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Leaving Queens!!! What are the must eats before I go?

Hi all,

I'm moving down deep to Brooklyn next month and would probably not have the time to frequent all the great eateries in Queens. So before I move, I really want to try as many 'those not to be missed plates" in Queens as possible.

I'm currently living in Flushing, but have not been to that many restaurants in the area. So far I had dined @ Spicy & Tasty, Corner 28, Red Chopsticks, Nan Xiang soup dumplings, Sentosa Malaysian, Gu Shiang Taiwanese, San Soo Gap San Korean, Imperial Palace, Canton Gourmet. Had take-out from the Xi'an place down in Golden Mall. That's about it.

Haven't really explored places outside of Flushing, only one I can remember was the famous Sripraphai.

So would the chowhound area experts fill me in on what have I missed in Flushing and other parts of Queens that I should definitely get to before I move out of the area? As I only have about 9 days left to get to as many places as possible, places close to the 7 train subway stops will be on top of my list.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Based on my dinner of last night, I would add Southern Spice to the list. See the voluminous thread at: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/592295
    SS is on 45th Avenue, a couple of blocks east of Kissena Blvd.

    1. Have you had a torta or cemita ( w/cheese) from the Tia Julia truck yet?

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      1. re: johnk

        Um... no, I actually never heard of it. Ignorant me, where is it though?

        1. re: gac101

          It is a Mexican food cart recently touted in the NYTimes, on the border of Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, not exactly Flushing.


      2. Ocean Jewel Seafood Restaurant
        Jade Asian Restaurant
        Both for dim sum!!!

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        1. re: Asumnuthin

          Oh, I think I've been to Ocean Jewel Seafood Restaurant once for a group dinner and Jade Asian Restaurant once for a group dim sum... I forgot about them as both times I went with a large group... I do agree these are excellent cantonese fare.

        2. If you can get to Hillside Ave and Springfield Blvd. (and Braddock Ave.), there's an Italian restaurant called Cara Mia's. I think their meatballs are to die for. Here's a review:
          220-20 Hillside Ave., Queens Village; (718) 740-9118. Note: they're closed on Mondays.

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          1. re: nooyawka

            Oh man, looks good but kinda far. I think I need to take the F then the Q43 there... I'll see if I can squeeze it in. Thanks for the rec.

            1. Taqueria Coatzinga,Nixtamal ,Lemon Ice King ,Parkside,ElGauchito,Kababish,Donavan's,Spicy Mina,Tournesol,Rincon Criolla

              ..and these are just my favorites in each cuisine and near the 7

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              1. re: stuartlafonda

                Those are good recs. I used to eat the oxtail at Rincon. Just wanted to add, though, that the Lemon Ice King and Parkside are a bit aways from the 7. They're about 10-11 blocks, although when I lived in Corona, I would have walked it from 111th. A better way to get to those from Flushing, if you decide to go, is the Q58 from Main and 41st Rd. Takes you right past "Spaghetti Park", which is where the Parkside is, and the Ice King is at the other point of the triangle.

              2. Trip over to ANDRE's Hungarian Bakery on 67th Road & Queens Blvd. - Prune danish.
                Ride down to NUTRIPAN on Junction Blvd. & 57th Avenue for bread pudding and wickedly wonderous tripe soup (mondongo) special on Friday's - hurry - they're closing any minute!

                1. Check out Roti Boti on 21st near Astoria Blvd in Astoria, Chow (or Chao) Thai in Elmhurst, Pho Bat (but never the yucky Pho Bac in the diner right next to it in the
                  parking lot) in the shopping center on Bwy just past Elmhurst hospital, BZ Grill for great Greek meat on Astoria Blvd near 24th st., the awesomely hot szichuan place next to Flushing Violin, ahhh...the list goes on and is too good. Why are you moving to Brooklyn? Are you a yuppie or a skippie??

                  Ohmygod...chowhound's computers just kicked in and mapped Pho Bac, but not Pho Bat?!?! AGain: Pho Bac = yuck; Pho Bat = TASTE. What's going on? They wann stear you wrong!!

                  Pho Bac
                  82-78 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

                  BZ Grill
                  2702 Astoria Blvd, Queens, NY 11102

                  Roti Boti
                  27-09 21st St, Queens, NY 11102

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                  1. re: zemilideias

                    so, it's pho bac - turn back, and pho bat - get that. right?

                    1. re: zemilideias

                      I thought it was called Pho Bang, not Pho Bat.
                      Regardless, I don't consider their pho to be up to snuff.

                      1. re: Joe MacBu

                        Is there any place in Queens for good pho? Tried Pho Bac today, was greatly in need of some soul-soothing pho to heal my aches/pains/cold/etc. With a hearty dose of Sriracha or ten, it was so-so, but NO WHERE near as good as the stuff I had during a recent trip to Seattle. Was considering trying Pho Bang, but Bac looked a bit cozier in terms of decor.

                        Pho Bang
                        4107 Kissena Blvd, Queens, NY 11355

                        Pho Bac
                        82-78 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

                    2. Thanks all for the great recs, something happened and it turns out I'll be staying in the area for at least a few more months. So I'll make sure to sample the names mentioned and report back. In fact, I got delivery from Southern Spice this past weekend, got the onion kulcha, mango lassi, fish curry, chicken 65, dry sauteed mutton, everything is excellent. While I thought it's a bit pricy portion wise compare to the other delivery places in Flushing and Murray Hill, I think the taste more than makes up for it. Just wished the lassi was a bit more sour and they gave me more rice.

                      P.S: I did not get anything in complimentary as reported by some lucky folks in other threads.

                      Southern Spice
                      1635 Hillside Ave, New Hyde Park, NY 11040

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                      1. re: gac101

                        Good! And here's a suggestion on where to celebrate.:) Head to Katsuno, a Japanese restaurant @Met Ave. Top-quality Japanese food: mind-boggling noodles, excellent fish and seafood, harmonious food composition. Not cheap, yet worth every penny. IMHO

                        103-01 Metropolitan Ave, Queens, NY 11375