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Sep 23, 2008 11:21 AM

Short notice: need Queens restaurant tonight

Sorry for the short notice, but I'm having dinner with a relative from out of town tonight. Looking for something causal, not too expensive, but decent. IMO, the food in Queens leaves much to be desired. I was looking at Dante's Restaurant on Union Tpke. (never been there), Salerno's in Richmond Hill (which, I just read, has gone out of business, so forget that), or a diner as a last resort. I'm limited to Forest Hills (I'd like to avoid Austin St.--can't park), Kew Gardens, maybe Glendale, western Bayside (not Bell Blvd--too crowded), Fresh Meadows, maybe Floral Park, Oakland Gardens. Preferably a quiet place where we can talk and won't be rushed through the meal. Italian, American, maybe Chinese.

I know I'm limiting in terms of geography and it's short notice. Any suggestions would be appreciated.


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  1. La Tavernetta
    75-01 88th Street

    Italian. Often recommended here.

    3 Replies
    1. re: el jefe

      Last Thursday La Tavernetta moved to 100-05 Metropolitan Ave (between 70th Ave & 70th Road) in Forest Hills; 718 268 1464. Menu has expanded & prices are slightly higher. (Haven't tried it yet, they gave us their new menu with our take-out last week.) Interestingly, there is no sign posted at the old location about the move.

      1. re: GlendaleGal

        I didn't know they moved already, had seen the sign on Metrop..haven't been there lately--started a new diet. Did they raise their sandwich prices? They had raised their prices on their menu a year ago by quite a lot, am surprised to hear they did it again. They had a failed inspection I noticed incidentally when I was on that every block site looking for something else. Maybe they were in the midst of moving and the place was in disarray. Is there a website listed on the menu you have? Thanks for the info....

        And as to where to eat, well, not sure that I would know what you like if you think Queens leaves a lot to be desired. I think Queens is full of great places to eat. Not in Forest Hills, but in other places, for sure.

        La Tavernetta is a good suggestion. So, is London Lennies. You could try Danny Brown Wine Bar, not sure what your price limit is. There is also several other places over on Metropolitan, that might appeal to you.

        There is also a new place called Horcon Bistro a few door down from Pio Pio that opened recently, chilean food..haven't been so don't know if it's good or not, but looks quiet and small.

        1. re: janie

          Looks like Tavernetta raised the prices on the sandwiches about a buck each and the pastas & entrees both went up about 2 bucks. They've added paninis and 12 european speciality dishes. This is the website on the new menu, but I checked it & it hasn't been updated with the new address or menu:

          Hope they do well in the new location. I'm going to miss the convenience of having them right here in Glendale.

    2. I know you didn't mention Middle Village in your list, but given that you mentioned Glendale, I would suggest Uvarara at 79-28 Metropolitan Ave. Reasonable prices, quiet atmosphere & the food (Italian) leaves nothing to be desired. Here's the link:

      1. Kerala Kitchen
        Outer Boroughs - 267-05 Hillside Ave, Queens, NY 11004, USA - Floral Park

        (718) 470-1702 Type of place: restaurant
        Cuisine: Indian - Keralan

        1. London Lennies is running their Restaurant Week special, I think, 3 courses (seafood) for $35, and I think they have valet parking.

          63-88 Woodhaven Blvd. Rego Park, NY 11374. Tel : (718) 894-8084

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