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Delicious and quiet restaurant in vicinity of Rego Park?

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My grandma in Rego Park has agreed to let me take her out to the cuisine of my choice in relatively close driving distance from her apartment (Elmhurst, Flushing, etc). I was planning on going to Southern Spice until I heard that it had moved. Two most important criteria: Must be delicious/noteworthy (along the lines of Spicy Mina, Chao Thai, Southern Spice), but more importantly must be relatively quiet and the tables not packed too tight. This is why I thought Southern Spice would be a good choice, where as Chao Thai may not be (even though I'm dying to go back there!). I took her to Sripraphai over the summer, and she was a good sport about the noise, but I could tell she would have preferred somewhere where we she could hear us better.
Any recommendations? All cuisines welcome. Thanks!

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

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  1. How do you feel about Turkish food? My parents live in Rego Park and we try to get to Istanbul (95-36 Queens Boulevard) whenever we're visiting. The food is wonderful! We especially like their appetizer plate. It's a small space, but I think it fulfills your wish of a quiet place.

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    Istanbul
    95-36 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11374

    1. If you want to do good thai again, Ayada is smaller and quieter, as is thailand center point.

      Also, there's Uncle Zhou which I don't think of as being particularly loud or crowded, but maybe my criteria are different.

      don't know of a good Indian to recommend, but for tibetan with sichuan accent, Phayul in JH might work, though I've never been, so can't attest to the crowds/noise level (somehow I just believe it won't be either.)

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      Thailand's Center Point
      63-19 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

      Ayada
      77-08 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11373

      Uncle Zhou
      83-29 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

      Phayul
      37-65 74th St, Queens, NY 11372

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      1. re: missmasala

        Phayul isn't big enough to be crowded and noisy - just a few tables which are nicely spaced apart. The food, regardless, is excellent, the joint in particular worthy of more attention.
        P.

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        Phayul
        37-65 74th St, Queens, NY 11372

        1. re: missmasala

          thanks for all the great recommendations! we ended up going to Ayada, which was perfect. Food was delicious, atmosphere was right, and everyone had a great time. the food really was outstanding. The small size of the restaurant really comes through in the attention the kitchen pays to your food. Service wad good too. I will definitely be back.
          Now I just need to find some time to try the other suggestions! Thanks everyone!

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          Ayada
          77-08 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11373