E, F, M, R at Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Ave.; 7 at 74th St.-Broadway
58th St. to 82nd St., Queens Blvd. to Northern Blvd.
This venue is closed.
A funny thing happened when we visited this anomalously slick Thai joint in Jackson Heights, a distant (but recognizably related) cousin of Manhattan’s Spice chainlet. When the solicitous waiter asked how we wanted our food, we said "spicy," with the usual resigned skepticism, and we got spicy: tear-duct-activatingly, nose-clearingly, cheek-flushingly spicy. But tingly lips didn’t stop us from plowing through pungent pork larb, fiery green-curry fried rice, and deliciously crisp, fatty duck in basil sauce. Hurts so good, indeed.Note
Owner Juttana Rimreartwate wanted to create a restaurant that looks like Manhattan—where he's also a partner in the Spice chainlet—but tastes like Queens.
Daily, 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.; $6.95
Pork larb, $6.50; green-curry fried rice, $8; duck in basil sauce, $15