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Best of the E/F Line?

I'm contemplating a return to New York as a part-time resident (after 45 years!) and have been focusing on the 7 line corridor due to good, cheap and diverse ethnic eats and bargain basement housing prices (in old Co-ops). However, I've been advised not to rule out the Rego Park-Kew Gardens corridor which apparently has the same attractions.

There was a great collaborative thread on "Best of the 7 Line" and I'd love to see something similar for the E/F line covering all stations in the whole corridor out to Jamaica (including the local stops on the G/R/V). I've seen a bit on "Registan" but in general this area hasn't gotten the same attention the 7 line corridor has. Anyone care to start?

For reference, the "Best of the 7 Line" thread is here:

http://www.chowhound.com/topics/367338

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  1. Let's see... starting from Brooklyn you've got Deback Malick on Fulton, The Islands is very close to that stop as well (Franklin Ave), Chao Thai in Elmhurst among about half a dozen other Indonesian, Malaysian and Thai places of extreme notoriety and quality. The Kew Gardens section goes close enough to the amazing Bukharan/Uzbek spots such as Cheburechnaya. Once you get to Jamaica proper, it's not a very long walk to 169th and Hillside which is one of the centers of Queens' massive Bangladeshi community. Eat at either Ghoroa or Sagar.

    1. I'll try to list a few off the top of my head. I'll limit it to Queens. otherwise I'll be writing pages on the Fujianese places near the East Broadway stop.

      21-Queensbridge Bulgara, and there's also a Bosnian hamburger place
      Steinway St -- Astoria, which is as gastronomically diverse as the empire of Alexander the Great (and covers much of the same territory, plus Mexico and Brazil). Greek: Zenon, Stamatis, Philoxenia (if it ever reopens) Egyptian: Al-Omda, Kebab, Mombar Brazilian: Malagueta, Favela And lots more

      46 St -- Ponticello

      Northern -- Sapori d'Ischia

      65 St - Sripraphai, Mina's, Renee's, Ihawan and many Filipino, Mexican, Irish, Salvadorian, etc

      74 St -- Deshi, Kababish, Kabab King, Sammy's food cart, Coatzingo, UFC, a million other Mexican, Indian, Colombian (including Pequena Colombia, Tierras Colombiana, Cosita Ricas)

      Elmhurst -- Chao Thai, Minangasli, High Pearl (Cantonese), Lin's (Taiwanese)

      Grand -- Tangra, lots of others but I'm reaching the limit of my territory.

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      1. re: Brian S

        Totally forgot the East Broadway stop! List away!

        1. re: JFores

          Not here, please. I'm trying to stick to Queens/Brooklyn in my compilations.

          HOWEVER, a list of East Broadway Fujianese places would be a GREAT thread for the Manhattan board. I don't think anyone has done that systematically.

          1. re: Xiao Yang

            I've posted about quite a few on the Manhattan board. One example, my favorite of those posts:
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/334386

        2. re: Brian S

          For Malagueta, I'd get off at 33rd st station;
          Elmhurst ave: Upi Jaya, Lao Bei Fan Dumpling house and many more
          Grand ave: East buffet
          63rd ave: Cheburechnaya, Ben's Best
          67th ave; Arzu (my personal fave and right on the block of the subway station), Knish knosh, Andre's
          71st ave - there are tons of posts on FH on this board
          75th ave - non-chow related, nevertheless deserves special mention - Emilio's ski shop - good deals, great trips and knowledgable and helpful staff
          Kew Gardens - I read on this board there are tons of Israeli restaurants

          1. re: welle

            Malagueta would be the 36th street stop on the R/V
            Don't forget Tacos Mexico at Steinway and Luna at 46th
            Sorriso at 46th (up 2 blocks to 30th ave)
            Stove at 46th (up 3 blocks to 28th ave)

            1. re: Astoria Lurker

              That's right - 36th st. stop, pardon my 7 train vernacular. I think there is also a new arepas cafe around there...

        3. ...and:

          Steinway: Cruz Mexican Products (oh, those gorditas)

          Steinway or 46th St.: Stari Most and Ukus (Bosnian); S. C. Rudar Sports Club (Istrian); Brasilianville Cafe.

          46th: Poodam's (new Issaan Thai on Broadway in a space where an awful Thai used to be); the New York Diner on Northern (above-average coffee shop)

          Northern Blvd.: Orange Hut (good, cheap greasy-spoon breakfasts)

          65th: Spicy Mina's (Bangladeshi), Sripaphai

          74th: Zabb Queens (Issan Thai), Burmese Cafe, Dosa Diner, various paan vendors, Indo-pak grocers and Indian sweet shops; Thai Son (serviceable Vietnamese); a couple of Korean and Korean-Chinese places I haven't tried.

          Elmhurst Av.: Various Chinese and Korean bakeries; Sugar Club (Thai snacks); a couple of Asian supermarkets

          Grand/Newtown: Another good stop for some of the same things as Elmhurst Av.; the Georgia Diner; another Chinese market; Also, a Target :)

          Woodhaven Av.: Not much chow I know of, but it's the best stop for the mall with a Macy's in it and you could walk to Grand/Newtown or Rego Park for a bite afterwards.

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          1. re: hatless

            Hatless, tell me more about Orange Hut - have always been curious about that place.

            1. re: welle

              I went to Orange Hut once and had a small burger. What I call bowling alley fare, though I often quite like those kind of burgers. What was funny was some guy coming in and asking for a sprite, the man behind the counter says "we don't have any cold cans" so the customer says "can I have a glass with ice" and the man behind the counter says "we don't have any ice". What kind of diner doesn't have ice?

              1. re: welle

                Old-school greasy-spoon, no more, no less. Two properly moist, fluffy scrambled eggs, competent hash browns, 4 slices of crisp cheap bacon, toast and coffee will set you back $4 including tax. Formica counters, 19 stools so they don't have to provide a restroom, a short-order cook who knows what he's doing and an old hand-painted menu board. Narrow selection of items, canned soda, and OJ in a carton.

                Nothing amazing, but a good surviving example of a dying breed.

            2. Youse guys is goin' great, thanks! I'll soon compile a station-by-station list of what you've given me so far for further review, correction and amplification, as was done in the case of the 7 line.

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              1. re: Xiao Yang

                If it is not too much trouble, maybe put how far the place is from the station, ie number of blocks. I look forward to seeing when you are done. Good luck on your move, too.

              2. I can add plenty but for now, registan is no more.