Went to Sripraphai in Woodside last night but it was way too crowded (the final straw being a sharp elbow to the ribs from an absent-minded customer as I went to put my name on the list) so instead we decided to try our luck at Khao Homm down the block at 39-28 61st Street. The place opened last summer and I haven't heard much about it aside from one unexplained negative here on the board. Have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The place was empty (not a good sign) but warmly lit (unlike Sripraphai which I alway find a little depressing) and offered a spartan menu of Thai classics. We started off with Tom Yum shrimp/lemongrass soup which had a piquant sweet/sour/spicy flavor but was not too excessive in the heat department. Perfect for cutting through my friend's cold. We also split a delicately shredded Papaya salad which was pretty solid as well. An entree of shrimp Pad Thai was above average (good but not at the occassional heroic levels of Thai Cafe in Greenpoint.) The Pad Kra Prow sautee with pork though was exceptional. An unexpectedly rich blend of fried basil, pepper, onion and garlic with a flavorful finish on the pork.
If you're looking for a decent alternative to the way overrun Sripraphai, Khao Homm is a good bet.
They also deliver. (718-205-0080)