By Ching Yu Lin
75-19 Broadway, Elmhurst, New York 11373
718.424.9054 / 718.424.7916
One of the most popular and successful Thai restaurants in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens is clearly Sabay Restaurant. Supervised and efficiently managed by Busaya, who along with her husband, bring to Sabay great tasting, high quality Thai food served in a friendly atmosphere within a sleek, modern, comfortable and clean dining area. Formerly of the famous long-running King Crab restaurant on 8th Ave. and 52nd Street in Manhattan (now closed), Subaya’s husband brings to Sabay his talent for making seafood dishes that are simply the best that can be found in the area. Along with the authentic Thai cuisine, the seafood dishes guarantee a pleasant and satisfying dining experience.
Choosing the Jackson Heights area was an easy decision as Sabay joined a host of diverse restaurants in what has been recognized as one of New York City’s most diverse neighborhoods. Apparently, their loyal customers from King Crab have had no problem taking the quick subway trip to the Roosevelt Ave./Jackson Heights stop to continue to enjoy great food. Once inside, don’t be fooled by the flat screen tv playing Thai pop music (although we found ourselves, along with other diners, enjoying the video!). Sabay serves up traditional Thai fare including fried calamari with chili sauce, , curry puff combination of chicken, potato, onion, and yellow curry wrap, steamed mussels with basil, and Thai dumpling with pork, shrimp, and mushroom wrapped in wonton skin with spicy sauce. Traditional Pad Thai (your choice of shrimp or chicken), is among one of Sabay’s most requested main course dishes.
Busaya highly recommends the raw beef with spicy onions, scallions and cilantro served over toasted ground rice. For a lighter meal, we recommend the Papaya Salad with Grilled Chicken and Sticky Rice – a truly authentic Thai dish that’s perfect for summer dining! Also hard to resist is their Duck salad: crispy duck with onion, tomato, lemon juice, pineapple, and chili.
Main course features recommended by Busaya include the Crispy Soft-shellCrab with a slice of green apple, onion, and fresh lemon juice, or the Shrimp Red Curry with mixed vegetable in coconut milk and basil. And for those foodies with a taste for adventure, there’s the Sauteed Frog’s Leg with fresh basil, onion, and chili.
Sabay’s friendly wait staff provides fast, efficient, and courteous service; all the while ensuring your dining experience is exceptional. In fact, don’t be surprised to find that you’re on a first name basis with everyone by the time you’ve finished dessert!
Sabay offers a daily lunch special starting from $5.95 , served Monday to Friday 11:30 am to 3:00 pm. It includes your choice of one chicken, beef, pork, tofu, or shrimp soup and salad. During Happy Hour (4:00 pm. – 7:00 pm. ) you can find all kinds of beer for only for $2.50 a bottle. Located just steps away from the Roosevelt Ave. subway stop in Jackson Heights, Sabay is open 7 days a week, provides free local delivery, and is an MSG-free restaurant. And as we have found, come to taste Sabay, and you’ll be back to try more!