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Posted by Michelle on 10/14/2006
I live in Chelsea and this is my favorite Thai place around. It's less trendy than Spice and the wait staff seems a lot more caring to all of your cuisine needs. The atmosphere is quite lovely and tiny. The Thai iced tea, drunken noodles, pad Thai, and fried rice are my favorites. Quick delivery, too!
Posted by Aaron on 07/04/2006
I've never been to a more lovely Thai eatery. The waitstaff is polite and funny, and the dishes here are perfect,. All of their salads( try the beef or mango) have just the right blend of spices -- salty and sweet, sour and spicy. At lunch time, I order about twenty to thirty minutes. Trust me, it's well worth the wait.
Posted by Foster on 06/19/2006
I'm not sure where some of the other reviewers may have ordered from, but if they're complaining about bad food, slow delivery, or expensive prices, then they didn't eat Aura. This is a Hell's Kitchen gem, frequented mainly by locals and 9-5'ers, notably the staff of Time Out NY. The curry is traditional, flavorful, and spicy! It could use a little salt - but as I understand it, thai curry isn't usually salted. The duck roll appetizers are a delicious bargain. The yum thai salads are intensely flavored too. But take my advice: get delivery. There are only about 15 seats in the whole place, and table service is cramped and slow. The staff's English is somewhat limited, so special requests aren't always honored (or understood). My office is about 3 blocks away, and even at peak lunch hour, delivery rarely takes more than 20 minutes.
Posted by Liz on 05/18/2006
I found this place while looking for a decent spot to eat in the west 30's (there aren't many), and asked about a few dishes that were pictured (in glossy photographs) in their outside menu (a shrimp pad thai and a shrimp shumai appetizer) but not listed indoors, and the woman at the bar (who represents herself as some sort of manager) claimed they did not make them in that restaurant. I literally went back outside, grabbed the menu, and brought it in to show it to her, at which point she admitted that they did. When I asked her to tell me what was in that pad thai (since it was not on the regular, picture-free menu), she told me noodles and shrimp and nothing else. I pointed at the picture, and to all of the vegetables, toppings and garnishes that were on it, asked her what the sauce was, and she told me noodles and shrimp again, and nothing else (it was very frustrating, as I have food allergies and she was being completely useless). I ordered it anyway, but found it to be so dull and unremarkable and overpriced (I paid 10 dollars for a lunch portion). The waitress who helped me was a bit brighter and smiled warmly, but the meal itself did nothing to justify the frustration. Thumbs down
Posted by Foodoholic on 03/29/2006
Been going threre since our workplace moved to the 33rd and i love the place. Great Fusion Food! They provide a great variety and quality of food for the amount of money you spend. Service is great. Though be ready to stand outside and sit with strangers cuz its a tiny and congested place. I only wish they open a bigger place sooner.
Posted by food eater on 02/15/2006
I am Thai and it is definitely run by Thai people. The food is good for being in that area. (where there is not a lot of choices) Would not recommend delivery unless you want to wait over an hour. Also if you decide to eat there during lunch be prepared to stand outside while waiting. This place is not that big.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/30/2005
I live in Queens but visit Aura every weekend because this is as authentic and innovative as it gets. The waiters are friendly, and the food, prompt. While the pad thai and tom kar soup taste traditional -- as they should! -- the lemongrass chicken (with a side of sticky rice and papaya salad) and ice cream with sweet sticky rice offer a new spin on old favorites. DELICIOUS stuff! I feel healthy and fresh after my meals, so much so that I sometimes order from them for lunch too. Anyone who lives in or visits nyc should definitely check out Aura. You won't be disappointed.