New Thai restaurant in the area where Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, and Woodside meet. Upon hearing that it's owned by the original owner of Zabb, I had to go. The waitress confirmed that this is true. It's also right next to Zabb, which is still there but not what it used to be.
Fish cakes -- good, but not great. Made with red snapper and fried, they were a little too chewy for me. They come with a spicy sauce of chopped peanuts, vinegar, red onion, cucumber, and some other stuff.
Pad cee ew -- great. The noodles had an almost melty texture and a deep soy sauce flavor. This dish is frequently boring, but when it's done right it's really good. Playground's pad cee ew is easily the best I've had in this area.
Crispy pork with Chinese broccoli -- great. The pork was cut into strips: crispy on the ends, fatty and tender in the middle. The Chinese broccoli stalks were crunchy, the sauce was salty. Delicious.
The space can accommodate maybe 25 people, but it was mostly empty tonight. The sole waitress was friendly and efficient. Looking forward to trying out the rest of the menu, which to my disappointment does not include chive dumplings.
Playground Thai Restaurant
71-30 Roosevelt Ave, Jackson Heights
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