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Best Thai food on Long Island?

I am looking to take my girlfriend to the definitive "best thai restaurant" on the Island. Any suggestions? She loves spicy spicy spicy food, I personally have a much milder palate but will sacrifice my tastebuds for a truly authentic Thai dish. Thanks!

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  1. There is no best. All restaurants are bland and humdrum.You should travel the additional miles and go to Queens. Sorry

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    1. re: budcar

      Technically, Queens is part of Long Island, so...

      Sripraphai
      64-13 39th Ave.
      Woodside, NY

    2. I've had a good meal at Siam Lotus in Bayshore. For take out, Lemon leaf in Carle Place and Hicksville is not too bad. Jiaya is Hicksville has its moments, too.

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      1. re: GCGuy

        I heard good things about both Sripraphai and Siam Lotus...i think i might go the extra distance and venture to queens!

        1. re: foodieforthought

          The extra mile is so worth it. Another Queens favorite :
          Chao Thai
          85-03 Whitney Ave.
          Elmhurst, NY

          Once you give them a try, there's no looking back.

        2. re: GCGuy

          Lemon Leaf?????
          Worst Thai I've ever had. Doesn't deserve to be called Thai. It's Chinese food with some Thai flavoring. And not good Chinese food, but sweetened, Americanized Chinese, the worst of suburban blandness.

        3. Is Thai Gourmet in Port Jeff Station still good? I used to love the food there.

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          Thai Gourmet Food of Thailand
          4747 Nesconset Hwy, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776

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          1. re: L_W

            it's passable at best. fine for a local thai place, but definitely not worth going out of your way for.

          2. One of my friends had recommended Thai Station in Merrick. Is this any good? Any experiences?

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            1. re: foodieforthought

              Thai Station is part of the Lemon Leaf in". It's very tiny and always busy but that has no bearing on the authenticity of their food. The place is close by so we take in every so often. Scott R hit the nail on the head. The papaya salad was cloyingly sweet. This place like so many others on LI make a mockery of Thai food.I have never tried the place in Kings Park. It may or maynot be good. I'll stick with the sure thing and head into Queens.

              1. I had a good experience once at Thai Angel; it's in a mall (Islandia Mall?) off exit 50 something... same mall the Dave & Buster's is in.. they had this amazing chrysanthemun (sp?) tea too...

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                1. re: foodie08

                  I agree with MKS and Scott R, L.I. Thai is really not worth the effort. From Lemon leaf, to the place in King's Park (transplanted from Lindenhurst) to Thai Station in Merrick, It's sweet and lacking in any kind of heat which is so central to Thai cooking. GO west, young man to Queens that is.

                  1. re: toby1355

                    Sripraphai it is...i think i'll check it out this week, hopefully.

                    - foodie
                    http://edibleincome.blogspot.com

                    1. re: toby1355

                      Never found Chaophaya in King's Park (or when it was in Lindenhurst) to be sweet and lacking in heat. Unlike at Lemon Leaf, et al, Chaophaya's owners are Thai. I'd tried Lemon Leaf upon recommendation from a friend, and the difference between it and Chaophaya was startling.

                  2. wow, this thread is revived.
                    I like Tiny Thai in Farmingdale. but the rest of my recommendations are speculative. The woman who owns chao thai in elmhurst also owns Sri Thai in Huntington. Not sure how the food is, you would probably have to make a convincing argument to get the real Thai stuff.
                    Check it out , on their menu it says "For Adventures"
                    http://www.srithaihuntington.com/ForA...

                    Also, there is a big thai population out in suffolk county somewhere. Centereach. http://www.vajira.org/ - there must be something good out there.

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                    Sri Thai
                    14 New St, Huntington, NY 11743

                    Tiny Thai Restaurant
                    187 Main St, Farmingdale, NY 11735

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                    1. re: Jeffsayyes

                      There's a Sri Thai thread on here from its early days. It was very good when it opened.

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                      Sri Thai
                      14 New St, Huntington, NY 11743

                      1. re: mcf

                        Don't forget about the Sripraphai branch in Williston Park, NY. Been there twice and enjoyed it both times.

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                        SriPraPhai
                        280 Hillside Ave, Williston Park, NY 11596

                        1. re: Robotron

                          It's had quite a few so so ratings, though, followed by reports of further slippage. So far, most folks don't seem impressed, after much breathless anticipation.

                          1. re: mcf

                            Don't be fooled, Srip-Williston is a great Thai restaurant. It remains among the best Thai restaurants in the NY metropolitan area. I have been to all the other great joints in Queens and Srip-Williston more then holds its own.The food is always good and often spectacular. People can find flaws but if you want really good Thai food go and enjoy.

                            1. re: stuartlafonda

                              I pick up Srip on my way home at least once a week and it's excellent 99.99% of the time.

                      2. re: Jeffsayyes

                        I wondered about Tiny Thai when I was in the area getting my bike fixed up. I'll give it a shot in the near future - Any recommendations?

                        My main concern with most Thai places in the region is whether or not they're all that much better than a good Chinese takeout. Taking the same formula (column ingredients and mash) and applying it to another cuisine can only result in the same low ceiling.

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                        Tiny Thai Restaurant
                        187 Main St, Farmingdale, NY 11735

                        1. re: ediblover

                          ediblover: over at Adventure Cycles? Great place.

                          As for Tiny Thai: I haven't been there in quite a while, but it's one of the better Thai places on Long Island, if nothing to knock your socks off. Better than good Chinese takeout, IMHO. FAR better than Lemonleaf in Hicksville.

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                          Tiny Thai Restaurant
                          187 Main St, Farmingdale, NY 11735

                          1. re: Scott_R

                            Yes, AC.

                            Anyway, I just got back from TT and I was quite impressed. Had the dumplings, Thai sausage salad, tropical duck and banana flambe (with green team ice cream); had the Thai beer as a drink. I know little about alcohol/beer, so not much to say, except I did like the fact that they had a Thai option (Must try the Thai iced tea next time). The dumplings weren't special, but they were proper (Unlike so many that go too heavy with the salt or the wrap) and a great deal at the price. The salad was sub par, but it's winter so I can let that go (Why do I even order them now?); standard fare vegetables with lettuce, tomatoes, carrots and cucumber - All with little flavor, of course. I did enjoy the (borderline too) sweet vinaigrette and the (cured/spiced) Thai sausage. So, it's probably a solid choice come summer. I loved the tropical duck. Not only was the duck cooked right (always love crispy skin), but the sauce had a great balance between the (serious) heat and the sweet flavors. The flambe was average. A few slices of bananas wrapped (triangular), fried and topped with honey. Not something I'd get again, but, like the beer, I liked that they had it as an option.

                            Overall, the impression I got was that the people there really care about their food. Definitely a place to return to - I just hope next time I end up ordering something good like the duck again.

                      3. Check out Frankly Thai in Franklin Square. The owner met his wife in Thailand and brought her back to America.

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                        1. re: apajax6

                          any recent visits to srip in williston, eat in woodside often, but never been to li branch and the reviews on yelp are very mixed..wondering if they've got a subpar cooking staff there or the reviews are skewed..any recent visits? Happy they are putting the dressing and ingred separate now for the watercress salad, so much better when you assemble it yourself,

                          1. re: janie

                            what's up with long island chowhounds, are there any??? Never any responses or contributions out there--

                            I'll answer my own question, in case it comes up again, ate at williston sripiphai last night (on a sat) for comparison sake ate at woodside about 2 weeks ago, also on a weekend on a sunday. Generally I tend not to eat out on weekends to avoid the crowds, but it just worked out that way. Last night, there was almost a 30 in wait for a table in long island, and frankly, there is nowhere to hangout in the cold and they are poorly organized with taking numbers and even worse at communicating anything--they don't have a specific person doing that, but one of the waitresses. The service was abominable and that's being kind--no menus, no waters, no plates for over 15 min once we sat after that long wait---had to ask, she was nice about it, but c'mon.

                            Simliar complaints emanating from other tables, and it was obvious from the get go that they are severely understaffed. The waitress was nice though and did try to accomodate our food requests. Watercress salad, was about same, although if you prefer the topping stuff separate ask for it because they don't separate it like woodside does now--chicken curry puffs were good, squid with hot chilil basil, was good, crab wontons were not liked at all, spring rolls, nothing to them at all--avoid---shrimp with green curry much better at woodside, much darker color here and not at all subtle like in woodside---, chicken satay--about the same, --atmosphere not nearly as nice as woodside--if you're in the area, it's ok--but, if looking to try it for the first time--and you're near enough to queens, try the woodside spot. It's better run, and the food just tasted brighter.

                            1. re: janie

                              I haven't eaten there, but since opening, very clearly not a match for the original location, though some reviewers seem to keep suggesting it is as commendable, in contrast to regular diners.

                              Sri Thai in Huntington is very good.

                              Yeah, LI is kind of moribund in terms of activity, though those north fork folks sure pull their weight! And ScottR has the breakfast and coffee house scene covered pretty well.

                              I live in Huntington village and am wondering if there's enough interest from enough folks to organize a Chinese hole in the wall restaurant crawl to find any consistently worthy take out. Since the loss of Imperial Garden SOL around here.

                              1. re: mcf

                                The Rolling Spring Roll truck guy is opening a restaurant somewhere out here. No details yet other than that. Vietnamese, at last!

                                I was not impressed with the ramen at Daisho. Didn't taste homemade (not springy enough) and the dashi was one dimensional.

                                1. re: sbp

                                  His facebook says Main Street, Farmingdale.

                                  1. re: sbp

                                    Supposed to be named "Pho Shop," I believe. Submitted plans to Nassau County Dep't of Health on 25 April. Will be a few doors down from Tiny Thai.

                                    1. re: sbp

                                      Main St in Farmingdale. Can't wait as I was a 'regular' at his truck and his food is terrific.

                                  2. re: janie

                                    Hi Janie. The Long Island board has suffered the same fate as the dinosaurs. Wiped out by a cataclysmic event. In their case it was a meteor, in our case it was a "board reorganization". We were not that prolific beforehand but now it is all but gone. Anyway, I still regularly enjoy Srip East after years of patronage at the Original, and have posted such thoughts. What I like, they do well. Red and Panang curry, soft shell crab with the mango side, curry puffs, drunken noodles and a few other items. Combined with dessert at Hildebrants down Hillside, a place your kids would love, it is still more then worth a trip.

                                    1. re: stuartlafonda

                                      Took out Srip last night. Great as always. Tried soft shell crab w/mango. Hot damn.