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by Melissa Ruttanai (subscribe)
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Published July 8th 2011
Authentic Thai Food
Spring Rolls at Sripraphai

Twenty-one years ago in Queens, Sripraphai Thai Restaurant opened with six tables jammed into a space the size of a studio apartment. Two or three waiters threaded in between chairs with dishes piled high. Some people didn't think much of the restaurant. It didn't take credit cards or have a liquor license. The restaurant sat under the elevated subway in Woodside. These factors alone would suggest the business was doomed. But through the dedication of owner Sripraphai and an authentic menu, the restaurant thrived even through a sluggish economy.

Delicious Whole Fish
Sripraphai's Whole Red Snapper with Sweet Chillies
Now renovated and expanded, Sripraphai includes two large dining areas, flat screen TVs, a garden, and full bar. Credit cards are still not accepted. But that doesn't seem to hinder guests. Early dinners are a wise decision, because after 6pm, a queue begins to form on the sidewalk. People are patient, comprised of both Thai patrons from the tri-state area and local residents. Families from New Jersey have been known to cross two bridges just for the rice noodle soup.

Outside Sripraphai
A Crowd Willingly Waits for Dinner Tables. Come Early!
Once Sriprapai had plastic-top tables and non-descript chairs clustered together. Now, the space is artfully decorated with hard wood flooring, modern bathrooms, and a stonewall. A small fountain is the centerpiece of the rear garden, a great place to walk small children too fidgety to sit through an entire meal.

The Menu
Boasting an extensive menu, Sripraphai prepares Thai classics including shrimp pad Thai, chicken satay, and mangoes with coconut sticky rice.

For a culinary adventure, try some of these:

From the appetizer list:
Papaya Salad with Dried Shrimp: Green papaya shredded and tossed with lime, herbs, and fish sauce
Fried Soft Shell Crab (seasonal) with green mango garnish
Fried Fish Cakes: a mélange of fresh fish and herbs, fried and served with cucumber garnish

Thai Restaurant
A Classic: Stir Fried Rice Noodles with Chicken
From the Entrees:
Massaman Curry: a peanut-based coconut curry with potatoes, served with rice and your choice of meat
Whole Red Snapper fried to crispy crunch and finished with a Red Chili Sauce
Pad-See-Ew: Broad rice noodles stir-fired with veggies and your choice of meat

From the Drink Menu:
~Singh and Chang Beer
~Beer Lao
~Coconut Juice
~Thai Iced Tea
~Wine & Liquor

It doesn't matter whether you've eaten in 5-star restaurants that serve haute cuisine or have spent 3 weeks in a Chiang Mai cooking school. Sripraphai serves Thai food the traditional way, like your Thai grandma or Khun Yai used to make it. But here, someone else does the dishes.
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Why? Pad Thai Makes People Happy
When: 11:30am-9:30pm. Closed Wednesday
Where: 64-13 39th Avenue, Woodside, NY 11377
Cost: Moderate, Cash only
Great restaurant. Lots of Thai people--which is always a good sign
By Sal0 - reader
Tuesday, 12th of July @ 10:20 pm
Duck noodle soup is clutch
By doug3 - reader
Tuesday, 12th of July @ 10:22 pm
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