Just noticed this new Thai restaurant in Jackson Heights on Roosevelt near 73rd St, adjacent to the Korean market parking lot, and across from Tibetan Yak, a location where a few defunct korean restaurants have been laid to rest. It's not that unusual to see a Thai restaurant opening up in this popular corner of Jackson Heights, however, what is unusual is that this restaurant looks like it's straight out of a hip corner of Nolita. The decor is tranquil, the lights comfortably dimmed, and grass plants line a ledge of a wall over recessed lighting. The menu doesn't reflect Nolita prices so a big sigh of relief there. However, this could be the first indication of the coming gentrification and upscale commercialization of the neighborhood. After all, Jackson Heights topped the Village Voice (I think it was) list of "The next Williamsburg" (or whatever the list was). But I'm not really all that worried. The inviting decor seemed to be attracting a crowd of local south asians and koreans. From a business perspective, Rice Ave Thai seems to be the right thing for Jackson Heights, but we'll have to wait to hear about the food. Anyone?