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Worthwhile in Whitestone, Queens?

janie Sep 8, 2009 08:38 PM

Seems like a Whitestone run is in order, any specifics about the following, or any other places in the vicinity to check out.

-Cascon Cheescake
-Daquila Pastry Shop
-Tony's Beechhurst Deli
-Park's Seafood


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    hopkicker3 RE: janie Sep 8, 2009 10:37 PM

    ..OK..on the same block as CASCON CHEESECAKE..CAFE RUSTICO for some really good pizza from the WOOD BURNING BRICK OVEN (whole pies only)...You can find some good deals on imported foods at RASPBERRY FARMS on 150th Street and 14th Ave and Joe puts out some really good food at the deli in the back of the store.

    About 10 minutes away on UNION STREET in Flushing J & K Bagels prepares really great bagels..it is on the same block as the huge HMART between 26th and Bayside Avenues..

    Your four choices already posted are all NE Queens stalwarts although that Union Street HMART has a huge fish dept. with great prices and quality and great produce as well.

    A stones throW from PARK"S SEAFOOD is STRAWBERRY FARMS on Willet's Point Blvd. and 150th Street, the Italian concession in the back of the store makes amazing fresh mozzarella and sausages!!!

    1. johnk RE: janie Sep 9, 2009 03:36 AM

      I'd try to fit in a Sicilian slice @ Matese.
      Great chocolate gelato @ Daquila.
      Cinnamon jelly donut @ Stork's

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        janie RE: johnk Sep 9, 2009 06:47 AM

        thank you both, sounds great.

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          johnk RE: janie Sep 9, 2009 07:17 AM

          There is also a new Greek Taverna on Willets Point Blvd. just east of Franny Lew ( across from McDonalds) that looks to be very busy most nights?
          Anyone have any feedback/info?

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            ZenFoodist RE: johnk Sep 9, 2009 07:48 PM

            Solid Stuff at the " Healthy Greek" Place. Nice grilled chicken. Simple. Nothing earth shattering, but we take out from there and Nikita's quite often.

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              johnk RE: ZenFoodist Sep 10, 2009 06:09 AM

              Hi there! Do they do a pork or chicken gyro at the new place? The chicken doner @ Nikita's is pretty decent.

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                ZenFoodist RE: johnk Sep 10, 2009 06:34 AM

                I don't think so. We always get two 10 dollar portions of the chicken doner and have it with a big salad and pita on soccer nights. Somewhat healthy...

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                  stuartlafonda RE: johnk Sep 10, 2009 11:45 AM

                  I was there yesterday looking for just that item, a pork or chicken gyro. I looked around and did not notice any vertical spit of cooking meat so I asked. The owner said that they have gyro sandwiches but do not cook the meat that way. He said they cook pork or chicken tenders on the grill. I was about to leave and head over to either Nikita, Gyro World or Gyro Corner but I was so hungry I stayed and ordered a lunch special. I had the moussaka and it was pretty bland. It had the big layer of bechamel on top but oddly, had two vertical layers.One was eggplant and another of potato, something I had not seen before. It was large but it was barely warm amd just had no kick, a total bore. The avgolemono soup was fine. The two burned and dried out stiff as a board pita served alongside was another dissapointment. I'm sure they have some good things on the menu and Zen foodist seems to have found some but I won't be back. There are better gyros nearby and if I want a full meal I would rather go to Kati Alo, Pelagos or even Mythos.

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                    johnk RE: stuartlafonda Sep 10, 2009 12:56 PM

                    I've been stopping in Astoria @ BZ Grill for their pork gyro lately.
                    There is a video of them setting up the spit on Josh Ozersky's Feedbag site. Thanks for your input on the new place in Whitestone. Have you tried Pita Pan on Bell Blvd.? For 3 bucks you get a decent sized sandwich. The pork is pretty good.

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                stuartlafonda RE: johnk Sep 11, 2009 10:07 AM

                Behind McDonalds as you put it or behind the old Milk Maid as I remember it.

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            yussdov RE: janie Sep 10, 2009 01:38 PM

            varsi's deli on 149th makes great sandwiches and has great italian provisions.

            Varsi Deli
            15-72 149th St, Queens, NY 11357

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              phantomdoc RE: janie Sep 11, 2009 08:10 AM

              At Cascon if you are getting a cake, I highly recommend canoli cake. Andrew the owner is a great guy.

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                phantomdoc RE: phantomdoc Sep 3, 2010 03:34 PM

                Working in an office next to Cascon today and tomorrow. Brother in law has been talking about his canolli birthday cake for the last 14 months. Will get him 2 cakes tomorrow. One to have with us and one to take home.

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                  diprey11 RE: phantomdoc Apr 12, 2011 08:05 PM

                  Cascon is along my jog route: no wonder I cannot lose weight. All those evil cheesecakes and cannoli that I always want to bring home. I was so careful to avoid La Cheesecake @14, but maybe it's because they are not open every day. Both are highly recommended, and I am at loss trying to compare them. Excellent cakes, terrific customer service at both places

                  Cascon Cheesecake
                  7-04 149th St, Queens, NY 11357

                  La Cheesecake Bake Shop
                  126-06 14th Ave, Queens, NY 11356

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                    foodie1017 RE: diprey11 Apr 13, 2011 10:04 AM

                    Never been to La Cheesecake but Cascon is good.

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                BigV RE: janie Sep 12, 2009 07:39 AM

                Add in Stork's Bakery and Utopia Bagels, both long time favorites of mine. I second your selections of Tony's and Cascon.

                1. chefjellynow RE: janie Sep 12, 2009 08:01 AM

                  seems the new place on 150th in town opened and then closed, not sure if they will be reopening... tasty grill its called

                  anyone try it while it was open?

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                    PaMa RE: chefjellynow Sep 13, 2009 06:37 PM

                    The place on Willets Point and Francis Lewis (across from McDonald) is Mediterranean Grill. Great food. Just went there last weekend. We had lamb, the special, Tilapia stuff with Spinach and a Souvlaki.
                    The lamb was delicious. I don't like lamb but I liked this a lot. The stuff tilapia was delicious. The spinach stuffing was not the standard Greek cafe spinach stuffing. It was bright green with just the right amount of dill and leek. The souvlaki was tender and the yougurt sauce had a nice hint of garlic not the overpowering raw garlic ones I've tasted in other Greek restaurant. Souvlaki was also tender, better then most souvlaki i've had in Northeast Queens. The owner comes out and ask each table if they are enjoying themselves. The staff was attentive and friendly. A definte go to for us when we don't want to go to Astoria.

                    My friend said they had a swordfish last time that was cooked perfectly.

                    My other pick in Whitestone is Il Vesuvio. The pasta is not the standard red sauce ones. I love the buccatelli.

                    Oh yeah Five Guy burgers (technically College Point) when I just can't think about having another McDonald. We are surrounded by McDonalds in Whitestone.

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                      janie RE: PaMa Aug 28, 2010 11:05 AM

                      The Mediterr Grill on Willets is really excellent, have been there for lunch, most recently yesterday, and everything was excellent--greek salad with chicken souvlaki moist and flavorful--pasticcio also great and large portion--good french fries as well..and excellent very accomodating service----

                      Hit up the cupcake place on 150th st, and --Little cupcake--small cupcakes are $1.75 each--tried rainbow and peanut butter choc one--both really excellent and very very moist---
                      tiny but cute little spot...

                      Stopped by Utopia Bagels before that--line to the door at lunch time--got my kid something there and some stuff to go--when I first went--they really didn't have much in the way of smoked fish, this time they had a huge selection--bagels there are really excellent---after complaining bitterly about the state of bagels in Queens,,,I am very glad to have a good spot to go to--the bialys are great, too--and spreads are fine---even their salt bagels are classic old school-------

                      There's also Dolce Via the gelato place nearby and the fantastic Greek Emporium (i've officially defected from Titan and now go there--nicer people and very good selection of fetas and cheeses and other stuff)---

                      Whitestone's got some good spots............

                      Also..gyro corner's got some decent takeout spinach pies, and Graziella's isn't far for great grandma slice...

                      Utopia Bagels
                      19-09 Utopia Pkwy, Queens, NY 11357

                      33-25 Francis Lewis Blvd, Queens, NY 11358

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                        janie RE: janie Aug 28, 2010 01:17 PM

                        oh, forgot to mention, excellent cake like black and white cookie from Utopia Bagels..

                        Utopia Bagels
                        19-09 Utopia Pkwy, Queens, NY 11357

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                          glen3a RE: janie Aug 31, 2010 09:23 AM

                          Can you please give an exact location for the Greek Emporium. I find Titan too busy.

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                            janie RE: glen3a Aug 31, 2010 09:29 AM

                            Greek Emporium 12-52 150TH STREET ...in Whitestone...Our Regular Store Hours are M-F 9AM to 8PM, Sat 9AM to 7PM, Sun 9AM to 5PM. (347)368-6516
                            when you go, make sure to try the gelato place 2 doors down, called Dolce Via--and 2 blocks down, the little cupcake store, Little Cakes--and there's also, cherry valley deli, with a trillion sandwiches on their menu--on opposite corner

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                              squid kun RE: glen3a Aug 31, 2010 09:42 AM


                              Greek Food Emporium
                              12-52 150th St, Queens, NY 11357

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                                glen3a RE: squid kun Sep 4, 2010 09:14 AM

                                Thanks, definitely will go.

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                              foodie1017 RE: janie Apr 12, 2011 07:23 PM

                              Utopia Bagels is great and Mediterranean Grill is good!

                              Utopia Bagels
                              19-09 Utopia Pkwy, Queens, NY 11357

                              Mediterranean Grill
                              160-24 Willets Point Blvd, Queens, NY 11357

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                            wherrera207 RE: chefjellynow Nov 1, 2009 05:27 PM

                            Great Location, and great service not to mention the food is outstanding, I don't travel too often to queens but now there is a reason to, I would recommend this place to my friends, family and anyone reading this blog, FYI: two thumbs up on decor.

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