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Zabb in Jackson Heights - what happened?

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The classic Zabb is no longer - there's a similar restaurant with a different menu. The excellent spicy salad is no longer. They had a new salad - also billed as spicy, also with catfish -but it is not remotely similar to the old version. Completely skippable. The spicy soup was good, though, and the iced tea remains the same.

Does anyone know if the old owners/chef have resurfaced anywhere else? Barring that, what would you say is the most similar to the old Zabb style?

Thanks.

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Zabb Elee
71-28 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372

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  1. Chao Thai is good for salads and the like; there are also a bunch of threads on Thai options in Elmhurst, which include Ayada, Nusara, Boon Chu, Ploy and the aforementioned Chao Thai.

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

    Nusara Thai Kitchen
    82-80 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

    Boon Chu
    83-18 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

    Ayada
    77-08 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11373

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    1. re: bigjeff

      Though I've only been once each to Nusara, Boon Chu and Ploy, I don't think any are in the same league as Chao Thai, which has been excellent all three times I've been.

      http://petercherches.blogspot.com

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

      Nusara Thai Kitchen
      82-80 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

      Boon Chu
      83-18 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

      1. re: Peter Cherches

        Chai Thai over Nusar any day & every day. Havnet been to Boon. Within a 10 minutes walk of Chao there are at least 4-6 Thai places.

    2. Mentioned this a few weeks ago when I called in an order for pick-up and they said they didn't do the mock-duck anymore, we used to get the crispy duck salad, real duck for me, mock for the vegetarian dining partner. Haven't been since. However, Zabb City in manhattan still does the duck salad in that style and while it was never as good as Zabb Queens at it's best and it hasn't been associated with the queens one in sometime, a portion of the menu and styles are still the same, so ironically, the manhattan outpost is your only choice for the spicy duck salad.

      such a loss...they were on the right track before the last switchover of owners, coulda been a contender.

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      1. re: Widmark

        Hi,

        I ate at Zabb tonight (June 27th 2010) and thought I'd put my two cents in.

        First, to save others from making the same mistake I made, the fact that everyone online describes Zabb as being located in Elmhurst does not mean that it is near the Elmhurst station of the 7 train. I ended up walking 30 blocks. They were short blocks, and I happen to like walking, but others might object. I would describe Zabb as being in Jackson Heights.

        Anyway--for the first time in my life, I found something that was too spicy for me! The green papaya salad was excellent--far above any I've had in Manhattan, with a wonderful aroma of preserved fish and lime, but the whole hot peppers were in abundance and I had tears in my eyes in seconds.

        Chicken hearts on skewers were good, not great.

        The papaya salad was supposed to come with salted crab. I didn't see any, but I assumed that they were tiny or they melted into the sauce. Only by chance did I ask the waitress at the end and she said I ought to have seen them; she asked the cook who, it turns out, forgot to put them in. That was irritating! Now I have to go back, ask for the salad to be medium spicy, and make sure they don't forgot their own recipes.

        The rest of the menu looked good. One minor complaint is that it would really have been nice to have a little bit of soup on the side, but the only soups on the menu are big bowl full-meal nine-dollar affairs. How about a cup of broth?

        Finally--something about sticky rice that I suppose runs up against the American obsession with sterility. Lao sticky rice is served in, and steamed in, little bamboo baskets and the bamboo should impart some perfume to the rice. But as in other Thai restaurants here, when one opens the bamboo basket the rice is wrapped tightly in plastic wrap! Uggh! Plus, the rice was barely lukewarm.

        So altogether, I suspect that this is not great Lao cooking, but it comes closer to being real than anything I've had in Manhattan, so unless someone suggests a better alternative I'll go back at least once....

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        Zabb Elee
        71-28 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372

        1. re: antidf

          I've never seen anyone say Zabb is in Elmhurst. They just compare it to the recent influx of excellent and authentic Thai places that have opened up along Broadway in Elmhurst. None of which are near a 7 train, but all of which are walkable from Zabb, which, as the title of the thread states, is in Jackson Heights!

          And if you're looking for alternatives, just re-read this thread, as many are mentioned.

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          Zabb Elee
          71-28 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372

          1. re: antidf

            sorry for the confusion in listing all the elmhurst joints but as Widmark says, that's the hood if you want good thai! reading your entry again made my mouth water for the green mango with salted crab served at Ayada. It is damn good; try it! location is equidistant from the 74th Street Roosevelt Avenue station and the Elmhurst Avenue station (the restaurant is located on Woodside Avenue). try it, if you like lao/northern thai style food.