Good Deals: NYC's Best Thai Might Just Be In Jackson Heights

When most of us think of Jackson Heights, we immediately conjure up visions of Indian delights: wonderful restaurants selling curries, dosai, chaat, and the liked all tucked in between colorful sari and video shops and grocery stores. But even though it is a center of NYC's Indian community, Jackson Heights is much more international than most people think.

And now, I'm going to have a serious problem going to Jackson Heights and not choosing a Thai adventure...

After stopping by the Mexican joint on Roosevelt we were going to go to (apparently it's closed on Sundays?), Lara and I happened upon Arunee Thai Cuisine, a place she'd heard people rave about...and many say it's the best Thai in NYC. We decided it was more than worth a try.

As soon as we walked in...we knew. The smell was divine, and there was even a little essay in the front of the menu about the importance of well-balanced flavors. It was only the two of us, so we shared a green mango salad (which was nice and spicy, featured perfectly-cooked shrimp, and played with the entire palate). For our main dishes, she went for the red curry with mixed seafood (amazing), and I went for the Guay Tieow Kie Mao--spicy noodles with ground meat, tomatoes, chili, and lettuce--(the best version of this I've ever had). Everything had a nice blend of spicy, sweet, sour, funky, tart, and the like. We were both more than pleased.

I think it definitely has a shot at best Thai in NYC (sorry Pam Real Thai! You've been the front-runner for so long, but...). I'm going to have to go back with a large group and try a bunch of the dishes. What a painful experiment that will be...

Arunee Thai Cuisine, 37-68 79th Street (off Roosevelt Avenue), Jackson Heights, Queens.

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