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Dec 27, 2007 09:54 PM

Little Neck

New to the area... Can anyone help ??

What is good Italian or just Pizza for that matter ???

How about Chinese take out ??

Anything really worth a visit ??? Any hidden surprises??

Anything else you can suggest is wonderful...

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  1. Northern Manor on Northern Blvd. for excellent and authentic Chinese food. Big fish tank, lots of Chinese families and dim sum on weekends.

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    1. re: EZ Pass

      - Steak- Peter Luger- as good as any
      - Northern Manor is solid- can't find my pan-fried noodles anywhere else
      - Nelson's Grill- love the Pineapple Chicken
      - Pizza/Basic Italian- Il Vesuvio on Bell Blvd (short drive)
      - Grilled Chicken Sandwiches at Jackson Hole (I don't love their burgers)
      - Kosher Deli- Ben's (Bay Terrace)

      Nearby Favorites
      Bakery- Stork's (Whitestone)
      Bagles- Utopia Bagels (Whitestone)
      Italian Deli- Tony's (Beechhurst)
      Mexican- El Coyote (Hillside & 179 off of the Grand Central)

      1. re: BigV

        I like:
        Deli King in Lake Success instead of Ben's
        Bruce's in Great Neck instead of Stork's
        Bagel Hut in Great Neck instead of Utopia Bagels

        You should try them all, I like the places Big V suggests, I'm just giving you the the places I like a little better.

        Head over to Bayside and try all the gyro places, Fontana, Gyro World,Gyro Corner, Kati Allo and Nikita's.

        As for the Indian places:
        Santoor for good food at the inexpensive buffet.
        Fiza Diner for very spicy food and very cheap prices in a dumpy environment.
        Nanking for excellent somewhat fusion type food,expensive but a great interior.
        Heritage for good traditional food, nice interior moderate prices.

        Best Lunch in the area is a Luger bacon cheeseburger, side of fries and an ice cold mug of Beck's.

          1. re: janie

            Bruce's at 34 Middleneck Road near the train station is still going strong. Bruzell's at 451 Middleneck Road closed.The Bruce's in Manhattan is still open, afaik.

            1. re: stuartlafonda

              I agree about Bruce's
              It's like a McDonalds with high prices

            2. re: janie

              Bruce's is still in GN, but it's a mystery to me why it's still there. I was there yesterday with some out of town friends who'd been told about it.

              As it has been in the past couple of years, the service was abominable. The cobb salad I ordered was most definitly NOT a cobb salad. It had terikyaki chicken slices on it. The waiter forgot the soup until after the entrees were delivered. Also, the bread/pastry plate ws smaller than it used to be, and the stuff was mostly stale.

              I wish I could say this was an isolated incident, but in my opinion, the place has plummeted in food and service quality. It's also overpriced.

              It was disappointing. For good deli, go to Deli King or Ben's.

              1. re: mar1lyn27

                In my post I suggested Bruce's instead of Stork's. If you are not familiar with Stork's, it is a bakery. I have not had a sit down meal at Bruce's in over a year but I buy baked goods from there on a regular basis. The challa( they make one in a square loaf form, perfect for french toast),onion rolls and pockets as well as the rye bread are excellent. Pastries, the fruit danish in particular, are also excellent. I should have been more specific about what to purchase at Bruce's, sorry you had a bad experience there.

                1. re: stuartlafonda

                  The bakery is still quite nice. I've shopped there many times.
                  The restaurant's quality has plummeted badly, both for food and service.

            3. re: stuartlafonda

              I have heard good things about Deli King...have to try it. Never heard of Bruce's...or Bagel Hut. If I am in the area I will try them. Any other tips for places in and around Bayside?

              1. re: BigV

                Ararat is a good spot to pick up fresh in house pita, french feta, inhouse made date cookies, coconut cookies, and excellent spinach triangles with mint and onion come in a bag for $6. They also have good selection of Armenian string cheeses that are hard to find..on the service road of the LIE just before the exit for springfield blvd...........they also have good spinach pie at $2.50 a slice on fri and sat...but go early because they always run out of it................I believe they are Lebanese/Armenian/French there.............

                I've gone to Deli King for many years, very good pastrami, stuffed cabbage, soups, french fries,,,,,,,,,,and good dinner specials...

                1. re: BigV

                  If you like Il Vesuvio you have to try their more upscale restaurant in Whitestone, Vesuvio. They do some fantastic pasta specials. It is of course on the same street as Cascon, maybe the best N.Y style cheescake in New York. Both are just a few blocks from Stork's. Cherry Valley on the opposite corner from Stork's does excellent sandwiches. Sevan is an Armenian restaurant on the LIE service road and Bell Blvd. It serves good meze and kabobs.It is comfortable, family run and friendly.They even have a small back garden. Enjoy!

                  1. re: stuartlafonda

                    Didn't Jim Leff talk about Sevan ages ago, first they had a bakery I think and then expanded next door, and there's a little Italian place on corner, right? I always meant to try Sevan and forgot about it. Do they have a website or menu online?

                    Haven't been to Il Vesuvio in about 2 years ---last time we went I don't remember it being so great anymore, and we had been going for awhile. Will try to get to the new place. By the way, have you been to the Sorriso's in Whitestone? Is it the same quality as the one in Astoria?

          2. If you cross over into Nassau County, there are a lot of places in Great Neck. Pancho's for Tex-Mex, Gino's for pizza, Ethos for Greek and a bunch of good sushi places. Wild Ginger and Elaine's are good for upscale Asian, although Northern Manor is certainly more authentic (I've never been). And, of course, Lugers.

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            1. re: LloydG

              LloydG! Get yourself to Northern Manor pronto!

              1. re: EZ Pass

                You're right EZ Pass, I need to get there soon. I always think of Northern Manor as a place for a weekend morning, but are they good for weekday lunches or dinners, and what would you recommend ordering during the week?


                1. re: LloydG

                  Pretty much anything I've had there has been great. The dungeness crab steamed on a bed of sausage-studded sticky rice is pretty awesome, as is the garlic crispy chicken (order a whole one and you get the head too!). I love the West Lake soup and there's another soup with Chinese greens and pork. There's a fried rice called triple-threat or double-pleasure or something that is the best fried rice I've ever had. They usually have snow-pea leaves and do them very well. Do report back!

            2. Nelson's Grill for excellent grilled chicken.

              1. Conti's for Italian and La Baraka for French/North African are the Little Neck places I frequent. Keep an eye on the board and you will be surprised how much good chow is within a very short drive. If you like Indian there are many good places just south of you on each side of the Queens/Nassau boarder. Heed Lloyd's wise advise, Luger's.

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                1. re: stuartlafonda

                  La Baraka is very good..Stay away from that chicken place next door to them

                2. The best pizza in the area is definitely Joe's on Marathon Parkway just South of the LIE.

                  Little Neck restaurants have changed so much recently it is hard to keep up, but Kebab House on Northern Blvd. is excellent for Greek/Turkish food, as is Greek Islands, also on Northern Blvd.

                  I personally do not care for Northern Manor. I really like good Dim Sum, and theirs is average. This may be heretical, but Harvest Buffet right over the city line in Great Neck, still on Northern Blvd has some really excellent dishes along with the ridiculous.


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