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64-13 39th Ave., Queens, NY, 11377
nr. 64th St.
By jph on 11/21/2008
I was never a big fan of Thai cuisine until I ate at Sri Pra Phai. Many Thai restaurants in NYC are either fusion based or traditional Chinese-American dishes drowned in coconut milk. However, Sri Pra Phai stands out for its authenticity through the freshness of the ingredients (especially the chicken soup, salads and fish entrees). The pad thai is good, but this dish can be skipped, without sacrificing a great Thai cuisine experience. Since being introduced to Sri Pra Phai, I have tried other Thai restaurants that are "comparable" to SPP, but they lack the consistency in terms of quality.
By magwep on 11/1/2008
I am surprised to see the negative reviews here, but let's just say that it is likely that it is more probable to spend energy posting if you had a bad experience than if your experience is good. I've gone to SriPraPhai Thai over the years since they were much tinier, in fact more than half the space they are now. I do miss the old, smaller, less-famous version, but am happy to see their success. They are for sure authentic, from the Thai people who are regulars down to the refrigerator which offers all kinds of exotic deserts. The one that sticks in my mind is a pumpkin custard. The only not-so-great dish I've ever had there was a soft-shell crab appetizer. The whole fried fish are amazing, especially with chilli sauce, the papaya salad with friend catfish marvelous, and love the crispy pork. Very delicious! I haven't tried the Pad Thai because, well, heh, Pad Thai these days sort of akin to sweet and sour in Chinese cuisine, isn't it?
Ignore the Naysayers, this is the real deal
By hentrain on 9/9/2008
I live right around the corner from this place, and eat here a lot. It rocks! I can't believe it has gotten mixed reviews from a bunch of manhattanite philistines. OK, if your idea of Thai food is choosing between the green curry and the jungle curry and you don't like it spicy, then you will probably hate this place. It is also true that the service when they are busy is pretty perfunctory. But the food here actually resembles the food they serve in Thailand. The papaya and green mango salad are wonderful, there is also an unlikely sounding sausage salad that is really good. The stir friend eggplant dishes, the beef and chile, the soft shelled crab---yum! They do use fish sauce in most everything (a couple of people on this said the food tasted rancid--do they mean it tasted like fish sauce???) and if you want mild food you should make that very, very clear, but otherwise, come early, come often, just don't come on Wednesday.
I cannot believe that I was conned into leaving the Island
By food_is_amazing on 9/1/2008
Everyone, from New York Magazine to my best friend in the City, has been raving about Sripraphai. And, on my day off, feeling adventurous and craving Thai food, I went. Let me just say that I am happy that I did not con anyone else into going with me--what a waste. The food was, to quote NYM, poor. Plain poor. The papaya salad tasted slightly rancid; the chicken/chili/basil dish was oily (and the the chicken seemed of questionable authenticity); and the pad thai--the pad thai was the biggest shame. Tasteless at first, with a strange, almost bitter, aftertaste. In addition, the food was not even particularly cheap: the same items at Chai at 55th and 8th would have cost the same amount, give or take 50 cents. The next time that I schlep somewhere off the Island for Thai food, it will be to go to Thailand.
Best Thai Ever
By theslopeisdope on 8/11/2008
We tried about 6 appetizers, pork tenders and catfish salad were both awesome. Curry puff was the only disappointment. It tasted good but could have used more chicken and less potato. Beef tendon soup was great. Jungle curry was really hot and really good. Fish with chili and basil was also really great. They have Chang beer, better than Singha, but for some reason its not on the menu. All you have to do is ask though. Service was friendly and quick.
By eugenialai on 7/29/2008
even though the food is good, the service is the worst in the city. the waitstaff and the manager act like they are paying you to eat there. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND ANYONE TO GO THERE. there are too many good restaurants in NY to choose from. no need to be treated like garbage.
Great Thai Food
By wine_sear31 on 7/11/2008
Sripraphai is an amazing Thai restaurant. Each dish contains a number of flavors which you can taste individually. Not one is ever overpowering. I can't eat at any other Thai place in NYC without wishing I were actually at Sripraphai. The decor is plain, and the service is sometimes a bit rushed but remember you are there for the food. Focus on the freshness and complexity of taste, and just have fun. It's also an easy place to order outside of your comfort zone because the dishes are modestly priced.
A horrible story,worst service in my life
By cubbyw86 on 6/22/2008
They serve us red snapper in chili and basil leaves, which I did not order. So I told the waiter, that we didn't order the snapper. Then she told us that we were wrong and we had ordered the snapper. When we told her (again) that we had not ordered it, so she said, with an attitude in her voice, "So u don't want this right? The kitchen is closed, so you still won't get what you want if I take this back." So we figured fine, since we were hungry. The green curry came a few minutes later, we realized that there was no eggplant in it at all--it was just curry with fishpaste and basil leaves, bamboo shoots, and ginger. Again, NOT what we had ordered. Where was the eggplant? Then I saw our waitress taking orders at another table. Bad service is one thing. LYING TO YOUR CUSTOMERS is another. She must not have thought we would see her taking orders. I will never come back to this place. There are plenty of better Thai restaurants that have better food and QUALITY service.
By BillC on 6/6/2008
I've been a couple times, with larger groups and on dates and it was always a pleasant experience. The food is always good and honest - this place is pretty cheap - and never attempts to conjure fancy presentations, unlike many other - hipper - Thai restaurants in the city like to do. It is fairly authentic mainstream Thai, which is hard to find at this quality anywhere in the US and the menu is substantial, so there is something new to try every time you go. Don't expect a wine list, you'll do better drinking beer... The service is rushed, yes, but the place is always packed, so they try to be as efficient as possible, it makes sense. Expect to wait when you get there, but usually it doesn't take more than 20 minutes and then you are in for a delicious treat! Enjoy...
Average food, below average service
By harpo on 4/28/2008
Based on some of the reviews, I was expecting excellent food. My dish was a very average Panang. The sauce was quite oily and it was very mild, despite my request for spicy. I have had much better in most other Thai restaurants that I have been to. One of my companions had a very good beef dish. The other was served a crispy chicken dish that could not have held it's own against your neighborhood chinese takeout. Service was very poor - we were rushed to give our order and then ignored for more than 30 minutes. Overall, not worth a second trip.
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