Small corner storefront, green and orange awning, opposite end of the park from NY Market/ Taste Good Malaysian etc. This place caught my eye as I drove down Broadway last weekend - made a mental note to try it. Glad I did.
Bear in mind that I've only tried one dish thus far. But, if the excellent Chicken Larb (salad) I had this evening is any indication, we've got another genuine contender on our hands. It was all going on: the flavors, the crunchy texture, and, of course, the heat. Enough heat to coat my tongue and lips for an hour, giving me a breezy feeling at the same time, without dwarfing the overall experience.
This being a small place, there are only five or six tables. It could easily be mistaken, given its' layout, for a neighborhood takeout joint. Adding to this impression are the many food photos lining the wall facing the street. But it was filled up, on 7 pm on a Sunday, when I walked in, and everything looked good.
What might work for Ploy, or against it, depending on your take on things, is how similar the menu is to Chao Thai. They even appear to have used the same printer/designer. But, hey, they're both tiny joints, which means if Chao is filled to the gills, you can give Ploy a chance.
I'm certainly planning a return. (Far too many crispy pork options for me to resist).
Elmhurst, NY 11373
(take the R or V to Elmhurst Station, exit at 82nd Street)