No one likes a food snob even if it's over a six-buck plate of pad thai, but honestly, some Thai restaurants are created more equal than others. And most of the standout Thai joints in NYC happen to be in Queens where you're much less likely to find diners demanding brown rice, chopsticks or fish-sauceless food (all bad signs). You also might want to think twice about eateries with a DJ booth, but that's just me Top 5 Thai Restaurants in New York City.
SripraphaiAt this point you'd have to be deaf and blind to not know about Sripraphai (64-13 39th Ave., Woodside, NY) but some things are popular for a reason. Don't believe the rumors about their food suffering post-expansion; they are unfounded. The only difference is that weekend waits are slightly less painful and BYOB is a thing of the past. Branch out from the typical red, green, panang curry canon and try intensely spiced varieties using catfish, roast duck, sator beans, and pea-sized eggplants you rarely see in NYC. Crispy watercress salad will convert anyone with battered fried greens, chicken, shrimp, cilantro, onions, and cashews dressed in perfectly balanced lime, fish sauce, sugar and chiles Top 5 Thai Restaurants in New York City.
Refrigerated cases and metal shelves near the door hold gems you won't find elsewhere like Thai marzipan, colorful fruit and vegetable facsimiles crafted from bean paste rather than ground almonds.