It takes 21 years for Sripraphai Tipmanee to bring
her restaurant “SriPraPhai” to where it is today.
The restaurant is rated number one Thai spot in NYC
by Zagat from 2006 - 2007. It is rated top 30 in NYC in Zagat
Sripraphai Tipmanee came to New York 33 years
ago starting out as a nurse. With the ambition of
being her own boss, she started her electrical
appliance store known as “Bangkok Trading”
She was doing very well by targeting Thai student
who enjoy shipping American branded goods and
appliances back home. Not until a couple of years
later when these American companies started their
business directly in Thailand bringing the price
differentiation closer. As business prospect declined,
Sripraphai decided to sell her appliance store. She
then started her little bakery and Thai dessert center. The bakery did not do so well, however, Sripraphai recognize that there were quite a number of Thai people living the area. As a result, this little shop was converted bit by bit to a tiny Thai restaurant. Three years later she moved to the present location. It was not until middle of 2003 that she has an opportunity to buy building on both of her sides.