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Thai Malay Sunnyside/Woodside border closing?

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I know it's no destination, but for decent super-fast cheap delivery, they're really dependable and it seems like they do a ton of delivery/take-out business. Just noticed this:

http://newyork.craigslist.org/que/off...

It will be missed by me, at least. I like their curry puffs, their chicken basil, the indonesian fried rice, even their general tso's chicken, which was a little weird but still better then any chinese delivery in the area.

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Thai Malay Cafe
51-20 Skillman Ave, Queens, NY 11377

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  1. Harsh! This was my go to delivery place and now there will be a vacuum (esp with Zabb also gone, but they took hours to deliver usually). Any suggestions for other good SE Asian delivery places that serve the Sunnyside-Woodside border?

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

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    1. re: elbev

      Rumphool rarely gets mentioned on this board, but it might be what you're looking for. It's been about a year since I ordered from them, but the food is (was) solid. Old thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/648510

      They're only 5 blocks from Thai Malay, so I'd imagine the delivery zone is similar.

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      Rumphool
      57-17 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11377

      1. re: jaingmaster

        Rumphool is good, but the best delivery that I've had in the area is Thai Center Point. The problem is that they don't always have a car available. We call them first to check, if not then Rumphool.

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        Rumphool
        57-17 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11377

        1. re: Paulomet

          I go back and forth between Rumphool and TCP. Zabb didn't deliver as far as me (I think, much closer to Sunnyside).

          Neither of them are as good as Srip or Zabb at it's best but they both have great stuff and are miles above your usual boring Thai takeout. I also occasionally get I am Thai, who have the most hilarious menu in town.

          Rumphool makes a good crispy duck salad...crispier then Zabb's was but still good, and they have a basil pork dish that is crispy pork over rice that I like.

          I usually chose them over TCP because they deliver faster, but both are good.

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

          Rumphool
          57-17 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11377

          1. re: Widmark

            Thanks. Cool to know that those two places deliver - I thought Rumphool (which I think is great) was takeout only. It is a shame to lose a place with the reliability and variety of TMC, though.

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            Rumphool
            57-17 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11377

            1. re: elbev

              Rumphool has eat-in dining but there are no bathrooms available for customers (you have to go use the McDonald's a few doors down) so for all intents and purposes, just get deliver or takeout.

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              Rumphool
              57-17 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11377

              1. re: bigjeff

                I have managed to eat there without having a bathroom emergency. I do live close by just in case!

                Seriously though, I wonder about them because they seem to have extensive offerings only in Thai on the menu and a special board. More adventurous types than myself should ask them about it and suggest they would benefit from sharing those.

                1. re: Widmark

                  I am extremely curious about Rumphool. I too live nearby, and while the people are nice, the food on their menu seems to be of the mild spice with canned straw mushroom/sauteed green bell pepper ilk. Well meant and fresh, a good option if it's pouring outside and you're too sick to walk up Roosevelt, but just not in the same league as Sri, Chao, Ayada, Zabb etc.

                  But shopping around Elmhurst, I have noticed several small Thai snack shops selling a lot of interesting stuff labelled with, yes, our own Rumphool.

                  The newest is a Thai snack shop directly inside the entrance of the Hong Kong market, selling bubble tea and sweets as well as savoury meals in the back refrigerator section. Last Saturday I saw prik king and wild boar curry both labelled Rumphool, which made me both curious and frustrated that they don't expose more of the adventurous stuff on their English menu.

                  Rumphool, you've clearly got something going on back in that kitchen a lot more interesting than your English menu reveals. Further investigation is warranted.

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

                  Ayada
                  77-08 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11373

                  Rumphool
                  57-17 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11377

                  1. re: plum

                    I've seen their product at a lot of the snack places like Sugar Club, etc. I only ate there once:
                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/648510

                    thought it was ok. followed a review of rumphool in the VV:
                    http://www.villagevoice.com/2009-08-1...

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                    Sugar Club
                    81-20 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

                2. re: bigjeff

                  It is small and loo-less, but I find it a very pleasant place to eat. It is quite small and quirkily furnished, but usually relatively full at mealtimes. They also not translate their dry-erase-board specials into English also, and the staff is friendly and happy to explain stuff. The lunch specials are pretty standard (decent but pedestrian), but the NE Thai stuff (larbs, salads), whole fish and Sukiyaki (fun!) are really good. No competition for the bigshots like Sri, Nusara, etc, but a mellower place to dine and a bit cheaper.

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

                  1. re: dacoit

                    dacoit,

                    just to make sure, you are talking about rumphool, right? can you translate some of their dry-erase specials for us?

                    1. re: bigjeff

                      Yes, I am talking about Rumphool. Which is probably the best Thai place with delivery to Woodside/Sunnyside area, and is a cozy place to sit and eat a good meal. I prefer it to Thailand Centerpoint, where I have had not so good dishes before and generally found the staff to be unwelcoming (maybe this has changed in the year or so since I have been there). Would love to translate the board specials from Rumphool, but cannot read or speak Thai. The staff is friendly and has always been willing to do so in my experience, and I think last time I was there the specials were also written in English.

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                      Rumphool
                      57-17 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11377

      2. Walked past the other day, and Thai Malay Cafe seems to be open for business. Have not ordered yet, but will post back when I do. I am hoping the craigs post was a false alarm.

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        Thai Malay Cafe
        51-20 Skillman Ave, Queens, NY 11377

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        1. re: dacoit

          ordered from them the other day for the first time in a while and everything was as expected. Hope they stick around.