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avi Oct 23, 2007 02:45 PM

I am looking for the NYC outer boroughs ethnic restaurant that says "I am so unique that you'd have to really look hard to find anything like me elsewhere in the country! In fact it might be possible to find another like me." Any ideas?Thanks.

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    JFores RE: avi Oct 23, 2007 05:26 PM

    Uh... so many.... SOOO many.... There are Uighur places in Queens. You can't get more specific than that. The Szechuan stalls inside Flushing Mall? There are A LOT and it's quite subjective.

    1. bigjeff RE: avi Oct 23, 2007 08:21 PM

      there is the japanese/nepalese place in sunnyside which sounds pretty damn unique to me; haven't eaten there though although sietsema found it interesting.

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        mushimushi427 RE: bigjeff Oct 24, 2007 02:54 PM

        Do you know the name of the Japanese/Nepalese place?

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          bigjeff RE: mushimushi427 Oct 24, 2007 03:15 PM

          it's called Yeti of Hieizan; read review here:

          http://www.villagevoice.com/nyclife/0...

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          SuzyP RE: bigjeff Oct 24, 2007 03:42 PM

          Its not that unique. There are two Japanese/Nepalese places about a block away from each other in Sunnyside. One is called Yamakazi, the other Yeti of Hiezan. There is a place in Brighton Beach that claims to be the only Moldavian restaurant in NY. I don't know if thats true or not.

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            JFores RE: SuzyP Oct 25, 2007 03:43 AM

            Moldovan food is virtually the same as Romanian food and there are a decent number of Romanian places. Plus, you tend to find random Moldovans working at Romanian places.

        3. Polecat RE: avi Oct 24, 2007 06:20 AM

          A Fan Ti, in Flushing, fits the bill. They specialize in organ meats, such as eye balls and testicles, but the lamb dishes have been praised as well. Sietsema, in the recent Village Voice "Best Of" edition, said that this would be an appropriate place for Batman to have his last meal. In his original review, he described a repeat visit he made with New Orleans' own Dr. John. Hey, if it's good enough for the Night Tripper and the Caped Crusader, well....

          Previous post: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/360454

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          A Fan Ti
          13680 41st Ave, Queens, NY 11355

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            HankyT RE: avi Oct 24, 2007 06:39 PM

            What about the Garifuna restaurant in the Bronx someone posted about recently?

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              HankyT RE: HankyT Oct 24, 2007 06:41 PM

              Here's the link:
              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/441856

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                squid kun RE: HankyT Oct 25, 2007 04:52 PM

                Unfortunately the tail end of that thread says the place closed earlier this month.

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              rosswords RE: avi Oct 24, 2007 06:49 PM

              I just thought someone should point out that "most unique" is grammatically nonsensical. Something is either unique (meaning "one of a kind") or not unique. There's no such thing as "more unique," "less unique," "sort of unique" or "pretty damn unique." What you really mean is "most distinctive," "most exotic" or "most unusual."

              That said, Uighur and Japanese/Nepalese and organ-meat and Garifuna restaurants sound pretty damn unusual, if not actually unique, to my ears.

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                Yaxpac RE: rosswords Oct 25, 2007 09:10 AM

                I would suggest Kabab Cafe in Astoria on Steinway and 25th street. He too has lots of Offal, "mountain oysters" ans such. They chef, Ali is a real treat too and it is like eating in his home. I highly recomment the lamb cheeks and tongue, melts in your mouth.

                oh yeah, it is Egyptian food.

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                  JFores RE: Yaxpac Oct 26, 2007 09:15 AM

                  Expect random and excessive prices to magically appear before your eyes though!

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                metrosexual RE: avi Oct 26, 2007 10:44 AM

                I would have to say the most unique ethnic restaurant would definitely have to be the Egyptian Kebab Cafe on Steinway Street in Astoria Queens. There's also a sister restaurant run by the brother of that place. They both serve cuisine at the cutting edge. You can order mountain oysters (testicles) with tongue. Yummy!

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                  HankyT RE: metrosexual Oct 26, 2007 12:01 PM

                  Why is it that "unique" and "parts of the animal I'd rather have nothing to do with" seem to go hand in hand? I'll take my unique without the fried gonads, if you please.

                2. hreisig RE: avi Oct 26, 2007 11:02 AM

                  My vote would go for Bukharian kosher places out in Forest Hills. Dishes like no where else in the world, with influences from Persia, western China, Russia, and who knows what else. My favorite is Zhemchuzhina, 64-47 108th St, btu I haven't been tot he others. The waitresses were jsut so sweet and made us all feel so welcome that we go back whenever we can. Check out the discussion:
                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/402928

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