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Sripraphai (Woodside) or Lotus of Siam (Las Vegas)?

Which is the better Thai restaurant? I've heard both places praised to death on Chowhound but have only been to LOS. I like LOS and think it's marginally better than the Thailand Restaurant in lower Manhattan (corner of Baxter and Bayard St).

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  1. It may be hard to believe, but there has actually been a discussion on this subject!

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    1. re: Brian S

      Thanks! That thread was most helpful.

    2. I ate at Pongsri (Bayard and Baxter) for years on a regular basis as I work nearby. One meal, and I really mean one meal at Srip and I did not eat at Pongsri again.I am lucky enough to pass near Srip on my way home every day so I get my fill of Srip. My friends still go to Pongsri and I have noticed that post remodel, the portions are smaller and the prices have gone up. Get thee to Srip!

      1. I think Thai Nakorn in Orange County, CA is better than Sri. I'm a pretty loyal Sri customer too, but between the two, would take Nakorn. I've never been to the Lotus of Siam.

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        1. re: Silverjay

          Yes, it looks great. http://elmomonster.blogspot.com/2006/... One thing they seem to do at Thai Nakorn, judging from the review, is what they used to do at Sripraphai: prepare the dish the same no matter who orders it. They never used to ask at Sripraphai how spicy you wanted your food, they just prepared it as it should be prepared.

          1. re: Brian S

            Actually, I now recall I posted on Nakorn about a year ago- http://www.chowhound.com/topics/343953 .

            1. re: Silverjay

              For anyone reading this and rushing to get a plane to Los Angeles, note that the main Garden Grove location is closed due to a fire in January, though a branch in Stanton is open.

        2. I actually prefer Chao Thai over Sripraphai. That's just me though. That place is so special to me.

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          1. re: JFores

            I don't get Chao Thai. I get a weird feeling from there. I prefer ayada of anywhere in elmhurst, but haven't been to sriprapai to get a good enough comparison.

          2. Sripraphi is the winner hands down over the newly renovated Thailand Restaurant on Baxter. Haven't been to Las Vegas. But Woodside is definitely the destination for varietal Thai food in the 5 boroughs of Manhattan. Every other Thai restaurant pales in comparison. Believe it.

            1. I've have been to LOS once and my experience was awesome to say the least. The flavors were well put together.

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              1. re: David_Minh

                Thai Nakorn, of course, over both. I didn't find Sripraphi to be a revelation as many reviewers had. It was refreshingly authentic, but I wonder if the state of thai food in NYC is reason for such high praise. I did eat recently at Jitlada in LA which is maybe my second favorite after Thai Nakorn, though the styles and dishes are very different.

                1. re: david t.

                  My L.A. brother goes to Sripraphi, Jitlada, and Lotus with equal and great joy.

              2. Just a note- I was telling someone about Sri when someone else said "there's a new place opening in Williston Park (NY) with that name...turns out, there is...