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Ayada: Better than Sripraphai?

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lulumoolah Nov 29, 2011 09:07 PM

[NOTE: We've moved this discussion from the thread at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/820198 -- The Chowhound Team]

Actually, I've never been to Ayada. Is it better than Sripraphai?

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SriPraPhai
64-13 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

Ayada
77-08 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11373

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    nmprisons Nov 30, 2011 08:00 AM

    Yes

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      nmprisons Nov 30, 2011 08:05 AM

      Remember when Sripraphai was awesome, like 5 or 6 years ago? Ayada is like that now.

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      Ayada
      77-08 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11373

      4 Replies
      1. re: nmprisons
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        lulumoolah Nov 30, 2011 10:05 AM

        Nice! Thanks for this rec. I will definitely check out Ayada when I'm in Queens.

        1. re: lulumoolah
          Peter Cuce Nov 30, 2011 07:26 PM

          I've only been to Ayada once, need to get back there and explore more, but I've been to Chao Thai about 15 times. For me, that's my new Sripraphai. I've been going to Sri since 98 and feel that it's lost a step.

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

          SriPraPhai
          64-13 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

          Ayada
          77-08 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11373

          1. re: Peter Cuce
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            nmprisons Dec 1, 2011 05:03 AM

            This is certain to get deleted, but . . . I, too, enjoy Chao Thai and agree that it is now producing better food than Sripraphai. However, the duck panang and whole fish dishes at Ayada are just too good for me to pass up.

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

            SriPraPhai
            64-13 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

            Ayada
            77-08 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11373

            1. re: nmprisons
              Peter Cuce Dec 1, 2011 10:13 AM

              Well there certainly doesn't have to be one "best" place. Of course there's the one place you go to when you want an overall great experience, but I'm happy to be able to visit different places for different specialties. I don't find Chao Thai's curries particularly well presented so I usually don't order them there unless I'm with folks that have to have it. Duck panang and whole fish sound great - I'll pay a visit to Ayada and check it out soon. btw, Chao Thai has a great whole steamed fish and another special menu only whole fish that's divided in two and served as two different salads.

      2. chompchomp Dec 1, 2011 07:48 AM

        Better than srip? No.

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          Pookipichu Dec 1, 2011 10:19 AM

          I'd say no. I've been to Ayada three times and Sripraphai too many to count. Ayada seems less of a value, portion and price. Also there are multiple dishes that I feel are done better at Sripraphai.

          That being said, Ayada is very good and there are some dishes that are better than Sripraphai. Also Sripraphai has a had consistency issues over the past few years, in presentation, taste and portion size. But the best meals I've had at Sri are better than the best at Ayada. The dessert selection is also much more extensive at Sripraphai.

          1. Silverjay Dec 1, 2011 11:49 AM

            I like the laarb and som tam dishes at Ayada better than Sri. The duck curry is good. I used to like their fish better, but the last time I had it they undercooked it. Sri in general has better curries though. The Penang curry is always great there. And I like the pork leg and the soft shell crab app at Sri, which are not available at Ayada I believe. Neither place do noodles particularly well... I like Chao Thai for overall foods. I can't recall specific dishes, but can't recall a bad meal there either. It's a matter of feeling like sitting in there tiny space for me sometimes. Anyway, I'm happy to have all three available to dine at. I like to hear about individual dishes at these places rather than singling out one as THE best.

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            1. re: Silverjay
              Peter Cuce Dec 1, 2011 12:18 PM

              Hear hear. Has anyone been to Boon Chu or Ploy Thai or some of the other spots recently? There are also some places near Ayada over on Woodside Ave that I haven't seen anyone write about.

              1. re: Peter Cuce
                Silverjay Dec 1, 2011 12:27 PM

                Ploy Thai is decent. Especially if you order from the specials menu. They are really sweet in there (the people, not necessarily the cuisine). Haven't been to Boon Chu. I had a medocre meal at Thai Center Point recently. The thousand year egg dish is awesome. I haven't had anything else particularly strong there, but it's cozy and homey food.

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                Ploy Thai
                81-40 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

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

              2. re: Silverjay
                missmasala Dec 1, 2011 01:04 PM

                Agree with what silverjay says. The larb in particular is much better at Ayada (it's too sweet at Sri) The chinese broccoli with crispy pork is also better at Ayada, though on my last visit it wasn't very good there either. (this was the first dish to really go downhill for me at Sri) However, the Tom Kha Gai at Sri is head and shoulders better than the one at Ayada. But lately we've been going to Ayada more as my kids like it better and there's almost never a wait. We also love Thailand Centerpoint. I liked Chao Thai the few times I went, but somehow never seem to get back there.

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                Ayada
                77-08 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11373

                1. re: missmasala
                  Peter Cuce Dec 1, 2011 01:23 PM

                  One thing I'd like to point out about Chao Thai. If you ask for Thai spicy, they won't really believe you the first few visits, but once you get to know the waitstaff and express interest in getting true heat, you will be offered true Thai-level spicy food. I can eat almost any level of spice, but I reached some crossover points there where I thought I wouldn't be able to go on - it was awesome.

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

                  1. re: Peter Cuce
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                    Widmark Jan 9, 2012 10:03 PM

                    They recognize us and we have to be careful. We go with Thai Medium, which is still hotter than American Spicy!

                2. re: Silverjay
                  driggs Jan 10, 2012 06:32 AM

                  Sri is nothing close to its reputation, having become a soulless machine. I say this with remorse, a jilted lover who was there from the very beginning.

                  I agree blanket judgments are inferior to dish by dish analysis. However Sri's biggest problem is volatility. Its impossible to state with certainty what you will get.

                  Ayada has held up well for me, as someone said, if you remember Sri from the pre expansion (not into Long Island, but into the space next door in Queens) then that is Ayada. Consistent strong food with some outstanding dishes.

                  Chao Thai is at times utterly amazing. Other times is just damn good. I prefer Ayada because I like to be able to sit and relax at a table rather than be jammed in and cramped. Food alone though, its Chao.

                  One last rant on Sri. I am still utterly amazed that is reputation has held up. I used to put up with the inconsistent food because of the warm friendly staff, some who I knew from the tiny 8 table days. Now the service is brusk, confused and with dollar signs flashing in everyones eyes. Its become about the money. Great for them, not so great for me.

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

                  SriPraPhai
                  64-13 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

                  Ayada
                  77-08 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11373

                  1. re: driggs
                    missmasala Jan 10, 2012 06:39 AM

                    I hear where you're coming from, but still haven't found a better tom kha gai in this city. Even when it's bad (for sri) it's still better than at any other place i've tried.

                    That said, my preferred plan these days is to eat at thailand centerpoint and get takeout tom kha gai from sri.

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                    SriPraPhai
                    64-13 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

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

                    1. re: missmasala
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                      Pookipichu Jan 10, 2012 08:47 AM

                      The tom kha gai is wonderful at Sri, those trumpet mushrooms and aromatic slices of galangal can't be found everywhere.

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