Chaopraya, 11 Cedar Swamp Rd. Glen Cove NY 11542 (tel 516 801 1450, 516 801 145) opened just 14 days ago.
Chaopraya is good Queens Thai food, and indeed, one of the the owners told me he also owns Arunee in Jackson Heights. The kitchen still has a few kinks to work out, but this is miles better than any of the rather over-Americanized Thai restaurants in the Nassau area.
Tonight we had: Excellent pork krapow (basil stir fry); not-well-pounded (big pieces of garlic) but excellently flavored som tam (papaya salad) which for some reason had no dried shrimp; nua yang (BBQ beef) with a sauce the equal of Sri Pra Phai's if not better; very good Tom Yum Nua soup; steamed-to-order khao niau (sticky rice). Really a fine meal, and for Long Island, amazing.
Sri Pra Phai and her son told me they will open a branch in East Williston which the son will manage, but they seem still to be having problems actually opening. That will be great. But for the moment, we now at least have one good Thai place. Go to Chaopraya and check it out.
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