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New to Woodside--need some recos!

jbrtwo Nov 20, 2006 10:19 PM

I moved to Woodside recently and love it--have had Sripraphai, La Flor, Donovan's, and La Hacienda. The obvious ones, I guess. Done some searching of posts and cobbled together an idea of where to hit, but would love recommendations from everyone, I am already turning into a fierce 7 train partisan and the more I know, the better I can argue my point....Thanks in advance, I am a fish-eating vegetarian (what do they call that, a pescetarian?) but have plenty of carnivorous friends to impress, so any recommendations are welcome. Including exactly WHAT to order at the places mentioned above...

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  1. Justpaula Nov 20, 2006 10:24 PM

    My very, very recent ex-boyfriend of two years, even though I asked a hundred times and he lives about two and a half blocks from it failed to ever take me to Sapori D'Ischia. Detect the bitterness? Anyway...he had been a number of times with his family (fifth generation Woodside-er) and loved it and everyone here seems to only have good things to say...it's why I have been wanting to go. If you do..let me know! I willlive vicariously. ;)

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    1. re: Justpaula
      charlie_b Nov 22, 2006 01:33 PM

      i suggest you take yourself out to dinner there -- no ex boyfriend should keep you away. i've only been twice, but had wonderful meals.

      you should call them to confirm they still do this, but they offer a special pre-fixe menu on Wednesday which is 3-course, anything from their regular menu (i.e., not incl. daily specials which are usually excellent and tempting) for $25. many of their regular entrees are priced at or higher than this, so it's an excellent deal.

      and certainly one that a newly single one can afford.

      1. re: charlie_b
        welle Nov 22, 2006 04:49 PM

        Great suggestion - they still do the pre-fixe. Better yet, go with a group of friends and taste most of the menu.
        Or you can go there during lunch, pick up some great Italian imports and have a lunch from their lunch menu. If it's nice you can have it wrapped and consume on the bench they set outside.

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      Mike R. Nov 21, 2006 03:21 AM

      Right under your nose (actually on 61st Street at the foot of the "7" train station) there's "Peppino's Pizza" and THE BEST "Grandma" slice...a heavy square loaded with onions and rich tomatoes.

      Have a corner/side slice and further experience the pan-burnished olive oil crust flavor - classic!

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      1. re: Mike R.
        jbrtwo Dec 11, 2006 09:16 PM

        I ordered a whole large Grandma pie last night, ate as much as I could, and am saving the rest in my freezer--beats Tombstone, any evening...

      2. Dave_G Nov 21, 2006 04:00 AM

        I put together this map for a couple we did an apartment swap with.


        It's not exhaustive and I've come apon some new favorites since, but it has a nice cross-section of Queens.

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        1. re: Dave_G
          catherine Nov 21, 2006 01:38 PM

          thanks for sharing your wonderful map!

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            jbrtwo Nov 21, 2006 01:52 PM

            Yes, the map is fantastic--I am working on getting it on my iPod...

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          jbrtwo Nov 21, 2006 01:33 PM

          Hey, thanks, guys--I will report back. I think I had a slice at Peppino's after I signed my lease, but it wasn't the Grandma, which I will look forward to....

          1. welle Nov 21, 2006 02:19 PM

            Make sure to search also for "Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, Sunnyside" - a lot of good places are within walking distance from Woodside. Maspeth and some areas of Astoria are also either walkable or a short bus ride away. Not too obvious, but since you said you're vegetarian, make sure to check out the korean supermarket next to Chase bank. Best freshly home made tofu and they also have tons of prepared foods - all kinds of fish and vegetarian dishes among them. They just recently installed a microwave in the store in case you can't wait to get home.

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              jbrtwo Nov 21, 2006 02:44 PM

              I went into that place, I was so impressed by the fresh tofu and all the kimchi. I haven't unpacked my dishes yet so the microwave will be useful. Han Au Reum, something like that, correct?

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                welle Nov 21, 2006 03:06 PM

                Han Ah Reum, i think. and i looove their store-brand kimchi - it's always crisp and fresh. i'm also addicted to their raddish kimchi and my SO is fond of their jalapenos in soy sauce. One of the coolest things of that store is one of the Mexican helpers speaks fluent Korean - Only in NY, kids!

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                  jbrtwo Nov 21, 2006 03:27 PM

                  Jalapenos in soy sauce sounds fantastic. I am going to have to stock up upon my return from Thanksgiving vacation...

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                    Linda Nov 22, 2006 03:06 AM

                    i believe it's han yang supermarket.

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                      Woodside Al Nov 22, 2006 04:17 PM

                      Han Yang is the Korean supermarket down at Roosevelt & Queens Blvd., isn't it? Han Ah Reum is the smallish one on Woodside just off of Roosevelt -- same chain as the one in Koreatown in Manhattan..

                      1. re: Linda
                        welle Nov 22, 2006 04:52 PM

                        Han Yang's kimchi not as nearly as good as Han Ah Reum's and they don't make fresh tofu.

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                          Woodside Al Nov 23, 2006 09:59 PM

                          And Han Ah Reum has the nice fresh tofu.

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                  jennsch Nov 21, 2006 02:36 PM

                  welle -- Is that the Chase in Woodside at around 59th?

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                  1. re: jennsch
                    welle Nov 21, 2006 03:07 PM

                    Woodsdie ave and 59th, I think.

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                    jennsch Nov 21, 2006 04:12 PM


                    1. Woodside Al Nov 21, 2006 05:40 PM

                      Izalco on the north side of Roosevelt Ave. does some pretty good papusas. Braulio & Family on 63rd St. does the best ceviche in the area - be sure to ask for the picante sauce. The Philipino area on Roosevelt around 69th St. contains some good stuff. I particularly like Renee's on the south side of the street. On the way there is El Sitio which makes a very good cubano sandwich (at the counter only -- certainly NOT vegetarian) and serves some quite good Cuban dinners in the other room (although better Cuban food can be had further up the street at Roosevelt & Junction). The Brazilian buffet/pizza place on the south side of Roosevelt is actually Chilean and makes a Chacarero sandwich that is worth trying (although definitely not vegetarian). Of course there's always the much discussed Spicy Mina up on Broadway by the freeway, which is Bengalideshi and has some fine vegetarian options. Down on Woodside by 68th St. is a little Korean/Chinese place that does some really good noodles. For those interested in Irish foods (a minority I know, and not generally vegetarian, but hey, I'm Irish-American and like the stuff, so sue me) the carry-out on 61st does some nice stick-to-the-ribs stuff (although not quite as good as when it was Tommy Maloney's), and the coffee shops in the area are Irish run and carry some interesting stuff. I particularly like the Irish bacon (or whole Irish breakfast) at Rainbow on Woodside, and the breakfast hash browns (NOT home fries) at Stop Inn by the 61st St. subway. They also do a pretty good burger.

                      As a previous poster suggests, you should also explore nearby neighborhoods. Sunnyside has a couple of my favorite places in the area, Mangal Kabab on Queens Blvd. very near where Roosevelt crosses it. Inexpensive yummy salads in addition to the usual Turkish grilled meats (chicken doner!), be sure to get some of the homemade Turkish bread. The much discussed De Mole a few blocks south has wonderful, somewhat refined, Mexican food. Jackson Heights has a whole neighborhood full of Indian restaurants (althouth many of them are disappointing). My personal favorite is the Kababish carryout on Broadway, and Maharajah Sweets for chaat and sweets. Across the street from Kababish are some better than run of the mill chicken/rice vendors. The guy who won the "Vendy" award is OK, but I actually like the folks next to him much more. Also up this way, past the subway stop, is the great, and also much discussed here, Taqueria Coatzingo. Vegetarians I know have had the nopales (cactus) here and loved it. There is also a Chinese supermarket on Broadway across from the subway, and nearby are a couple of nice little Korean restaurants. Oh and I didn't even mention the Himilayan/Nepali/Tibetan places -- get the momos.

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                      1. re: Woodside Al
                        jbrtwo Nov 21, 2006 07:25 PM

                        Wow. Thanks, Woodside Al. I have my work cut out for me, in the best way possible. If you see a guy staggering down Roosevelt with a Chowhound printout in his hand, it's likely me, come up and say hello. This is great information. I am already loving the area, and this only helps...

                        1. re: Woodside Al
                          jbrtwo Dec 4, 2006 03:19 AM

                          So as of now, the Stop Inn and their hash browns are making me so happy--being from the Midwest, I had a taste for the Denny's/IHOP shredded style hashbrowns, and had despaired of finding good ones in NYC--I have had breakfast nowhere else in the 'hood since my first trip to the Stop Inn...

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                          jbrtwo Nov 27, 2006 09:21 PM

                          Thanks everybody! These recommendations are much appreciated...

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