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May 2, 2006 07:11 PM

Bklyn Vs Queens, The BQE, Bklyn Queens Experience

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I find that Queens is better for Chinese (Flushing being the largest and maybe the "best" Chinatown in NYC), Latin American (except for Mexican?), and South Asian, as well as assorted Asian foods (exept for Viet). Bklyn is better for Russian (not Uzbeki, that's Queens), old school Italian, upscale eating, and African.

Any other takes on this?

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  1. s

    For old school Italian I don't know that you can do much better then Piccolo Venizia. You also have Parkside where after your meal you can step outside and enjoy great Italian ice and watch a bocce game. It doesn't get more old scool then that. Ponticello, Trattoria L.I. and Sapore de I. have their fans as well. As for Mexican, I read how great Brooklyn is on that front and if it beats Jackson Hht's, you guys are very lucky. Enjoy

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    1. re: stuartlafonda

      PV is not really "old style" Italian-American. Frost, Bamontes, Queen, Cono & Sons, all in Brooklyn, certainly are and beat out Parkside (well maybe not Bamontes).

      Brooklyn for Pizza!! For Latin cart food, nothing beats the Redhook Ballfields. Brooklyn for Vietnamese and Malaysian, Brooklyn for Steak. Queens for Thai and Indian. Brooklyn for Turkish and Israeli. Brooklyn for Caribbean. Queens for Greek and Bosnian. Queens for sheer variety of authentic food places from all over the world.

      1. re: bobjbkln

        Does it get anymore "old skool" than Manducati's in L.I.C.?

        1. re: bobjbkln

          Well, according to Frank Bruni in today's Times, PV is old skool and beats all old skool italian places in all boros.

          Latin food carts, have you been to the soccer fields at the Flushing Meadows Park? Pardon my ignorance but I thought Turkish were more concentrated around Sunnyside and Israeli in Kew Gardens - both in Queens?

          1. re: welle

            where exactly are the food stalls in flushing meadow park and at what times are they up and functioning?


            1. re: joe

              by the soccer fields at the far east corner of the park - if you're coming from Shea stadium or queens museum, walk towards Flushing (towards Home Depot sign). I saw them last summer, haven't been there this year yet, but the soccer spring leagues should be well in the middle now. The time I was there was noonish during weekend. Many carts had the elusive cuy. Every ball field seemed to have its own cart.

              1. re: welle

                good cart food also at the park on Vernon Blvd right in front of Noguchi Museum on weekends...and a great skyline view

                1. re: welle

                  How many carts were there? What kind of food specifically? Can you tell me more or send me to a website that talks about these carts? I plan to visit the Red Hook Ballfields when the vendors are up and running, but Flushing Meadows is certainly more convenient, coming from Astoria, especially if the food is good!

                  1. re: megc

                    yes, I hear about the flushing meadow ones too versus red hook (already NYT-ized, gothamist-ized) and planning to check out both this weekend.

                    1. re: bigjeff

                      i was talking rainey park, ecuadorian carts, and not flushing meadows

            2. re: bobjbkln

              "For Latin cart food, nothing beats the Redhook Ballfields."

              Yeah, except the soccer fields in Fluching Meadows Park.

              1. re: bobjbkln

                Brooklyn for Vietnamese??? Ha, go check out the Vietnamese places over by the Elmhurst Ave subway station....

                1. re: bobjbkln

                  Bamontes needs to step up to the plate . No one wants to eat the same stuff over and over again. Plus some of the food taste like it was made in the early 1900's. For the money I rather go to Astoria / LIC for Italian food.
                  As for Frost there specials needs to be change it is the same specials over and over . They aren't specials any longer. Also IMO they are better the Bamontes.

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                Queens for Brazilian (Astoria/LIC), Indonesian (Elmhurst/Jackson Heights), North African (Steinway St)

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