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wonka Nov 2, 2009 08:33 AM

Heard there's alot of new places popping up, any good ones??

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    fcara Nov 14, 2009 12:01 PM

    SweetLeaf is worth the trek! Best coffee & espresso in the boro....They use Stumptown.

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      zemilideias Nov 7, 2009 04:04 PM

      only new? like for people who can afford soulless glass boxes only on the WRONG side of the river or do you mean a good, neighborhood restaurant? If you mean a good neighorhood restaurant Manetta's rocks, an old Italian staple that is nonetheless not at all limited to red sauce and is much better than the new places popping up. A nice meal for three can be had for $60, w/out drinks. Otherwise try Malagueta, the city's best Brazilian which is up a bit, near Ravenswood and the Astoria border and hence perhaps a bit far from the miracle mile down by the water...

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      Malagueta
      25-35 36th Ave, Queens, NY 11106

      Manetta's
      10-76 Jackson Ave, Queens, NY 11101

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        cuaimo Nov 7, 2009 03:37 PM

        It's been a while, but I would agree with Tournesol. Also, not too far away, Vesta.

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        Tournesol
        50-12 Vernon Blvd, Queens, NY 11101

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          BigV Nov 6, 2009 07:32 AM

          Depends on the length of your drive :)

          My favorite LIC spots are La Vuelta (Latin Bistro) and Bella Via (Thin Crust Pizza- comparable with most NYC thin crust places). Sweetleaf and Brasil Coffee House (hasn't been open this week- not sure if it's returning) are great spots for coffee.

          So from the not too distant parts of Queens or Brooklyn, these spots are worth it. If you live in Manhattan or far East Queens or any distance more than that, I don't think you'll miss LIC.

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          La Vuelta
          10-43 44th Dr, Queens, NY 11101

          Bella Via
          47-46 Vernon Blvd, Queens, NY 11101

          Brasil Coffee House
          45-02 23rd St, Queens, NY 11101

          Coffee House
          3714 Astoria Blvd, Queens, NY 11103

          1. Justpaula Nov 6, 2009 05:21 AM

            I guess that all depends on how far you are driving...

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              Val55 Nov 5, 2009 03:31 PM

              From where? I still love Tourensol.

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                jaingmaster Nov 5, 2009 03:22 PM

                I don't know about anywhere new, but IMO Five Star Punjabi is worth the drive.

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                Five Star Diner
                13-05 43rd Ave, Queens, NY 11101

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                1. re: jaingmaster
                  2slices Nov 16, 2009 08:23 AM

                  for a cheap lunch, definitely. And yo won't need dinner either.

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                  wonka Nov 5, 2009 08:13 AM

                  I guess this gives me my answer...maybe there's a need in Long Island City??...was looking for a little help from my fellow chowhounds .

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                    Glendale is hungry Nov 16, 2009 05:31 AM

                    I agree with Val55 below. La Tournesol is well worth the drive—for their crème brulée alone. I also find their pommes frites amazing (be sure to eat them while they're hot!).

                    For me this place has been consistently wonderful. I I have enjoyed every meal I've ever had there.

                    If you choose to go during the day, take a walk down to the water afterwards and enjoy Gantry Park. Also, if it's open (I think it's still there—used to open up at noon) check out the tiny Czech/Slovak gift store on Jackson Avenue near 50th Avenue. They have chocolate, puppets and Christmas ornaments—among other things.

                    Ciao,

                    Glendale is hungry...

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                    Tournesol
                    50-12 Vernon Blvd, Queens, NY 11101

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                      tabs Nov 17, 2009 06:44 PM

                      My family used to drive from Richmond Hill to this place for Birthdays etc long ago. Still great. Might be worth a drive for charm, authenticity alone.

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