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Yajai Thai Cuisine

33-16 30th Ave., Queens, NY 11103 40.766032 -73.919653
nr. 33rd St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-956-9559 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Thai
  • Price Range: $$

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Hours

Daily, 11:30am-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

N, Q at 30th Ave.

Prices

$7.95-$17.95

Payment Methods

MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • BYOB
  • Delivery
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • BYOB

Reservations

Not Accepted

Delivery Area

35th Ave. to 24th Ave., 50th St. to 21st St.

Profile

Yajai’s shabby dining area feels like a student storefront, where backpack-toters chow down while buried in a book. The main event is the busy takeout and delivery counter. As the staff’s English is shaky, at least one dish you order is likely to be randomized. Even if the counter guys get it right, the cooks might not. Shrimp are the tiny, defrosted sort, beef is leathery, and vegetables so overcooked they may as well be canned (the string beans and button mushrooms already are). Fried rice is barely fried, and nearly tasteless. And the kitchen has a dispiriting habit of topping dishes with a thick cucumber slice. But Yajai shows some flair with various Thai standard bearers. Noodle stir-fries, made with sheet-like flat noodles, come with a zesty brown sauce. Coconut curries have an appealing flavor, and the duck yum salad is thick with hacked pieces of rich but not fatty roasted duck. Trial and error is one way to learn what Yajai does well. Or you could ask the bookish regulars what they’re slurping.

Recommended Dishes

Duck yum salad, $14.95; red curry, $8.95; Singapore noodle, $8.95; peanut sauce, $2

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