For starters, I always opt for the tangy, spicy, green papaya salad. It’s a combination of green beans, tomatoes, and of course, green papaya, tossed with crushed peanuts, Thai chili, and lime juice, along with itsy bitsy dried shrimp that add dimension to an already exciting mix of crisp flavors. During my last visit, I ventured out and tried a special appetizer, the oyster pancake, which presented as more of a thin, yet fluffy frittata, bursting with juicy oysters encapsulated in a lightly fried batter. If you can move past the unanticipated texture, you’re in for a treat when that bad boy’s available.
Now, I am not the only person who loves Pure Thai, and securing your stool can be difficult when the weather is nice and prospective diners don’t mind waiting outside. Being an only child, New Yorker, and generally hungry person, I do mind waiting in line for almost anything. (Impatient? I’ll call it “time-conscious”). If you are time-conscious like me, consider calling ahead and placing yourself on the wait list – but only if you’ll be punctual. Another helpful tip is to try and sneak in for weekend lunch, rather than dinner. Doors open at noon, and if you arrive ten minutes beforehand, there’s a great chance you’ll be part of the day’s first seating. No production necessary, outside or in.