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Title: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: toddg on December 01, 2014, 10:38:17 PM
Chopsticks and Marrow features a new Thai restaurant in Elmhurst called Plant Love House (http://chopsticksandmarrow.com/2014/12/plant-love-house-brings-thai-street-food-to-whitney-avenue/).   It sounds great.  Di Stefano writes that "Woodside and Elmhurst have blossomed into a Little Bangkok," and I think he's absolutely right.  At this point, I'm feeling overwhelmed by the number of new Thai places I haven't been able to try yet.  As the first step in my therapy, I thought I'd try to make a list:

Arunee Thai (http://www.aruneethainyc.com/), 78-23 37th Avenue., Jackson Heights (Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/arunee-thai-jackson-heights))
Ayada Thai (http://ayadathaiwoodside.com/),77-08 Woodside Ave., Elmhurst (Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/ayada-thai-elmhurst))
Black Thai (http://www.blackthaijacksonheights.com/), 81-16 Northern Blvd., Jackson Heights (Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/black-thai-jackson-heights-4))
Boon Chu Thai Place, 83-18 Broadway, Elmhurst (Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/boon-chu-thai-place-elmhurst))
Chao Thai, 85-03 Whitney Ave., Elmhurst (Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/chao-thai-restaurant-elmhurst))
Coco South East Asian Cuisine (http://www.cocoasiancuisine.com/), 82-69 Broadway, Elmhurst (Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/coco-south-east-asian-cuisine-elmhurst))
Dee Thai (http://www.deethainyc.com/), 46-17 Queens Blvd. Sunnyside (Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/dee-thai-restaurant-sunnyside-191))
Eim Khao Mun Kai, 81-32 Broadway, Elmhurst (Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/eim-khao-mun-kai-elmhurst-elmhurst))
I Am Thai (http://www.iamthairestaurant.com/), 49-08 43rd Ave., Woodside (Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/i-am-thai-woodside-2))
Khao Kang, 76-20 Woodside Ave., Elmhurst (Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/khao-kang-elmhurst))
Kitchen 79 (http://www.kitchen79nyc.com/), 37-70 79th St., Jackson Heights (Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/kitchen-79-jackson-heights))
Nusara Thai Kitchen (http://www.nusarathaikitchen.com/), 82-80 Broadway, Elmhurst (Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/nusara-thai-kitchen-elmhurst))
Paet Rio, 81-10 Broadway, Elmhurst (Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/paet-rio-elmhurst))
Plant Love House, 86-08 Whitney Ave., Elmhurst (Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/plant-love-house-new-york-2))
Playground Authentic Thai Cuisine, 71-30 Roosevelt Ave., Jackson Heights (Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/playground-authentic-thai-cuisine-jackson-heights))
Ploy Thai, 81-40 Broadway, Elmhurst (Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/ploy-thai-elmhurst))
Sabay Thai Restaurant (http://www.sabaythai.com/), 75-19 Broadway, Elmhurst (Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/sabay-thai-restaurant-elmhurst))
Sila Thai (http://silathairestaurant.com/), 57-17 Roosevelt Ave., Woodside (Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/sila-thai-restaurant-woodside))
Spicy Shallot (http://www.spicyshallot.com/), 77-01 Woodside Ave., Elmhurst (Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/spicy-shallot-elmhurst))
Sripraphai (http://www.sripraphairestaurant.com/), 64-13 39th Ave., Woodside (Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/sripraphai-thai-restaurant-woodside))
Suki Thai Shabu (http://www.sukithaishabu.com/), 60-15 Woodside Ave., Woodside (Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/suki-thai-shabu-woodside))
Sweet Basil, 39-28 61st St., Woodside (Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/sweet-basil-woodside))
Zabb Elee (http://zabbelee.com/contents/home.html), 71-28 Roosevelt Ave., Woodside (Yelp (http://www.yelp.com/biz/zabb-elee-woodside))

That list seems to dwarf our famous neighborhood's "Little India" offerings.  Did I miss any?

Which are your favorites?   And who's going to try them all first?
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: Shelby2 on December 01, 2014, 11:38:15 PM
I've only been to four of them.  I can see I have my work cut out for me.  Thanks for the list!
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: Superclam on December 02, 2014, 07:22:07 AM
I've also only tried 4, and ranked in order that I liked:
Sripraphai
Arunee
Kitchen 79
Black Thai

The last 2 will deliver to me, so I get from Kitchen 79 the most. It's serviceable, but Sripraphai is the one that really stands out.
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: lalochezia on December 02, 2014, 08:26:31 AM
*Drools uncontrollably*
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: Jeffsayyes on December 02, 2014, 09:06:41 AM
wowww, that is crazy. I think Elmhurst is the core, with the ones in sunnyside and woodside also-rans. but...


You can add some that aren't proper restaurants:
ThaiThai Grocery (next to that bar, read ahead)
Thai Grocery
Thai liqour store next to ayada (though the thai selection is very limited)
That bar across the street from khao kang
that coffee shop across the street from that bar


Restaurants:
Thailand Center Point (sentimental favorite)

Every one I've been to knocks even the highest regarded manhattan places out of the water. The 4 or so times I've had thai in Manhattan, I just thought it was the most ridiculous thing. Like I was cheating on Kathy Ireland with Kathy Bates.

Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: Lilybell on December 02, 2014, 02:30:30 PM
Jeff, don't you mess with Kathy Bates!

My favorite out of this great list is Ayada, hands down. 
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: cultartist on December 02, 2014, 04:10:08 PM
I hate to have to choose between Ayada and Zabb Elee (though I make that choice at least once a week and choose differently each time).  Both are amazing and--I agree with Jeff and his Kathy conundrum--better than anything I've had in Manhattan.  Oh, and that Thai bar--it's called Pata Paplean--is fantastic.  Stunning and freaky decor, potent exotic drinks, nice staff and actually pretty good food. 
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: daisy on December 02, 2014, 11:28:33 PM
I would also dare say that the Thai food gets better once you cross into Elmhurst.  Not sure why, but the food is spicier, much more flavorful, and tastes more authentic than what's on Northern or 37th.  Thanks so much for putting up this list!  I'll have to check them all off!
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: puri on December 10, 2014, 01:51:34 AM
I have tried almost all on the list but some in Sunnyside and Woodside. I think you also miss Chao Thai Too which specializes in Thai sukiyaki.

I agree that this area serves the best Thai food in the whole NYC area and probably second in the country only to Thai town in Los Angeles (where good Thai restaurants are more spread out) and second in some specialties, say Khao Man Kai to Portland. My personal favorites are Zabb Elee, Khao Kang, and Ploy Thai (not sure about the new renovation though). My Thai friends go to Playground and Sabay a lot for karaoke after (restaurant) work and their drinking food is not bad. Many think food at Ayada is sweet but it's kind of similar to food in Central Thailand.

Personally I like this development, especially if new places focus on different things like Tea Cup Cafe (that corner cafe on Woodside Ave), Khao Kang, or a few new chicken and rice joints. However, I feel strange that many Thai restaurants inside and outside of this area are actually managed by the same team like Zabb and Spice (very bad in my view). And some seem to have strong connections like Spice and Khao Kang or Zabb and Larb Ubol.
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: toddg on December 10, 2014, 07:33:28 AM
Thanks Puri, that was very interesting and helpful.   I think the increasing diversity among Thai establishments is a great development... I'd love to hear any further insights you may have about which places correspond to particular regions and/or styles back in Thailand.

It also seems worth noting that the trend hasn't been limited to Thai cuisine.   There are a fair number of great Malaysian, Indonesian, and Vietnamese places in the mix as well.  I'm not sure whether there is genuinely a broadly diverse Southeast Asian community emerging here, or if we're drawing immigrants primarily from one place, but they are branching out in their development of restaurants.
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: dssjh on December 10, 2014, 12:05:43 PM
likewise been to about a dozen or so, and found some really, really great ones and only one or two duds. CoCo doesn't seem a fit to me (self-described Southeast Asian, it seems more Malaysian to me). we're very lucky to have this bounty -- and i have friends who come from all over the city to eat at quite a few.
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: Jeffsayyes on December 11, 2014, 08:08:53 PM
Puri, are you saying it is bad when the owners have a second location, when one location is not personally supervised by them? 

Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: puri on December 12, 2014, 09:28:29 AM
Puri, are you saying it is bad when the owners have a second location, when one location is not personally supervised by them?

To me, it is just very surprising that a good Thai place and a (very) bad one like Zabb Elee and Spice can have the same management. It's like they intentionally dumb the food down in Manhattan, not because they don't have expertise or cannot find ingredients. Maybe I was a bit naive.
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: daisy on January 19, 2015, 09:29:08 PM
Just tried Nusara Thai Kitchen and it was delicious!  It's tucked away in a plaza on Broadway.  Very good food, nice amount of spice, and friendly staff.  Prices are decent too.  Highly recommend it.  I'm trying to make my way through all of the restaurants listed this year.  It's my favorite cuisine!
Title: some publicity for the Elmhurst Thai scene
Post by: wallaby on July 14, 2015, 12:46:43 PM
just saw this today; lots of restaurants frequently discussed on this board:
http://www.grubstreet.com/2015/07/9-thai-restaurants-elmhurst.html
Title: current Thai offerings
Post by: wallaby on April 29, 2016, 09:49:33 AM
Hi all,

I know there have been scattered posts about this previously, but I would love to hear what people's current Thai restaurant favorites are in Elmhurst/Jackson Heights. A friend of mine recently wanted to come visit and experience the local offerings- I took her to Paet Rio, because it had been on my list to try for awhile, but it was unfortunately kind of mediocre. Should have probably gone to Chao Thai, although we wanted a place where we could sit and have a beer or two with dinner, and Paet Rio has a nice interior for this. We did get drinks after at Pata Paplean, which was great as always.
My own list:
Khao Khang
Chao Thai
Kitchen 79
Ayada

Am I missing any?
Title: Re: current Thai offerings
Post by: pynchoff on April 29, 2016, 10:04:05 AM
Zabb Elee is still better than most Thai restaurants in the area.
Title: Re: current Thai offerings
Post by: lalochezia on April 29, 2016, 11:07:59 AM
Still huge fans of ayada and 79. They are the obvious go-tos for those in the historic district in the 70's or low 80's.

Ayada's portions for delivery are more generous than 79's..... their catfish salad is ridiculously delicious, their chive dumplings (when fresh eat-in, not delivered) are crispy nuggets of awesome,  they had a special - fillet mignon panang curry! - which was out of this world -  a few weeks ago.  their noodle and curry standards are also excellent. they are  expanding next door to get bigger. I seriously think Ayada is a world class restaurant....certainly the best overall thai I've had in the USA (including thaitown in LA).

79 has delicious draft beer selections, their curries have a great "fresh" taste to them. a truly great local choice (*much* better than the now  sadly sugared, weak-sauce westernized Arunee).

The more elmhurst-y thais are good, but unless there is a particular dish that ayada or 79 does weakly in comparison to these  we generally stick to the more local ones.

Zabb elee's Dark noodle soup is sweet spicy funky and awesome. the other stuff I've had there was good but not as memorable as 79/ayada.

I miss plant love house. And if you want delicious delicious, delicious early onset diabetes, sugar clubs' deserts are great.
Title: Re: current Thai offerings
Post by: rabucat on April 29, 2016, 11:25:41 AM
Agree wholeheartedly about Ayada, which is ridiculously good.  Still a fan of Sripraphai after all of these years, especially when the weather is nice and you can sit in the back garden.  I really like the atmosphere at Kitchen 79, though I think they can be a little heavy-handed with the fish sauce on some of the dishes.  But definitely on the short list of go-to Thai places in Jackson Heights proper. 

I would add Sompong Thai to the list, especially for delivery (I've ordered from them more times than I care to disclose publicly).  Nothing too advanced or extraordinary, but they reliably scratch the itch for mid-week comfort Thai food, and they deliver quite quickly since they are right in the nabe.   
Title: Re: current Thai offerings
Post by: Dodger on April 29, 2016, 02:18:23 PM
I totally agree about Ayada. Their soft shell crab, mango salad, bbq pork, crab roll appetizer--all are fantastic.

There is one unusual vegetable they put in their green curry--I'm not a big fan.  I prefer Kitchen 79's green curry. But otherwise, it's Ayada all the way.

Lalochezia, I didn't know they are expanding.  Are they going to convert the wine store they own next door into part of the restaurant?

Still huge fans of ayada and 79. They are the obvious go-tos for those in the historic district in the 70's or low 80's.

Ayada's portions for delivery are more generous than 79's..... their catfish salad is ridiculously delicious, their chive dumplings (when fresh eat-in, not delivered) are crispy nuggets of awesome,  they had a special - fillet mignon panang curry! - which was out of this world -  a few weeks ago.  their noodle and curry standards are also excellent. they are  expanding next door to get bigger. I seriously think Ayada is a world class restaurant....certainly the best overall thai I've had in the USA (including thaitown in LA).

79 has delicious draft beer selections, their curries have a great "fresh" taste to them. a truly great local choice (*much* better than the now  sadly sugared, weak-sauce westernized Arunee).

The more elmhurst-y thais are good, but unless there is a particular dish that ayada or 79 does weakly in comparison to these  we generally stick to the more local ones.

Zabb elee's Dark noodle soup is sweet spicy funky and awesome. the other stuff I've had there was good but not as memorable as 79/ayada.

I miss plant love house. And if you want delicious delicious, delicious early onset diabetes, sugar clubs' deserts are great.
Title: Re: current Thai offerings
Post by: dssjh on April 29, 2016, 02:48:20 PM
we alternate between Ayada and Kitchen 79, depending on the mood. Ayada is overall my favorite, probably the best Thai i've had on the east coast, maybe in the whole country. their Nam Tok with beef blood is my fave dish in the whole neighborhood. Kitchen 79, on the other hand, serves a bunch of dishes you don't see in most Thai places; my partner loves this super funky mackerel dish that's a little too much for me, even at my most adventurous. but she swears by it.
Title: Re: current Thai offerings
Post by: lalochezia on April 29, 2016, 02:49:25 PM
But otherwise, it's Ayada all the way.

Lalochezia, I didn't know they are expanding.  Are they going to convert the wine store they own next door into part of the restaurant?


Nope. They are taking over the store on the other side (ex barber?) to expand their restauraunt that way.
Title: Re: current Thai offerings
Post by: Jeffsayyes on April 29, 2016, 08:49:06 PM
Yeah, Paet Rio is surprisingly not as great as the others. You really can't go wrong though with any Thai place in the area. I'm not sure what the specialties of each place are yet... did want to mention that Ploy Thai is a great one too.
Title: Re: current Thai offerings
Post by: puri on April 30, 2016, 09:48:03 AM
Zabb Elee is still better than most Thai restaurants in the area.

I felt like the food at Zabb Elee was a bit different and there's a new set of waitstaff. Then I heard a rumor that it's under a new management and the chef moved to Esanation in Hell's Kitchen. I cannot really confirm the news but Zabb is still not a bad choice.

Anyway, its neighbor Playground is not bad either, especially if you want something besides northeastern thai food in Zabb.
Title: Re: current Thai offerings
Post by: MinorIon on April 30, 2016, 02:39:18 PM
Khao Khang is one of the best restaurants in New York. There's just nothing like the quality of the food for the price--and you can pay many, many times more and just not get anyone who can match their sheer ability to cook.

It's also served cafeteria-style so everybody gets exactly the same food--no special menu for perceived insiders.
Title: Re: current Thai offerings
Post by: 718mom on April 30, 2016, 11:02:31 PM
We have been into Kitchen 79 lately. 
Title: Re: current Thai offerings
Post by: HAMjacksonheights on May 03, 2016, 10:11:18 PM
My top picks are; in order:
Zabb Elee
Kitchen 79
Ayada
Arunee
Title: Re: current Thai offerings
Post by: Shelby2 on May 31, 2016, 08:32:20 PM
This place is new, Dek Sen (http://www.eattheworldnyc.com/2016/03/dek-sen.html).  It replaced Plant Love House.
It gets pretty good reviews on Yelp. https://www.yelp.com/biz/dek-sen-queens

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Title: Re: current Thai offerings
Post by: toddg on May 31, 2016, 11:52:54 PM
That looks promising!   It looks like Dek Sen is carrying over some of the whimsical spirit of Plant Love House (not to mention great food).
Title: Re: current Thai offerings
Post by: pynchoff on June 01, 2016, 08:36:17 AM
The food, right now, isn't up to the standards of Plant Love House, but it does have that same sense of whimsy, a similar menu, and a very friendly vibe.
Title: Re: current Thai offerings
Post by: Palermo on June 02, 2016, 08:18:11 PM
Always been a fan of The Spicy Shallot.
Title: Times feature on Pata Cafe (Thai) in Elmhurst
Post by: Shelby2 on December 21, 2016, 12:08:55 PM
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/15/dining/pata-cafe-review-thai-food-elmhurst-queens.html

Few Ingredients, but a Mélange of Thai Flavors
"At Pata Cafe in Elmhurst, Queens, a tree climbs from the floor through the ceiling. It’s as if you’d popped through a trap door into a secret clubhouse. A stuffed monkey lounges on a branch, a homage to Bua Noi (Little Lotus), a gorilla who has spent her life in the rooftop zoo of the Pata department store in Bangkok."

Click link for full article

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Title: Thai food in JH
Post by: fillmorep on January 04, 2017, 04:51:28 PM
NY Magazine's popular Grub Street gives Elmhurst/Woodside/JH big props for our Thai food. I knew Ayada would be on here, but was also pleased to see Kitchen 79. Excellent food and the nicest proprietor you'd ever want to meet...


http://www.grubstreet.com/bestofnewyork/absolute-best-thai-restaurants-in-nyc.html


Title: Re: Thai food in JH
Post by: JacksonHeightsCPA on January 04, 2017, 07:26:29 PM
This area is so amazing for Thai food.

Ayada, Kitchen 79 and Sripraphai never let you down.
Title: Re: Thai food in JH
Post by: Jeffsayyes on January 05, 2017, 10:53:27 AM
This article really just hits the tip of the iceberg. Most of the ones in the area would destroy any thai place in manhattan (excluding considerations for being upscale). Anything in Elmhurst and Woodside is pretty much as authentic as you can get (made for thai, by thai). One of my new years resolutions is to go to Boon Chu more often - it's always been a favorite but it's a little too far from me. I have been going to Playground a lot, resulting in my nearly dying from the heat (good for beer drinking though, and the longest happy hour in the city).
Title: Re: Thai food in JH
Post by: kmjh on January 06, 2017, 05:38:02 AM
It's become a running joke here at home every time that commercial comes on (and it airs a LOT) where the young woman says this place in Manhattan is the "best Thai food in New York City" to say, "Well, you've never set foot in Queens (and the Woodside-Jackson Heights-Elmhurst corridor in particular), have you?"
We are particularly blessed to have so many great options for it so close here, particularly Kitchen 79 for its regional dishes not found elsewhere.
I was particularly glad to see the Grubstreet piece mention a favorite dish of mine from there (the one with Shrimp, mackerel, pumpkin, etc.).
Title: Re: Thai food in JH
Post by: PizzaRat on January 07, 2017, 06:55:27 PM
I was happy to see Khao Kang getting a shoutout on the list, as well! Their food is consistently delicious and affordable, and their desserts are the kind I dream about  ;D
Title: Re: Thai food in JH
Post by: Lilybell on January 13, 2017, 03:43:01 PM
Quote
It's become a running joke here at home every time that commercial comes on (and it airs a LOT) where the young woman says this place in Manhattan is the "best Thai food in New York City" to say, "Well, you've never set foot in Queens (and the Woodside-Jackson Heights-Elmhurst corridor in particular), have you?"

I always laugh at that commercial and I looked up their reviews a few months ago because I was curious - apparently the food is not good and it's a tourist trap (but they say the space is pretty).
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: toddg on February 09, 2017, 09:59:50 PM
NY Times names Dek Sen a Critic's Pick:

Thai Food to Hearten the Homesick at Dek Sen in Elmhurst, Queens (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/09/dining/dek-sen-review-thai-food-elmhurst-queens.html)

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Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: pynchoff on February 10, 2017, 09:01:46 AM
I've gone to Dek Sen about half a dozen times and really like it.It started out as a weak copy of Plant Love House but has now really found its voice. My three favorite Thai places within walking distance are Ayada, Khao Kang and Dek Sen.
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: JA on February 14, 2017, 02:33:02 PM
The sheer volume and variety of these places is astounding. I would venture a guess that nowhere else in the United States does there exist such a dense and expansive clustering of Thai restaurants and groceries - even Thai Town in LA is dispersed as is the style over there. The intersection of 77th and Woodside alone contains Khao Kang, Ayada, Spicy Shallot, Pata Paplean, Thai Thai Grocery, Tea Cup Cafe, and a Thai salon. A single block of Roosevelt between 72 and 73 features Zabb, Autthouros, Playground, and Jaew Hon. I for one feel lucky to be in the midst of all of this.

As for favorites, different places have different draws. I take hardcore food enthusiast friends to Zabb, go to Playground for late-night comfort food and cheap Singha, book Ayada for groups, and frequent 79 for solo lunch and dinner because it has the best bang-for-buck lunch special in addition to an interesting beer selection. Playground holds a particularly special place in my heart, as does the Eim Khao chicken and rice shop down on Broadway.

I also second what has been said about Arunee. By far the least inspiring Thai food I have had in central queens, though I still prefer it to a majority of Thai places in Manhattan.
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: pynchoff on February 14, 2017, 08:45:39 PM
Just wanted to give a shout out to Sripraphai. I know it's become a bit of a cliche, and the spice level isn't the same as it was 17 years ago when I first started going there, but still, many of their dishes are wonderful in their balance and complexity. Plus, it's one of the few places in the area where in the spring and summer you can sit in a beautiful garden and sip a cocktail before your meal.
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: Jeffsayyes on February 15, 2017, 02:24:09 PM
Just to be fair to LA --- it's a city for driving. But also, they have complete supermarkets dedicated to their Thai community. I wish we were at their level. BUT - our level is awesome, no doubt about it.
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: abcdefghijk on February 15, 2017, 04:32:35 PM
Very rarely have I seen any food as magnificent-looking as that cake.

NY Times names Dek Sen a Critic's Pick:

Thai Food to Hearten the Homesick at Dek Sen in Elmhurst, Queens (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/09/dining/dek-sen-review-thai-food-elmhurst-queens.html)

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Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: toddg on May 29, 2017, 08:05:30 PM
I finally tried Dek Sen tonight... the noodle soups were delicious!  And the crispy duck salad was excellent as well.
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: pynchoff on May 29, 2017, 08:14:35 PM
Just noticed a sign on Woodside Ave. about a new Thai restaurant coming featuring  food from northeast Thailand.
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: theplanesland on May 30, 2017, 08:43:30 AM
Just noticed a sign on Woodside Ave. about a new Thai restaurant coming featuring  food from northeast Thailand.

Hey, does anyone know if any of the delivery Thai places understand what "gluten free" means? Much Thai food can be naturally gluten free, but you have to keep an eye out for soy sauce and whether there's wheat in the curry bases. It's 100% doable if the chef has the tiniest bit of a clue on the topic.

I've been happy with Black Thai for ordering in and Sripraphai for eating out, but a bunch of the Woodside Avenue places, when I asked them, basically said "we don't want to deal with you, goodbye." I'd love to have some more options.
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: Ms. Jackson on June 28, 2017, 04:35:53 PM
Sad to report Suki Thai Shabu, 60-15 Woodside Ave., Woodside is no more. They are turning it into a bagel cafe.
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: pynchoff on June 28, 2017, 05:43:51 PM
A bit more about the new Thai restaurant on Woodside. It's called Hug Esan and it's a few doors down from Ayada, on the first floor of a private house. I talked to a woman there and she thought they would be opening in three or four weeks.
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: the80s on June 29, 2017, 09:37:28 AM
Sad to report Suki Thai Shabu, 60-15 Woodside Ave., Woodside is no more. They are turning it into a bagel cafe.

Oh no! So sad to hear this. I loved that place—wish I could have had one last meal there before they vanished forever. I can't say I'm shocked though, since it was often quite empty.

Bagels, meanwhile, seems a strange choice since Bagels Plus is just a couple blocks away from there. And there was really nothing else like Suki Thai Shabu nearby. (Unless someone knows another good Thai shabu place in W Queens?) Sigh.

First V&V and now this...
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: Dodger on June 29, 2017, 03:17:46 PM
Jeaw Hon (71-30 Roosevelt) is also a Thai hot pot place.  I've never been but it gets a lot of online raves.

Sad to report Suki Thai Shabu, 60-15 Woodside Ave., Woodside is no more. They are turning it into a bagel cafe.

Oh no! So sad to hear this. I loved that place—wish I could have had one last meal there before they vanished forever. I can't say I'm shocked though, since it was often quite empty.

Bagels, meanwhile, seems a strange choice since Bagels Plus is just a couple blocks away from there. And there was really nothing else like Suki Thai Shabu nearby. (Unless someone knows another good Thai shabu place in W Queens?) Sigh.

First V&V and now this...
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: Jeffsayyes on June 29, 2017, 06:02:59 PM
A bit more about the new Thai restaurant on Woodside. It's called Hug Esan and it's a few doors down from Ayada, on the first floor of a private house. I talked to a woman there and she thought they would be opening in three or four weeks.


Soooo... it's apparently owned by the same people as Khao Kang (if this is the same place we're talking about (and I hope it's not bc that means 2 new places!)). They could potentially share a kitchen I guess.
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: Dodger on June 29, 2017, 08:54:31 PM

Maybe you're talking about a different new place? The hug esan place is on the same block as Ayada, further east, don't think it could share a kitchen with khao kang. 


A bit more about the new Thai restaurant on Woodside. It's called Hug Esan and it's a few doors down from Ayada, on the first floor of a private house. I talked to a woman there and she thought they would be opening in three or four weeks.


Soooo... it's apparently owned by the same people as Khao Kang (if this is the same place we're talking about (and I hope it's not bc that means 2 new places!)). They could potentially share a kitchen I guess.
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: Jeffsayyes on June 30, 2017, 07:18:43 AM

Maybe you're talking about a different new place? The hug esan place is on the same block as Ayada, further east, don't think it could share a kitchen with khao kang. 


A bit more about the new Thai restaurant on Woodside. It's called Hug Esan and it's a few doors down from Ayada, on the first floor of a private house. I talked to a woman there and she thought they would be opening in three or four weeks.


Soooo... it's apparently owned by the same people as Khao Kang (if this is the same place we're talking about (and I hope it's not bc that means 2 new places!)). They could potentially share a kitchen I guess.


The little coffee shop I'm talking about is down the residential street, 77th Street. Great if it's a different place!
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: Jeffsayyes on June 30, 2017, 07:31:31 AM
I think it's the same and is not a coffee shop . Northern Thai http://www.hugesannyc.com/
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: toddg on July 17, 2017, 09:15:59 AM
Chopsticks and Marrow: Elmhurst’s New Hug Esan is for Lovers  (http://chopsticksandmarrow.com/2017/07/elmhursts-new-hug-esan-is-for-lovers/)
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: wallaby on July 28, 2017, 01:05:24 PM
article on Playground Thai just out in the NYTimes:
Thai Dishes, Beloved and Rare, at Playground in Woodside, Queens (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/27/dining/playground-review-thai-food-queens.html)
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: cultartist on August 03, 2017, 12:44:15 PM
Went to Hug Esan last night for dinner--around 8pm--and they were closed.  Anybody know why?  Really excited to try this place out!
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: the80s on August 03, 2017, 12:47:44 PM
Went to Hug Esan last night for dinner--around 8pm--and they were closed.  Anybody know why?  Really excited to try this place out!

They're closed on Wednesdays. http://www.hugesannyc.com/
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: JA on August 09, 2017, 10:48:43 AM
article on Playground Thai just out in the NYTimes:
Thai Dishes, Beloved and Rare, at Playground in Woodside, Queens (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/27/dining/playground-review-thai-food-queens.html)

Great to see my favorite place getting love from the NYT
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: lalochezia on August 09, 2017, 11:37:01 AM

Hugesan nyc is an unfortunate name, much like these

http://www.boredpanda.com/worst-domain-names/
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: jhjefe on August 09, 2017, 01:38:20 PM

Hugesan nyc is an unfortunate name, much like these

http://www.boredpanda.com/worst-domain-names/

...well, not that much like those.
I mean if it was located in the Cook Islands, maybe...
Thanks for the link tho - great lunchtime imagery.
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: dssjh on August 09, 2017, 05:04:35 PM
isn't hug a thai word for love?
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: wallaby on August 13, 2017, 03:06:20 PM
had lunch at Hug Esan; really enjoyed it! I had the roast chicken and bamboo larb- both were great. I ordered the larb medium spicy and it was bracing (in a good way). Chicken skin was perfectly crisp. I hope people will give it a try- note that they are cash only fyi
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: JA on September 29, 2017, 01:39:51 AM
Has anybody been to Pulau Pinang? Not Thai but quite delicious regardless and Malaysian food does have some overlap in terms of flavors and ingredients. The crispy pork chop is a personal favorite, in addition to all the fried rice dishes and laksa.
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: Jeffsayyes on September 29, 2017, 08:54:05 AM
Has anybody been to Pulau Pinang? Not Thai but quite delicious regardless and Malaysian food does have some overlap in terms of flavors and ingredients. The crispy pork chop is a personal favorite, in addition to all the fried rice dishes and laksa.


That's one of my favorite restaurants and I recommend all my friends go there. It's Malaysian / taiwanese
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: Shelby2 on November 03, 2017, 10:30:18 AM
http://chopsticksandmarrow.com/2017/10/first-taste-khao-nom-opens-with-thai-tacos-old-school-noodles/

First Taste: Khao Nom Opens with Thai Tacos, Old School Noodles

10/09/17
by Joe DiStefano

Elmhurst’s Little Bangkok is the gift that keeps on giving. Khao Nom is the latest entrant in the nexus of deliciousness that radiates outward from the junction of Woodside Avenue and Broadway. When I say latest I mean very latest, as in they opened last Thursday. Food critics normally stay away from a place for several weeks before spilling ink, thankfully as a food writer I have no such constraints.

When I first heard about Khao Nom—whose name means dessert—I was told that its mainstay would be old-fashioned Thai dessert. So when I visited on opening day I was surprised to find a six-item menu of savories, including something called chan noodle ($11). It’s a generous tangle of chewy flat rice noodles known as sen chan, flavored with chili and tamarind and surmounted by two huge prawns. It comes with a back story too.

My pal Joel, a go-to source for all things related to Thai food culture tells me it’s a forerunner of pad thai that dates back to the time when Siam became Thailand and there was a rice shortage. Prime minister Plaek Phibunsongkhram encouraged the eating of noodles and set up a contest. The story goes that the winner of the contest was sen chan (chan noodles) named after the town Chantaburi.

Click link at top for full article
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: wallaby on December 01, 2017, 04:54:47 PM
Khao Nom just written up in the NYTimes:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/30/dining/khao-nom-review-thai-desserts-queens.html?&moduleDetail=section-news-5&action=click&contentCollection=Food&region=Footer&module=MoreInSection&version=WhatsNext&contentID=WhatsNext&pgtype=article


I went for the first time last week and loved it! I tried the coconut milk ice cream and the pandan tart. Especially loved the tart. Can't wait to go back and try more.
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: the80s on June 10, 2019, 09:22:59 AM
NYMag/GrubStreet's new list of NYC's best Thai restaurants includes 10 (out of 19) in Elmhurst, Woodside, or JH (Kitchen 79).

Many classics and a few surprises:
http://www.grubstreet.com/bestofnewyork/absolute-best-thai-restaurants-in-nyc.html
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: Jeffsayyes on June 11, 2019, 11:49:48 AM
AND we were shortchanged. Dek Sen should definitely be on the list. I also really like Boon Chu and the new noodle place is great too.


I think Moo is better than the khao man gai place for specialty places. Also, not a big fan of Paet Rio. But that is only one cisman's opinion.
Title: Re: Little Bangkok / Local Thai Boom
Post by: JA on July 06, 2019, 12:45:56 PM
I would also like to give a shout out to the  Thai stalls in the new Hong Kong Food Mart in Elmhurst. There is one that sells plates of suckling pig and hainanese chicken that I'm a particular fan of. They're giving away free Thai iced teas with every order right now, get it while it's hot. a lot of the places in that mall are going to close in a matter of months but I hope that the two Thai stalls that I have tried will stay open