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I'm going out to the Hall of Science on Saturday. When I looked it up, I found it's in Flushing, 4701 111th St. Now this little field trip seems much more interesting to me! We'll have two kids with us, one will eat most anything, the other would certainly eat rice! Thanks for any help you can offer.

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  1. Easy call, Leo Latticini on 104 street and 46 th ave. On Saturday they are only open 'till 5:00 p.m. It is a short walk if you do not have a car.If you do have a car, don't forget to hit Lemon Ice King if you don't get dessert at Leo's. If you have a car and want a full Italian meal try Parkside for a good old fashioned "red sauce" meal. Of course all the usual Flushing Asian places are nearby but not within walking distance, you would have to hop on the 7 one stop.

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    1. re: stuartlafonda

      As far as I know, there is no place to sit at Leo's, which is a fabulous Italian deli. Definitely worth it to get heroes and take home, if you are thinking of that. Check out the fresh pasta store next door, run by the same family. That's an easy lunch or dinner on Sunday.

      Guess it depends on your transportation situation, timing, budget and palate...

      As to Parkside, it may be too late to get a reservation for this Saturday.

      If you do go to Flushing, poke your head into the Hong Kong Market, a supermarket on 37th Avenue and Main Street. They have a bunch of different kinds of Asian noodles and buns, fresh and frozen and all sorts of frozen duplings that can be fun for snacks. Also interesting produce. I am sure that others who post will have other Flushing suggestions, but I always love to pick up some "different" stuff here.

      1. re: Shayna Madel

        I'd personally toss Chengdu Heaven out, but it's a hassle if you're not prepared. That would sure as hell be a cultural experience for the kids though. "Mommy, why are you trying to order in Chinese?"

        1. re: Shayna Madel

          A couple of doors down from Leo's deli is their pastry shop with a large seating capacity. They encourage people to take the sandwich over there to relax and eat and no doubt in the hope you will also order dessert and coffee.

          1. re: stuartlafonda

            Didn't think of that, but not surprising. Those sweet women sure have the gift for business.

      2. Hi Pat,
        The Hall of Science is hard by the side of the Grand Central Parkway on the western fringe of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. (across the highway from the Tennis Center).
        You'll have to get back on the #7 train or drive over to downtown Flushing to hit one of those places (S & T, Sentosa, Joe's Shanghai, etc.). We tried the newly reopened Green Papaya on Prince Street last weekend and the roti canai is better than ever. They are even putting TWO pieces of chicken in the little bowl of curry broth!
        How about Parkside for some Italian?
        Leo's for a sandwich?
        Regards,
        John K.

        1. Empanadas del parque (empanadascafe.com) is quite close to the Hall of Science. It has a couple of tables, if you have to eat in. It's not quite a real meal, but they are really good and make a nice lunch.

          1. If you have to stay in Corona, then go to Parkside. Solid red sauce. Honestly though, I see no reason to not go to Jackson Heights or Flushing from there. In JH (probably the closer choice) you could have amazing meals at Taqueria Coatzingo (probably the best Mexican in NY) or Rincon Criollo (excellent Cuban, but ONLY and I mean ONLY get the daily specials.) You can also have a lot of fun with the cart food over there. If you went to Flushing then Little Pepper is a great option with less parking trouble than places on Main. That would fill the rice request.

            1. Oh yeah, Chao Thai, Zabb Thai and Srip (the triumvirate of happiness) are all quite close too!

              1. Nothing to add to the food recs below, except to suggest that the lemon ice is the best flavor of all the ices at the Lemon Ice King if ices in snow are a possibility, but just wanted to remind people that you can't "jump on the 7" for the next month on weekends since it's not running!

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                1. re: The Turtle Bay Dove

                  Totally forgot that! Lemon Ice King has great ices and the jelly apples are awesome. I've been frequenting that place since I was about 3 and my mother has been since she was a kid too! Coconut covered jelly apples!

                  Corona Pizza across the street used to be VERY good. I don't know how they are now. They used to have a solid square slice.

                  1. re: The Turtle Bay Dove

                    Apparently the 7 is not totally knocked out for the next two weekends--some sort of change in the construction plans. Maybe on the MTA website there is information.

                    I forgot about the jelly apples at Lemon Ice King--do they carry them all winter long? I like the watermelon ice. Sometimes there are bits of watermelon and occasionally even a seed or two!

                    1. re: Shayna Madel

                      Yeah all winter

                      1. re: JFores

                        Thank you all so much for these great tips. I'm sure they'll sustain me way beyond this proposed little excursion. The little child was diagnosed with strep today, so I'm sure we'll have to postpone. But the first good, healthy weekend, we'll go. No problem about the #7, as we'll be driving. You've been so generous with your time, and I thank you again! Leo's sounds very appealing, and eating at the pastry shop. Will let you know what we do, when we do it. Pat

                  2. Since this is my hood let me add some wisdom. Unfortunately your best bet CHPS (Corona Heights Pork Store) is no more! Forget what you've heard this place blew Mama Leos outta the water. Their heroes were second to none. Leo's gets much hype but truth be told I feel they are very overrated. Its decent but nowhere near the hype. CHPS had better bread, fresh mozzarell, and meat. Corona Pizza has been going downhill for a long time now. Dont bother. Empanadas del parque are good and their coffee is excellent. In this area your better off getting some authentic Peruvian or Colombian cusine. There are numerous places to go. Many dominican spots if thats your thing as well.

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                    1. re: fcara

                      With all due respect to your wisdom I disagree.CHPS and Leo's satisfied two different needs. For a hot hero such as veal,chicken or meatball parm CHPS was nearly perfect. Marie would pan fry the breaded veal when you ordered it and it was an awesome sandwich. Leo's on the other hand is the place to go for roast pork or a hot turkey with fresh mozz or great cold deli meat sandwiches. I miss the hot heroes from CHPS but Leo's is great in its own right.

                      1. re: stuartlafonda

                        And Mama is so charming!

                      2. re: fcara

                        While it may be blasphemous to mention, the roast pork sandwich I had once at Mama's was actually pretty dry. Sure, it was tasty, but I was really wishing for much more gravy to add much needed moisture. I chalked it up to bad luck, and the fact that nothing is perfect all the time. I've found the mozzarella to be good, but not on the level of what you can get in East Williamsburg.

                        1. re: fcara

                          I am not far away in rego park. Could you make some specific recommendations re the peruvian, colombian and dominican places you mention. Thanks.

                          1. re: Val55

                            The area is basically Ecuadorian and Mexican so as far as pure Colombian you've only got two empanada places and all the bakeries. I think there are a couple of Dominican places and Peruvian stuff is becoming more common. For Ecuadorian, there's loads of stuff like the suckling pig cart on Roosevelt near Junction, the guinea pig cart in the park, a few ceviche carts, etc. Mexican has its own awesome collection of carts and Taqueria Coatzingo. Pollo Gus on Roosevelt, while being a bit dressed up for the area (and playing some annoying frigin music complete with huge screen) does great weekend stews.

                        2. We had our field trip today, and between raindrops, it was a perfect day. After the Hall of Science, we set off for the Lemon Ice King of Corona, as an appetizer before lunch. We'd never been, and it was too close to pass up. With the new GPS revved up, we figured we'd test it by going to Sripraphai for lunch. We arrived just before the crowd that shortly followed. The kids had rice and a special that was a delicious version of "chicken nuggets". We had chicken soup (with galanga, coconut milk, and mushrooms, the lovely crisp watercress salad, and the ground pork with ginger, chili, and lime juice. The kids want to go back, and so do we. Next time, Leo's Deli, for sure!