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if you could grab a meal within 15 driving minutes of jfk, where would you go?

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  1. hi howler, if it was me I would head for Rockaway Parkway or Liberty Ave. very close via Van Wyck. Here is a recent thread

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/540879

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    1. Veggie Castle II (132-09 Liberty Avenue).

      1. Hey Howler! When will you be there? I could actually meet you at the place if you give me the date, time, and your American number again (as its in a pile of papers I have back in London which makes it very helpful.)

        I would recommend either Annie's Roti Shop for Trini food or Warung Kario for Surinamese food. The former is on Rockaway Pkwy and the latter is on Liberty Avenue. The area around Warung Kario also has a large number of other destinations including bakeries and Singh's Roti Shop. Drop me an email. I can also think about some other places. Oh yeah, Ghoroa on 169th and Hillside for Bangladesi would most probably be within 15 minutes, but that's just your run of the mill men's cantene serving home style Bangladeshi food (I love it dearly but most don't share my passion.)

        Justin

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        1. re: JFores

          alack and alas - i am back in london, greeted by a cool day with 100% cloud cover. it only needs to rain.

          anyway, i set aside an hour yesterday to eat dinner before catching my flight but the time got eaten up on southern state which just crawled the last 20 miles. belt parkway was its usual nightmare and so i regretfully had to give annies roti shop a miss.

          couple of questions: going west, the exit for rockaway blvd off the belt pkwy comes just before the jfk exit;my google directions for annies roti shop said to get on the van wyck and then take exit 2. isn't it much easier to head east on rockaway blvd from the belt pkwy exit?

          next, do you think i could've got in and out of there in twenty minutes? air india was on time for once and they close the counters 45 minutes before take off time, irrespective of whether you have luggage to check in or not.

          1. re: JFores

            alack and alas - i am back in london, greeted by a cool day with 100% cloud cover. it only needs to rain.

            anyway, i set aside an hour yesterday to eat dinner before catching my flight but the time got eaten up on southern state which just crawled the last 20 miles. belt parkway was its usual nightmare and so i regretfully had to give annies roti shop a miss.

            couple of questions: going west, the exit for rockaway blvd off the belt pkwy comes just before the jfk exit;my google directions for annies roti shop said to get on the van wyck and then take exit 2. isn't it much easier to head east on rockaway blvd from the belt pkwy exit?

            next, do you think i could've got in and out of there in twenty minutes? air india was on time for once and they close the counters 45 minutes before take off time, irrespective of whether you have luggage to check in or not.

            1. re: howler

              Rockaway parkway runs roughly E and W - I think going up the Van Wyck would have been the closest way - you would have gone past it continuing on the belt.

              Its a steam table so yes, you could have gotten in and out in 20 min, most likely if you were willing to carry your food along.

              condolences..

              1. re: jen kalb

                well at least air india had a wonderful dinner - and with the new planes is easily the best airline to take between nyc and london.

                if its not inconvenient, can you email me at joshi.rjoshi@gmail.com?
                i'd like your advice (non-food) on some brooklyn neighborhoods if possible. tia.

                1. re: jen kalb

                  i dunno. when i went, even with only two people in front of me, it took over a half hour to get my food. I only noticed cause i was starving, but i might choose someplace else if i was rushed for time. unless it was a really off hour.
                  same goes for singhs, which i like better than annie's. it's always slow going to order and get your food. worth it, tho.

                2. re: howler

                  Awww you could've taken streets there reeeeally easily.

              2. Saratoga Kitchen or Fish & Wings. Both are a few blocks on Atlantic Avenue before the Atl Ave & N. Conduit split.

                1. JetBlue new terminal 5 once they open up in october 1st.

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                  1. 15 driving minutes, given how often the Van Wyck is jammed, and the fact that it often takes me 5 minutes alone to get out of the airport, is a tall order.

                    Your best bet, driving-wise, is to try to find something off of the Nassau Expressway/Rockwaway Blvd area. Being in social services, I've done lots of home visits in this area of southern Queens, and have tried my luck at any number of west indian places on Guy R. Brewer or in the Springfield Gardens area, none of them, in my opinion, meriting a mad rush from JFK.

                    In the best of all possible worlds, though, with enough time on my hands and no traffic, I'd make a beeline for Poor Freddie's Rib Shack, which I checked out for the first time the other day. It's on Linden, about 20 blocks east of the VW, a take-out soul food place. The beef ribs I had the other day were fall-off-the-bone tender, with plenty of chewy, delicious fat, and a tangy, not-overly-sweet sauce. I topped it off with some refreshing lemonade and a satisfying slice of sweet potato pie. Looking forward to returning.
                    P.