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Aug 14, 2006 04:22 PM

Anything New Coming to Sunnyside/Woodside

anyone know of anything new, interesting & worthwhile opening any time soon in woodside/sunnyside? i feel like i've played out all my local restaurants.

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  1. Have you been to El Jarro yet?

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    1. re: johnk

      of course, it is one of my favorites!

      1. re: ceeceee

        There was apost a couple of weeks ago about a taco place under the 61st Street train station called Hacienda?
        Have you been there yet?

        1. re: johnk

          no, not yet. i think i know where it is though--would it be between 61 & 62, under the overpass?

          1. re: ceeceee

            I believe so. I haven't been there yet. It's on my hit list.
            Let us know if you go.
            I grew up on 46th Street and still get my haircut in the neighborhood !

            1. re: ceeceee

              Correct. North side of Roosevelt between 61st and 62nd up the stairs next to the LIRR tracks. They finally put up a sign at ground level just this past week so now you can actually find the place. It has some relationship with the tortilla factory that is right behind the restaurant and has its loading dock on 61st (and makes that delicious smell you sometimes smell around there in the morning). The food I've had there has been good. Not earth-shattering, but good. I've never had the tacos, only one of the specials from the board at the foot of the stairs, but they were reported elsewhere as being fine.

              1. re: ceeceee

                Woodside Al,
                Have you been to El Paso on Roosevelt and 64th? My bf and I had tried it when it first opened and weren't wowed, but on two recent occasions they quite impressed us. Their tortas and tacos on a small side, considering it's Queens, but very flavorful. And they had a taco filling that I hadn't seen elsewhere - pig ears. Their pork al pastor seasoned very well - we had the sandwich, and though our complaint was that they didn't give enough meat it was very flavorful and with lots of oaxacan cheese.

                1. re: ceeceee

                  No, I haven't been to El Paso, but I've certainly passed them enough times and looked at the menu and pictures in the window. It looked rather generic, but now after reading your review I'll have to go check it out.

                  1. re: ceeceee

                    Regarding El Paso, I had the opposite experience that Welle had, having had better food shortly after it opened, and now I find it rather average. When they first opened, they were more intent on having daily specials, but now they seem to have given up on that so much. They had a really good pierna adobada special once, but I haven't seen it since (though I haven't checked recently). I get tortas and tacos from them once in a while now, but it's strictly average. Tierras Mexicanas down the street is probably a little better.

            2. Have you been to Moment's yet? Argentinian steak, cheap. Skirt steak and morcilla was like $8.95 including salad, not bad. On Greenpoint a few blocks west of 45th St.

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              1. re: kenito799

                No... *but* They get their meat from my favorite butcher (for certain things anyways), Don Francisco in Jackson Heights. Their grass-fed bacio is to die for...

                1. It's new, but I don't know if it's interesting/good. At the NW corner of 55th St and Roosevelt, there is a new Mexican place, though it's oddly named V.I.S. Steakhouse. The menu is pretty straight up general Mexican (tacos, tortas, the usual plates and desayunos) with some American grub thrown in. I haven't been there yet, but will have to at least try some tacos soon since I live so close. Not surprisingly, the place has been completely devoid of customers since they opened. The decor is rather fancy for the hood, with tablecloths and such.

                  For the first several months that I lived in Woodside, I thought the location was just someone's house. A few months ago, I noticed a "Tacos Mexico" truck delivering tortillas to the place (Tacos Mexico has some pretty good tacos at their Corona location). A closer inspection of the frosted signage on door made me realize that it had at one time been an Ecudaoran restaurant. I even had a dream about secretly entering this defunct restaurant, to find a small grimey kitchen with a formica table and el cheapo chairs. An archetypical Ecuadoran grandma was cooking up some stuff and I had to beg to be allowed to sample the food. I vaguely remember being dissapointed by the food.

                  1. I've eaten at VIS Steakhouse a number of times since its literally 30 seconds from where I live. I was actually planning in signing on to Chowhounds just to try and get fellow Woodsiders to go there.

                    I wish I knew why it was so consistently empty in there. My girlfriend and I had a delicious dinner a few weeks ago, we were the only ones in there the entire time. I had a breaded chicken entree, nachos as an appetizer. My gf had a beef torta. All the dishes were quite fresh and very delicious. We were given heaping portions of chips and homemade salsa while waiting for everything to cook, and the chef came out and personally greeted us to his new place.

                    It breaks my heart walking by this place every day on the way home from work every day and seeing it totally empty. Anybody know what the story is? I really recommend it, its quite good! I was a fan of Chanita's before this but much prefer VIS.