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Best Thai Restaurant on Long Island

by Best Of Long Island on January 5, 2010

There are quite a few options when it comes to deciding on a Thai restaurant, but thankfully our readers have narrowed the list by offering their picks for Best Thai Restaurant on Long Island.

Lemonleaf Grill Won Best Thai Restaurant on Long Island!

Lemonleaf Grill
Multiple locations
www.lemonleafgrill.com
www.lemonleafthairestaurant.com

It can be difficult to un-Thai the group of restaurants named Lemonleaf. The newest Mineola store is an offshoot of the original in Carle Place, but the Hicksville Lemonleaf Grill is now only affiliated with the one in Port Jefferson Station. Nevertheless, a survey of both websites and menus reveal few differences. They all proffer Americanized Thai food that sates the masses with satays. Four years in a row taking top honors for Best Thai on LI with its simple American-ized menu of Thai’s greatest hits, Lemonleaf is popular and accessible with voters looking for their dose of Pad Thai.  

2nd Place - Siam Lotus Thai Restaurant, 1664 Union Blvd., Bay Shore. 631-968-8196. www.siamlotus.info

Siam Lotus bursts with flavors from their authentic Thai cuisine.  All dishes are prepared with great expertise and all have unique flavors.  Presentation is key here.  You can get your food spicy or not at all.  Try the chicken and pork or noodles and fried rice, or have some shrimp, squid, sautéed chicken or seasame chicken.  There are also choices in soups and salads.  The choice is yours.

3rd Place – Thai Greenleaf, 47 Merrick Rd., Copiague. 516-789-8866. 1969 Jericho Tpke., East Northport. 631-462-8666. thai.netau.net

Tai Greenleaf has many options from appetizers such as spring rolls, Indian pancakes, steamed chicken dumplings, or mee-krob.  There are also soups, salad, noodle and fried rice, vegetables, seafood, curry, frogleg, duck and a variety of chicken choices including: ginger chicken, stir-fried spicy chicken, and gai yang siam chicken.  Desserts are also available such as ice-cream, fried banana, Thai coconut cake, pumpkin custard, or kao niew ma-muang.

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Scott January 14, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Not surprising to see Lemonleaf, which served Americanized Chinese food with some Thai flavorings, back at #1. One more thing that undercuts being able to take these rankings seriously.

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ian March 16, 2010 at 9:21 am

seriously wtf, this place is crap, my favorite is Jaiya Thai in hicksville, best pad thai

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aj May 17, 2010 at 11:40 am

Best is Sarin Thai on Glen Cove Rd (they have the best desserts out of all thai resturants on li) and then Lemon Leaf on Mineola Blvd. b/c their food is great and they deliver!

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Morgan June 21, 2010 at 6:38 pm

I also think Sarin Thai should be on this list. It actually tastes like Thai food, not (as Scott mentioned) American-Chinese-style cooking. It’s also got an attractive, airy dining room and killer desserts.

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Scott June 25, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Though I’d (rightfully) criticized Lemonleaf, I’d neglected to mention what SHOULD be #1 on this list:
Sripraphai in Williston Park.
http://www.sripraphairestaurant.com/

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Kathy July 13, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Sarin Thai in Greenvale is great but so is Tiny Thai in Farmingdale – great Pad Thai!

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CLee March 22, 2011 at 10:23 am

I’m sorry to argue, but Lemonleaf in Port Jeff Station IS actually one of the better Thai restaurants on the East end.

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Scott March 28, 2011 at 11:29 am

I don’t know what your criteria are for Thai restaurants, but I presume the PJ location is similar to the Hicksville one, considering they’re sister restaurants. And the one in Hicksville is terrible, for the reasons I stated above.

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Jax August 31, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Tiny Thai in Farmingdale is GREAT traditional Thai fare, at very reasonable pricing. I prefer this place to Sea in BK, which gets way too much praise, in my opinion…

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