Before moving out of NY, where would you eat?
So it looks like I'm leaving my beloved Brooklyn to take a stab at West Coast living. I've got about a month and a half left of good eating time here left and am eager to return to some old favorites (Sri, Spicy Mina, Yemen Cafe, Chestnut) and to try some places I've been putting off for far too long (Di Fara, Little Pepper, Al di la). I am going to pose this question on the Manhattan board as well, but in my situation, what places in the Outer Boroughs would you make sure to hit and what would you order? To make it fun, what would be your final NY meal before heading out of town?
You will definitely miss the good food here in NY. So sad you are going and we wish you well.
My last meal would be at Cheburechnaya, 63rd Dr. in Rego Park. This is, IMO, the best Uzbeki kabob restaurant east of Uzbekistan. I would choose this cuisine over any other because I doubt you just can get good Uzbeki food in any other metropolitan area in the U.S. You can get good meals, maybe not as good as here, for just about all other cuisines. I would order two skewers of the grilled lamb fat as part of the meal. I usually order one, but for a farewell, I would splurge. Arteries be damned.
Just to put a different spin on all of the responses you will receive. I am a fourth...fifth? generation New Yorker and I love its food diversity, I am a major foodie and I work in food policy in New York-- don't be sad about moving to the West Coast. That's where much of our food is grown and it will quickly taste much better to you than the food we are served here that sits on a truck for a week in order to get to us.
I lived in California for 10 years, when I returned to New York I was told that I must go and eat in this four star restaurant and that one--they couldn't hold a candle to the simplest meals that I ate all up and down the West Coast.
Have your last meals in New York, but look forward to all of the great ones you'll have on the West Coast. Eating LOCAL is the answer!
I have one more...Pio, Pio in Jackson Hts, the rotiserrie chicken & green sauce are amazing. I have friends who have moved out West and whenever they come back for a visit Pio Pio is always the spot they want to hit, followed closely by Sri.