Happy Friday, after a week of planning and cooking healthy meals on a budget for Cinco de Mayo, it is time to head to one of my favorite Thai restaurants to date. Ayada Thai is a neighborhood gem and a great place to eat with a group of friends. I usually take my relatives from out of town here and even have held small birthday parties here.
Ayada Thai is located in Elmhurst, Queens. The restaurant offers authentic, affordable and tasty Thai food that will feed an entire family. The restaurant received a lot of press and awards for their amazing cuisine. They have been covered by ABC News, New York Times, Village Voice, New York Magazine, and even was voted as one of the best Cheap Eats and best Thai Restaurants in Zagat. More importantly they received recognition of Bib Gourmands by Michelin Star.
I can definitely testify to Ayada’s success by the food portion and quality of food that is provided to us. Below are images of my family and my personal favorite dishes:
BBQ Pork $10
BBQ Beef $10
Satay Chicken $7
Shrimp in a Blanket $5
Crispy Chinese Watercress Salad $15
Crispy Catfish Salad $15
Shrimp Pad Thai $11
Chicken Pad Thai $9
Beef Pad Cee Eiw $9
Fried Banana (only sold on Saturdays)
Thai Ice Tea $3
Best times to go is during lunch and early dinner before 7pm. I have not tried their lunch special yet because I work on the weekdays. Given that half of my heritage is Thai I can testify to the authenticity and taste of the food. Food is overall consistent and I will definitely return for another family meal.