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Mar 24, 2010 10:39 AM

Near Broadway/Roosevelt Subway, Open for Lunch

I work near the 53rd & 3rd E train. I discovered today that it takes 10-15 minutes to Jackson Heights, which makes it feasible for lunch on slow days. Zabb is closed for lunch, so I ended up at Shangri-La Tibetan--not very good.

What places near the subway are good and open for lunch? I know Coatzingo. I need places within a 5-minute walk. Thanks

Zabb Elee
71-28 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372

7415 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372

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  1. try villacolombia on 82nd st. massive lunches, good, real food.
    im a big fan of the thenthuk in shangrila.

    there's a bunch of thai along roosevelt. u dzika on 37th and mid 80s. there's a ton. all there is to do along roosevelt is eat and groom.

    1. Peter, if you're into Phillipino food, you might give Engeline's a try. It's on Roosevelt and 59th, and even closer to Manhattan than Jackson Heights. I've only enjoyed their breakfasts thus far, but have every indication that their regular menu has some high points. That's pretty much hard by the 61st Street 7 stop. Depending on how fast you walk, Ayada Thai(technically in Elmhurst) isn't far from the 74th street stop, but, admittedly, might set you back another 30 minutes. Some good, pungent flavors here. A nearby Thai grocery - Ally's - has take-out items from Ayada that hold up pretty well. And, if the spice and pungency are doing a number on your insides, there's also nearby Moon's Accupuncture, whose proprietor always warns me off of spicy food to begin with. Look for the gigantic grizzly bear in the storefront window.

      58-28 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11377

      77-08 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11373

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      1. re: Polecat

        along filipino lines, Krystal's has a nice buffet. around 7 dollars. buffets are great if you are narrow on time. muuuuch better than renee's

        1. re: Polecat

          For practicality, it needs to be an E express stop, no transfers, since it's lunch from the office, which is why I'm only looking for the immediate vicinity of the Broadway/Roosevelt station. So for my purposes, 59th Street isn't closer than 74th. But thanks for the suggestions.

        2. I drive to that area for lunch but only for TC. I go to 69th street more often for lunch at Tia Julia, Sri, UFC, and El Sitio. The 7 train goes to 69th, but it's walkable from the Roosevelt stop. Renee's is there too, but I still haven't been.

          Other Mexican places I've tried near TC, Azteca and tacolandia, weren't as good.

          El Sitio
          6828 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11377

          Tia Julia
          91st St and Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372

          El Azteca
          92-01 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372

          1. MiDang - the Korean-Chinese place on Broadway and 75th - is worth trying. Food in my experience has been uniformly good, and the woman usually presiding over things is very kind and solicitous, though her English is not great.

            The large Asian supermarket across the street stocks 24oz cans of Blue Bull and Red Bull MALT LIQUOR (along with 16oz cans of Silver Thunder MALT LIQUOR) at favorable prices. These are increasingly tough to find elsewhere in Queens, and you'd be foolish not to have at least two cans before getting back on the train and returning to the office.

            75-14 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

            1. There's Delhi Heights on 74 and 37th ave.(a few steps off of Roosevelt), I think you already know Mustang Thakali on 37 Ave and 74. They have lots of lunch specials including a delicious goat with pumpkin sauce. Also good is Rajbhog on 37th ave. and 73 street. All less than a 5 minute walk to the station.

              72-27 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11372

              Delhi Heights
              37-66 74th St, Queens, NY 11372