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Jan 15, 2005 10:55 AM

The Pine in Queens

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I must confess to never having heard of The Pine Tavern, advertised as "the world famous family-style institution of the Bronx," but it now has a sibling in Corona, Queens called The Pine Restaurant. It's across from Shea Stadium and located in the Ramada Plaza Hotel (37-10 114th Street). Since The Pine is open seven days a week from 7AM to midnight, it apparently also caters to the hotel's guests. Has anyone tried it? A review in the current Queens Courier describes it as "Undoubtedly one of the finest Italian eateries in the tri-state area."

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  1. Queens Courier? If they "review" it, they like it. Eat accordingly.

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    1. re: Ivan Stoler

      The Pine in Queens has really gross food. Their Caesar Salad dressing was easily the worst I've ever had in my life. If you go, stick with the fried stuff that nobody can mess up.

      1. re: Ivan Stoler

        I think you mean, if they "review" it, they say good things about it because it has bought an advertisement in their paper.

      2. I just finished eating there and maybe I ordered the wrong thing, but it was horrible. i ordered Veal Rollatini and it really looked and tasted like it had been prepared from a previously frozen meal. There was not distinguishing between flavours, and I bent my fork trying naul it down. I looked around and everyone else seemed to be enjoying theirs but mine was inedible.

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        1. re: ben741

          I used to eat at the Pine tavern (in the Bronx) back in the 80s. I recall that the pasta came out in a plate the size of a wheelbarrow. I never ordered anything but pasta which was, well, pasta. It sounds as if the one in Corona doesn't even get pasta right.

        2. Isn't the Pine now called Frankie and Johnny's?

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          1. re: DrBey2003

            I have friends who were there on Saturday night and RAVED about it. I remain skeptical.