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Title: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: Shelby2 on October 29, 2007, 07:32:58 AM
Just wanted to give my quick take on the Thai restaurants I've tried in the area.  Has anyone tried any other ones?

Arunee on 79th: good solid food, not super spicy; great value on lunch box special

Rice on Roosevelt: a bit more upscale decor.  Had a really great seafood salad there.

Chao Thai on Whitney in Elmhurst - I went once for takeout and found the inside to be cozy and would love to go back for a sit down meal.  Ordered a main dish and a salad.  When they asked if I wanted the salad 'spicy' I wasn't sure how to answer.  I said 'medium spicy' but found that it practially burned my mouth!  Still, really good food and next time I will say no to the spicy part.

Sriprapai in Woodside - great food, extensive menu.  They even have a garden in the back.
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: DijoninJH on October 29, 2007, 11:15:06 AM
We love, I mean really love Zabb Thai which is on Roosevelt and 72nd Street.  The flavor of the dishes are incredible and the menu is very extensive. Plus its BYOB which is awesome.

What we have found from all the Thai places around the Heights is that they all have their own niche to offer.

With Zabb, its centered around more Northern Thailand cuisine. They also have a great selection of the noodle soups that we ate at the all the street carts throughout Thailand that most Thai restaurants in the US don't have on their menus. 

I will post a more extensive review when I get a second.

Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: cybgrand on October 30, 2007, 11:55:33 AM
Nusara is the new one in Elmhurst that the times just reviewed.
I tried it and thought it was great.
Here is a link to the Times review:
http://events.nytimes.com/gst/nycguide.html?detail=restaurants&id=1191076965019
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: jocy on November 23, 2007, 10:32:13 AM
Just wanted to give my quick take on the Thai restaurants I've tried in the area.  Has anyone tried any other ones?

Arunee on 79th: good solid food, not super spicy; great value on lunch box special

Rice on Roosevelt: a bit more upscale decor.  Had a really great seafood salad there.

Chao Thai on Whitney in Elmhurst - I went once for takeout and found the inside to be super cozy and intimate and would love to go back for a sit down meal.  Ordered a main dish and a salad.  When they asked if I wanted the salad 'spicy' I wasn't sure how to answer.  I said 'medium spicy' but found that it practially burned my mouth!  Still, really good food and next time I will say no to the spicy part.

Sriprapai in Woodside - great food, extensive menu.  They even have a garden in the back.

I think Arunee Thai has superb Fried Coconut Ice Cream.  If you have tried, try it the next time you're there!
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: RichardS on November 24, 2007, 12:31:35 AM
I go fairly often to Sabay, on Broadway near 76th Street.  It's relatively cheap (which is important for me a lot of the time), it's comfortable, it can be entertaining sometimes (because of the Thai rock and dance videos that they're always showing) and the food isn't bad at all.  Service is also pretty fast if you need takeout in a hurry (easy to grab something there before you jump on the train, which is down the street).
 
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: Shelby2 on January 01, 2008, 03:13:53 PM
Just tried Nusara at 82-80 Broadway in the mini-mall area in Elmhurst that has several other restaurants and the large Chinese market.  Food was really nice, as was the ambience.  Very cozy with good lighting and some attention paid to the aesthetics of the place.  It's not that far of a walk from JH - depending on where you happen to live it might be only about 15 minutes.
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: bunnyspeaks on January 01, 2008, 06:11:44 PM
Does anyone know any Thai restaurants besides Arunne deliver? Arunee also doesn't have pineapple fried rice. Who does?
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: jennsch on January 02, 2008, 12:26:53 PM
Rice Avenue delivers. It's not as good as Sriphaphai but, for delivery, it's pretty darn good.
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: spanishfish on January 02, 2008, 01:04:33 PM
Sabay delivers but they are cash only.
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: Gherm on January 02, 2008, 02:59:11 PM
I'll second/third or whatever on Zaab. Nice food, good price, just ask them to turn down the televison.
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: abee on January 02, 2008, 04:28:35 PM
Does anyone know any Thai restaurants besides Arunne deliver? Arunee also doesn't have pineapple fried rice. Who does?

Arunee doesn't have pineapple fried rice? It's definitely on their menu (we were there twice last week-my husband is slightly obsessed- and I'm kind of familiar with the menu), but I know it's a little outdated. They have several other pineapple dishes though, so I'm surprised.

Rice Ave definitely delivers, as does Zabb Queens (http://nymag.com/listings/restaurant/zabb-queens/). Once when we couldn't get Arunee on the phone, we ordered from them, and it was quite good.
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: oc200 on January 03, 2008, 10:12:47 AM
I wish we had some quality Thai at reasonable prices in Forest Hills.  It's a shame that every Thai along Austin is either overpriced, bland or both.

Oh well.  One can only hope.
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: alleyinJH on January 03, 2008, 02:35:16 PM
I agree.  I went to Q in Forest Hills the other night and paid $16 for mediocre pad thai.

I've been to Arunee twice and both times asked for the pork and noodles dish, which they said they were out of.  If you're not going to serve something then take it off the menu!
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: toddg on January 04, 2008, 10:08:42 AM
NYC Nosh has just posted a glowing review of Zabb Queens:
http://www.nycnosh.com/?p=365
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: cookie on January 06, 2008, 12:04:06 AM
Arunee definitely has pineapple fried rice.  I just saw it the other day when I was there.  Overall it's solid thai food and not very expensive.  Everything i've had there has been good.  I haven't tried any of the other places listed, but am interested to compare.
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: toddg on January 07, 2008, 10:40:08 PM
Somewhat off-topic, but a friend pointed out to me this fascinating single-topic blog, dedicated entirely to the pursuit of the dish Khao Soi in NYC Thai restaurants:
http://khaosoi.blogspot.com

There's a lot to be learned here, not just about this one dish, but about Thai food and restaurants generally. 
(Tom) Yummy!
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: toddg on February 14, 2008, 03:19:54 PM
Time Out New York magazine named Arunee Thai as one of its five "hot and heavy (http://www.timeout.com/newyork/the-feed-blog/restaurants-bars/?p=2612)" picks citywide for dinner on Valentine's Day.
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: kate on February 14, 2008, 11:18:20 PM
Interesting. I think Arunee, which is pretty good, isn't as good as a lot of the others. My favorite is Chao Thai.
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: ShinjukuBaby on February 20, 2008, 05:31:18 PM
Here's my take:

Arunee: Very good.  Sizzling seafood is excellent, as is crab fried rice, among many other dishes.  I eat here most often because it's closest to my apartment.

Rice Avenue:  Not very good.  I've been disappointed several times.  Given the other delicious options in the area, I don't think I'll be back.  Even the decor, which is supposed to be "Manhattan chic" is not terribly impressive.

Sabay: Very good!  This is the sleeper.  Why don't more people know about this?  Considering the price, it's excellent.  They also deliver.  The staff is very nice.

Sriprapai: Excellent, although it may be a bit hit or miss with some dishes, in my experience.  Justifiably famous, my Manhattan friends always want to go there.  The garden in the back rocks.

Chao Thai: I haven't tried it yet, but I'm looking forward to it.

Zabb Queens: I haven't tried this one either.

Ploy Thai  (81-40 Broadway): Has anybody tried this?  It's new.
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: buddy on February 21, 2008, 09:34:37 AM
Here's my take:

Arunee: Very good.  Sizzling seafood is excellent, as is crab fried rice, among many other dishes.  I eat here most often because it's closest to my apartment.

Rice Avenue:  Not very good.  I've been disappointed several times.  Given the other delicious options in the area, I don't think I'll be back.  Even the decor, which is supposed to be "Manhattan chic" is not terribly impressive.

Sabay: Very good!  This is the sleeper.  Why don't more people know about this?  Considering the price, it's excellent.  They also deliver.  The staff is very nice.

Sriprapai: Excellent, although it may be a bit hit or miss with some dishes, in my experience.  Justifiably famous, my Manhattan friends always want to go there.  The garden in the back rocks.

Chao Thai: I haven't tried it yet, but I'm looking forward to it.

Zabb Queens: I haven't tried this one either.

Ploy Thai  (81-40 Broadway): Has anybody tried this?  It's new.

I'm off right now... winter time work is slow.  I'll go and try unknown Thai places with you!!!! I love thai food and I have similar thoughts on above.  Let me know. PM me if you're up for it. rose
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: Gherm on March 04, 2008, 03:33:54 PM
Zaab is reliable, I've never done take out though. Just went to a birthday party in Astoria, a new place on Broadway Leng Thai that was amazing. Mmm crispy duck.
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: BGOconnell on March 05, 2008, 12:50:44 AM
I've been to Arunee twice and both times asked for the pork and noodles dish, which they said they were out of.  If you're not going to serve something then take it off the menu!

Funny that, I just ordered from them on Sunday night and they said they were out of the pork and noodles.

I know a Thai waiter in Manhattan who says that the best Thai restaurant in Queens is "just past the Elmhurst Ave. station on the left" which I guess is Chao Thai from looking at the map; but I haven't tried it yet. 
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: buddy on March 05, 2008, 10:26:59 PM
Just tried Nusara at 82-80 Broadway in the mini-mall area in Elmhurst that has several other restaurants and the large Chinese market.  Food was really nice, as was the ambience.  Very cozy with good lighting and some attention paid to the aesthetics of the place.  It's not that far of a walk from JH - depending on where you happen to live it might be only about 15 minutes.

We should wear name tags when we go out to eat.  I went to Nusara tonite with a friend.  We had Spring rolls and Chicken Satay to start and pork pad thai noodles and shrimp basil with jasmine rice.  Everything was really tasty.   The shrimp basil dish was very hot spicy, which I love.  My friend was surprised his mouth was on fire.  Funny.  And it's pretty and tastefully done inside.  But I still like the look of Arunee and how close it is. I love Arunee's tin roof.  I'll second their crab fried rice.  Love it.  Also they have a tofu mixed veggie dish in garlic sauce and I always ask them to add cashews.  It's great even if you're not a tofu eater.  The garlic and cashews are really what you taste.

I like Sripra_ _ _ inside.  I think their food is good but it's mostly the garden out back in nice weather that gets me there.  Rice was okay.  Haven't been there in awhile.  Almost forget what I had.

I want to try a few others posted here. 
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: Shelby2 on March 11, 2008, 09:23:45 PM
It seems people on chowhound are raving about a new Thai place in Sunnyside called Dee Thai.  Check out   the comments on chowhound (http://www.chowhound.com/topics/495111)
Here's an excerpt

"for those who had the good fortune to eat at ubol's in astoria before it changed hands and went to seed, and bemoan the disappearence their fantastic mock duck, try it at dee thai. it was even better than ubol's. we also ordered a chef's special fish dish served in a coconut shell, satay app. and salad, and finished with great green tea ice cream--not the standard fare. everything we had was fresh, beautifully prepared and presented.

sleek and clean and calm with elegant decor, and a lovely staff but, best of all, everything was delicious and inexpensive."

and from someone else:
"What I'll say in short is: I'm VERY impressed. Pad thai was probably the best version I've ever had in NYC. The curry fried rice was flavorful with a bit of a kick and the laarb was thai spicy (unfortunately laarb is not one of my favorite dishes). So far beats Sripraphai for me (I like Sri but in the last year or so I felt that their dishes got a bit - just a bit - fast-food-ey).
The food was steaming hot when it arrived.

So I'll say, run don't walk to try this place out. I can't wait to try more from their menu."


Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: yomarilyn on March 19, 2008, 11:25:29 PM
Anyone know of a good Thai place that delivers to the 80's ?
I'm looking for some great drunken noodles!

Thanks,
m
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: DijoninJH on March 20, 2008, 08:30:17 AM
We live in 80's and we have had Zabb delivered many times. And their Drunken Noodles are the best I have had outside of Thailand.
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: buddy on March 25, 2008, 08:44:30 AM
A friend wants Thai food for lunch.  Can't decide between Zabb (which we can walk to) or driving over to Astoria and checking out Wave (which a lot of people LOVE).  thoughts?
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: DijoninJH on March 25, 2008, 08:52:59 AM
I find that Zabb is one of the Thai spots as close as you will get to eating in Thailand. In fact they are one of the only places that has the soup my wife got on the street in Northern Thailand. We love it and eat there all the time.
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: buddy on March 25, 2008, 02:04:05 PM
Thanks D.  I went to Zabb's website and saw that they're not open for lunch so I ended up at Wave on 31st St. in Astoria.   Thought it was mediocre. blech!  Down the block from Wave is Thai Elephant.  Next Monday's lunch will be there. 
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: buddy on April 19, 2008, 10:46:45 PM
Finally made it to Zabb Thai for dinner.  The food was very good.  We had steamed pork dumplings (excellent-probably the lightest pastry dough ever) and pork BBQ tenders to start and pad thai with shrimp (medium size shrimp cooked perfectly where they crunch when you bite down) and a chicken with cashew, pepper, onion dish.  It was tasty but it was fried like a General Chow chicken in Chinese restaurants.  I thought it would be sauteed chicken.  The Thai ice tea was also good.  Much better tasting than the one I had at Wave in Astoria. 

Now for the negatives: didn't like the look of the interior.  A little drab and dark.  Service was friendly but slow.  And they only take cash.  And I forgot it was a BYOB and I didn't BMYOWN ANYTHING!  I'm glad I went anyway.

But I still like Arunee and Sripraphai much better both for food and atmosphere.  Next I'll have to find Chao Thai.
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: buddy on April 27, 2008, 11:14:58 PM
Well the next Thai I tried wasn't Chao but Rice Ave.    So I guess Chao will be NEXT.  Unless I get distracted by yet another Thai place.
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: broad on April 30, 2008, 11:39:48 AM
I went to Zabb yesterday for the first time and when I ordered I was told Americans didn't like the dish I had selected so I had to choose another.  I didn't press this, but it made me not so keen on the place.  Also, I got something with tofu and was given chicken.  Fine for me, as I eat both, but not everyone does.  So as much as I'd like to get close to eating in Thailand, I wasn't allowed.
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: buddy on April 30, 2008, 10:32:58 PM
That's hysterical.  Imagine going to an Italian restaurant and being told something like that!    :2funny:

And then you get a wrong order.  Bad luck all around.  Next time go next door to UFC.


Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: broad on April 30, 2008, 10:35:27 PM
That's hysterical.  Imagine going to an Italian restaurant and being told something like that!    :2funny:


Yeah my mom's a German immigrant--I thought of her telling people they can't drink beer because they are American.  ;D
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: Shelby2 on April 30, 2008, 11:37:54 PM
One time in a Thai restaurant in Boston the waiter told us that we shouldn't order a certain dish because it was "too tasty."
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: yt28 on May 01, 2008, 10:00:48 AM
Oh man. Of course I feel that everyone should be able to order what they want. On the other hand, I've witnessed several instances where the patron requested for a dish "extra spicy" or "Thai spicy" even against the waitstaff's warnings, only to send it back to the kitchen because it was too spicy.

I've also been in Ethiopian restaurants where I ordered the kitfo or gored gored (raw meat) only to be told that only Ethiopians would eat it...but I just tell them I've had it before and all's good.

Be persistent! :)
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: yt28 on May 01, 2008, 10:04:55 AM
I went to Zabb yesterday for the first time and when I ordered I was told Americans didn't like the dish I had selected so I had to choose another.

I'm curious - which dish did you order?
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: broad on May 01, 2008, 04:02:37 PM
It was the yellow curry.  I usually press but I hadn't been there before so I just got green curry instead.  I love sour and spicy together but I think a lot of people don't.
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: toddg on May 01, 2008, 06:36:45 PM
This has happened to me at several Thai restaurants, including Sripraphai.  I've been told that I wouldn't like a particular dish, or that I can't order it "Thai hot".  I always persist and get my way.  I agree with yt28 that the problem is that these restaurants have been burned too many times with customers getting too adventurous with their dishes and then sending the food back to the kitchen.  This is the process that causes restaurants to homogenize their flavors to American tastes.  If a restaurant tries to dissuade you from a dish, don't be insulted.  Just make a choice: take their advice and stay away from it, or order it and don't complain if it isn't to your liking!

yt28 -- I'm a huge fan of Ethiopian food.  It was the main cuisine in my former neighborhoods in DC and Oakland, and I really miss having it frequently.  Too bad it isn't more available in NY.  I've been to a few places in Manhattan, but they didn't really measure up!  Any hidden favorites around here?
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: yt28 on May 01, 2008, 08:51:20 PM
yt28 -- I'm a huge fan of Ethiopian food.  It was the main cuisine in my former neighborhoods in DC and Oakland, and I really miss having it frequently.  Too bad it isn't more available in NY.  I've been to a few places in Manhattan, but they didn't really measure up!  Any hidden favorites around here?

Haha don't know if it's off-topic (or should I create another thread? You decide)

I've lived in DC but that was before I went to Ethiopia - I went several times to Dukem and another restaurant starting with S two blocks away...but my Ethiopian sources tell me that Dukem is not very good and I should really try the one next to it. Sorry to be so vague - I haven't been to DC in a few years. They also told me that it is possible to get tere sega (pure raw meat, not marinated like kitfo or gored) in the back rooms - obviously this one will be kept secret because it breaks all health department regulations...and I'm not sure I want to eat the raw beef or goat grown in the States anyway.

Anyway the Ethiopian scene in NYC is pretty limited. I don't know about any hidden secrets! I think the consistently good one is Queen of Sheba. It's traditional, you can get tej with your semi-raw meat and macchiatos after the meal (very Ethiopian). My friends tell me that Awash in the UWS has Harar beer - sometimes QOS has it too (imported from Ethiopia - the Addis beer everywhere else is made in the States). Zoma's pretty good but upscale. I've been hearing good things (from chowhound - don't know if it's reliable) about the new Ghenet in Brooklyn - they seem to have some pretty unusual dishes like fish (assa), so one day I'll go try it out.

What are your faves?

And that's strange about the yellow curry - it's not that unusual. Sour and spicy literally describes almost all Thai food - tom yum soup is one that leaps straight to mind!
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: toddg on May 01, 2008, 09:35:39 PM
I haven't had it at Zabb, but the Thai Sour Curry I've had elsewhere is not like Tom Yum soup--it's definitely more of an acquired taste.

yt28 - It's been a few years, but I've been to Queen of Sheeba and Meskerem in Hell's Kitchen and Ghenet in Soho.  All were decent, none spectacular.  But I don't know what's authentic, since I've never had the opportunity to travel to Ethiopia.  I have yet to try Awash or Zoma.
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: yt28 on May 01, 2008, 09:54:46 PM
Meskerem is really bad - both of them. I haven't been to Ghenet, but I am somewhat wary of its Soho location. Queen of Sheba consistently does well; it's average compared to the food in Ethiopia but is probably the best in NYC. My one quibble with QOS is that its injera is not sour enough. I'm wondering if they're mixing in some flour.

Hmm this really makes me want to return to DC and do an Ethiopian restaurant crawl...What are your faves in DC?

Another place you might want to check out is Marcus Samuelsson's Merkato 55. He's Ethiopian (but raised in Sweden). There are a number of Ethiopian dishes on the menu, notably doro wot; and I think he uses the berbere seasoning in many other dishes too.
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: broad on May 02, 2008, 01:49:54 AM
The yellow curry on the Zabb menu is describes as sour and spicy, which DID make me think of Tom Yam, which is why I want to try it.  it's hard to acquire a taste if not allowed to order it.

I get why restaurant people do this about spiciness, but not about flavor.  It happened to me once in K-Town too where they would literally NOT let me order a dish.  4 workers there got involved and wouldn't let me order a soup there.  So weird.  I get that they don't want me to send it back, but just say, "okay, if you order this, no returns."
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: jsh on May 04, 2008, 11:20:53 AM
I've had the folks at Zabb warn me from dishes plenty of times - but never bat an eye when I insist that I know what I'm getting (even if I don't!) and order them anyway.  I'm thrilled that places like Zabb, Chao, and Sripriphai don't dumb down their flavors for non-Thais automatically.

The best things at Zabb are usually the "salads" (I use quotation marks because they're not what we think of as salads).  I've tried a few other things - noodles, entrees, curries, apps - and they've been fine, but not fantastic like all the salads are.

And, speaking of Ethiopian food, it's been almost a year since I've been there, but the best Ethiopian I've found in Manhattan is at Meskel in the E Village.  I'm getting ready for a trip to Ethiopia late summer, so yt28, I wonder if (not in this thread), you'd be willing to share any advice you have?
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: yt28 on June 01, 2008, 06:39:36 PM
I just went to Nusara Thai (Elmhurst) this afternoon and it was a revelation!

I had the (really spicy) papaya salad and a bowl of tom yum noodle soup. I was expecting some generic tom yum soup base, some hastily thrown together noodles, and a piece of shrimp or something. What I got was so completely different it jolted me out of my seat for my camera and I took many photos, intending to send them to all my Thai friends in town. It was the real thing. Perfectly soft rice noodles, lots of ground pork, and even boiled liver! The fish cakes were freshly made and so were the fish balls, which were so delectable I was upset when I ate my last one...

Can't wait to go back and try out the other dishes!
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: buddy on June 01, 2008, 09:09:17 PM
wow. what are fish balls?
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: yt28 on June 01, 2008, 11:30:45 PM
wow. what are fish balls?

Lol. They are fish paste shaped into balls. Like fish cake in ball form.
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: buddy on June 02, 2008, 06:57:19 AM
Lol. They are fish paste shaped into balls. Like fish cake in ball form.

maybe it's just because I'm on my first cup of coffee but fish cake doesn't sound appetizing!  Fish and Cake don't seem to go together.   :o   I've probably eaten fish balls and didn't even know it.  OMG!
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: yt28 on June 02, 2008, 08:15:22 AM
maybe it's just because I'm on my first cup of coffee but fish cake doesn't sound appetizing!  Fish and Cake don't seem to go together.   :o   I've probably eaten fish balls and didn't even know it.  OMG!

Fish cake is fish paste too. It's not as bad as you think. Lol. It's in most of your ramen noodles and noodle soups that has "fish" anything. I keep forgetting that the combination of "fish" and "balls" or "cake" don't necessarily mean the same thing to others...haha.
Title: Sripraphai
Post by: michaelb on June 13, 2008, 07:44:42 PM
I'm generally unexcited by Thai food.  The dishes I've had all these years were bland, watery, and uninspired.  I have never been sure if it is Thai cuisine in general or just a spat of lousy Thai restaurants.

Buddy took us to Sripraphai last night.  What a surprise.  This Sripraphai place is different.  I won't rehash the talk about the garden or the decor.  I'll just talk about what we ordered.

The beef+mint and beef+ginger appetizers (which I don't remember the name of) were amazing.  Silky, hot,  crunch, cool.  Mmm.  They used actual, whole sprigs of mint.  As if they were growing in the back or something.  If I were on Iron Chef, I would say it reminds me of my childhood.

Now I usually hate "coconut" flavored dishes, which is strange because I like coconuts the fruit.  I suspect it's because coconut flavor additives are this nasty preservative-laden crap, like how RealLemon(TM) is absolutely vile compared to actual lemon.  Anyway, the coconut rice AND the coconut chicken curry were, contrary to my expectations, just heavenly.  Could they have used actual, real coconuts?  Amazing!!

I demanded to have the hottest dish on the menu (Southern curry with my choice of meat, which was pork) and while it did make my nose run a little, it didn't cause much pain.  I'm not sure if they watered it down for what they thought was my inferior white flesh or if that's really what they call hot.  Is Thai food even supposed to be hot?  I have no idea.  Can someone tell me where I can get the card that white people can present at asian restaurants that will signal them to serve the highest tier of spicy?  Do I need to sign a waiver?

We also ordered what I am told was a papaya salad, but I don't think I bit into a single piece of papaya.  Maybe I wasn't paying attention.

Will definitely try again.
Title: Re: Sripraphai
Post by: yt28 on June 14, 2008, 03:50:17 PM
We also ordered what I am told was a papaya salad, but I don't think I bit into a single piece of papaya.  Maybe I wasn't paying attention.


It's julienned slices of green (unripe) papaya - doesn't look anything like the papaya you're probably used to.

The spice level at Sri has definitely decreased over the last couple of years. I'm not sure why - maybe more people are requesting for the spiciness to be dumbed down a little. You can just ask for the dish "phet phet" - very spicy or Thai spicy.

Anyway, I'm glad you're finally enjoying Thai food!
Title: Re: Sripraphai
Post by: michaelb on June 14, 2008, 05:08:38 PM
It's julienned slices of green (unripe) papaya - doesn't look anything like the papaya you're probably used to.

No no, I mean I didn't know it was papaya salad until after it was all gone and I thought to ask what was this thing I scarfed down.

The spice level at Sri has definitely decreased over the last couple of years. I'm not sure why - maybe more people are requesting for the spiciness to be dumbed down a little. You can just ask for the dish "phet phet" - very spicy or Thai spicy.

Anyway, I'm glad you're finally enjoying Thai food!

Me too! :D
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: toddg on July 21, 2008, 06:19:34 PM
New York Magazine's annual Cheap Eats feature (http://nymag.com/restaurants/cheapeats/2008/48677/index3.html) celebrates three new Thai restaurants in Queens:


Has anybody given these a try?
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: buddy on July 22, 2008, 09:25:25 PM
not yet but I will soon since after Italian food (I grew up on it) I LOVE LOVE LOVE Thai food.
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: Jeffsayyes on July 29, 2008, 01:56:38 AM
There are so many thai restaurants here! I just went to coco today - that place has some depth to the menu, that's for sure. very interesting stuff.
I really don't know how to even start. how lucky are we to have sriprapai, zabb, arunee and all of these other great thai restaurants. i mean, heres 3 of arguably the best thai in the city within 1 mile of eachother.
I have always liked thai, but still do not have discerning taste buds for it as a whole. I have been to very few bad thai restaurants. I dont think ive ever been to a bad one actually.

well, theres about a million other thai in JH, woodside and elmhurst. I have the menus to prove it. I like to have regular places where I can get to know the staff and get insighful recommendations, it will take a while to narrow myself down.
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: yt28 on July 29, 2008, 11:40:42 AM
Coco is more a Malaysian-Thai fusion than straight out Thai. So the 'interesting stuff' may not even be Thai. I have to get me a menu. Everytime I head over to Elmhurst I go straight to Nusara or Taste Good which are proper Thai and Malaysian restaurants, so you don't have to choose which side of the menu you want to order from! :)

Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: alleyinJH on August 08, 2008, 07:53:46 PM
We ordered from Zabb for the first time tonight and were really disappointed.  The portions were very small.  My pork was mostly pork fat instead of meat.  My husband got barely any chicken in his panang.  The one thing I did like was the duck salad, but it was also small.  Oh, and they charged for rice even though my dish said it came OVER rice, which to me says it's included.  And it's included at every other restaurant we go to.   :(  We should have gotten Arunee.
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: buddy on August 09, 2008, 02:56:09 AM
I haven't eaten at Arunee in awhile because I've been trying out other Thai restaurants but it's always been good.  I'm still trying to get to one of the malaysian places. 

alley, I wonder if Zabb take out is diff. than eating in.  Our portions weren't large (neither are Nankings) but they were enough for two.  And I don't remember thinking they skimped on the meat but I only ate there one time.  That's disappointing.

Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: Chuckster on September 10, 2008, 10:05:34 PM
I tried Arunee's pineapple fried rice tonight based on recommendations earlier in this thread.  Warm chunks of pineapple, cashews, raisins and a generous amount of chicken all served in a halved pineapple shell.  Absolutely delicious and pretty presentation too!
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: Really4rob on September 27, 2008, 05:39:58 PM
Arunee's rocks!  I go there weekly on Sundays, I'm like a regular (they have my dishes ready) like the guy on Cheers.

(Actually I missed it the last two weeks ... two great birthday parties ... so I'm going through withdrawal ...need pad khing ... ::shakes::)
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: dotley on September 27, 2008, 06:18:16 PM
has anyone tried Shallot on Woodside Avenue and 77th Street?
It is Thai and the food is very very HOT.
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: buddy on October 05, 2008, 11:34:04 PM
I've been eating so much Italian food lately that I'm craving Thai food.  I love hot and spicy.  I wonder if Shallot is open for lunch?

Rob, I'm having withdrawals too.  Have you eaten the stuffed chicken wings at Arunee?  they are delicious. Maybe I'll just go there for lunch.
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: Really4rob on October 06, 2008, 12:11:24 AM

LOL, I hit it today at noon.  Had my usuals though ... pad khing (beef, I'm not a chicken person) and also the L! lunch box.  They know me in there so well, they even put aside extra baby corn for Luc.

Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: toddg on December 26, 2008, 11:40:42 PM
Word of Mouth (http://petercherches.blogspot.com/2008/12/isaan-it-wonderful.html) discusses Isaan Thai cuisine and has a very favorable review of Zabb.
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: Griswold Contessa on January 02, 2009, 03:06:41 PM
   ZABB Queens rates 10 in our house!  The Tom Gai soup with shrimp is sublime.  Their noodle dishes such as  Pad Thai and Pad Khee Mao are simply the best and if you're looking for a lighter dish the Yum Pend Yang or Yum Sram krob salads are spicy and satisfying!  They are also quick to deliver!   When you're in the mood for Thai food call ZABB QUEENS (718) 426-7992 you will not be disapointed!
Title: Ayada - great new Thai place
Post by: Shelby2 on March 03, 2009, 11:30:05 PM
I wanted to recommend the new Thai restaurant Ayada on Woodside Ave., also mentioned in this  New restaurants on Woodside Ave  (http://www.jacksonheightslife.com/community/index.php?topic=2311.0) thread and on one of Jeffsayyes's Food group threads.  It's my new favorite Thai in the neighborhood.  Excellent food and well-designed interior.

For further reviews, check out the ones on yelp  (http://www.yelp.com/biz/ayada-new-york) .  So far 10 reviews with an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars.

Ayada Thai
77-08 Woodside Ave, Elmhurst

ph: 718-424-0844
BYOB
free delivery, min. $15
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: Chuckster on August 19, 2009, 10:24:22 PM
The Village Voice has a recent write-up of some new local Thai restaurants...

In Woodside:
Rumphool Authentic Thai Food
Thailand's Center Point

In Astoria:
Thai Pavilion
Arharn Thai

A New Crop of Thais Pops Up in Woodside and Astoria (http://www.villagevoice.com/2009-08-11/restaurants/a-new-crop-of-thais-pops-up-in-woodside-and-astoria/)
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: dssjh on August 20, 2009, 09:39:49 PM
very good, very accurate reviews -- though arharn has been in astoria for 15 years at least.

lately, i've been enjoying sabay on roosevelt....they don't require begging to bring on the spice.
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: Jeffsayyes on August 21, 2009, 09:12:48 PM
I def respect sabay, they barely get any write-up though. Since their remodeling, I feel like they've turned it up.
it might be because they aren't that noticeable in their location. might be b/c it's so bright over there
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: Queenskid on August 22, 2009, 12:12:59 AM
Had lunch at Thailand's Center Point today (Friday).  Everything was fresh, flavorful and light.  No overly sweet sauces, it was all balanced--sweet, sour, spicy, salty-- and really seemed like home cooking.  The people there were very nice and attentive.  I love the Thai restaurants in the area and I will definitely go back to this one.  It's a small place that's half-store, half-restaurant.  Like so many of the best ethnic places in Queens it's family run and reminiscent of the great local restaurants back in the day before they remodeled and became darlings of the Manhattan crowd.
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: Shelby2 on August 22, 2009, 12:33:11 AM
Had lunch at Thailand's Center Point today (Friday).  Everything was fresh, flavorful and light.  No overly sweet sauces, it was all balanced--sweet, sour, spicy, salty-- and really seemed like home cooking.  The people there were very nice and attentive.  I love the Thai restaurants in the area and I will definitely go back to this one.  It's a small place that's half-store, half-restaurant.  Like so many of the best ethnic places in Queens it's family run and reminiscent of the great local restaurants back in the day before they remodeled and became darlings of the Manhattan crowd.

I was about to ask where it's located, but I found chuckster's link to the review and see that it's at 63-19 39th Avenue, Woodside, 718-651-6888.  I definitely want to try this place!
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: Chuckster on April 27, 2010, 02:01:51 PM
Serious Eats, New York covers the not so vegetarian friendly food options at Woodside's Sripraphai.  Fish sauce, an ingredient in many Thai dishes seems to be a problem for vegetarians.  This brings up an interesting thought.  How authentic is the food minus the fish sauce?  Is flavor sacrificed?

The Vegetarian Option: Sripraphai Thai Restaurant (http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2010/04/the-vegetarian-option-sripraphai-thai-restaurant-woodside-queens.html)
Title: Re: Thai restaurants in JH and surrounding areas
Post by: gsmayes on May 17, 2014, 11:47:06 AM
I went to SriPraPhai yesterday with coworkers to celebrate / send off my boss. I was impressed, the lunch special is awesome; $13.50 soup/salad, appetizer, entree and beverage. The patio is also very nice, and we took a group picture there even though it was starting to rain. The wait staff was a little disorganized, in that our soup and appetizer came out at the same time, and three poeple got the same entree to varying degrees of spiciness and we could never figure out which was which. Not a big deal; the food more than made up for it.