What intrigued me the most about Uncle Boons was that it had a Michelin star—but that it wasn't a gourmet restaurant (the star is for the deliciousness of the food). Oh and, obviously, that it makes Thai food.
Uncle Boons is the plate-sharing type of restaurant, which makes it even better because you can order many different things.
What (positively) surprised me was that the menu consisted in non-mainstream thai dishes, I had basically never heard about 80% of the food on the menu—which was super exciting!
We ordered (and I highly recommend) the Plaa Hoi Shenn (raw scallops with basil seeds and lemongrass), Khao Soi Kaa Kai (golden curry with many toppings, it was spectacular) and Yum Mamoung (green mango salad). Order some sticky rice on the side and it will be the best meal you'll ever have in New York City.