Pa Ord Noodle

Cheap Eats: Southeast Asian, June 2012

The Thai regulars who crowd the closely packed tables can do without the Hello Kitty-adorned picture menu. Here you eat among cognoscenti who specify the width of the noodles and the degree of heat with barely a pause in the conversation. Tom yum combines the kick of dried shrimp, the gaminess of chopped liver, and the brightness of handfuls of herbs.