By Joe Meny
72-19 Roosevelt Ave. Jackson Hts, NY 11372
(718) 803-9001 • (718) 803-9105
Khao San Road, or “Rice Road”, in Bangkok, Thailand, is a mecca where people from around the world meet to find comfort, enjoy friendships, share adventures, exchange stories, relax, and eat. Rice Avenue, located in one of, if not the, most diverse neighborhoods in New York City – Jackson Heights, Queens – is this neighborhood’s “Rice Road”. It is conveniently located at 72-19 Roosevelt Avenue, one half block from where 6 subways lines (E, F, G, R, V and 7)transfer at the Roosevelt Avenue/Jackson Heights train station.
Step in to Rice Avenue, and you seem to step out of Queens and into another place. This warm, welcoming restaurant subtly reinforces the symbolism of rice and its importance to Asian cultures and cuisine. The ceiling, a lattice of squares reminiscent of rice paddies, is accentuated with acrylic ceiling lights which provide a soft, somewhat rice-colored white lighting, adding a hint of wonder and elegance to your dining experience.
Their rather extensive menu is primarily Asian fusion with authentic Thai inspirations. The Tom Kha and Tom Yum soup can only be described in one word: Amazing. Other menu highlights include the basil fried rice, and the crab fried rice – complete with huge pieces of crab in it! Chef- recommended menu selections include the steamed dumpling, red curry, eggplant with basil sauce, and the ultimate dessert: Thai ice cream.
Rice Avenue offers a daily lunch special which includes your choice of entree (choose from over 10 tempting Thai dishes) with a free starter – your choice of Tom Yum chicken, Thai salad, Thai spring roll, or steamed dumpling. Not to be outdone, the Early Bird Dinner special (from 3:30 – 7pm) lets you choose a free starter plus a main dish from the lunch menu, along with your choice of either Thai iced tea, iced coffee, or soda.
Overall the food, price, and service – all with free Wi-Fi – are all great. Rice Avenue has received rave reviews from New York Magazine, Time Out, NY Daily News, and Newsday, just to name a few. For a great meal that won’t burn a hole in your wallet, and all the while enjoying it in a nice ambience, we recommend taking a walk down the avenue…to Rice Avenue!