761 9TH Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1001940.764289 -73.988598
Monday 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Clinton
wow!!! – I had my doubts after seeing the bad reviews but decided to take a shot at Chanpen since I was in the neighborhood. I'm VERY GLAD I did because the entire experience was awesome. The staff was awesome as was the food. From what I heard from our waitress, the owner is also the chef and it really showed because everything that we ordered(4 of us) was simply delicious. We had the pad thai(probably the best ever), the prawns in pesto sauce(with lots of other yummy ingredients that I can't remember right now), beef with basil and chili, and the Chanpen duck, which was just amazing.
I tried other Thai joints around the area the past few times I was in the neighborhood and none even comes close to comparing to Chanpen, with a new Thai restaurant popping up every block on 9th Ave, I'm glad I stopped in to the right one. I will definitely be back and so will all my friends. Definitely give this place a try!!!
Poor Choice For Thai In This Neighborhood – The restaurant is one of the prettier Thai restaurants in the neighborhood, but the prices are very high, the portions quite small, and the service was poor. The food itself was just OK, most dishes were very salty and the pad thai was way too sweet. Unbelievably, they do NOT include rice with any of their dishes, it costs EXTRA! I have never been to any other asian restaurant in my entire life that did not include rice with the entrees; it seems like a dumb way to cheap-out. You can do MUCH better at most of the other dozen or so Thai restaurants in this neighborhood.
Bad Bad Bad – It seems like most reviews about this restaurant are positive so they might have a different chef now... because my experience in this restaurant was terrible. The food wasn't good at all and even tasted old and we experienced upset stomach the same evening and the next day... I love Thai food but would definitely recommend to avoid this restaurant! The waiter was nice though but the person seating us was quite pushy.
An Unexpected Gem – I swear, they have to change their sign -- looks cheezy outside.
But inside, it's a different story. On full nights, it can be tight but there's generally enough space that you won't need to make reservations. They have the best pad thai I've tasted! and the tamarind duck is excellent! Nice and crispy but slathered with flavorful tangy sauce. The staff is warm and friendly and they greet you like old friends. It's affordable too! Highly recommended!
friendliest waitstaff I've ever seen! – I was really amazed at how nice and attentive the waitstaff is here. In NYC, restaurant service is generally very bad compared to anywhere else in the country. But going to Chanpen Thai restaurant, you can imagine that you are somewhere where the locals are very nice and hospitable! I always order the "pad pak" dish and the Thai ice tea-- yummy. And I love how the waitstaff has different outfits depending on the season of the year-- their summer uniforms have these pretty hibiscus flower prints, so cute! The decor is much nicer than other Thai restaurants in the neighborhood-- upscale and clean.
Wonderful little Thai restaurant with good food, a pleasant atmosphere and friendly waitstaff. – We live around the corner from this place, and we absolutely adore it. The waitstaff is unflaggingly polite, the service is quick, and the food is very tasty. The portions aren't huge, but certainly enough for one person. We usually get one appetizer and one entree, and that is enough for two people. We highly recommend the spring rolls, the panang curry with chicken, the yum neau, and the tom yum. We've tried all of the other Thai restaurants in this area, and Chanpen is by far our favorite.
Great Food, Great Staff – Whenever I go to Chanpen with my friends (Sera & Juan) we always order the shrimp pad thai because this place uses just the right amount of seasoning & spice. Have to admit, haven't tried all their dishes since we're all suckers for pad thai. The drinks are reasonably priced and the decor is pretty traditional. What tops everything off is the fact they treat their customers with great care since their main concern is to find regulars for this great establishment.
The Trifecta: All Good – Imagine our surprise to actually find such a fine establishment right in the heart of the theatre district or close enough anyway. The service was wonderful and responsive, ambience very nice, food excellent and reasonably priced. Even the restrooms was immaculate! We will definitely return to this wonderful restaurant.
Real Traditional? – They talked about traditional Thai but the dishes look more fusion than their traditional "COSTUME". Whatever happen to "FAMILY STYLE" Thai cooking, the portion are too small and tradtional thai cooking uses MSG which I prefer not to have in my body. After all, I'm still searching for that delicious thai cooking. But here, wasn't it but was a disappointment. There're so many thai food on ninth avenue that you can't just look good but your food has to be also.
This is the good Thai food. – We ate at this place yesterday. The food was fine. The ambience was in the Thai traditional old style but acceptable one. The service was fine. Good to try out.
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