I've been quite suprised in reading the postings about irish restaurants below to hear mention of the "best" thai food in queens: sriprphai 39ave 65th was mentioned and seconded by Jim L. Ok. I'll give it a go. But could it really be better than Jaya Thai on broadway about 84th in Elmhurst? Come on! On a good night best thai food I've had outside Thailand.
If you are in the neighborhood of Jaiya, you should also check out Takrai just up Broadway in the Asian mini-mall next to Joe's Shanghai and Pho Bac, or My Thai on Dongan Street (a few storefronts in from Broadway) a couple blocks further east. In my opinion, you can get better stuff at either of these places and at better prices than Jaiya, although Jaiya's menu can be more extensive (I'm not sure if that's good or bad).
There was an extended discussion about Jaiya a year or so ago. Search for "Jaiya", and you'll see.
re: Eric Eto
Thanks to you all for the various recos. I will try them starting with sriprphai...
don't myself notice bad service... I'm a native new yorker... I think people in Paris are polite. Jaya (the word I believe means victory and is probably from Sanskript)... there is just the right combination of gasoline, urine-smell, night market melange in the food to make me think of South East Asia, but then that is why I go for South East Asian cuisine. Others probably want something else... For any one who has not seen that mini-mall Eric recommends, it really is incredible. I've only tried Joe's Shanghai which I liked a lot. There is also a Singh's pizza, two thai restaurants, etc. Just amazing. You can see I'm new to the neighborhood...
Dick, I'm pretty sure there have been mentions here of Jai Ya in discussions of Thai food. Some people are loyal fans, though IMO it's far from "the best." A board search would probably yield some past postings. (I know spelling is crucial in searches of the boards. I'm not 100% sure I've got it right, but I know the way you spelled it isn't.)
I've never seen the appeal of Jai Ya, myself - my experiences there go back as far as the early 90's. It always seems the chef has a heavy hand with the sugar. The service in the Elmhurst branch has been lousy, the few times I've gone there. I had the same impression of the 3rd Ave. branch, which I think I tried about 4 years ago. Guess I've never managed to hit either on a "good night."
And another thing - since I haven't been to Thailand, maybe you can vouch for the authenticity of this dish we had in Elmhurst, which I think they called a Thai salad. It turned out to be a pretty standard Iceberg salad, garnished with sliced hardboiled egg and potato chips. As I recall the dressing was like a Satay peanut-based sauce. What's up with that?
That's the most memorable item from a meal we had there two or three years ago. Haven't been back since. Give me Sripraphai any day.