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Where to eat in Whitestone/Bayside?????

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  • Shawna Dec 20, 2003 05:42 PM

Just moved in from Baltimore and after wasting money at a few barely palatable places, I am looking for some suggestions from those who know the area!??? Thanks!!!

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  1. Donovan's on 41 Ave in Bayside, just off Bell Blvd. is good. Well known for their burgers.

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    1. re: JBG
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      billyblancoNYC

      Steak: Napa and Sonoma on the side of the Cross Island by 149st. Even better, Uncle Jack's on Bell Blvd.

      Take out sandwiches/deli: Cherry Valley on 150st. Great place open 24/7/365.

      Pizza: Cascarino's in the shopping area with Walbaums... I think 10th ave and 149st. Also a location on College Point Blvd. Great margarita, BBQ chicken and Gorgonzola/potato (don't knock it until you try it).

      Cheap chinese take-out. Keilly: one on 14th ave and 132st in Whitepoint shopping center.

      Italian Ice: Crispino's on 9th and and College Pt. Blvd. Also on 32nd ave in the 200s (I think).

      Pretty good Thai/Vietnamese: Chau on Francis Lewis Blvd., maybe 26th ave.

      Burger: the before mentioned Donovan's is good. Also, pretty good is BK Sweeney's by the Douglatson LIRR station. If you want HUGE burgers, go with Jackson Hole on Bell and 35th(?).

      Good Italian-American. I forget the name, but it has a green awning, looks like a Pizzeria, and is right next to Uncle Jack's.

      Good, simple Greek: Kati Allo on Francis Lewis, a block from Utopia Parkway.

      Good Italian Deli/Salumeria: Corona Park Pork Store: 12th ave or so on Clintonville (right off 150st), Tony's Beechhurst Deli: up the block from Cascarino's, Soriso's on 150st, and a place on 149st, a block from Napa and Sonoma and the Cross Island, something with a "V", great ravioli's, etc.

      Good pubs/bars all up and down Bell Blvd.

      Hmmm... I'll try to think of more as I'm forgetting. Welcome to the neighborhood. What brings you here from Baltimore. Sorry, not to be nosy, but this area isn't exactly a hot spot for transplants.

      1. re: billyblancoNYC
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        billyblancoNYC

        Follow-up.

        The ravioli place is E. Varsi on 149st and 16rd.

        The Itlian-American is Il Vesuvio.

        Also, for upscale Italian, Papazzio, right next to Uncle Jack's.

        1. re: billyblancoNYC

          Check out The Crazy Moose Saloon accross the street from Uncle Jacks on Bell

          1. re: billyblancoNYC

            very good frozen gnocchi at varsi fyi

          2. re: billyblancoNYC

            Cherry Valley is good but I'm a Cristina's man myself. Right across the street from each other for those who haven't been to either.

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          billyblancoNYC

          Of course, don't forget downtown Flushing for a mecca of Asian fare... Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, etc.

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            Steven Goldstein

            Hi, Shawna - I grew up in the area and still go there to visit family, and one of the best Chinese restaurants in the five boroughs is in Bayside. It's the Baybridge Chinese Restaurant near the foot of the Throgs Neck bridge - it's your typical neighborhood Chinese place in decor, probably what like what you went to if you lived by chance in Pikesville, MD or another neighborhood where Chinese food is popular. But Baybridge's food is really several cuts above and at the same prices - it's certainly as good as anything in Manhattan. Only problem is, tons of people now seem to know this (a Chowhounder's lament!!!), so it's always packed, but they move folks briskly, sometimes too much so. PS Not to be confused with the awful chinese restaurant in the Bay Terrace shopping center or some other mediocre ones in the area.

            1. Sushi: Akiyama (actually in College Point near Whitestone border). Across from Whitepoint Shopping Center and next to CVS drugstore at corner of 14th Aven and 132 Street.
              Sit-In Pizza: Clinton Restaurant on corner of 10th Ave and Clintonville has a pizza that is of the quality of John's pizza in Greenwich Village.

              1. Erawan is a great Thai restaurant on Bell Boulevard in Bayside, as is its fancier offshoot, Erawan Steak & Seafood on 39th just off Bell. Gino's Trattoria at the corner of Bell and 35th is good and affordable Italian. I second Papazzio for more upscale Italian. Il Vesuvio next door for great pizza, though pricey. We've had erratic service at the greek place, Pelagos, though the fish is certainly fresh. We also venture regularly to Flushing for dim sum and more; it's really not far at all!

                1. and don't go to napa & sonoma. they sold the place and the new menu is apparently awful.

                  1. Bayside Salumeria... best sandwiches, italian food, and comfort food. Period. 41st Ave and Corporal Kennedy St. Go now!

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                    1. re: ungrecco

                      Ungrecco, I gotta ask: what makes Byaside Salumeria so great? Before it opened I was expecting an Italian deli along the lines of what you'd find in Corona or Arthur Ave. Instead it seems to be a basic "Boars Head" deli? Please let me know what sets this apart. Not looking for an argument, just curious. Thanks

                      1. re: Hank Stamper

                        Well, I've tried their breakfast sandwiches, bagels, chicken parm, meatball parm, chicken francese, greek meatballs and potatoes, sausage and peppers, lasagna, pulled pork, beef brisket, greek stuffed peppers, buffalo wings, lentil soup, chicken noodle, lentil, and split pea soups, macaroni salad, coleslaw, fresh mozzarella, most of their paninis and sandwiches and wraps, and even their pastas and salads a few times, just to name a few. The parking is easy, the seating is nice (tons of natural light), and the place is consistently good. The place is not a traditional Italian deli where you have sausage hanging all over and you walk in and it smells like dried fish. It's a place I go to and recommend to my friends, coworkers, and clients when they're within 5 miles of the place if they want good food at a decent price. This is why I think Bayside Salumeria is awesome. I hope this helps.

                        1. re: ungrecco

                          Ungrecco, Do you have any other good spots in Bayside you frequent ? Have you ever been to Marino's in North Flushing by Bowne Park?

                          1. re: johnk

                            I haven't tried Marino's yet as I work in the Bell Blvd and 41st Ave area. I've tried Monahan & Fitzgerald's a few times for wings and burgers, which are solid. They're good for a drink (or 4) also. Then there's always the bigger places like Donovan's, Uncle Jacks, and Papazzio, but you have to be ready to spend a couple bucks. I only used to go the Salumeria once or twice a week, but with the new offerings, I go more like 4-5 times a week now. I do a sandwich one day, salad another, hot food another, pasta another.. it's like having 3 or 4 places in one. That's why I made it my go-to spot.

                          2. re: ungrecco

                            Wow What did you do, move in there?

                            Sounds good. I will certainly give it a shot. Thanks

                        2. re: ungrecco

                          "Go now!" is a bit much, but I will agree, it's one of the better delis I've been to lately.

                          I've been working on the same block on and off for the past few weeks and have eaten there in one way or another every day I've been working with no complaints... at all! I say this because I've been told I'm a "fussy eater". (George Carlin fans will catch that reference)

                          From coffee to sandwiches to macaroni salad, everything was fresh and yummy. It also looked like they vary the menu often as things I had one week were not there the next. Not that they ran out, but things had been replaced with something else.

                          A great deli. I'm going to miss it when I finish that project.

                        3. New Indian joint by the old movie theater next to Ehawan. Ayna Agra. Anyone been?

                          Looks good based on the menu but the joint was empty at 6pm on a Wed. night.

                          edit. Looks like it's not that new. Reviews for March of 2012. I have to get out more. :)

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                          1. re: frankie5angels

                            I was actually there for the first and second time a couple of weeks ago. Pretty inside, good service, decent enough food. Just moved to bayside though, so ill be checking out another place before I go back for a third time I think....

                          2. BKNY Thai - the best Thai restaurant in Bayside.