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Mar 12, 2009 05:06 PM

Need a great ethnic restaurant in Queens

Ten of us are going out in two weeks on a Saturday evening in Queens and we love ethnic cuisine. We need a place in Queens - last time we ate at Stamatis in Astoria and LOVED the place. Can any chowhounds recommend other options, Greek, Turkish, etc all considered!

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  1. Srip fits the bill perfectly. Also, Little Pepper.

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    1. re: JFores

      Tangra Masala & Boca Junior are fun places for a large group.
      Both on Queens Blvd.

      1. re: JFores

        I've been to both in the last 2 weeks. Both were fantastic but I'd definitely go to Sri over LP.

        But asking for the best ethnic in queens is a but broad IMHO, there are just so many types of food. Still Sri would be my rec.

      2. I highly recommend Tangra Wok for "Asian Fusian". Here's a link to the menu: Be sure to have the Gobi (Cauliflower) Manchurian.
        Very convenient to the 63rd Drive subway station.

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        1. re: Anne

          that place is way oversweet and way past expiration; I'm surprised the've managed to stay open for so long; had some good meals with large parties in the past but after that, really bad. tangra masala and its branch in sunnyside is also not good anymore; used to love chopsticks in elmhurst but its closed, and never gave any of the jackson heights places a chance (nanking); should I? Where is the best indo-chinese food right now in nyc?

          1. re: bigjeff

            nanking is good and Dehli Heights so far has been good at everything they've done, from slightly fancified classic indian to indo-chinese.

            1. re: Widmark

              had the buffet at nanking before?

              1. re: bigjeff

                no but the buffet at Dehli Heights was great, though I don't think it featured any indo-chinese.

            2. re: bigjeff

              Can you elaborate on Tangra Masala and Tangra Asian Fusion not being good anymore? I ate there a few months ago and it was as good as I remember. The folks at the Sunnyside Tangra have added several dishes to the menu I hadn't had at the Elmhurst Tangra. I certainly wouldn't issue a downhill report on them just yet. I will say that I had some hit and miss meals in the past, like 3-4 years ago, but they've always recovered in subsequent visits.

              1. re: E Eto

                i wouldn't call it a downhill alert but, ate at tangra masala last summer; just found a lot of what we ordered to be very battered, quite sweet, not much substance to main entree meat dishes like chili lamb; i do like some of their fried apps but it started to approach general tso-like qualities which turned me off. had a couple meals at chopsticks which were so different to what I had previously and just gave me a clarity of difference that I didn't know existed; in particular one of the fried beef apps (forget the name but pretty common) was so good and so different that when I later had meals at the tangras; was just not as good. early on, I was so in love with that partic. fusion and was a huge champion of it; i was planning to hit up the sunnyside one soon tho; what were some of these unique additions?

                1. re: bigjeff

                  I had one meal at Tangra Masala about 2 years ago but one was enough. It was a Chowhound group of 4 people so we ordered way too much food. I think there were 4 starters and 6 entrees. The prices were reasonable enough so we figured we'd overorder just to get a broad sampling of the food.

                  In short, out of 6 entrees 1 was actually pretty good. The others were virtually indistinguishable from each other. The sauce and spicing were very similar from dish to dish. A number of our entrees were "dry" dishes but again the spicing was very much the same. We had made no effort to order dishes that were in the same genre so we were quite surprised at the result. Any one of those dishes was a solid OK but nothing that was really remarkable.

                  As I recall 2 of the 4 starters were decent but the other 2 were forgettable. *I've* certainly forgotten them.

                  The consensus around the table, based on a wide sampling of the menu, was that the place was OK at best.

                  As a point of comparison, I think the Chinese/Indian fusion cuisine at Chinese Mirch in Manhattan is much more distinctive. (That's a fancy way of saying that at CM all the dishes don't taste the same.)

                  I apologize for the vagueness of this post but it's due less to my fuzzy memory and more to the fact that the food really all tasted the same. All 4 of us agreed on that point.

                  1. re: Bob Martinez

                    I had the exact opposite experience at Chinese Mirch with a group of Chowhounds. We ordered a number of items and found almost nothing special. Once was enough for me there. I've been to Tangra Masala since writing about it when it first opened in Elmhurst (2001?), and have had enjoyable experiences in my many visits. When it was a smaller operation, I was a recognized regular and the owner would make recommendations for me, most of which I've found quite good. But you are right that many of the preparations can be redundant or similar; it took me a few trips there to figure out how to create a better balance of flavors/textures.

                    1. re: E Eto

                      ya I feel the same for chinese mirch as for tangra masala; maybe I've just moved on from being very excited about that particular fusion.

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