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Offline wallaby

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current Thai offerings
« Reply #15 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?

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Re: current Thai offerings
« Reply #16 on: April 29, 2016, 10:04:05 AM »
Zabb Elee is still better than most Thai restaurants in the area.

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« Reply #17 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.
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Re: current Thai offerings
« Reply #18 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.   

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Re: current Thai offerings
« Reply #19 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.

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Re: current Thai offerings
« Reply #20 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.

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« Reply #21 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.

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Re: current Thai offerings
« Reply #22 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.

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« Reply #23 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.

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« Reply #24 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.

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Re: current Thai offerings
« Reply #25 on: April 30, 2016, 11:02:31 PM »
We have been into Kitchen 79 lately. 

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Re: current Thai offerings
« Reply #26 on: May 03, 2016, 10:11:18 PM »
My top picks are; in order:
Zabb Elee
Kitchen 79
Ayada
Arunee

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Re: current Thai offerings
« Reply #27 on: May 31, 2016, 08:32:20 PM »
This place is new, Dek Sen.  It replaced Plant Love House.
It gets pretty good reviews on Yelp. https://www.yelp.com/biz/dek-sen-queens








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Re: current Thai offerings
« Reply #28 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).

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Re: current Thai offerings
« Reply #29 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.

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« Reply #29 on: June 01, 2016, 08:36:17 AM »