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88 Impressive

The Queens restaurant that introduced New Yorkers to the pungent, complex, frequently torrid flavors of authentic Thai cooking.

64-13 39th Ave., Queens, NY, 11377


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The lowdown

For years — make that decades — Sripraphai has been the defiantly delicious rebuttal to complaints that you can’t get good Thai food in New York. A relatively glitzy expansion a while back gave some pause — would a dressed-up Srip become a watered-down victim of its own success? Not at all: Crispy fried catfish, fiery beef panang, and minced pork with chiles, peanuts, and lemon juice are as good as ever. The pad might be fancier, but not the pad Thai.

Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld

What you need to know

Recommended DishesCrispy catfish salad; sautéed pork with chile and basil.

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelCivilized