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Apr 18, 1998 05:08 PM

ChowHound Help, por favor....

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I recently accepted a weekly restaurant review column for Queens Ledger Papers. They
produce seventeen different community publications (everything from LIC, Astoria,
Maspeth, Glendale, Ridgewood, Woodhaven, Howard Beach, Sunnyside, Woodside,
Jackson Heights, Kew Gardens, and Forest Hills) and have a paid-subscription readership
of 220,000. A small start...

Since so many neighborhoods are covered, I am not limited in my restaurnat selections. I
have already picked my places for this month and have quite a few in mind for the
coming months (I could probably do this for ten years and not run out of places :) ),
however if you live in any of the aforementioned neighborhoods and have any
suggestions for reviews, pass them on.

I’m especially interested in small, authentic places with fantastic food who could really
use another good review to boost lagging business (examples: Pho Bac in Elmhurst/
Uzbekistan Tandoor Bread/ Bo.) Any great places would be fine but my heart, as I’m
sure you might have noticed, is with the smaller establishments. I want to constantly have a place for the publisher so that I never have to be coerced into reviewing an establishment that buys advertising space in the paper. Thjs seems to be de rigeur at many local papers and I turned down three because of it.

Anyway, I’m off to rejoin the gym. Something tells me I’m going to have to spend a bit
more time there....


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  1. A couple favorites from a Sunnyside resident:

    I'm sure you've been to most of these places already
    but here goes.

    Long Island City: Texas Barbecue also called Stick To
    Your Ribs Barbecue, they serve excellent ribs but what
    I really love about them is their potato salad and cole
    slaw, which are without rival.

    Astoria: Ilias Corner on 31st street a few blocks north
    of Astoria Blvd. Great fish.

    Sunnyside: A great Mexican restaurant which I go to
    about once a month but can never remember the name of.
    It's on Greenpoint Ave. between 43rd and 44th streets.

    Jackson Heights: Jackson Diner (of course), La Fusca
    (of course), and the Colombian restaurant on 37th Ave.
    and 81st street.

    2 Replies
    1. re: Jeremy Osner
      Lisa Antinore


      As my street-smart junior high school students would say: "You're da bomb!" Thanks for your input. I've been to all of them except the Mexican place and you're the third person who's recommended it so I'll be paying it a visit.

      Happy Eating! Lisa

      1. re: Jeremy Osner

        I also live in Sunnyside. We have a pretty new and
        very good Mexican restaurant (can't remember the name
        now) but it's on 46th Street between Greenpoint and
        48th Avenue. It's worth a stop because of wonderful
        soup, very good tamales (and very fresh) and other good
        dishes. Nice owner, too. They are waiting for their
        liquor license which is too bad for them, so bring your
        Pacifica with you.

      2. I'd like to know what you think of "Simply Thai"
        restaurant at 118-15 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills
        (575-0983). I think it's really good even though
        my tastebuds were spoiled rotten by the month I
        spent in Thailand last winter. It's across the
        street from my office so I've eaten many great
        lunches there. And friends of mine have reported
        that dinners there are consistently excellent.

        Happy eating and reviewing!