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“Excellent by local standards, very good by NYC standards”
Review of Ayada Thai

Ayada Thai
Ranked #1 of 154 Restaurants in Elmhurst
Cuisines: Thai
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed January 23, 2013

If you're in the neighborhood, you will have a hard time finding better quality food (of any kind). By Manhattan standards, it's still very good. Very casual environment, good cooking. Be careful, they are very liberal with spice...order food mild if you don't want your food to burn your mouth.

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1  Thank brownsteindl
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

So, you live in Elmhurst or Jackson heights? You are in NYC for vacation and want to eat something very, very good? Here is what I get from AT:
chive dumplings GLUTEN FREE!!!!
Chicken wings appetizer---so good!!!
Fried rice with chicken: so simple and so yummy!
Thom yum chicken/mushroom soup: great for a cold and not overly spicy!
My husband loves their Basil fried rice and my daughter's friend loves the Pad Se Ew noodles, she is only 6 so that would be a great dish for your kids!
The deserts and the iced drinks are so good!!! I love the Taro root custard, it is outstanding!

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1  Thank QueensNYmom
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

Ayada was recommended to me by my brother I'm a sri prafay guy. The food at ayada was heavenly, queens definitely has better Thai food compared to the fancy looking ones in manhattan and Brooklyn cough cough sea.......anyways the restaurant is small so go early so you can enjoy the food without being rushed, the Penang is very very good you get hints of the lime leaves in every bite which is incredible, the larb salad is very good as well, highly recommend it.........also the servers were very friendly and attentive they actually greeted you , which to me is kind of unknown in a Thai restaurant...felt good usually they want you to eat not ask questions and leave...very nice....and the prices are deifnelty in competition of the other Thai restaurants in new York....it's fairy cheap....

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1  Thank AVA82
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

Logistics first. We were staying in a hotel in midtown Manhattan, and getting to this restaurant with F subway train was super fast and easy. Faster than reaching many destinations on Manhattan.
Second, the atmosphere. Friendly, warm, and cozy. The dining space is tiny and a little crammed, but that's a good thing. This is no chic upmarket eatery, and does not pretend to be one. Thank god. The other diners were families with kids, couples, groups of friends. Some Asian, others not.
Third, the service was fast, perhaps a little too fast. We come from Italy, where dining over long hours is the norm and courses come very gradually. This restaurant, like so many in NYC are a little too eager to bring your plates to your table, as if you are dying of hunger any second. Knowing this was going to be the case (comes with the territory) we gave hard time to the waiter and ordered each course separately. To pace ourselves. Worked well.
Finally, the food. Excellent. Very fresh, very honestly executed, nothing to object whatsoever. Crab cakes were sublime, as well as the sausage (north Thailand style), and finally a salad with papaya and seafood. The last one nice and spicy, quite a few tears in my eyes. For the main course a curry, of course, which was delightful. And another salad, this time with cashews, papaya and something crisp that I could not put my finger on. Delicious. All accompanied by a chilled beer.
The bill was absolutely reasonable, especially for new York.
We were even thinking about coming again the next night, but could not make it.

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1  Thank Giallo_Rossa_Roma
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Reviewed April 1, 2012

Don't get me wrong, the duck Penang is delicious. It's just double the price of the chicken curry. Same goes for the red snapper. We had the fish with like, chili, cilantro and fish sauce, and it was the perfect mix of ingredients. You just don't expect to get a bill for $72 for two when no one bought alcohol.

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1  Thank mahali707
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