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Jai Ya Thai Open in Hicksville

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Jai Ya Thai Open in Hicksville

Josh Raynolds | Dec 7, 2002 07:16 AM

Jai Ya opened out here day before yesterday and last night was the first real evening, what with weather and all. Food was superb, pretty much: pork laab with peanuts was excellent and ample, bbq shrimp very good but a meagre portion of 5 medium shrimp for $9.50 was a bummer, drunken noodles smoky and delicious, chicken with bamboo shoot curry wonderful. Minor complaints about service but this is very early in the game and the rice seemed to have been portioned/bowled out beforehand and kept under heat lamps, resulting in a dryish "crust". But no big deal. Oh, another great thing is that do not have a liquor license yet so you can, indeed must bring your own beer and/or wine or whiskey (as numerous tables last night did). Heat levels have to be coaxed up by the diner as "medium/2 of 3" was quite mild by the Manhattan Jai Ya standard. Also told that they are in the process of opening another Manhattan outlet at 88th and 3rd any moment. I'm very happy that there's now an alternative to Sarin Thai (no knock intended) or having to venture to Flushing/Queens for above average Thai. It's at 107 and West Old Country Road, northeast corner. Go.

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