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Mar 4, 2009 08:50 AM

Roosevelt Ave. Eating Tour

I'm planning an eating tour in Queens for April/May and came up with this preliminary itinerary:

Start in Flushing, meet in Flushing Library in the AM

1) Corner 28 - Peking Duck Sliders

2) Roosevelt Mall - Gua Bao

Take train to Jackson Heights

3) Buenos Aires Bakery - Dulce de Leche Donuts & Empanadas

4) Espresso 77 - Coffee!!

5) La Portena - Blood Sausage & this weird tongue appetizer I had one time

6) Maharaja Sweets - Dosa and Samosa Chat

7) UFC - Soy Garlic Fried Chicken Wings

8) Sripraphai - Roast Duck Green Curry, Crispy Watercress Salad, Chicken Curry Puffs, & Thai Iced Tea

9) V&V Bakery - Black & White Cookies

10) La Flor - Sliders and Shoestring Potatoes

11) Mangal - Hummus, Baba Ghanoush, and Turkish Bread

12) Natural Bean Curd - Soondubu

Take train to LIC

13) Hunters Point Wines

Take wine and Mangal takeout to the riverwalk for mini-picnic

I would like to work in Spicy Mina, Himalayan Yak, Tacos Coatzingo, De Mole, and Ihawan or that other Filipino restaurant (Evangeline's?) in the 50s somewhere, but not sure how... so would welcome ideas about that.

Sliders at La Flor seems out of place, delicious as they are - should I substitute an Irish pub, like burgers or shepherd's pie at Donovan's?

Also, I've never done this before, so I also have questions about logistics for those who have - when you go in with a group of 4 or 5 and order one or two small dishes at a sit down place like La Portena, does that get really awkward? I guess you just deal with it. But that's probably why Spicy Mina and the Yak are not on my list now.

And most importantly, can we eat this much food??????

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  1. That IS a lot of food, girl!! You could do like I do,and bring plastic containers (w/good lids) and lots of those crappy plastic drugstore bags (easy to knot for leak prevention) - That's the way I went to the Red Hook ballfields by myself - How could I pass up all that good food when I couldn't get down from Boston that summer, again?!

    Flushing - The cumin lamb sticks on 41st (Ave? - do a search) are heavenly! And if the gua bao are from Temple Snacks, they may be moving...

    Oh - and when we chow down in a large group with one dish - We either do takeout, or just are friendly and explain what we're doing - lots of food at lots of places - and of course we don't take a table that would otherwise be busy with five eaters/main dishes...

    Have fun!

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    1. re: fredid

      The Gua Bao is giant, are you planning on splitting it with other people? What about the Corner 28 duck buns? You'll be starting your journey with a lot of carbs due to the buns... Also note that Flushing spots move around (as fredid mentioned) and/or close, re-open, etc. a lot so if you come in May you might find your itinerary altered.

      When I go with a group of friend to Queens, we'll go to dim sum and then hit up 4-5 places nearby, and feel absolutely stuffed by 3pm. I think there is no way you guys will be able to eat that much food.

    2. If you were to work in a Filipino restaurant, you'd be better off doing barbecue sticks at Ihawan or empanadas and ensaimada at Krystal's or you might explode!

      1. You must add tacos to your tour. I HIGHLY recommend the truck parked outside of the 52nd st. stop on the 7 line.

        1. My 2 cents: I've been basically doing this for years and cant make it more than 5 blocks on Roosevelt Ave without being too full to continue! And I can eat a lot. My advice is to either concentrate on one small stretch of Roosevelt at a time and sample or to pick 3-4 main places you want to hit and be very rigid about it.

          Once you get to the Sri area, there are food trucks and small places to sample tacos, fruits, and various ethnic foods that you shouldn't miss and your itinerary as it stands will frustrate you. As I said, just sayin'.

          1. Sounds fun,although I am not sure about eating savory,dessert, savory, dessert..

            More important: Can you give me more info on "Natural Bean Curd?" Where is this place exactly?

            4 Replies
            1. re: erica

              she probably meant Natural Tofu.

              1. re: RedVelvet

                But I looked that up and it is on Queens Blvd in Sunnyside. Is that on the walking route?

                1. re: erica

                  Yes it is. Mangal is in Sunnyside as well. They're planning on starting in Flushing, taking to the train to Jackson Heights, walking to Sunnyside, and then taking the train to LIC.

                  To the OP, you may also want to consider Nixtamal in Corona for Mexican where they make their own masa from SCRATCH!

                  1. re: Miss Needle

                    Thanks! I had not read of NAtural Tofu before; now it is on my list!