Throw everything you think you know about Thai food out the window. Because here you get the real stuff: baby corn that actually has a flavor, oddities like dried catfish (crispy, salty, and addictive), and dishes that perfectly balance sweet with sour, salty with spicy. On that last note: Take it seriously when they ask you how hot you want your meal. I left the restaurant after my last visit and almost walked into a telephone pole, I was so lightheaded from the powerful spices I’d just eaten. Among the many recommended dishes are the green duck curry with pineapple, ground pork with lime and peanuts, and duck salad (they do duck extremely well here). Expect a wait, as the restaurant doesn’t take reservations and it’s always jammed. By the way, the name is pronounced see-PRA-pie.
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Sripraphai Thai Restaurant
64–13 39th Ave (near 64th St.), Queens
Our Rating Neighborhood Queens Hours Mon–Tues and Thurs 11:30am–9:30pm; Fri 11:30am–10pm; Sat noon–10pm; Sun noon–9pm Transportation Subway: R to 165th St or 7 to Flushing/Main St Phone 718/899-9599 Prices Main courses $8–$17, most in the $9–$10 range Cuisine Type Thai Web site Sripraphai Thai Restaurant Other No reservations accepted.
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