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bklyneater Feb 18, 2012 04:54 AM

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!

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    Daniel76 Feb 18, 2012 05:25 AM

    have you been to ayada thai?

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    Ayada
    77-08 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11373

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      bklyneater Feb 18, 2012 05:37 AM

      No. I just read some mixed reviews here... also considering Chao and Ploy... opinions? Thanks!

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        Daniel76 Feb 18, 2012 07:06 AM

        Ayada, I like more than ploy. But, I have never been to the other.

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        Ploy Thai
        81-40 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

        Ayada
        77-08 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11373

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      Pookipichu Feb 18, 2012 07:39 AM

      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.

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      Hunan House
      137-40 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11354

      1. chompchomp Feb 18, 2012 08:51 AM

        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.

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        Fu Run
        40-09 Prince St, Queens, NY 11354

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

        Udu Cafe
        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

        1. missmasala Feb 18, 2012 12:14 PM

          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.
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/814155

          Another good rec is Uncle Zhou's in Elmhurst. Henan food. Huge thread on that here:
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/786078

          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.

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          Ayada
          77-08 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11373

          Tawa Food
          37-38 72nd St, Queens, NY 11372

          Uncle Zhou
          83-29 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

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            Glendale is hungry Feb 18, 2012 02:29 PM

            Hi bklyneater,

            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!

            Ciao,

            Glendale is hungry...

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

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

            Asian Taste 86
            86-10 Whitney Ave, Queens, NY 11373

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              bklyneater Feb 18, 2012 05:48 PM

              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!

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

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