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Aug 8, 2010 07:52 AM

Ayada Thai

Given that I have written about the "decline" of Sripraphi (I am in the its really declined camp) its only fair to write about a place I think is so much better, Ayada Thai.

Its much more MY style; small (8 tables?), intimate, super clean, fresh wonderfully spiced food, and super nice service.

Its nice to have found a place I can trust will give me carefully prepared dishes.

Oh, and across the street is this lovely place....

Makes you wonder what Woodside Nightmares are like....

77-08 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11373

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  1. Ayada is also right up the street from my accupuncturist, the legendary Dr. Moon. There's no missing the storefront - big, lifesize, stuffed bear in the window. Ayada's food is exactly the type of fare Moon warns me off of. Alas, I never learn. I had a terrific seafood som tam there a few weeks ago - best I've tried to date.The spicing was potent, and interacted beautifully with the sour and the slightly sweet, but it was the seafood that I came away remembering. It was amazingly fresh -like they had a fish market in the back. I agree that it's a nice, intimate joint. The proprietress is very nice, gracious and solicitous of opinions.

    77-08 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11373

    4 Replies
    1. re: Polecat

      Yes, the seafood seems to be what they pride themselves on. As you said, the spicing is just right; it aint heat for heat sake.

      I know it aint very adventures, but since I got kids, the Chicken Satay and Phad Thai here are pretty damn good. The peanut sauce is finger licking good. That is one standby that Sri has really fallen on. Even my kids notice it.

      1. re: driggs

        i get the chicken satay all the time at SRI and I haven't noticed any change whatsoever--the pad thai however was never good

      2. re: Polecat

        Mr. Polecat
        "I never learn..."
        Never having met, and judging only from your jottings, (a, I admit, weak indicator) I got to wonder how much hard effort you have put in on this lesson

        1. re: wew

          You got me dead-to-rights, man. Little-to-no effort, indeed. Given the choice of balancing my qui or eating spicy food, I almost invariably go for the latter every time.