Ayada Thai

Thai Restaurant$$$$
Elmhurst, Elmhurst
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  • The experts at Serious Eats and Eater recommend this place
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  • Rory P.
    "The drunken noodles may be the best noodle/pasta dish I've ever had"(11 Tips)
    Jojo T.
    "- Duck Panang Curry, Papaya Salad, Pad See Ew my faves."(6 Tips)
    Douglas Elliman
    "We truly think the panang curry duck is the best we have ever had!"(9 Tips)
    Jojo T.
    "Fried watercress salad is one delicious dish!"(7 Tips)
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  • Julie A.
    Julie Avra2 weeks ago
    The noodles were out of this world- so slurpy (well sauced) and flavorful
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Alex R.
    slippery, absolutely delicious pad kee mao/drunken noodles
    Upvoted Apr 9
  • Kevin S.
    Steamed mussels in the lime Chile broth! To die for! That broth though!
  • Michael G.
    Michael GenaoFebruary 7
    Good overall authentic Thai restaurant. Definitely try the mango salad with seafood
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DJanuary 31
    Great Pad Thai and amazing Duck Curry!!
  • kenan a.
    kenan akbasJanuary 27
    They don't actually close at 11:00. They stop serving food at 10:30. Which mean you close at 10:30 not 11:00.
  • Rolando P.
    Everything I've had so far has been really good. Wings. Pad Thai. Drinks cheap and strong.
  • Amy C.
    Amy ChinAugust 30, 2016
    Fried watercress salad is a destination dish.
  • Malin A.
    Malin Ali BeyAugust 10, 2016
    I'm sweating while eating just like in Pattaya. Service is fast and friendly. Portions generous and prices reasonable. Sriphraphai is better known and larger, but this place is the real deal.
  • Malin A.
    Malin Ali BeyAugust 10, 2016
    Fish Cakes and Drunken noodle
  • nova n.
    nova naomiMay 2, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything good here 😍
  • Alex S.
    Alex StillApril 5, 2016
    Legit spicy Thai. The Pork Larb, papaya salad, crispy catfish salad are stellar apps. Duck Penang curry a solid entree.
  • Tarnima S.
    Tarnima SabedNovember 30, 2015
    You cannot go wrong with the watercress salad and the taro custard is to die for
  • Pir G.
    Pir GranoffSeptember 18, 2015
    The Penang curry duck was outrageously good.
  • Tessa D.
    Tessa DomzalskiSeptember 13, 2015
    AMAZING!!! I'm giving it my Thai person stamp of approval.
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonSeptember 4, 2015
    Papaya salad (warning: spicy!), panang curry, drunken noodles, sautéed Chinese watercress, and of course Thai iced tea
  • Saarim Z.
    Saarim ZamanSeptember 4, 2015
    Spicy papaya salad is spicy😲😲😲
  • Fati H.
    Fati HussainJuly 10, 2015
    Get the tiger prawn here and papaya salad
  • kate k
    kate kJune 21, 2015
    Thai iced tea with milk
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhJune 14, 2015
    Panang duck curry & drunken noodles!
  • Rewan P.
    Rewan PartiMay 25, 2015
    They have one of the best parang curry. For vegetarians do try the chive dumplings. The fried fish is a must order too. The staff is friendly and service is quick.
  • Winnie
    WinnieApril 13, 2015
    Everything is delicious, especially their mango sticky rice!
  • Christian P.
    Christian PattersonMarch 23, 2015
    Great food. Great service. We had our first visit today and will definitely be back. We tried the E-Sarn sausage, Larb salad and Panang curry with crispy pork. Everything was very, very tasty.
  • ines c.
    ines castroMarch 18, 2015
    Everything!! I always have the mango seafood salad...love it!! A must!!!
  • Rosa K.
    Rosa KMarch 15, 2015
    Not as good as before
  • Gabby F.
    Gabby FerrerMarch 9, 2015
    PAI THAI: the best.
  • Rory P.
    Rory ParnessFebruary 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The drunken noodles may be the best noodle/pasta dish I've ever had
  • Susana
    SusanaJanuary 20, 2015
    Everything but the drunken noodles and spicy papaya salad...delicious!
  • Puu K.
    Puu KampolratanaJanuary 15, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask for Thai spicy for your papaya salad. It was amazing, just like having it in Thailand.
  • Namu
    NamuSeptember 21, 2014
    Raw shrimp: despite nyt rec, not so great for someone who doesn't like sushi; panang curry and crab meat fried rice were awesome.
  • Sage
    SageSeptember 6, 2014
    This place gives Sripraphai a run for it's money for best Thai in the city. Everything is outstanding. Don't order a dish extra spicy unless you mean it.
  • Harry C.
    Harry CaliceAugust 28, 2014
    The basil fried rice is pretty good and the drunken noodles are also good.
  • Tharit T.
    Tharit TothongAugust 13, 2014
    Great catfish salad
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoAugust 11, 2014
    The small size of the restaurant often mean waits are inevitable, but dishes such as the raw shrimp, somtum, grilled pork, and fried red snapper are all tasty and reasonably priced.
  • Douglas Elliman
    Douglas EllimanJuly 22, 2014
    A very intimate décor with reasonable prices and great service. We truly think the panang curry duck is the best we have ever had! It was tender and cooked to perfection.
  • Jeffrey
    JeffreyJuly 20, 2014
    Get raw-shrimp salad, redolent of lime, garlic; panang duck curry, with its pinpoint calibration of sweet, sour, and spicy; crisp, lacy catfish salad; mango sticky rice, a dissertation in ripeness.
  • Christine L.
    Christine LiangJuly 20, 2014
    Authentic Thai eats in the heart of Elmhurst. Make sure to order a beer to cool down that tongue.
  • Lia K.
    Lia KooJune 24, 2014
    Crispy catfish salad -- that's where it's at. Order mild tho, it will still have some kick.
  • Jacky C.
    Jacky ChanJune 2, 2014
    Raw shrimp salad is so spicy but pretty good. Jungle curry is bland.
  • Vero P.
    Vero ProanoMay 8, 2014
    Coconut mojito really good.
  • Tippy V.
    Tippy VongMay 4, 2014
    Love the beef noodle soup!!
  • Jojo T.
    Jojo TizzlesMay 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Fried watercress salad is one delicious dish!
  • Jojo T.
    Jojo TizzlesMay 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    By far the best Thai restaurant in all of NYC. Better than Sripapaya and Spicy Shallot across the street can't even compete. - Duck Panang Curry, Papaya Salad, Pad See Ew my faves.
  • Noah V.
    Noah VadnaiMarch 16, 2014
    Duck Panang. Just do it. Thank me later.
  • Marie G.
    Marie Guia-CoronelFebruary 9, 2014
    Yummy Penang duck
  • Jenny L.
    Jenny LamJanuary 13, 2014
    $15 minimum credit card
  • Ken H.
    Ken H.December 13, 2013
    Tendon soup is perfect for cold weather (get it dark-with blood), it is a bit sweet. Snapper special larb style was awesome! Eat the bones-like crispy fish doritos.
  • Georgelou T.
    Georgelou TNovember 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the extremely spicy som tum with sticky rice and thai iced tea.
  • Sathana K.
    Sathana KitayapornOctober 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    After more 20+ trip in past 3 years, I think it's the best Thai food in town.
  • Kid
    KidOctober 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the pad see-ew
  • Aileen C.
    Aileen ChuSeptember 10, 2013
    If you trekked out this far from the city, Ayada was a much more satisfying meal than SriPraPhai. The fried snapper special reminded me of local meals on the beaches of Khao Lak and Mai Khao.
  • Doris k.
    Doris kSeptember 9, 2013
    Seriously,,,, the best chicken pad thai EVA!!!!!!!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 8, 2013
    Great Thai fare with an expansive menu. Some of the best dishes are hearty ones, like rice cooked with funky shrimp paste, Hainan chicken, or a fried watercress salad.
  • Kendra
    KendraAugust 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Catfish and eggplant. OMG.
  • Dan P.
    Dan PanJuly 22, 2013
    The food is well flavored, albeit unapologetically spicy! I went with the highest of expectations, yet they had exceeded them. The NY Times review was well-deserved.
  • Patrice C.
    Patrice ChenJuly 17, 2013
    Actually the best Thai I've ever had
  • Journo G.
    Journo GirlJuly 17, 2013
    Compared to Sripaphai: smaller portions, a bit pricier w/ the duck, BUT BETTER TASTE! YUMMY! & the spice so good.
  • Christopher L.
    Christopher LeeJuly 14, 2013
    The food was AMAZING!!!
  • Abin
    AbinJuly 7, 2013
    Came back here just for the red snapper, mango salsa...you won't be disappointed.
  • Diane C.
    Diane ChangJune 12, 2013
    Duck curry was great. Enjoyed the raw shrimp salad (had to take some chili off as a tad too spicy for us, but very tasty and fresh). E-sarn sausage was good but we would try something else next time.
  • Pam S.
    Pam SasithornApril 29, 2013
    Get the Yum Pla Dok Fu and the grilled pork here so good
  • Leah M.
    Leah M.April 4, 2013
    Oh. My. Gd. Duck panang. NY Times pick for a reason. Do not open your mouth to order unless you say "duck panang" first. Crispy outside, moist inside, no bones, and a sauce that will melt your mind.
  • Angie S.
    Angie SandersMarch 18, 2013
    Everything we ordered was simply amazing. Apps: Larb (my favorite) & Chinese watercress salad (both w/chicken). Entrees: Beef Drunken Noodle & Chicken Red Curry. (Not very original, but soooo good.)
  • Stephanie V.
    Stephanie VoongMarch 17, 2013
    Tom Yum soup, Pineapple fried rice, Thai iced tea! Yum! One of the best Thai spots I've been to.
  • Sharmeen I.
    Sharmeen IslamMarch 4, 2013
    The duck panang was AMAZING!
  • David Philipe G.
    David Philipe GilFebruary 16, 2013
    Price and portion size is a good match, unlike Spicy Shallot accross the street.
  • Mike B.
    Mike ByhoffFebruary 15, 2013
    This place almost makes me want to move to Queens.
  • Elizabeth
    ElizabethJanuary 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Spicy means spicy.
  • Michael C.
    Michael CJanuary 17, 2013
    If you come to Elmhurst to eat, eat here! Get e-sarn sausage, tom kah soup, and panang curry. Delish!
  • James H.
    James HarleyJanuary 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Food was great. Just double the time they tell you for pickup and you'll be set!
  • Christine Y.
    Christine YOJanuary 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    my go to dishes: duck panang, drunken noodles, Chinese broccoli & crispy pork, red snapper (they can filet this if u don't want it whole), crab fried rice (chunks of crab meat!). Oh they deliver!! ;)
  • Gijsbregt B.
    Gijsbregt BrouwerDecember 28, 2012
    The Panang curry might easily be the best curry of your life!
  • Jessica A.
    Jessica AstraOctober 13, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The chicken basil fried rice is the best! Especially if you like spicy! #musttry
  • Vivek B.
    Vivek BhagwatAugust 31, 2012
    Chinese broccoli with crispy pork was really really tasty
  • Christine Y.
    Christine YOAugust 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to dishes: crab fried rice, fried red snapper w/ basil or chili (both excellent), drunken noodles, Chinese broccoli w/crispy pork, Thai sausages, and palm juice. Mmmm
  • Real Cheap Eats
    Real Cheap EatsAugust 15, 2012
    Thais know how to turn meat into salad, and Ayada’s beef larb is a perfect example. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 30, 2012
    Ayada is one of New York's best Thai restaurants, and you'll never have to fight monster crowds to snag a table. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer SJuly 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Ayada > Spicy shallot!! Love their fried chicken, fried calamari, chicken basil fried rice and basil pork mmmm
  • Warin E.
    Warin EpsteinJune 3, 2012
    Very disrespectful treatment! Previously told no reservations taken. Waited 40 minutes and they continually seated people who arrived after us, and then offered our party of 3 a table for 2!
  • Ryan D.
    Ryan DeussingApril 23, 2012
    Whole chilis FTW.
  • Audrey A.
    Audrey AponteApril 23, 2012
    Incredible, but when they say spicy, they mean it. Whole spicy chiles give amazing flavor
  • ALCHEMIQ Catering
    ALCHEMIQ CateringApril 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I love it here! Crispy Duck Salad is really good. Crispy Watercress Salad and Raw Shrimps could be improved (Sripraphai Restaurant has it better). Soups are delicious!!! Give it a try!
  • Proper Idleness
    Proper IdlenessApril 2, 2012
    e-sarn sausage
  • Karl W.
    Karl WongMarch 7, 2012
    you have to try raw shrimp.
  • Nobuko K.
    Nobuko KobayashiMarch 6, 2012
    Good price and great food :)
  • Paul D.
    Paul DunnMarch 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Green Curry Beef
  • Paul D.
    Paul DunnFebruary 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Chicken Pad Thai
  • Paul D.
    Paul DunnFebruary 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Thai Mushroom Chicken Soup
  • Matthew B.
    Matthew BarnardFebruary 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The Duck Pangang is can't miss.
  • James C.
    James ChangJanuary 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    During cold months sit on the benches with heaters underneath to keep your bum toasty :)
  • James C.
    James ChangJanuary 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The "raw shrimp" appetizer is out of this world!!!
  • John W.
    John WDecember 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the raw shrimp w/ chili & lime for a major kick. Pig leg w/ mustard greens is a chef standard. Crispy Chinese watercress salad is a textural feast. And sautéed sator beans brings a savory funk.
  • Claire T.
    Claire TaylorNovember 23, 2011
    Landed at JFK with the OH and cousin brought us here for a bite to eat. Jungle Curry is my fave so I had that. Was great but got food envy at Ho Fun and Squid mmmm
  • Jenny W.
    Jenny WangNovember 13, 2011
    Crispy pork is not that good, they over fried the fish, meat was too tough to eat
  • Jill O.
    Jill OngNovember 7, 2011
    Get the crispy water cress salad. It's amazing!!
  • Samuel F.
    Samuel FungNovember 2, 2011
    Raw shrimp ceviche and chives dumplings
  • Jenny W.
    Jenny WangSeptember 9, 2011
    Tom yum okay, BBQ tender pork suspiciously beef-like, panang curry okay, rice not Thai rice
  • Hugh
    HughAugust 30, 2011
    Jungle curry at AyadaThere’s no creamy coconut milk to temper the flames of this tear-jerking Thai dish, the spiciest in the country’s anthology of curries.
  • nymag
    nymagJuly 21, 2011
    Try the E-Sarn sausage here, which gets its oomph from fish sauce and galangal. Featured in Cheap Eats 2011!
  • Rachel W.
    Rachel W.July 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Pork leg over rice is amazing. Order as much as you can and share with friends.
  • Tada S.
    Tada SuNovember 14, 2013
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