Food at Queens Botanical Garden
I'm coming in from out of the area and am considering a visit to the Queen Botanical Garden with my 95 year old Grandpa. I really want to check out the new visitors center.
I can't find any information about the food there - the map lists a cafe but there is nothing else. Has anyone been? I'm not expecting anything amazing, but would love to know if it is to be avoided or if there is anything in particular worth trying. I will give the place a call tomorrow, but would love to have some first hand scoop.
If no one knows anything about the food there, can you recommend a place that might suit us - it should be on the quiet side and probably not too out there food-wise.
Thanks in advance.
5 minute walk to Golden Mall and the new upstairs food mall on the same block. Those two could feed me for months and I wouldn't want anything else.
There is no food at the QBG! (Except for a couple of vending machines. Ick.)
Maybe you are looking at a map of the New York Botancial Gardens or the Brooklyn Botanic Garden both of which have a cafe.
I just double checked the map at http://www.queensbotanical.org/media/...
and cannot find the word 'cafe' anywhere.
Luckily as the other posters mention you would be near one of NYC's best neighbourhoods for food. Though not in walking distance for the average 95 year old.
If I recall correctly there are also 2 or 3 Indo-Pak/Afghani places directly across the road from the entrance on Main st. The food is pretty good, and there are seats, but they're mostly grab and go type of places. You'll be able to eat there if you want, but not the place to go if you want to linger over lunch....
The problem with these most of these answers is that a 95-year old is probably not going to be up for Szechuan or food malls or a lot of the spicy stuff - and OP is seeking a quiet place. I have a 92-year-old father and would have trouble getting him to any of those places. When I go to Flushing restos I usually go for the more out-there stuff, but he might prefer a buffet like East Lake, though I've not eaten there. Perhaps those of you who know more could suggest a place that is not too full of bustle and spice.
re: JH Jill
There's a place on Main Street by Blossom called Happy Dumpling that might fit the bill. It is a lot closer to the Garden and pretty bustle-free. I like Little Pepper better, but there's good food to be had there as well- particularly the tea smoked pork belly with garlic shoots.
Went to the Queens Botanical Gardens last summer, it looked like a wasteland, I'm not kidding, railroad ties, weeds and rocks. In spite of this, lunch was good, I don't rememmber the name, however the place had a gigantic bowl and chopsticks on top of the entrance. I would stongly recommend Brooklyn or the Bronx Gardens, Brooklyn has the better food of the two.
In the same vein, I think a really mellow atmosphere and not far from there, a ride down Main street, further on from Grillpoint, until you get to Union Turnpike would be Hapisgah, http://www.hapisgah.com/
very good Israeli cuisine and excellent green falafel and chicken kebab or steak or salads, extremely mellow and quiet at lunch with nice lunch specials, comfortable seating and bright. Here's a link to their site and menu. There is also, Colbeh in Kew Garden Hills http://www.colbeh.com/appetizers.htm
which would be closer also, and their food is good too.
Both are Glatt Kosher, and you can get spicy or non spicy at both. Whilte Flushing Chinese is great, I really don't think it's suited for someone that age due to the spice factor, unless they are really into that thing. My father in law gets very upset with me if I bring him to a very spicy place, he almost choked to death from spicy Thai, and was miserable the whole meal, even with everything asked for mild.
If you've got a car, I think these places would be more appropriate, in the area, and easy to get back on the highway from if that's what you need to do.
No need to travel blocks or miles. Caddy-corner from QBG on the east side of Main Street is a small place called Kabul Kabob. My family & I have been going here for over 15 years. In fact, I still drivein from New Jersey monthly to get my Kabul's fix. My Mom does not like anything 'spicy', yet loves Kabul. My Mom is so non-adventerous, boiled mashed potatoes are exotic for her <jk>!
Plenty of grilled meats (chicken, filet mignon, lamb) and a bed of rice with a grilled tomato. Doesn't get much safer than that! Cash only. Open for lunch and dinner.
42-51 Main St