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Anyone been to Engeline's in Woodside?

Justpaula Mar 10, 2007 11:42 AM

This Fillipino restaurant and bakery looked like it was about to open "any day now" for a long time. My Woodsider boyfriend has beens taying with me in Douglaston for almost two months while his house is going through some re-construction so I haven't been around Roosevelt Avenue lately. It must have opened by now and I am looking forward to trying it out. Anyone have any feedback?

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    Widmark RE: Justpaula May 16, 2007 09:13 AM

    responding to all yr posts because obviously we're in the same hood! Finally got a menu from Engelines and it looks REALLY good and really cheap. But I know nothing about fillipino food. They're looking for a baker and the baked goods were wrapped in plastic and are probably from Krystals down the street where all the fp stuff is. They have a 20 dollar deliver min. which is tough when entrees are 5 bucks! not veg friendly at all...all the "vegetable" dishes have pork! But lots of seafood. We plan on trying it very soon. It seems to be doing well which makes me happy, I feel bad I never tried Ecua-Mex just up a block which didn't survive.

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      artisticpixie RE: Widmark May 17, 2007 06:35 AM

      Ecua-Mex was pretty good for traditional Mexican/Ecuadorian food. I was sad to see it go...it's hard to find good authentic Mexican food anywhere around Queens. I know the cart under the 61th st station has good tamales.

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        Widmark RE: artisticpixie May 17, 2007 07:25 AM

        I've heard rumours that De Mole is moving, so my goal is to get them to move to the site of Ecua-Mex, so they'll be even closer to me.

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          artisticpixie RE: Widmark May 18, 2007 11:59 AM

          oh really? where is it? how is the food there?

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            Widmark RE: artisticpixie May 18, 2007 12:13 PM

            Sunnyside, always forget the exact address, do a search, it's written up on every other thread around here!

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              Woodside Al RE: artisticpixie May 18, 2007 12:22 PM

              45-02 48th Ave. in Sunnyside. Formerly known as El Jarro. Food is very good to wonderful.

              "it's hard to find good authentic Mexican food anywhere around Queens"

              Huh? From Sunnyside into Woodside, and especially out through Jackson Heights and Corona is the largest concentration of Mexican population on the east coast. Plenty of places out there.

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                artisticpixie RE: Woodside Al May 21, 2007 10:29 AM

                Thanks for the address! I'll try it and see how it is! Hopefully they deliver by me.

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                  Widmark RE: artisticpixie May 21, 2007 11:27 AM

                  They deliever way farther then one would expect...I'm technically in Woodside near Doughboy Park and most places on QB don't deliver to me, but De Mole does.

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                    artisticpixie RE: Widmark May 21, 2007 11:44 AM

                    wow, that's a first...i was surprised even Woodside Pizza delivers to Elmhurst...most places don't deliver unless you're just a few blocks away

      2. Joe MacBu RE: Justpaula May 21, 2007 04:44 PM

        I had pork and vegetables in tamarind soup (Sinigang na baboy) that was very good and cheap. However, it was not what I had ordered for takeout (the beef short ribs version, sinigang na baka) and took 25 minutes (despite being told 10 minutes). The place was fairly packed several weeks ago. Most of the other diners' dishes looked good and interesting as well. I will return.

        6:30am to 10:30 pm, until midnight on Fri/Sat.
        Delivery (free) is only until 8:30pm, with a $20 minimum.

        Engeline's
        58-28 Roosevelt Ave
        Woodside
        718.898.7878

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          Joe MacBu RE: Joe MacBu May 24, 2007 10:11 PM

          I tried several more dishes this week.

          The lechon kawali (deep fried pork belly chunks served with liver sauce) was excellent. Crispy exterior, tender fat and moist meat. The liver sauce on the side did nothing for me and I preferred to eat it with a spicy sauce instead.

          The miki guisado was kind of disgusting. It's a basic stir-fried noodle dish with chicken, shrimp and vegetables (I could not find the Chinese sausages listed in the description). It was too sweet, a bit watery and reminiscent of bad neighborhood Chinese food from the 80s.

          The liang consisted of taro leaves and shrimp in coconut milk. There was only 1 shrimp and the dish was overpowered by tarragon, which I was not expecting. It's not like it was not prepared well; it just wasn't to my liking. Maybe I'm an idiot and taro leaves are supposed to taste like tarragon.

          There are lots of interesting dishes on the menu, and it's probably just a matter of figuring out the hits.

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          lyfestinks RE: Justpaula Dec 29, 2007 08:42 AM

          I ate at the restaurant. The bakery chest looked kind of gross, but the food was pretty good. I had the sauteed jackfruit with shrimp and pork. I had never tried jackfruit before, and it's not comparable to any other fruit I could think of. The dish came with a thick creamy sauce - very filling and heavy. My dining companion had chicken tinola, which was a broth with papaya chunks and pepper leaves, which was somehow blander than the ingredients would suggest.
          Not sure if we just didn't order the right things, but it wasn't great.

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            spollack71 RE: Justpaula Jan 2, 2008 07:43 PM

            nice place, pretty cheap, and kind of fun to go for a filipino breakfast, filled with lots of locals. we have been a couple times and our favorites are the grilled BBQ pork chops, kind of vinegary and tangy, and the chicken tamarind soup, good unique flavor. We like it because the service is very friendly and the place is spotless.

            1. designerboy01 RE: Justpaula Jun 18, 2008 12:21 AM

              Food was good in general and service was friendly. I had the kare kare, jackfruit with pork, coconut chicken, veggie lumpia, halo halo, and some mocha cake on the house. I only liked the coconut chicken, veggie lumpia, and halo halo (without ice cream). I thought the kare kare was tasty but not the best I had. I did ask the male waiter to recomend me some dishes but he said the bean sprouts were good, but I think he was pushing me dishes that had more profit margin for the restaurant. I ignored most of his suggestions as I have some experience with the culture and food. The female waitress was more straightforward, but service was very good overall. Nice clean place and I would come back again when I want a pork or halo halo fix.

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