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Feb 8, 2010 08:14 AM

JFK area dining

The fetching Ms Grub & I will be spending an overnight at JFK before continuing to India from LA. We should have plenty of time for a dinner, then lunch the next day. I’ve searched the board but found few recent or on-point responses. Need help w a dinner: relatively nearby (don’t wish to go in to Brooklyn), sit-down, can be small & ethnic or upscale; & a lunch: roughly same parameters, but faster service needed so prob not upscale. Obviously Indian restos need not apply &, being from LA, Mex is not a contender. Thx for the advice.

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  1. Without a doubt, you should have dinner at Don Peppe's.
    It is a quintessential New York experience: an old-school Italian restaurant, where some of the waiters have been working for fifty years.
    The food is really quite good: I suggest the baked stuff clams, any pasta and a jug of the house red wine.
    Search this board: it's been written about a dozen times.

    1. How about The Door for some Jamaican?
      It's a very short cab ride from JFK.
      Not sure about the hours listed on the second link below. Best to call beforehand.

      BTW, the placement on the Chowhound map is incorrect. It's at Baisley and NY Blvd.

      The Door
      163-07 Baisley Blvd, Queens, NY 11434

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      1. re: Joe MacBu

        I was about to recommend Singh's Roti Shop, just a few blocks off the Van Wyck on Liberty Ave, my favorite Richmond Hill Trinidadian eatery, or Poor Freddie's Rib Shack (now under a different name), about six or so blocks off the VW on Linden, for some soul food takeout, but, after reading Joe's links to The Door, that's definitely where I'll be headed next time I'm near the airport.

        1. re: Polecat

          I considered mentioning the Trini/Guayanese places in Richmond Hill, but I think it's too similar to Indian food. That can probably be argued to a lesser degree for the Jamaican place too, but I think it's distinctive enough (and not well-represented in LA).

          Thanks for the rib shack tip, and I really need to make it to Maima's soon.

          1. re: Joe MacBu

            Yeah, I figured that about Trinidadian/Guyanese chow myself, but then, how often do they eat bakes and doubles in India?

            I'll play up either The Door or Maima's.

            1. re: Polecat

              I agree with Joe. If I was heading to India, I would not want to eat Trini/Guayanese food, much as I love it. Even bakes and doubles.

              Jamaican food is different and not well-represented in LA, but honestly, before India, I would go for Italian, French, or some kind of Jewish appetizing (isn't Mill Basin Deli pretty near JFK?)

              I've never been to Mill Basin or the Italian place rec'd above, so I can't in all honesty endorse them. And I don't know of a French place. I'm just saying.

              Also, tho Mr. Grub says he doesn't want to go into brooklyn, that might be his best/easiest bet. If he's staying near airport, taking airtrain/A train to someplace in brooklyn may be cheaper than taking a cab to someplace nearby, esp if they have a night and the next day.

      2. You should also give strong consideration to hitting Maima's for some down home Liberian soul food. Highly recommended.

        1. Forgot to add the place link. Here:

          106-47 Guy R Brewer Blvd, Queens, NY 11433