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May 10, 2007 12:18 PM

Queens boy trying to re-experience childhood foods

For the first time in many years I will be in the area of my boyhood. I am trying to find out if I can find some food haven't eaten in years. Are there delis left in Queens where I can find a square knish. How about a place for great bagels and bialys? Is there a great neighborhood pizza place left. Anywhere in Queens, hopefully from Rego Park to Flushing and points in between or not. Thanks for the help!

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  1. Lanyboy, I too am a son of the great land known as Queens. For Pizza, try Nicks on Ascan Ave in Forest Hills. The best in all the boros, though not a slice place. Alas, I know of no great delis, Charneys, Pastrami King and the like are long gone. However, try Kaufmans on Cross Bay Blvd In Howard Beach. Bagels, try Oasis on Horace Harding Eastbound in Fresh Meadows.

    Good chowing, Ivan aka "BoroBoy"

    1. It's really hard to find a good bagel or bialy in Queens...I'm actually trying to find a good bagel bakery in general. Personally I like Peppino's Pizza and I believe it's called Ariella in Forest Hills (next to Johnny Rocket's) made pretty good pizza. I know there are some delis along Queens Blvd in Rego Park and Forest Hills so they might have a good bagel.

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      1. re: artisticpixie

        I actually really like the bagels at Bagel Delight in woodside and nobody ever mentions them. They are crisp on the outside, doughy and chewy on the inside. Just a few blocks from Peppinos.

          1. re: Widmark

            There's a Bagels Plus in Woodside? Where exactly? I haven't heard of this that the one right across from a Nancy's Boutique?

            1. re: artisticpixie

              I don't know Nancys, The Bagel place I'm talking about is the one attached to the Mcdonalds accross the street from Donovans.

            2. re: Widmark

              I agree. When I moved to Woodside, I didn't have high hopes for the bagels, but Bagels Plus is really good. And most weekend mornings I get them warm!

        1. I am also originally from Queens (Middle Village), now living in the Midwest. My parents still live in my childhood home, though, and I get back to visit 1-2 times per year. First, some interesting news about your beloved (my favorite, too!) square knish: Gabila knishes are now available in supermarkets! Really. Three to a package, you'll find them in the refigerated section. Surprisingly good.
          For pizza, go to Rosa's on 69th Street in Maspeth (NOT any of the other Rosa's!!!). There is a lot of discussion on this board about the "best" pizza in Queens, but Rosa's is most like what I remember pizza tasting like when I was a kid.
          Finally, only one place to get REAL bagels---Bagelette on 63rd Road in Rego Park, roughly across from the Sears mall parking lot.

          1. for pizza by the slice go to A&J on Austin , or down to Alba on Queens Blvd and Main street. for deli ben's is in rego park and still pretty good, there's the kosher deli on horace harding - can't remember the name and for knishes go to knish nosh on QB and 67th Avenue (or Road?) it's next to andre's bakery. but their rounds are better than the squares.

            1. Ben's Best on Queens Blvd just south of the LIE, unchanged since your youth, will give you the old time deli experience. Amore pizza in the Linden Shopping Center is the progeny of Gloria's pizza that was on Main street in flushing, an excellent slice joint. How about King Yum on Hillside for a taste of 1950's cantonese, and it is still really good food.

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              1. re: stuartlafonda

                Would you mind please the streets that "Amore pizza in the Linden Shopping Center" are near? If I could have a slice similar to Gloria's on this trip, I'd be one happy man.

                1. re: Lanyboy

                  It's the pathmark shopping center, on farrington street and the whitestone expressway.

                  1. re: Val55

                    Another adjacent block is Linden PLACE (ergo the name Linden Shopping Ctr). Amore is right near it. Their pizza looked unappealingly pale to me ... so I went to Gyro Plus (?) instead and had a
                    Greek burger. (Great burger the first time, 2nd time was bleh -- inconsistent).

                  2. re: Lanyboy

                    As on old Queens kid this should help, Amore is on the opposite side of the highway form Adventurers Inn, remember that place?

                    1. re: stuartlafonda

                      Adventurer's Inn? Of course, what a place and just the genereal geographical reference point I needed. Thanks.

                      1. re: stuartlafonda

                        And no mention of Whitestone Lanes? Come on.

                        1. re: Cheese Boy

                          Sorry,I forgot about that place because I was a Bay Terrace Bowling Alley guy, followed up with a danish from the Cake Box.

                    2. re: stuartlafonda

                      King Yum is on Union Tpke. in Fresh Meadows:

                      King Yum
                      181-08 Union Tpke.
                      Fresh Meadows, NY 718-380-1918