Having a weekend lunch in Queens and want to try something new... Looking for something like SriPraPhai before the expansion - a delicious hole-in-the-wall. Doesn't need to be Thai.... we love all food... spicy is good but not required. Thanks for any suggestions!
It's not a hole in the wall but it is delicious, I'd suggest you try Hunan House in Flushing and many of the dishes are delightfully spicy.
137-40 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11354
In that neighborhood, Zabb is good (and also Thai), and in Flushing; we like M&T, Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan, Fu Run and Udu for hot pot.
40-09 Prince St, Queens, NY 11354
71-28 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372
37-04 Prince St, Queens, NY 11354
SN New Restaurant
44-09 Kissena Blvd, Queens, NY 11355
Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan
42-47 Main St, Queens, NY 11355
These days, delicious hole-in-the-wall in queens means Tawa Foods to me and my family. Tiny Nepali restaurant in JH with a small yet delicious menu. food is nice and spicy. very friendly people working there. try the samae bhaji, the potato paratha, the chicken kati roll, the momos, and the chai. the thali is good as well.
Another good rec is Uncle Zhou's in Elmhurst. Henan food. Huge thread on that here:
As for Thai, Ayada, while small, is no hole-in-the-wall. The food is good, but not as good as Sri pre-expansion. They are very friendly there, tho. Never been to Ploy, and haven't been to Chao in over a year.
77-08 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11373
37-38 72nd St, Queens, NY 11372
83-29 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373
How about one of the following:
Thailand's Center Point (within spitting distance of SriPraPhai) - reminds me a lot of SriPraPhai many many moons ago except there's actually decor right from the get go. Here's a thread that just recently slipped out of the CH search feature http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/700528
Phayul - Tibetan (go into the building, go down the hall, go up the stairs, turn right past the nail salon, etc.) This place is wonderful to go to on a cold night.
In this thread, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/794972 Tsak Sha La Kor Hot is mentioned. I had this and it was a huge WOW! Amazing broth and who would have thought that daikon radish slices would mellow so beautifully upon being simmered in a soup! Potato and herb momos are also not to be missed.
Asian Taste 86 - Indonesian run but with other Asian items as well (off the beaten path in Elmhurst) There's a recent thread on this http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/824352
I've had the bakwan campur (mix meat ball soup). It was delicious - flavorful clear broth with two kinds of noodles plus items that resemble dim sum - tofu stuffed with meat, a wonton, something reminiscent of shiu mai and some deep-fried triangles (again meat inside). Also good were the Nasi Rendang and the crepes cake for dessert (many many many many thin layers separated by coconut custard - also comes in green tea flavor).
Hope you enjoy wherever you go!
Glendale is hungry...
Thailand's Center Point
63-19 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11377
37-65 74th St, Queens, NY 11372
Asian Taste 86
86-10 Whitney Ave, Queens, NY 11373
re: Glendale is hungry
Thanks to everyone for the great suggestions. We went to Chao Thai and enjoyed the food- it seemed to have the complexity of the food in Thailand (something I don't find at most NYC Thai places). I think they made it a bit mild for us because we had our 3 yr old with us... our mistake to not ask for spicy. Next time I'd like to try the special menu board. With all these great suggestions we will need to venture to Queens every weekend! Thanks again!
85-03 Whitney Ave, Queens, NY 11373