A while back, I wrote a short update on the appearance of the Zabb franchise in the East Village, not really giving the Queens original its due. While acceptable, their Manhattan location really caters to a Manhattan crowd, like discussed. For the real deal, you've got to get yourself out to Queens. But you already knew that.
The setting is a slightly upscale, modern dining room, but the food is deliciously accessible and real. The price points are the same as other good Thai in the area, and while Zabb tries to accentuate the Isaan side of their menu, or northeastern cuisine, they also have curries and other favorites.
The times I have visited this restaurant were long ago, and my notes as well as some photos have disappeared, so I apologize for the lack of pricing. These three give an idea of what to expect. The service is also good, friendly and not too overbearing.