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eateryrow Feb 14, 2008 05:18 PM

Since I write a restaurant blog, I thought it might be a good idea to skip the Zagat numbers and Yelp, et al. stars and just ask: What are the top five restaurants in your neighborhood within ten average walking blocks from your front door? If you cab it, it's too far.

  1. monikamost Nov 5, 2009 03:33 PM

    I'm in Greenpoint! My top 5 places to walk to in GRNPNT are:
    Sappuro Haru
    Lamb and Jaffy's
    Greenpoint Coffee House
    Amarin Cafe

    1. eateryrow Feb 25, 2009 11:57 AM

      Wow, so many responses. Nearly double the Manhattan one. I have a solid page of notes to look places up and try to schedule in some eatin' time.

      And I guess I should include my neighborhood. Forest Hills, 10 blocks, no particular order.
      Thai Pot, Nicks, Sushi Yasu, Q, Bangkok Cuisine. It's Thai heavy, but whatcha gonna do? FH has a lot of 'em near me.

      Pahal Zan would be in there, but it's removed from the shackles of having any tables. Danny Brown and Dee's are out of range. Jade has great atmosphere, but they can't beat the one's I've mentioned foodwise.

      Still have to get to PJs and Il Poeta and Aged and MoCA.

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        Westminstress Jan 9, 2009 02:20 PM

        Top 5 in Ditmas Park:

        Di Fara
        Farm on Adderley
        Pomme de Terre
        Cafe Tibet

        Hey, that's a pretty good list!

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        1. re: Westminstress
          Steve R Feb 25, 2009 12:20 PM

          Not bad, but dont think that you can so easily get away with claiming that DiFara's is in Ditmas Park. I admit to liking Pakiza, although I dont think it's great... have you tried most of the others on Coney Island Ave &, if so, is it really the best of the bunch? A bunch of us did go to Cafe Tibet and, although it was verrrrry inexpensive, I didnt much like the cooking. Only one chickpea dish really stood out.... the rest was ehhh. Didnt you forget the falaffel place near you on CIA?

          1. re: Steve R
            bobjbkln Feb 25, 2009 07:39 PM

            Have to somewhat disagree about Café Tibet. We ate there recently and thought that, while not memorable (except for the delicious momos, I don't remember what we ordered), the food was pretty good . We certainly will return, although it is definitely not within our 10 block range.

            1. re: Steve R
              Westminstress May 29, 2010 04:11 PM

              Hi Steve R, sorry I missed your post! Here's my response 1.5 years later ...

              I have been to most if not all of the Pakistani places near me along CIA and my preference is for Pakiza. A lot of folks in the neighborhood like Madina the best, but I think they haven't tried Pakiza. Let me know if you want any specific recs as to what to order.

              I still really like Cafe Tibet, but not everything on the menu is great. I mostly stick with the momos and sha baklap and noodle soups. Of the veggies in the case, my favorites are the chickpeas, mustard greens (with hot sauce!) and radish.

              I didn't forget the falafel place near me ... Famous Pita on Ditmas and CIA. Really excellent falafel (just didn't make my top 5). I also like Gyro King at CIA and Foster -- if you like to visit a halal street cart now and then, you should check out this place. Same general idea, executed 1000 times better.

              Sadly, Pomme de Terre has closed since I posted my top 5. However, we have a bunch of great new places including Mimi's Hummus, Purple Yam, and Costello Plan, all of which have good, interesting food. Ditmas Park is a great neighborhood for chowhounds!

              And DiFara's is within a 10 block radius. Though I rarely go there anymore because of the crowds.

              1032 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11230

              563 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11218

              Gyro King
              1017 Foster Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11230

              Purple Yam
              1314 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11226

              Mimi's Hummus
              1209 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11218

              Famous Pita
              1001 Newkirk Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11230

              1. re: Westminstress
                Steve R May 30, 2010 07:43 AM

                Thanks for the response (a little late, but what the hell). I have to get to Purple Yam... on my short list for almost a year now (well, since they opened). I've also not been back to Pakiza or Cafe Tibet. I guess I'm just ignoring the neighborhood and going to MIDWOOD, where DiFara's is! My ex-wife grew up in that colorful house on the corner of Rugby and Dorchester and, since we met in High School, several of the neighborhood houses are past homes to my old friends. Very nice and I'm glad to see that some interesting restaurants are now around.

                1032 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11230

                Purple Yam
                1314 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11226

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            phuh3 Jan 9, 2009 12:42 PM

            my 5 in prospect heights:
            1. cheryls
            2. Islands
            3. Geido
            4. Moim
            5. Chilies and chocolates

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            1. re: phuh3
              Claire Jan 9, 2009 05:18 PM

              Moim and Chiles and Chocolate are in Park Slope.

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              comestible Jan 1, 2009 06:36 PM

              "Within ten blocks" is a tough criterion on Staten Island. You might not find 5 restaurants of any kind within ten blocks.

              Nonetheless, here's my list for the area I live in, Stapleton. Listed by distance, closest first. The last two may be beyond 10 blocks, but walkable (blocks are irregular here, anyway)..

              Vida (eclectic)
              Dosa Garden (Indian)
              Sanrasa (Sri Lankan)
              The Polish Place
              Enoteca Maria (Italian)

              1. hatless Apr 7, 2008 06:44 AM

                46th St. area of Astoria, d/b/a The Astoria-Woodside-Sunnyside Borderlands:

                - Cruz Mexican Deli (41st St. just off Broadway)
                - Poodam's Thai
                - Cevabdzinica Stari Most (42nd St. off 30th Av.)
                - Rizzo's Pizza
                - Brasilianville Cafe (34th Av. near 43rd St.)

                Bonus section:
                - Dos Banderas (48th St. off Broadway)
                - New York Diner (Northern Blvd.)
                - Pollos a la Brasa Mario
                - The halal cart on the NW corner of 34th Av. and Steinway
                - The souvlaki cart at the SW corner of 31st Av. and Steinway

                Though frankly, we don't consider cabbing it until it's over 25 blocks, ill-served by mass transit and the weather is really bad.

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                1. re: hatless
                  eateryrow Apr 8, 2008 01:47 PM

                  You, sir, are a true New Yorker.

                2. elbev Mar 25, 2008 11:11 PM

                  Spicy Mina
                  La Flor
                  Sapori d'Ischia

                  take-out bonus:
                  Tamale Cart
                  Peking BBQ
                  Thai Malay Cafe

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                    round2 Mar 24, 2008 07:41 AM

                    Tratorrio L'Incontro
                    Michael Angelo's II
                    Balkh Shish Kabab House
                    Wave Thai
                    + 2 bakeries: St. Honore, and Artopolis

                    further afield in Astoria: Walima (great Moroccan), Kebab Cafe, Ovelia

                    1. welle Mar 12, 2008 09:44 AM

                      I'm in Woodside, half a block away from Sripraphai. Since the usual "10 blocks" measurement is not a good comparative factor when it comes to irregular Queens streets, I'm using "10 min walk measurement". Here it goes - 10 min walk east puts me in Jackson Heights; 10 minutes west put me in Sunnyside and 10 min SE put me in Elmhurst. And that's not counting Woodside restaurants. Nuff said..

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                      1. re: welle
                        NAtiveNewYorker Mar 12, 2008 11:04 AM

                        How about some restaurant suggestions?

                        1. re: NAtiveNewYorker
                          HankyT Mar 12, 2008 02:55 PM

                          South Slope (in vaguely geographic order -- a U shaped saunter):
                          Tacos Nuevo Mexico
                          That new Bay Ridge Pizza Joint
                          Beer Table
                          Dram Shop

                          Plus I'd start at Jubilat to pick up one of their smokies (what we call em in Cleveland) as a little forschpeiss to fuel stroll.

                          1. re: NAtiveNewYorker
                            welle Mar 13, 2008 09:41 AM

                            my personal top 5:
                            Sapori D'Ischia
                            Donovan's Pub
                            Mangal Kebab
                            Lao Bei fan noodle house

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                          Stuartmc910 Feb 21, 2008 05:34 AM

                          I live on Roosevelt Island. There isn't 5 restaurants within a 10 block area. No, Astoria is MORE than 10 blocks!

                          A Romanian Restuarant opened on 36th Avenue and Vernon Blvd., within the 10 block criteria. We dined there last night. My meal was OK, my wife's was so-so. Not a place I'd highly recommend. The only saving grace was it's BYOB for now. Caveat: They do not accept CCs. A Japanese Restaurant is scheduled to open on RI shortly. Politically incorrect, but I guess that's our great yellow hope.

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                            ginsbera Feb 20, 2008 11:13 AM

                            1. Al Di La
                            2. Flatbush Farm
                            3. Garden Cafe
                            4. Amorina Cucina Rustica
                            5. Melt
                            6. Beast
                            7. Convivium Osteria
                            8. Miriam
                            9. Franny's
                            10. Alchemy

                            All within 10 blocks of my apartment in Prospect Heights. Pretty proud of that.

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                              skooldya1 Feb 20, 2008 10:03 AM

                              I'm in Bayside

                              Mickey's Place (sushi)
                              Bonne Saison (Thai and French)
                              Erawan (Thai)
                              Il Vesuvio (Italian/pizzeria)
                              Toss up between the Little Greek Tavern and Cascarino's

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                              1. re: skooldya1
                                skooldya1 Feb 20, 2008 07:46 PM

                                yo im an idiot, instead of little greek tavern or cascarino's, i am putting uncle jack's...i totally forgot it was there lol

                                1. re: skooldya1
                                  eateryrow Feb 24, 2008 09:52 AM

                                  Uncle Jack's on the list

                                2. re: skooldya1
                                  eateryrow Feb 24, 2008 09:52 AM

                                  Bonne Saison sounds interesting. Do they blend them or serve the two cuisines side by side?

                                  1. re: eateryrow
                                    skooldya1 Mar 7, 2008 02:22 PM

                                    hey sorry it took me so long to reply...they have a thai menu and a french menu, with dishes one may find at a brasserie...the head chefs/owners are husband and wife...one is an acclaimed thai chef, the other is a veteran french chef...both menus are excellent and authentic

                                    1. re: skooldya1
                                      kenito799 Apr 14, 2008 07:06 AM

                                      We are about to move to Bayside, thanks for the suggestions...
                                      I have not tried many places but will add Wish Ne Cafe (on Bell Blvd, used to have a different name), delicious Turkish food, unfortunately it has been empty every time we go...try them!

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                                  irishnyc Feb 19, 2008 05:20 PM

                                  North Flushing.... nothing.

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                                  1. re: irishnyc
                                    eateryrow Feb 19, 2008 07:44 PM


                                  2. oolah Feb 18, 2008 07:17 PM

                                    Only 5? I can easily name 10 places I go to regularly within 10 blocks! OK stalkers -- see if you can guess where I live.

                                    In order of best-est-ness
                                    1) Lucali
                                    2) Saul
                                    3) Hanco
                                    4) Petite Crevette
                                    5) Chestnut (esp on Tue & Wed)
                                    6) Frankie's
                                    7) Hibino
                                    8) Bocca Lupo (mostly for the PLT)
                                    9) Waterfalls (mmm Baba Ghanoush)
                                    10) Black Mountain (more wine than food)

                                    Bonus: Pit Stop

                                    Thanks for this post. I'm always complaining about how there's no good Indian or Mexican right around here, but putting this list together made me realize how lucky I am to have so many delicious places of other stripes.

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                                    1. re: oolah
                                      brooklynr Feb 19, 2008 12:42 PM

                                      My guess: Strong Place, closer to Kane.

                                      1. re: brooklynr
                                        oolah Feb 20, 2008 07:03 AM

                                        Ha! I didn't think I *really* had any stalkers. Looks like I'm going to need that restraining order after all :)

                                        1. re: oolah
                                          wanderluster Feb 20, 2008 08:31 AM

                                          oolah, we're neighbors with similar tastes.
                                          I'd add the Chip Shop. Love that Grannie's mac.

                                      2. re: oolah
                                        Carol Gardens Apr 6, 2008 02:52 PM

                                        Just some desserts to go with that: Chocolate-covered graham crackers from Sweet Melissa, those cookies with the hazelnuts from Cammerreri, rugulach from Margaret Palca bakes.

                                      3. NYJewboy Feb 18, 2008 06:11 PM

                                        I will rate them on a scale of 1 (lowest) -10 (highest)

                                        1. Henry's End -8
                                        2. Noodle Pudding -8
                                        3. Grimaldi's Pizza (8 years ago) -5
                                        4. Five Front -3
                                        5. River Cafe -6

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                                        1. re: NYJewboy
                                          brooklyn1966 Feb 20, 2008 07:44 PM

                                          An alternative rating of 5 N. Heights restaurants:

                                          1. Henry's End -5
                                          2. Noodle Pudding -4
                                          3. Grimaldi's Pizza -9 (take out only, don't bother battling the tourists)
                                          4. Five Front -8
                                          5. River Cafe -10

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                                          seb Feb 17, 2008 11:05 AM

                                          Boerum Hill 10 blocks:
                                          Saul (the special event place)
                                          everyday places:
                                          Bedouin Tent
                                          Caserta Vecchia
                                          Szechuan Garden

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                                            AimeeD Feb 17, 2008 08:22 AM

                                            Within 10 blocks from my door In Park Slope:
                                            -Al di la
                                            -Brooklyn Fish Camp
                                            -Blue Ribbon Sushi Brooklyn or Taro Sushi
                                            -Grand Canyon (for the burgers)

                                            1. Astoria Lurker Feb 17, 2008 07:37 AM


                                              Bella Via
                                              La Vuelta
                                              Lucky Mojo

                                              1. jillysp Feb 16, 2008 01:17 PM

                                                In Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, there are more good restaurants than I can keep up with. I had to cut some good ones to get to this list:

                                                Karam (4th Avenue at 86th Street) - best Lebanese in the city!
                                                Grand Sichuan House (5th Avenue at 87th Street) - amazing spicy Chinese
                                                Brooklyn Bagel Cafe (5th Avenue at 87th Street) - new great bagel shop
                                                Kettle Black (3rd Avenue at 87th Street) - terrific wings and bar fare
                                                Austin's Steak House (5th Avenue at 89th Street) - for steaks, lobster, salads, and soups

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                                                1. re: jillysp
                                                  dorilou Apr 7, 2008 07:47 AM

                                                  my top 5 in bay ridge...

                                                  kettle black (burgers, wings, etc)
                                                  Papa's (red sauce Italian)
                                                  Trattoria on 4th and 88th
                                                  on the SE corner of 86th and 4th is a great Greek place...Plaka Taverna...something like that...delicious

                                                  1. re: jillysp
                                                    Kitchop Apr 18, 2008 03:55 PM

                                                    What about Tuscany Grill? Elia? La Maison de Couscous? Tanoreen? How good IS Brooklyn Bagel Cafe? ;-)

                                                    1. re: Kitchop
                                                      jillysp Feb 2, 2009 11:31 AM

                                                      Tanoreen wasn't within 10 blocks of where I lived in the Ridge, but it likely would've made the list had it been. For the value, I still think Karam is better.

                                                      Tuscany Grill wasn't great when I visited -- really mediocre and they served scotch in aperitif glasses (which my boyfriend promptly knocked over and soaked the tablecloth). Needless to say, the whole meal smelled of scotch since they didn't change the tablecloth.

                                                      I tried Elia during Brooklyn restaurant week last year and was quite pleasantly surprised. I think I'd have to go again when it wasn't a special menu to judge, but I do remember the standard appetizers being TOP NOTCH (amazing hummus / ghanoush) and the desserts being great. Believe I had a Greek yogurt and fresh fruit plate that was fabulous.

                                                      I thought the bagels at Brooklyn Bagel were better than another other place around -- certainly a much better option than the Dunkin Donuts chains that keep popping up all over the Ridge.

                                                    2. re: jillysp
                                                      MellieGal Dec 31, 2008 04:27 PM

                                                      What about Tanoreen?

                                                    3. timmernyc Feb 16, 2008 07:20 AM

                                                      I am in Sunnyside, and to comply with your 10 block limit I will place my front door at 48th Street and Greenpoint Ave. so that I can include all 5 fav's.

                                                      De Mole - 45 St & 48th Ave.
                                                      Tangra Asian Fusion - Queens Blvd & 39th Pl.
                                                      La Flor - Greenpoint Ave & 53rd St.
                                                      Donovan's Pub - Greenpoint Ave & 58th St.
                                                      Pio Pio Rico - Greenpoint Ave & 46 St.

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                                                      1. re: timmernyc
                                                        JFores Feb 16, 2008 12:09 PM


                                                        1. re: timmernyc
                                                          sean f Feb 18, 2008 04:48 PM

                                                          my alltime favorite for irish gets no better no where in the country than DONOVAN'S i totally agree.

                                                          1. re: timmernyc
                                                            mepm231 Feb 20, 2008 10:14 AM

                                                            Do you mean Roosevelt Ave?

                                                            1. re: mepm231
                                                              timmernyc Feb 20, 2008 03:26 PM

                                                              My bad ... of course Roosevelt! Greenpoint turns into Roosevelt at 48 - 49th St.

                                                            2. re: timmernyc
                                                              monalisawoman Feb 28, 2008 01:03 PM

                                                              What about Natural Tofu on QB & 40th??

                                                              1. re: monalisawoman
                                                                nater144 May 7, 2008 09:32 AM

                                                                Natural Tofu is fantastic! Haven't been to La Flor or Pio Pio so can't say whether it should knock either out of the top 5, but NT is killer and, in my experience, somewhat unique.

                                                              2. re: timmernyc
                                                                zemilideias Jan 9, 2009 11:54 AM

                                                                great list, timmernyc, but I can't imagine how Pio Pio Riko got on there...that place has nasty old ceviches, dryed up tamales, but good lombo. I wouldnt go there if you want peruvian...go over to JH for that

                                                              3. Psychobabble Feb 15, 2008 05:52 PM

                                                                OK, I'll bite...

                                                                North Brooklyn Heights Top Five within "ten blocks" (this includes DUMBO, of course).

                                                                River Cafe
                                                                Henry's End
                                                                Petit Marche
                                                                Grimaldi's (I'm constrained to say)

                                                                Wild card would be Five Front

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                                                                1. re: Psychobabble
                                                                  Kwonton Feb 15, 2008 06:25 PM


                                                                  Il Passatore
                                                                  Noodle Studio

                                                                  1. re: Psychobabble
                                                                    Claire Feb 16, 2008 05:26 AM

                                                                    You prefer Superfine to Five Front?

                                                                    1. re: Psychobabble
                                                                      eateryrow Feb 16, 2008 06:47 AM

                                                                      I've been to Five Front and really liked it. Henry's End I'd like to try.

                                                                      1. re: Psychobabble
                                                                        Nancy816 Feb 17, 2008 07:32 AM

                                                                        Ok, well I've got South Brooklyn Heights. Fyi doesn't actually include much:
                                                                        1. Fatoosh Cafe
                                                                        2. Atlantic Chipshop
                                                                        3. Cafe on Clinton
                                                                        4. Tazzo
                                                                        5. Teresa's

                                                                        1. re: Psychobabble
                                                                          ToastMaster Jan 2, 2009 03:58 PM

                                                                          Jack the Horse Tavern! Great "comfort" food and fantastic old school cocktails. Great braised short ribs and amazing mac n cheese.

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                                                                          David B Feb 15, 2008 01:07 PM

                                                                          I'm in the heart of Carroll Gardens so within 10 blocks are:

                                                                          The Grocery
                                                                          Frankie's 457
                                                                          Ferdinando's Focacceria

                                                                          The 10 block rule just barely knocks out a few of my other favs which are certainly walkable (I had to cheat with mapquest to confirm).

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                                                                          1. re: David B
                                                                            eateryrow Feb 15, 2008 02:35 PM

                                                                            Frankie's is very good.

                                                                            1. re: David B
                                                                              matttroke Feb 28, 2008 12:53 PM

                                                                              I too am in the heart of Carroll Gardens, and would like to add a few:

                                                                              Mazzola (not a restaurant, but oh that lard bread, yum)
                                                                              Cafe Luluc (just for the pancakes)
                                                                              Bocca Lupo
                                                                              Chip Shop

                                                                              1. re: matttroke
                                                                                MRich Feb 28, 2008 07:37 PM

                                                                                Amen to most of those choices, although you need to be in a pretty specific place to be 10 blocks from both Fragole and Chip Shop.

                                                                                1. re: matttroke
                                                                                  majorette Apr 16, 2008 08:59 PM

                                                                                  I moved from Carroll Gardens almost 5 years ago and still miss it! My "old school" CG favorites are:

                                                                                  rice balls and Italian sandwiches from Joe's Superette on Smith
                                                                                  panelle special from Vinnie's Pizzeria on Court
                                                                                  fresh mozzerella from Good Food or the Italian specialty store across the street from Vinnie's
                                                                                  soft, chewy almond macaroon cookies from Caputo's Bakery on Court
                                                                                  plain (dry) wings from Hanley's on Court

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                                                                                JFores Feb 15, 2008 01:00 PM

                                                                                Cab? What's a cab? I've never been in a cab in my life and I lived in Brookly until I moved to London at 18...

                                                                                Well, within 10 blocks is very harsh given that I'm/I was in Dyker Bensonhurst so... Howabout within walking distance? My walking distance would be 1. Di Fara Pizzeria (20-30 min walk) 2. John's Deli (20 min) 3. L&B Pizza (20) 4. Gino's Foccacceria (super close) 5. Meze (very good Greek and I'd put it higher if I wasn't too lazy to change my first 4) 6. Aunt Butchie's (very very close) 7. Pizza at the bakery next door to my house (74th and 13th Av) 8. -Insert Italian on Avenue U here-

                                                                                Oh, it's top 5! Woops.

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                                                                                1. re: JFores
                                                                                  eateryrow Feb 15, 2008 02:34 PM

                                                                                  a 30 minute hike's quite a trek for pizza.

                                                                                  And beaten down, dented town cars count as cabs. :)

                                                                                  1. re: eateryrow
                                                                                    JFores Feb 16, 2008 12:08 PM

                                                                                    Not when it's Di Fara. I used to do that walk once or twice a week.

                                                                                    1. re: eateryrow
                                                                                      ToastMaster May 26, 2010 04:55 PM

                                                                                      You, obviously, haven't been to DiFara's.

                                                                                    2. re: JFores
                                                                                      NAtiveNewYorker Feb 16, 2008 10:17 AM

                                                                                      John's Deli on Stillwell? Or John's Deli on 5th Avenue?

                                                                                      1. re: NAtiveNewYorker
                                                                                        JFores Feb 16, 2008 12:08 PM


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                                                                                          NAtiveNewYorker Feb 16, 2008 12:37 PM

                                                                                          Any standouts on Avenue U?

                                                                                          1. re: NAtiveNewYorker
                                                                                            JFores Feb 17, 2008 08:02 AM

                                                                                            Meant to say X. My mistake and yes, a few.

                                                                                            1. re: JFores
                                                                                              NAtiveNewYorker Feb 17, 2008 09:13 AM

                                                                                              I know of Anthony's. Any others?

                                                                                              1. re: NAtiveNewYorker
                                                                                                EricMM Feb 20, 2008 01:40 PM

                                                                                                I live in Rego Park, right near the Forest Hills border. Top 5 within a 10 minutes walk ....London Lennie's, PJ's Steakhouse, Woodhaven House...hmmmm I'll include the Shalimar Diner and Cheburechnaya (my boys love it, I'm not so hot on it...).

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                                                                                                  eateryrow Feb 24, 2008 09:50 AM

                                                                                                  I've already reviewed london lennies. They were good. I have PJs and Woodhaven House on my list. PJ's ain't cheap though.

                                                                                      2. re: JFores
                                                                                        Rainbowthespian Mar 8, 2008 05:41 PM

                                                                                        ohhh aunt butchies, swoon

                                                                                      3. k
                                                                                        KiwiGirl625 Feb 15, 2008 12:51 PM

                                                                                        In Forest Hills: Nick's Pizza, Sushi Yasu, Munch Cafe, Corfu. I know it's supposed to be five places, but the other eateries around me aren't very "top" list worthy.

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                                                                                        1. re: KiwiGirl625
                                                                                          eateryrow Feb 15, 2008 02:33 PM

                                                                                          No Q? We're in disagreement there.

                                                                                          1. re: KiwiGirl625
                                                                                            pellegrino31 Feb 16, 2008 05:02 AM

                                                                                            I'm in FH too and can't come up with a top 5 within walking distance. I'm with you KiwiGirl on Nick's and Sushi Yasu, and the only one I'd add is 5 Burro. I can only mention 3. I wish I could add Danny Brown's but that is too far away. That is the best restaurant in FH.

                                                                                            Hmm, Munch Cafe and Corfu? I've been to both and wasn't all that impressed.

                                                                                            1. re: pellegrino31
                                                                                              KiwiGirl625 Feb 18, 2008 06:37 AM

                                                                                              I admit that Munch and Corfu aren't that stellar, but I'd consider them "top" compared to the other offerings in the neighborhood. Munch's veggie wraps are great for a small, healthy lunch, and Corfu's gyros hit the spot when when I don't want to be as healthy and am craving greasy junk food.

                                                                                              I ordered take-out from Q once and was not pleased. My walnut and goat cheese salad was literally swimming in dressing, and the noodle dish I got was nothing special. Is it a different experience if I eat at the restaurant?

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                                                                                                eateryrow Feb 19, 2008 01:37 PM

                                                                                                Yeah, I really think eating there makes all the difference. I ordered once from Q too and was unimpressed. Although I think that my problem was the amount of time it took TakeoutConnection to get to me so it was not as hot as it should have been.

                                                                                            2. re: KiwiGirl625
                                                                                              me1234 Mar 25, 2008 04:37 PM

                                                                                              No Dirty Pierre's by the lirr. The burgers are great there.

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                                                                                                bchygirl9 Apr 18, 2008 01:56 PM

                                                                                                absolutely! although I think we need to extend to Metro so we can include Danny Browns..........

                                                                                            3. doona Feb 15, 2008 10:44 AM

                                                                                              In Astoria Queens:

                                                                                              Trattoria L'Incontro - Italian
                                                                                              Watawa - Sushi
                                                                                              Taverna Kyklodes - Greek
                                                                                              Cavo (scene) - Green/Fusion
                                                                                              Momento (with new owner) - Italian

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                                                                                              1. re: doona
                                                                                                Claire Feb 15, 2008 12:49 PM

                                                                                                I'm jealous.

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                                                                                                yt28 Feb 15, 2008 10:26 AM

                                                                                                I'm in Jackson Heights: Sripaphai; Unidentified Flying Chicken (UFC); Zabb Queens; Arunee Thai; urm...any of the Indian/Bangladeshi restaurants around 74th St - I can't choose one!

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                                                                                                  Claire Feb 15, 2008 10:04 AM

                                                                                                  In Windsor Terrace: Rhythm & Booze for burgers; Hot Diggity Dog for hotdogs; Crossroads Cafe for coffee, soup and sandwiches; Windsor Cafe for a decent dinner breakfast; and once in a while, Elora's for Spanish takeout. Haven't been to Enzo's, the new brick oven pizza place yet. The neighborhood is fairly limited food wise.

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                                                                                                  1. re: Claire
                                                                                                    culprit Feb 19, 2008 07:16 AM

                                                                                                    YIKES! Fairly limited is right--I wouldn't eat in any of those places except Elora's. Elora's has great Cuban/Puerto Rican/Spanish food, best roast pork in town. Enzo's brick oven pizza was decent, crust could've been crunchier. Dub Pies is good at what they do.

                                                                                                    But hey, if you eat hot dogs and other foodlike substances, I guess you'll eat anywhere.

                                                                                                    1. re: culprit
                                                                                                      MRich Feb 20, 2008 01:02 PM

                                                                                                      Rhythm & Booze has very good burgers. Terrace Bagels is also very good.

                                                                                                      1. re: MRich
                                                                                                        cixous Apr 14, 2008 02:36 PM

                                                                                                        I agree, Rhythm & Booze has amazing burgers.

                                                                                                      2. re: culprit
                                                                                                        Claire Feb 21, 2008 04:39 AM

                                                                                                        Spare me the "foodlike substances." A great hot dog is a delicacy, and while Hot Diggity Dog's franks are no Nathan's, they're pretty good. I think Dub Pies are awful.

                                                                                                      3. re: Claire
                                                                                                        tempehtempeh Jan 2, 2009 06:20 AM

                                                                                                        Loss of Lonelyville from the WT is huge - not that the coffee was great but it served a purpose (and was much better than Crossroads IMO). And does anyone think that any of the Indian/Thai/Japanese joints in the hood are worth the walk? (Any love for Sushi Yu from anyone other than me and my bf?) Also, Lia's Soups (the once and future Lia's Ices) - anyone tried the soup?

                                                                                                        1. re: tempehtempeh
                                                                                                          Claire Jan 9, 2009 12:31 PM

                                                                                                          The coffee at Lonelyville was good, better than Crossroads, I agree, but the food was awful and one of the owners never stopped talking. I don't think any of the Thai/Indian/Japanese places are worth the walk. I've been to Sushi Yu and it's okay, not great. I tried Lia's Soups a few weeks ago. The black been soup was terrific--that place is worth the walk.

                                                                                                          1. re: Claire
                                                                                                            lizisinflatbush Nov 5, 2009 10:44 AM

                                                                                                            So, I moved to Windsor Terrace recently. I really, really like the burgers at Rhythm and Booze. I also dig the pizza at Bene on PPSW. The vodka slice, while nothing to write home about, is super tasty. And have you been to the burrito place on PPW? It's pretty fine, too. The neighborhood's not going to win any food awards (for Pete's sake: I take the subway to Trader Joe's for groceries!), but there are a few good finds.

                                                                                                            Rhythm and Booze
                                                                                                            1674 10th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                                                                                                            Bene Pizzeria
                                                                                                            157 Prospect Park SW, Brooklyn, NY 11218

                                                                                                            1. re: lizisinflatbush
                                                                                                              Claire Nov 6, 2009 08:44 AM

                                                                                                              Hi neighbor. Rhythm & Booze makes a great burger. Bene is okay to eat in; their delivery pies are always awful, I don't why that is. There's a new place on PPW called Le P'tit Paris Bistro that I've heard great things about; I like the little pies at Enzo's; and I love the dogs at Hot Diggity Dog. So food wise, things are looking up in our little hood.

                                                                                                              1. re: lizisinflatbush
                                                                                                                MRich Nov 6, 2009 01:57 PM

                                                                                                                Hi neighbor.

                                                                                                                I also like R&B's burgers. You can't mean burritos at Clements. You must mean Elora's?

                                                                                                                7th ave has some good stuff too, some of which is worth the walk.

                                                                                                                1. re: MRich
                                                                                                                  Claire Nov 7, 2009 02:15 PM

                                                                                                                  I agree, Clement's isn't worth the trouble. I forgot to mention Fez Cafe. I like the food and in the summer sitting the garden is lovely.

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