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Chao Thai

I keep hearing about this place from C-Hound luminaries (JFores for example). Let's hear the opinions! I went looking for it the other day in my car but did not have enough time and did not find it. Worth it? I am considering become unfaithful to Sripraphai, maybe, at least once.

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Chao Thai
85-03 Whitney Ave, Queens, NY 11373

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  1. Too bad parking sucks in Elmhurst--if you take the r or g train it's well worth the trip. I think it's fabulous. The only drawback is that it's a bit small with few tables.

    1. Parking's fine IMO. There's always some across the street, around by the bowling alley, or along the supermarket across from the park. The only issue is it's all metered. Oh well. Chao Thai is great. The curries are a real winner here as well as the larb, the catfish (bony), most seafood, etc. I like to try to stick to the specials menu (Thai lang only on board) which they will sometimes translate for you and sometimes look at you blankly wondering what you mean. Good luck!

      Oh and I order my stuff very very very very spicy (quote on quote usually) but this is melting through your bowl level hot so be careful.

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      Chao Thai
      85-03 Whitney Ave, Queens, NY 11373

      1. I like the pork belly in prik khing sauce (dry curry with stringbeans), most of the larb/salads are great, there is a nice sausage app and some nice soups. actually haven't had any curries or fried rice or noodles there but I've been happy w/ every meal there so far.

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        Chao Thai
        85-03 Whitney Ave, Queens, NY 11373

        1. What got me was a statement in a previous post about the curries in particular. A great prik khing is enough to struggle with any parking situation for sure. I am going this week. Thanks all.

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          1. re: NYJewboy

            Chao's green curry is fantastic--better than Srip I think...

            1. re: JRogan

              I love many of Chao's dishes, but I don't get why so many people think their curries are better than Sripraphai's. I found their green curry to be sweeter and more watery than Srip's. Srip's green curry is the closest I have found here to green curry in Bangkok. And Sri's penang blows Chao's out of the water. Maybe I have to try Chao's green curry again though.

          2. How funny, I was just here on Saturday night with three friends. We all loved it, especially the Esan Thai sour sausage, the pad frog, and the seafood papaya salad and the noodle dish we got, a take on pad see ew, wasn't eye-opening but it was very good and a good way to get some relief from the spicy food. I also liked "Three Buddies," though I think I would have liked it better as a small bite or two. None of us are wimps with spicy food, but we got everything "medium," and we were definitely sweating.