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Mar 22, 2010 05:29 AM

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

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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  1. 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...

    1. 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. 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?

        5 Replies
        1. re: Jeffsayyes

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

          1. re: chewbie

            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

              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

                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

                  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

          2. 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. 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