxophone

Saxophone Pub
3/8 Ratchathewi Soi 11, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400
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One of the best Larb Muu Tod in Bangkok, and serves a great Muu Saab, Yam Woon Sen and other tasty Thai dishes all while listening to some of the best jazz in the city just next to Victory Monument.

Best Beef
1498 Sukhumvit Rd, Phra Khanong, Bangkok 10110
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Typical outdoor Thai barbecue you cook at your table, ordered buffet style from a list of meats, seafood and veggies. Pretty good if you want to eat a lot of grilled foods with friends, and they offer beer buffet and live music on the weekends.

Huay Khwang Night Market
36 Pracha Rat Bamphen Rd, Din Daeng, Bangkok 10400
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Typical bustling Bangkok night market with a large number of food stalls serving a variety of dishes, specializing in spicy and seafood.

Phad See Yu Muu - Pier 21

Pier 21 Food Hall at Terminal 21
1010 12-15 Rama IV Rd, Silom, Bangkok 10500
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Visit Pier 21 Food court and find the fried noodle stall to get one of the best Phad See Yuu dishes in Bangkok(their Radnaa is pretty good too). Don't miss the Mango Sticky Rice vendors, cheap and always delicious mango slices.

Soul Food Mahanakorn
56/10 Sukhumvit Soi 55, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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One of the only places that does Thai fusion properly. Cute and trendy place to take visitors or dates for enjoying some delicious takes on traditional Thai dishes.

Wattana Panich
336 Sukhumvit Soi 63, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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Multi-generation shophouse specializing in Thai-Chinese soups. Their beef noodle soup is legendary and worth trying.

Sri Trat
90 Sukhumvit Soi 33, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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Popular restaurant serving dishes typical to Trat in eastern Thailand.

Supanniga Eating Room
160 Sukhumvit Soi 55, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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Popular restaurant with a few locations serving traditional eastern Thai recipes for a modern crowd.

Krua Apsorn
169 Dinso Rd, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200
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Local Bangkok home-style restaurant with several locations.

SaNgaa Beef Noodles
5/1 Sukhumvit Soi 51, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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Great beef noodle soups served by a partner of WTF gallery nearby.

Thonkrueng
211 Klang Alley, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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Thai-Chinese institution in Thonglor that still packs in Thai families for casual dishes.

Taling Pling
25 Sukhumvit Soi 34, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110
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Slightly upscale restaurant serving a large variety of dishes from around Thailand, has a new location in Icon Siam.

เซี๊ยะก๋วยเตี๊ยวเป็ด (Sia Duck Noodles)
2856 Rama IV Rd, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110
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One of the best places to get Duck Noodle Soup in Bangkok.

Kiewkaika Asoke
68 Asok Montri Rd, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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Another great place to bring visitors to share Thai dishes from around the country.

Food Loft
1027 Phloen Chit Rd, Lumphini, Bangkok 10330
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My other favorite food hall at the top floor of Central Department Store in Chidlom, this one is a bit more upscale with better quality versions of Thai street food and other international cuisines. Their boat noodles are delicious.

Train Night Market Ratchada
99 Ratchadaphisek Rd, Din Daeng, Bangkok 10400
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The most easily accessible night market in central Bangkok, this one is located just behind the Esplanade mall and offers a number of shops, food stalls, bars and music that packs in locals from Wednesday through Sunday. Check out Holy Cheese stall for some delicious grilled cheese creations.


Asian and African

One of the main reasons I loved living in Bangkok is because of the large number of expats from all over the world, which in turn means there are some great places to eat foreign food when you get tired of Thai cuisine.

Injera Wat Sampler - Taye Ethiopian

Taye Ethiopian Restaurant
1/22 Sukhumvit soi 3, Watthana, Bangkok, Thailand 10110
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Great Ethiopian restaurant, friendly staff, tasty dishes and good prices. Try the sampler platters to try a little of everything.

Masala Art
88, 36 Thonglor Rd, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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One of the best Indian lunch sets in Bangkok, most dishes are done properly like the tandoori chicken and biryani. They have friendly English speaking staff and can be found on the 2nd floor of the Eight Building in Thonglor.

Tabouleh Salad - Beirut

Beirut Restaurant
2 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110
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Wonderful shwarma, hummus and other middle eastern dishes, much more consistent than other places in the area. Located in the basement of the Phloenchit Center building.

Bamboo Al-Khayma
7 Sukhumvit Soi 3, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110
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Very popular late night spot, good shwarma, pizza and middle eastern cuisine.

Lunch Vegetarian Set - Spicy by Nature

Spicy by Nature
33/5 Sukhumvit Soi 63, Watthana, Bangkok, 10110
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Another great place for Indian lunch sets, their curries are all pretty good, just don't order the biryani or tandoori items, not that great.

Rang Mahal
19 Sukhumvit Soi 18, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110
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One of the top Indian restaurants in Bangkok, they run a stunning buffet on Sundays.

Charcoal Tandoor Grill & Mixology
38/8 Sukhumvit Soi 11, Watthana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
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Another of the top Indian restaurants in Bangkok, this one focuses on grilled dishes and tandoori oven favorites.

Indus
71 Sukhumvit Soi 26, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110
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One of the older fine-dining style Indian restaurants in Bangkok, it's maybe not as authentic in terms of flavors since it caters more to Thais and tourists, but makes for a nice meal out.

Shakshuka, Hummus and Pita - Hummus Boutique

Hummus Boutique
999 Sukhumvit Rd, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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One of the best places for hummus, salads, fresh baked pita and falafel in central Bangkok.

Mutton Curry and Shan Noodles - Feel Myanmar

Feel Myanmar Restaurant
35/2-8 Ratchaprasong Rd, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330
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One of the only Burmese restaurants in Bangkok, they are the first outpost of a popular eatery based in Yangon. The salads and veggie dishes were great and cheap, the meat curries were pricey and just so-so.

Dolsot Bi Bim Bap - Kiani

Kiani(คีอาน)Korean Restaurant
90 Thonglor Soi 2, Watthana, Bangkok, 10110
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Great casual Korean eatery that makes tasty bibimbap, mandu and home-made banchan.

Bishamon Sapporo Ramen
1032 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110
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Tasty sashimi/sushi, tempura, rice bowls, and ramen among other typical Japanese Izakaya dishes.

Stir Fried Bitter Melon and Kimchi - Okinawa Kinjo

Okinawa Kinjo
24/1 Sukhumvit Soi 69, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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One of the only Okinawan restaurants in BKK, good meal sets that include udon, braised pork belly and stir-fried bitter melon(this dish is always great here).

Vie Ha Long
101 Sukhumvit Rd, Phra Khanong, Bangkok 10260
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One of my new favorites for Vietnamese dishes in Bangkok, excellent pho and starters.

Vietnamese and More
99/9-11 Thang Rotfai Sai Kao Alley, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110
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One of the better Vietnamese restaurants in Bangkok, great appetizer wrap set, good pho, delicious steak bahn mi.

Bankara Ramen
32/1 Sukhumvit Soi 39, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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The best tonkotsu ramen and karaage chicken in Bangkok.

Bun Cha - Muine

Muiné
Habito Mall, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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Cute Vietnamese cafe with great pho and fried spring rolls.

Katsu-Shin
9 Soi Than Tawan, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500
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Best katsu in Bangkok, also has an all you can drink special for 2 hours that's great before going out around the Sathorn/Silom area.

New Mabuhay Restaurant
55 Soi Barbot 2, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110
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Pretty authentic and the oldest Filipino restaurant in the city, good sisig and diniguan. They recently moved to a more convenient location near BTS Phrakhanong.

Sun Moon
5 Soi Ngam Du Phli, Bangkok 10120
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Local Chinese eatery that serves an amazing fried eggplant dish, worth going to despite the not-so-clean tables and surly staff.

Doorae
210 Sukhumvit Rd, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
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Great Korean bbq, solid bibimbap and chapchae, my favorite of all the eateries in the K-town building.

Mona's Burmese Food
Suk U-Thit Alley, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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Mona's stall has been in the local Phrakhanong market area for many years. They make a very good tea leaf salad(although a bit oily) as well as their Burmese noodle soup.

Tea Leaf Salad - BK Restaurant

BK Restaurant
96/2 Mi Suwan 1 Alley, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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Homestyle Nepalese/Burmese restaurant, friendly owners and staff, many small dishes with low prices to try. The tea leaf salad and veggie dishes are always tasty.

Vientiane Kitchen
8 Sukhumvit Soi 36, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110
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More Isaan than Lao and aimed at tourists, but it's a good place to take foreigners as they usually have live entertainment nightly that's amusing.


American and Western European

Salsa Set and Chips - Tacos & Salsa

Tacos & Salsa
21/3 Sukhumvit Soi 18, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110
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One of the most authentic Mexican places in BKK. Their tacos dorados and tamales are delicious. Their salsa set, guacamole , burritos and steak quesadillas are also very tasty.

Pepperoni Slice - Soho Pizza

Soho Pizza
26/3 Soi Sukhumvit 11, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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Reliable and as authentic as it gets for a New York style slice, worth a visit or 3.

Artisan Craft Burgers
26/1 Soi Sukhumvit 11, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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Good burgers, fries and sauces to dip them in.

Roast
335 Thong Lo 17 Alley, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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Two locations, one at Emquartier and one at The Commons. Good lunch deals, serves a large variety of American/European dishes and drinks.

The Commons
1010 12-15 Rama IV Rd, Silom, Bangkok 10500
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Nice place to hang out with friends, has a number of choices for eating and drinking, and has a dog-friendly outside area.

Fatty's Bar & Diner
9/196-197 Trakun Suk Alley,Din Daeng, Bangkok 10500
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The best American dive bar/restaurant in BKK, great wings and poutine fries.

Falafel set - Mama Dolores

Mama Dolores
20 Yen Akat Rd, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120
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Set in a renovated house and yard in Yen Akart, this is popular in the evenings with groups of people. Good middle eastern food, their falafel, hummus, grilled kebabs and fresh-made pita bread are all very tasty. Pizza is just so-so though.

Mangosteen - Icedea

Icedea
939 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330
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Creative ice cream and desserts, all of which are worth trying.

The Iron Fairies & Co
1010 12-15 Rama IV Rd, Silom, Bangkok 10500
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Reliable place for cocktails and American food. Burgers, nachos, oysters are good, also has fun live music most nights.

Oskar
24 Sukhumvit Soi 11, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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One of the longest-running restaurant/lounge spaces on Soi 11, good food and the best Mojitos in Bangkok, turns into a club at night.

PALA Pizza Romana
BTS Asoke Entrance, 21 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110
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The best place for Roman style pizza in Bangkok, and also serves great pasta dishes.

Bake Cheese Tart
1788 New Petchaburi Rd, Huai Khwang, Bangkok 10310 Thailand
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The best among the Japanese dessert chains selling cheesecake, available in several malls (although seems to be disappearing).

SWAY
Arena 10, Thong Lo soi 10, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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Best buffalo wings in BKK, also turns into a good hip-hop club at night.

Hemingway's Bangkok
37 Sukhumvit Soi 11, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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Key West-style eatery that still makes some dishes you can't get anywhere else such as fried yucca and Cuban sandwiches.

The Gardens of Dinsor Palace
1010 12-15 Rama IV Rd, Silom, Bangkok 10500
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Lovely place for brunch, great eggs benedict.

Ash Kickers
30/7-8 Ekkamai Soi 12, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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Authentic American BBQ, lots of tasty southwestern US specials most weeks.

Smokin' Pug
105 Lang Suan Rd, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330
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Decent American BBQ and cocktails.

Bacco
1010 12-15 Rama IV Rd, Silom, Bangkok 10500
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Nice upscale Italian that delivers the flavor to match the higher prices.

Pizzeria Bella Napoli
3 Sukhumvit Soi 31, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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One of my favorites for pasta and pizza.

W Market
1599 Sukhumvit Rd, Watthana, Bangkok 10110
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Popular outdoor market targetting expats, with a variety of food stalls with some good Thai, Asian, Italian choices.

Honey Biscuit and Fried Chicken - Texas Chicken

Texas Chicken
Siamkit building, Siam Square Soi 7, Watthana, Bangkok 10330
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Several locations, best American fast food chicken in Thailand. Honey biscuits are also delicious.

Il Bolognese
1010 12-15 Rama IV Rd, Silom, Bangkok 10500
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Great pastas at this classic Italian eatery.