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Oct 1, 2007 07:30 AM


Is this place realy good? Or is it a place to hang out and drink ?

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  1. Em has better thai food, Joya is quick and cheap for delivery, and tastes fine, it's just nothing great. It is a bit of an after-work drink scene, but the tables are always full too.

    1. Food: for the most part, it is mediocre americanized thai. Some dishes are ok, nothing even close to Sripraphai. Very forgetable.

      Place: really really annoying. Lots of loud bad music and the kind of people who like that sort of thing. Cramped and uncomfortable, with plenty of trashy attitude. A nightmare to eat there. Get take out.

      1. It's OK..but I agree with NYJewboy, eating there can be annoying. It's best for delivery, although I dont think they deliver on the weekend.

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        1. re: venezuelan

          I had delivery from Joya last Saturday, I believe it is something they only started doing fairly recently.

        2. I like to think of Joya as the Planet Thai of our neighborhood...

          1. We really like Joya for certain things, and a certain kind of experience. The takeout and delivery is something we have been doing for a few years.

            The food is very high quality, made from the freshest, excellent quality ingredients. The platters are quite copious, and the prices very reasonable.

            Of course, for the "purists", looking for "authenticity", they might just have to go to Thailand, or some hole in the wall luncheonette type place in Queens. For everyone else who enjoys Thai food, Joya is fine.

            The service is pleasant and efficient.

            The drawbacks, the long, long waits, and the very high noise level and awful music. Hit Joya early, and there is usually no problem.

            The Soft Shel Crab in season alone is well worth the trip

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            1. re: Fleur

              hole in the wall luncheonette in queens? Sripraphai is larger then Joya and has a nicer garden!

              1. re: Fleur

                Authentic or not, Joya is known for its portions and prices. It is certainly not renowned for the quality of its ingredients and taste of its food. In fact, one of my friends who has now sworn off of Joya told me last week that "it tasted like they cooked everything in the same pan."

                1. re: Fleur

                  First off, Sripraphai is hardly a "hole in the wall luncheonette type place " and while Joya is an easy and cheap destination, it is a mere shadow of authentic Thai food and closer to Americanized chinese take-out. I just had some incredible Thai food in LA and Vegas. In LA, even the crappy/mediocore Thai food is miles ahead of Joya. Why cant some open an authentic thai restaurant in Brooklyn or Manhattan?