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Moving to Queens for 1 month - need recommendations for must-try places

chewbie Mar 22, 2010 05:29 AM

I'm going to be moving to Queens temporarily while my home is renovated and would like recommendations for places that you think I should definitely not miss during my time there. I'm open to all types of cuisine, but strong preferences are for Greek / Meditterranean, Asian (all types) and Mexican / Latin. These are based largely on foods that I've tried and am familiar with, so I welcome the opportunity to expand my horizons as well since I know that Queens is ehtnically diverse. Thank you in advance for any recommendations that you may have.


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    Val55 Mar 23, 2010 11:37 AM

    Southern Spice in Flushing for Indian.
    Sapori d'Ischia in Woodside for Italian (preferably on a Thursday night when they have opera)
    Empanadas del parque, Corona
    Shake Shack, Citifield
    Tournesol, French, LIC
    Andy's, Taiwanese, Rego Park

    You can park fairly easily at all of the above (except for Citifield)

    Sapori d'Ischia
    55-15 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

    50-12 Vernon Blvd, Queens, NY 11101

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

    Woodside Cafe
    60-06 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11377

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      MPgoombah Mar 23, 2010 09:40 AM

      Peruvian Chicken.....Pio Pio ...betw. 84th & 85th sts...Northern Blvd, Jackson Heights
      Argentine....Pampas Argentinas...Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills...718.268.9606
      Greek.....Agnanti...Ditmars Blvd. across from Astoria Park
      Mexican(authentic)...Taqueria Coatzingo.....Roosevelt Ave & betw. 76th & 77th st(not fancy but solid) Jackson Heights
      Brasilian.....Favela....Astoria...i could drive there but the address escapes me...near GCP & 31st(Elevated train).....718.545..8250
      you mentioned no Italian pref. but Trattoria L'Incontro (Astoria/31stSt near Ditmars) &
      The Parkside...108th St across from Corona Ice King(another thing you should try) 108th St exit off LIE in Corona. these places are very good.
      hope these help. i live in Maspeth, am Italian but am really into Latin & Mediterranean food.

      Trattoria L'Incontro
      21-76 31st St, Queens, NY 11105

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        chewbie Mar 23, 2010 07:07 AM

        Thanks to all of you for the very helpful insights. I feel like I at least have some general direction as to where to target now. My wife and I are definitely not averse to walking off some of the calories that we're planning to ingest so driving to a central location and then exploring on foot sounds like the way to go. Thanks again!

        1. Jeffsayyes Mar 22, 2010 01:46 PM

          take a walk down roosevelt ave. take a walk up steinway. go to the golden mall in flushing. try the korean places at teh murray hill LIRR station.

          there is so much good food in queens. don't waste a meal!

          search the boards for whatever you are in the mood for.

          where exactly are you in queens? rockaway beach is not accessible to astoria. and wehre are you coming from?

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          1. re: Jeffsayyes
            chewbie Mar 22, 2010 03:08 PM

            I'm staying in Rosedale but have access to a car and some general familiarity with most areas in Queens.

            1. re: chewbie
              Glendale is hungry Mar 23, 2010 06:37 AM

              Hi Chewbie,

              Lan' sakes! Rosedale's out there!

              Ok, I'm guessing that you'll be doing most of your Queens exploration on weekends and by car.

              My suggestion is to leave by car (early!) and find a place to park for most of the day (free on-street parking is possible if you leave early enough) and then check out the immediate environs on foot or by subway if it's convenient. This is especially important for Downtown Flushing and Jackson Heights, which are both right on the 7 train.

              How early should you leave? That's a good question. I've had trouble finding a space in Downtown Flushing at 10AM on Saturdays and Sundays even in the Muni Lot, which isn't free. Flushing's tough—but well worth the effort.

              Jackson Heights is a little easier but I wouldn't get there much later than around 10:30AM on a weekend and you will likely still have to walk about 5-10 minutes to get to where the action is.

              Other Queens food wonderlands like Astoria, Woodside, and Elmhurst can also be difficult to park in but I haven't found them to be as challenging as Jax Hgts & Flushing.

              Good luck!


              Glendale is hungry...

              1. re: chewbie
                Jeffsayyes Mar 23, 2010 03:24 PM

                rosedale is nearly Long Island, but who cares? right?
                parking usually isn't terrible in most places other than flushing and astoria... as long as you don't mind walking a bit.

                I would chekc out richmond hill for the caribbean flavor. Get some doubles and other curry fares along Liberty. go to dim sum in flushing. eat at least 5 times in flushing. check out new park pizza in howard beach. I would walk down roosevelt ave for the taco carts. find a korean place on Northern blvd too. 1 month is not enough. you're probably going to end up moving here if you like to eat.

                1. re: Jeffsayyes
                  Val55 Mar 23, 2010 04:16 PM

                  I agree with Jeff in everything but his pizza rec. If you are looking for pizza, I would go to Nick's in FHills for a pie and Amore's in Whitestone shopping center for a slice.

                  Amore Cafe
                  8434 164th St, Queens, NY 11432

                  1. re: Val55
                    Jeffsayyes Mar 24, 2010 08:14 AM

                    rosedale is not far from New Park Pizza, that's why I named it. but I would still recommend it!
                    also the one's val listed. there's a ton of great pizza out there.

                    New Park Pizza
                    156-71 Cross Bay Blvd, Queens, NY 11414

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              Anne Mar 22, 2010 10:29 AM

              Istanbul for Turkish, and Tangra Wok for Indo-Chinese. Both on Queens Blvd. near 63rd Drive, across from the Sears.
              Especially fond of the vegetarian appetizer plate at Istanbul. Tangra Wok's lunchtime buffet is good (and inexpensive), but when we order off the menu we're sure to get the pepper shrimp and the gobi (cauliflower) manchurian.

              Tangra Wok
              95-24 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11374

              1. g
                Glendale is hungry Mar 22, 2010 10:18 AM

                Chow Ku for you, Chew

                Sri Pra Phai Woodside
                Watercress Crunch Tang Heaven
                Garden Seats at 6

                Crispy Blissful Pouch
                at Mama's Empañadas
                Sunnyside To Go


                Glendale is hungry...

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