Sripraphai: 2 questions
At last, I'm going to visit Sripraphai for the 1st time next week. I love Thai food, and have been able to enjoy it on multiple trips to Thailand, and all over the west coast.
I was wondering about a couple of things:
1) planning to go early...say 6pm, on either Tuesday or Thursday. Would one of these days be better, or does it matter? Is there likely to be a long wait at 6pm?
2) Best food choices? I'm leaning toward the following: Tom Yum Goong, Catfish Salad, Larb, Sour Curry, anything with Duck...I've been told to avoid their Som Tom. Any other suggestions?
64-13 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11377
Earlier is definitely better when going. Arriving at 6PM on either a Tuesday or a Thursday (along with all the people you're dining with there) will likely get you a table right away (though I wouldn't arrive too much later than that).
Some of my favorites there are:
crispy watercress salad
crispy catfish salad
Kao-Soy (curry egg noodles)
saute-ed crispy pork
saute-ed crispy pork with Chinese broccoli
ground meat (i think i usually ask for beef or pork) with chili, garlic and basil
sweet sausage salad
and i think it was the Panang curry (with beef) - it was very soupy and the meat was falling apart and pleasantly spicy and flavorful - good for a cold day.
My only disappointment there was when I ordered what I don't think of as real Thai food (Pad Thai). I'd never tried it there and was curious. It was pretty blah.
Everything else though has been wonderful. Happy eating!
Glendale is hungry...
re: Glendale is hungry
Pad Thai is the national dish and I'd say definately should be thought of as real Thai food but I can understand your frustration and where you are coming from. It is sooo common and even at 'good' thai restaurants no one seems to make a great version in NYC with most doing a poor overly sweet lacking nuance, bleh of a dish. Ohh how I wish someone would focus on making a great pad thai. It is truely a fantastic dish done well.
I also lament NYC not having a great Gai Yang (bbq chicken) another very common dish
I'd agree with the others, 6PM on a weekday should be no problem getting seated.
If you don't mind stinking the crisp fried garlic fish (it is a dry covering of fried garlic) is a favorite
I like most som toms that are not too sweet. It is a great dish to turn up the heat on. Sri's version is good, get it with sticky rice and make sure they bring the rice in time to eat it together
the Sri bufallo wings are good (and taste like I wish the BBQ Chicken did)
Pic a salad or two, like Larb
The Crispy Pork with Chinese Brocolli is always a winner
Thai fried rice is nice but make sure you get the condiment - nam prik or nam pla prik and lime wedges to put on it
enjoy, getting hungry here thinking about it
The softshell crab or the crispy fish with green mango sauce. Anything with the green mango sauce, really. (I think they might make a catfish salad with it)
The tom kha gai, if you like that kind of thing. (I do.) it's the best version i've had in the US. But make sure to ask for it phet phet.
The pork curry with string beans.
The crispy watercress salad (i prefer the vegetarian version)
The yum woon sen isn't bad either if you're craving that kind of thing.
I don't love the things with duck there, but others seem to.