basic food needs in forest hills/rego park
my significant other just moved to the border of forest hills/rego park (around the 67th ave stop). we're familiar with some of the more dinnertime type of restaurants (the various thai restaurants, nick's, etc) but need advice for more day to day eating.
1) best coffee besides starbucks
2) a place to get a egg, bacon and cheese on a roll/bagel - i noticed a lot of these jewish bagel stores have great bagels but of course, won't serve these type of egg sandwiches
3) ice cream/dessert
4) 24 hour delis/diners/eateries
My favorite uzbek restaurant is at 67th ave on Queens Blvd. - Arzu. Open late (except for Fri) till Midnight and cheap enough to be your daily staple. Try their lagman - best in all NYC.
I think there is a 24hr diner when you walk towards Manhattan on QB (with clock tower). Andre's bakery is also near 67th ave. If you get off 63rd drive stop and walk east a block or two there is a great Persian store 'Sunflower' selling bulk dried fruits and nuts and many other eastern goodies like lukum etc.
coffee - 7 eleven or dunkin donuts. no kidding. they some of the best coffee around (beats starbucks hands down)
as for the egg/bacon/cheese/roll or bagel as long as the bagel store is not kosher you can get it.
dessert - on metropolitan avenue next to the movie theatre is a little place that serves cake. limited selection but good ones. there's also a place further down closer to 71st ave. called the metro cafe - coffee is good/desserts are limited but good. comfy setting. great salads, wraps.
piu bello(a?) across from barnes and noble is okay for certain things. they have gelatto (gellato?). some of the flavors are incredible and others stink.
24 hour - the tower, i think.
For best bagels and very fresh salads such as Poached salmon, herring, great tuna w/vegetables, etc...go to Bagelette on 63rd Rd, same street as Sears on North side, but away from QB towards 98th St.--BEST place in area by far--For best selection of Israeli import foods, and other staples such as dried fruits, and nuts, etc--and yogurt cheese, and great Shug (green hot sauce)--go to Carmel on 108th St--corner of 64th Ave..For best chicken in the area, go to the Rego Park, Woodhaven branch of Pio Pio--Stay away from Rego Pita to go near Platinum Gym, not very good, go instead to the other place that replaced Habait, that I used to like alot..it's not that far from you--near 67th ave..Mickey's for sushi is liked by alot of people, but I tend to get takeout veg sushi from place on Austin near Ascan--Andre's has the best rugeluch in NYC, and you are right near there, and there other stuff is sometimes good too, but pricey...you have the knish place near you, although without that cool neon sign they had, who cares to eat there I wonder? Thai Pot that's near you has gotten some favorable reviews, but my husband was not too impressed and thought their lunch special very expensive, $11 for squid w/chili sauce--(seafood $3 extra)--and nowhere near Srip quality........Hope this helps a bit.....
I have lived in forest hills for almost two years, and here's what I've found:
Pizza--on Queens Blvd and 67th Avenue--Diamante is pretty good pizza. Best to order fresh pie--if you catch a slice at the end of the day no telling how long it's been sitting there, but many lazy nights, my wife and I have knocked off a fresh diamante pie (squeare pie is good too).
Knish Nosh--very underrated. decent soups, great knishes (sweet potato knish is great)
Mickeys for sushi, all the thai places are mediocre at best.
There is kosher butcher place called Avners right off 67th ave on QB that has fantastic assorted nuts and dried fruit... from what i gather, he is one of many, but i am loyal, and his turkish pistachios rock.
Finally, the real treat--Leo's Latticcini. Do a search on this site to find all about it. everything written is true and then some. When i move out of queens i will only return for Leo's (and corona ices king)
Thank you so much for the suggestions! Here have been my latest ventures in the area:
Piu Bello; Yummy gelato but $3.25 for a tiny cup! Highway robbery.
Tower Diner; I wasn't impressed. Overcooked eggs. :(
Knish Nosh; A friendly guy at the counter but I thought the knish was overwhelming potato-ish! It was made very well though, but too much filling for my taste.
Ben's Best; The corned beef on rye was great, but I thought the obligatory side of cole slaw/pickles were mediocre, at best. Ben's Deli (Bayside & Long Island) and Deli King (Lake Success in Long Island) does the sides much better.
Hoping to try a local sushi place soon, thanks for the suggestion.
Leo's Latticcini sounds heavenly! I can't wait. I LOVE Corona's Ices! I'm still on my mission to try all the flavors. I've got all the fruit ones down and now are onto the weird ones, like coffee (BLECH).
I think Ralph's ice on Austin and Ascan is much better than Corona's ices. Neither Leo's or Corona's is anywhere near the requested location for tips, so don't know why they were mentioned....Deli is non existent in the area except for Ben's--no good sandwich places--There was a great place on Austin called THE HOMESTEAD but it was sold and there's an eye glass place there now--Have you tried Corfu in the same plaza as Piu Bella but upstairs...they have a great lunch special $5.50 I think for lots of food--very good chicken kebab, and excellent Bifteki--good country style greek salad, decent spinach pie, and very good lemon potato--it's small place, but food is fresh and prices right, and portions very fair.......we eat there alot. If you're looking for a great supermarket, big, modern, and clean---make sure you go to the recently opened STOP & SHOP on Union Turnpike in Forest Hills/Glendale area.....it's very good, and their deli carries all Boars head stuff......Also, I had posted about the new Atlas Shopping Center on Cooper in Glendale, which is going to have an Amish Market with organic produce, and gourmet selections...so, I am looking forward to this--it is desperately needed for this area........