New and Untested in Jackson Heights
I am noticing a flurry of new restaurants popping up on Roosevelt and Northern Boulevard. There is TOMO, the new and gorgeous Japanese place on 88th and 37th ave - which I have yet to try.
Today I tried Green Plaintain, which looks like it opened yesterday - it was amazing, cheap, original and just about my favorite meal for under 10 bucks now in JH.
When are we going to see a nice wine bar open up here?
I found Green Plantain to be pretty dreadful. It might be passable if it wasn't in the single best area for Hispanic food in all of New York, but its location in Jackson Heights kills its shot at even being acceptable. The area has much better both on the sidewalks and in restaurants.
I went to Green Plantains when it first opened (many months ago) and it was not a good experience. Food was not very good and I had serious difficulties communicating with the waitress who spoke little English. I went to TOMO for lunch and the food was just fair (had one of the Bento box meals) that came out cold. With so many excellent restaurants in the area, I don't need these two. The newly opened American Chicken Grill on 37th & 78 is getting very mixed reviews. I liked it the first time but not the second. Chicken tasted like it had been reheated serveral times and was very dry. Soon a new Indian Restaurant at the former location of Baskin & Robbins on 37th & 75th which we don't need. I would also like to see a nice wine bar open on 37th Ave along with a French/American Bistro, a very good Italian Restaurant and a Cheese Store & Fish Market both similiar to the ones on Austin St that I was at yesterday. I expect we'll continue to see more Indian Restaurants, 99 cent and Fabric stores. Oh, and what about a Pizzeria that serves Nick's quality pizza.
Leave JH un -yuppified !!! I am a Chef- 40 years in the kitchen --- a 'Shaheen ' customer since 1980 , a 'Tacolandia ' customer ... Yeah , a wine bar might be nice... HOWEVER - the City is 20 minutes away .I was out for a stroll & dinner last night ,& I went to check out 2 new places in Manhatten : 'Gottino' And " I Sodi " --- I did not even want to walk in ---- attitude & money was the vibe from the youngish patrons . We walked up to 'Pastis' the same scene & din .Finally , in relief , we fled to authentic , family-owned 'Riazor ' on 16th Street , to watch the game , eat the BEST pulpo , washed down with good wine & strong margaritas , served by a friendly ( foreign ) staff . GIVE ME THAT in JH , and let the rich people pay what the market will bear in NYC . WE GOT THE FOOD !!!! JoeySunnyside P.S. I thought Tomo was OK. Talk to the ( Chinese) sushi Chef for the skinny . He recomended great Spanish mackerel when I was there.
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As far as Tomo goes, I found the quality of the sushi questionable even at $1/piece. The mouthfeel just wasn't there in any of the eight differnet pieces I tried, and certain items tasted more than a bit....strange, the mackerel was simply awful. A yellowtail & scallion roll was acceptable, perhaps items like spicy tuna rolls or eel/avocado rolls would be palatable enough, but otherwise I'd just as soon pay double Tomo's (eventual) normal menu prices for good sushi.
The vegetable tempura was actually quite well prepared, fried to just the right texture, a light batter, even the tempura sauce seemed reasonbly close to what I've had served in Japan.
It appears besides the $1 sushi, they are probably being more generous with portion sizes on items they haven't otherwise discounted. For now.