Pongsri is what we could call a chain restaurant whose first location was opened in 1972, in Chinatown, makes it the oldest Thai restaurant in that area. I did not go there, but to the one near Times Square, that I saw many times when walking near the multiple theaters.
You would not go there for their decor and the ambiance, but certainly for the cheap prices they offer, especially with their lunch menu that propose a large selection of dishes, for the vegetarians and non-vegetarians; it goes from noodles to curry and fried rice, as well as salads. Contrary to the majority of the restaurants that offer a lunch prix-fixe, you just get your main dish: no salad or spring roll. So, as we were a group, we decided to get spring rolls, called Siam roll.
There were six of them. I admit that they were really average: greasy and the only thing you could taste was the greasy crispy (at least that) shell; the inside, made with bean threads and vegetables was tasteless.
For my main dish, I got the chicken massaman curry that I asked not spicy. I do not know if it was because I ask for no heat, but it was a bit bland. So disappointing.
I guess the only order I liked at Pongsri was my Thai iced tea, a must have when I eat in a Thai restaurant, even if the temperatures are freezing.
So, it was a disappointing experience, the food being really average, even considering the price. There are plenty of cheap options midtown Manhattan, like Thai Grill, or Viv, that I will pass next time...
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