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Ex-NYER visiting Flushing , Any Reccs. for good Italian ,Chinese ,. Delis

nyneal Jul 19, 2006 06:02 PM

Ex-NYER , visiting in a few weeeks . Can anyone recc. a really good
Italian restaurant near Flushing or in Manhattan . Also, a real
good steakhouse. Thanks so much. Can't wait to get to NEW YORK!

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    hana Jul 19, 2006 07:24 PM

    do you have a car? da silvana on yellowstone blvd and clyde has great italian food.

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      nyneal Jul 19, 2006 08:44 PM

      No,Car is it accessible by subway ? thanks , much

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        hana Jul 21, 2006 04:22 PM

        i thought i replied earlier. it's hard to get to by subway from flushing but if you take the e/f/r/v. at continental (E/F)(and there's a bus but i don't know the number which will go there -in front of the grocery and vitamin store). it's a good walk. as for steak houses, people always talk about jack's in bayside.

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          devil Jul 21, 2006 04:48 PM

          In and around Flushing, Graziella and Puccini for Italian and Uncle Jacks for steaks.


          The Q13 bus leaves from Flushing Main St and goes up Bell. The Q28 goes up Francis Blvd - you'll have to walk a little bit for Puccini.

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            Pan Jul 22, 2006 03:21 AM

            You mentioned Chinese in the title. There's loads of Chinese food in Flushing. I wrote up a WikiTravel article about Flushing that listed some (and I hope some Chowhounds edit it to post their favorites). Anyway, Spicy & Tasty (39-07 Prince St., north of Roosevelt) is positively the best Sichuan-style restaurant in New York and my favorite Chinese restaurant in New York, overall. Laifood (38-18 Prince St., corner of 39th Av., one block north of Roosevelt Av.) serves interesting and worthwhile Taiwanese cuisine. Unique Pastry, 135-23 40th Road (between Main and Prince Sts., one block south of Roosevelt Av.) is a great place to get cheap, delicious bing (Fuzhounese sesame buns) for breakfast or lunch. Do a search of this board and you'll find a lot of other recommendations.

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              squid kun Jul 22, 2006 06:07 AM

              Laifood changed a while ago to Lu's Seafood and may have changed again. I passed by Friday afternoon and noticed that while the awning still says Lu's, the menu now says 66 (but includes a section headed "Lu's Specials"). Still offers numerous Taiwanese dishes, though.

              1. re: squid kun
                Pan Jul 23, 2006 06:54 AM

                That's interesting because I was able to find the information about Laifood's address and phone number on superpages.com within the past couple of days. Do you have any idea whether the management or/and cook are the same?

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                  squid kun Jul 23, 2006 01:43 PM

                  Don't know about management, cooks, etc., but the name changed to Lu's after the place closed for a few weeks last summer. If a phone company directory still lists Laifood, maybe at least part of the original ownership remains involved (though I'm not finding it on Superpages right now). I do, however, find listings for Jolilu Inc., which may be the business name. When were you last there?

                  1. re: squid kun
                    Pan Jul 24, 2006 07:40 AM

                    Probably about 14 months ago, which is quite a long time in restaurant years. :-)

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              metalnyc Jul 22, 2006 07:35 PM

              to me, Graziella's is, by far, the best italian food out there.

              1. sandrina Jul 22, 2006 09:30 PM

                If you're willing to travel to Jackson Heights, which is near Flushing, there is a nice Argentinean steak house called La Cabaña. It's on Northern Blvd., between 86th and 87th Streets I believe. The best way to get there is to take the 7 train and then walk north to Northern Blvd. The best stop on the 7 would probably be the stop that follows the 82nd Street station. I'm not sure which stop that is though. They also serve Italian food there as well, but I haven't tried that yet. The skirt steak (entraña) is my favorite.

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                  JH Jill Jul 23, 2006 05:23 PM

                  If you're willing to travel to Jackson Heights and would like to try the Argentine/Uruguayan steaks, you can also go to many places that are closer to the subway. From the 82nd Street stop, there's La Fusta, a big Uruguayan place across the street from Elmhurst Hospital ER. It has atmosphere and is on Baxter (just go south on 82nd and it merges into Baxter. It's about 3 blocks away). If you go in the opposite direction (take Roosevelt to 84th Street and 1 block north to 37th Ave.), you'll find El Chivito d'Oro, another Uruguayan steakhouse with less atmosphere but you can watch them grill the steaks and even pick out your own, if you like. It's also a bit less expensive. Then if you get off at the 74th Street stop on the #7, go to 75th Street and 37th Ave and you'll find La Porteña. It's Argentine and jusst loaded wit atmosphere. They all have good steaks, sangría, pasta, watercress salads, canneloni, Argentine wine, etc.

                  1. re: JH Jill
                    Pan Jul 24, 2006 07:41 AM

                    I went to La Porteña a few weeks ago. Loaded with atmosphere it is. The food was OK, not amazing. If you do go, get the beef tongue. That was really good!

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