I just can't get enough of basil these days. I buy fresh basil every time I go to the grocery store. I use this favourite herb every opportunity I get - in pasta sauces, thai curries, salads and pestos to name a few. Recently I discovered that a restaurant called Holy Basil which is one of the most popular Thai restaurants in Manhattan.
Holy Basil is located in the Lower East Side on 2nd Avenue between 9th and 10th street. You walk up a flight of stairs to reach the restaurant on the second floor of an apartment building. The high ceilings, dark wood furniture, velvet upholstery and dim lighting make you feel like you are in library instead of a restaurant. The chandeliers and stained glass add a romantic touch to the ambience. We ate at the bar which is at the front of the restaurant.
I was quite impressed with the taste of the Thai food at Holy Basil though Patpong is still my favourite. We ate vegetable spring rolls, a Thai salad with peanut sauce, yellow curry with vegetables and deep fried tofu. I'd never tried deep fried tofu before and was expecting something dripping in oil. To my delight, the tofu chunks were moist on the inside and deliciously crisp on the outside and came with a yummy sweet and spicy dipping sauce.
Oh, and did I mention that the meal was quite reasonably priced? Overall, fabulous value for money. The Lower East Side is really the place for great food finds.
149 2nd Ave
Between 9th Street and 10th Street