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VinSin Dec 27, 2007 09:54 PM

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...
Thanks,
Vin

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    astoriafoodie Jan 16, 2008 03:30 PM

    What about that phenomenal Turkish place? I hope it is still open.

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      Strudel Jan 12, 2008 10:57 AM

      We like Aunt Bella's Italian food on Marathon Parkway, (46-19 Marathon-718-225-4700-Litttle Neck) just north of Northern Blvd. It looks like it is the bottom of a house as it is residential around there. It has a few tables and the best red sauce around. You get huge portions (we usually get 2 meals from each order) and we think it tastes just like Mama used to make.

      Another place we like is the Inn on Northern Blvd & 201st Street. It is American fare, the portions are also large and the prices are very reasonable. We have always had a good meal there....burgers, pork chops, steak, ribs, their sauerbraten special and great lobster bisque on Friday nights. It is very friendly and new comers can fit right in eating at the bar; there also are plenty of tables too. Their drinks are not bad either.

      By the way....welcome to the neighborhood!

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        Scribbler Jan 3, 2008 09:55 AM

        We like Manny's Grill for Cuban food; Union Turnpike, just east of Little Neck, south side of the street.

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          janie Jan 3, 2008 12:34 PM

          Put me on the do not like Manny's Grill...he's a nice guy, but that ain't no palomilla steak,,,it was more like soy sauce steak---and the cuban chicken steak suffered the same mediocre and far from cuban miami style rendition..and the maduras were spongy and bland..gave it a try, but it's not CUBAN FOOD not in a Rincon Criollo way, nor in the most banal places in Miami, and this is coming from a Miami girl..

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          intrepid Dec 29, 2007 04:51 AM

          pizza, in same shopping center at mazurs's little neck pkay/ just north of 495

          1. monalisawoman Dec 29, 2007 04:39 AM

            Mexican: Tequilas on Bell Blvd.
            Japanese: Akiyama in Whitestone
            Diner: Seven Seas in Great Neck, Bayside Diner in Bayside.
            Thai: Erwan on Bell Blvd.
            Greek Bakery: Oasis on Northern blvd.

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              Bigbird Dec 29, 2007 05:08 PM

              Seven Seas has to be one of the worst diners around. Please go to Scobee instead. Almost every time I have been at Seven Seas I have gotten an extra bonus in my food - a cigarette butt in my salad, a wad of napkin in my tuna fish scoop, etc. I realize I am not paying for these goodies - they come for free - but I don't think I really need them in my food.

              Alice

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                monalisawoman Dec 29, 2007 06:03 PM

                seriously!!?? I have never had a bad meal there. On the other hand, i have seen Scobee go downhill in the past 15 years.

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                irishnyc Jan 15, 2008 05:44 AM

                Tequila for Mexican? Bleh. The food is decent, but doesn't satisfy a craving for Mexican.

                For Mexican I second the rec for Pancho's in Great Neck. It's more Tex-Mex style, but we've been going there for years and years and love it.

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                  monalisawoman Jan 15, 2008 06:18 AM

                  i agree it's not great, with one exception...i LOVE their fresh guacamole. Pancho's is ok, but if you go a little further east, Besito in Roslyn is much better, & so is Green Cactus for take-out. Especially their spicy fish tacos.

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                    the queen Jan 15, 2008 06:21 AM

                    Pancho's is ok if you like a place full of noisy kids

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                      irishnyc Jan 16, 2008 04:14 AM

                      That's very true about Pancho's, unfortunately. I'll have to try Besito.

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                        LloydG Jan 17, 2008 10:37 AM

                        I go to Pancho's all the time (it's my kids' favorite restaurant, although they're at least past the noisy stage) and I tried Besito a few months ago. In my opinion they're apples and oranges. Pancho's is above-average tex-mex, and is consistent (it's been there for at least 16 years, with not much change in the menu), so it's a good standby for a quick dinner. Besito is upscale, expensive Mexican food. It's absolutely delicious, but a completely different meal. I think it's more of an occasion restaurant, but absolutely worth trying.

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                          stuartlafonda Jan 17, 2008 11:17 AM

                          Yes, apples and oranges. Although I did not like the food at Besito as much as you did, it aspires to serve high end ingredients artfully presented, priced accordingly. Besito is about the food. I would not take my young children there. My daughter loves the fajitas at Pancho's and my son loves the cup of ice cream he gets for dessert. My favorite thing about Pancho's is that they play a lot of Dead.

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                            monalisawoman Jan 17, 2008 11:27 AM

                            Stuart, if you like hearing The Dead whilst dining on the North Shore, you should try Rock N Saki. Especially tonight, they have a Dead cover band starting at 8:30. I have also heard much Dead while dining at The Sea Cliff Coffee & Sushi Company. I'm pretty sure there were Dead posters on the wall.

                2. Bigbird Dec 28, 2007 08:06 PM

                  Bagels - The best bagels are at Bagelman - (much better than Bagel Hut). Make a left off Northern Blvd at Great Neck Rd and it is in the shopping center where H-Mart is coming in.

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                    mar1lyn27 Jan 14, 2008 09:35 AM

                    Bigbird, have you noticed any changes at Bagelman? I mean, the original owner (Morty?), sold the biz to asians. The quality seems not so great anymore; I've had bagel with tuna, salmon, egg salad.....seems to me much less in a serving since the change.
                    Just wondering if you've noticed.

                    I second whoever praised Bagel Hut; the place is very good. I also think Bagel Mentsch is excellent, and there's plenty of seating.

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                      stuartlafonda Jan 14, 2008 09:56 AM

                      'twas I that suggested Bagel Hut. After all this chatter I went to Bagelman to see if things were better. In my opinion, Bagelman makes a larger,softer bagel which is fine for many but not my style. I noticed that the place is very much a sandwich shop. That would make sense as their bagel is better suited to being used as a sandwich then the one made at Bagel Hut. I was surprised at the lack of concearn of the counterman to my request for a well done onion bagel as he just grabbed any onion bagel from the basket as he talked to another worker. The bagel was not well done. Bagelman would be my choice only if I wanted a sandwich, otherwise I will stick with Bagel Hut.

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                        Bigbird Jan 15, 2008 06:00 PM

                        I do agree in part. I preferred the bagels before the change of ownership, but I still adore the egg-everything, and the pumpernickel bagels are the only true dark pumpernickel in the area. Whitefish salad is excellent. AND you can park, and they are fast; I generally stop on my way out of town, and both parking and speed are big issues. And no one can touch their pumpernickel or egg everything.

                        Alice

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                          LloydG Jan 17, 2008 10:33 AM

                          I think that Bagelman has actually improved under the new owners, although it took a while. I only get bagels there to either eat in the car or at home, so I haven't ordered the items you mentioned. Their egg-onion and egg-everything are great. I like bagel hut too, just not as much. Bagel Mentch is good, but the staff there are so incompetent that I usually avoid them, even though I can walk there from my house.

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                        Little Neck Clam Dec 28, 2007 12:33 PM

                        I'll second the recommendations for Conti's, La Baraka and Nelson's Grill. I also like Kebab House in that area. Sushi and Family is a good place for rolls. Going a little south to Glen Oaks, you have some nice Indian restaurants on Union Tpke and Hillside Avenue. Santoor is a favorite. For pizza, either Centre's on Horace Harding at Little Neck Pkwy or Joe's Place II on Marathon and Horace Harding are both very good.

                        1. Bigbird Dec 28, 2007 12:30 PM

                          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.

                          Alice

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                            the queen Jan 17, 2008 11:12 AM

                            Nelson's Grill i's yucky

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                            stuartlafonda Dec 28, 2007 12:23 PM

                            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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                              the queen Jan 14, 2008 04:22 PM

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

                            2. janie Dec 28, 2007 12:18 PM

                              Nelson's Grill for excellent grilled chicken.

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                                LloydG Dec 28, 2007 09:47 AM

                                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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                                  EZ Pass Dec 28, 2007 11:27 AM

                                  LloydG! Get yourself to Northern Manor pronto!

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                                    LloydG Jan 3, 2008 06:27 AM

                                    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?

                                    Thanks.

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                                      EZ Pass Jan 3, 2008 11:44 AM

                                      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!

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                                  EZ Pass Dec 28, 2007 05:07 AM

                                  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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                                    BigV Dec 28, 2007 01:47 PM

                                    - 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)

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                                      stuartlafonda Dec 28, 2007 03:25 PM

                                      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.

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                                        janie Dec 28, 2007 04:01 PM

                                        I heard Bruce's is gone...

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                                          stuartlafonda Dec 28, 2007 05:17 PM

                                          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.

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                                            the queen Jan 14, 2008 04:21 PM

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

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                                            mar1lyn27 Dec 29, 2007 06:11 PM

                                            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.

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                                              stuartlafonda Dec 29, 2007 07:41 PM

                                              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.

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                                                mar1lyn27 Dec 30, 2007 07:17 PM

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

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                                            BigV Dec 28, 2007 07:32 PM

                                            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?

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                                              janie Dec 28, 2007 07:47 PM

                                              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...

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                                                stuartlafonda Dec 28, 2007 08:01 PM

                                                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!

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                                                  janie Dec 28, 2007 08:23 PM

                                                  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?

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                                                    Polecat Dec 29, 2007 02:40 AM

                                                    http://www.bridgeandtunnelclub.com/bi...

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