Savory and spicy Thai fusion linguine pasta with broccoli, carrot, chili pepper, tofu and basil, also known as drunken linguine.

Authentic Thai food that just happens to be plant-based

In 1988 May started with just a street cart in Bangkok creating dishes that would eventually become part of our complete menu which we still offer today. 30+ years and many iterations later, May Kaidee arrived in NYC to bring our taste to an even greater audience.

We specialize in Thai vegan food inspired by traditional dishes from Thailand's various provinces.

Glass Noodle Salad, made of mung bean noodles soaked in water then steamed and cooled, slices of red bell pepper, toasted rice powder and chopped mint leaves served on large lettuce leaves in a white ceramic bowl.
Mango Rolls, made with shredded carrot, red cabbage, cucumber and mango slices in a rice wrapper cut into small bite sized pieces.
Veg Bowl, a combination of raw and steamed vegetables, carrot, cauliflower, red cabbage, avocado with tangy dressing and a slice of lime.

Our menu includes salads, curries, noodles dishes all based on traditional Thai recipes from different provinces including Isaan (North-East Thailand), Central Thailand and Southern Thailand.

Opening hours:
Monday - Friday: 5pm - 11pm
Saturday and Sunday: 5pm - 11pm

Located at 215 East Broadway in Manhattan

Mango Salad, made of shredded young mango, shredded carrot, cubed tomato, chopped green bean, fresh lime and chopped chili in a tangy spicy dressing.

Authentic Thai Dishes

We source the ingredients used in our dishes daily for maximum freshness. In Thailand food is normally made with ingredients that have arrived directly from farms that same day. In order to come as close as possible to the experience of Thai food as it's made in Thailand, we start by seeking out and handpicking ingredients everyday that are as fresh as possible.

Whether easy to find produce such as lettuce, tomotoes and cabbage, or more difficult to source ingredients such as galanghal, lemon grass, kaffir lime leaf, fingerroot (Chinese ginger) or Thai basil, we make an effort to find the best individual ingredients available each day.

We encourage you to browse our Index of Thai Ingredients to learn more about the special and unique plant-based items that go into making our dishes at May Kaidee.

Turmeric Rice, served as a decorative cylindrical shape topped with tofu slices, thin carrot and cabbage slices, avocado slices and sprinkles of dried seaweed with a tofu cream sauce.

Fusion Thai Specials

We also offer a selection of fusion Thai inspired dishes as a unique extension to our original menu which originated in Bangkok, Thailand. Combining traditional ingredients with complementary, sometimes unlikely counterparts, completes the circle of traditional Thai cuisine from the past few centuries which itself began as a fusion cusine reinventing dishes and techniques from China primarily and later India, and even later with ingredients as far away as North America – most notably the chili pepper which originated in Mexico.

When examining historical records, it's interesting to what degree ingredients traveled from one side of the globe to the other, resulting in Thai ingredients being introduced to the Western hempisphere and vice-versa.

Booster Bowl, a medley of vegetables, fruit and spices including avocado, cucumber, cilantro, broccoli, mango, cashew nuts and bean sprouts, sprinkled with turmeric, black pepper and minced garlic.

All Vegan, Plant-based Cuisine

Try our healthy bowl consisting of a layer of brown-red rice with several layers of fresh ingredients high in antioxidants topped with a ginger-carrot dressing.

Coconut Custard, a popular Thai dessert served in decorative blue cermic dessert cups.

Night Market Menu

We now offer our Night Market menu late evenings 7 days per week 10pm - 12 midnight.

Khao Soi, a northern Thai noodle dish with spices, vegetables and yellow noodles served in a white ceramic bowl with wooden chopsticks.

Our Cookbook

Our third edition cookbook contains several original dishes from our original Bangkok menu. Great for gifts. Suitable for both beginning and experienced cooks. Available for delivery worldwide.

The cookbook includes more numerous recipes including salads, soups, curries, stir fry dishes and desserts. Spring Rolls, Papaya Salad, Pad Thai, Massaman Curry, Green Curry are just some of the dishes outlined in the easy to follow instruction.

Plant-based Thai food has become increasingly popular in recent years, both for health reasons and as a more environmentally-friendly option. Thai cuisine is known for its bold and complex flavors, which are often achieved through the use of herbs, spices, and aromatics, which is what makes possible an unbelievable range of flavors which still today are not widely known as being possible in vegan cooking. Thai vegan cooking is in contrast to what has historically been the reputation of vegan cuisine as one lacking flavor and substance. With plant-based vegan Thai cooking it's possible to showcase a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, grains, and legumes in a manner that can make one forget that it is void of animal products.

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