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Pre-Mets Alternatives - Preferences or New Ideas?

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BillyBob Apr 22, 2010 06:45 AM

Every year, we trek out to a number of Mets games and hit up our favorite places along the #7 train. Now that it is a new season, anybody have new ideas to sample? We were thinking steak and when it comes to Argentinean steakhouses, we seem to have centered in on La Portena and La Fusta. We are open to any cuisines, though. We have gone to, among others, Donovans, El Sitio, Sripraphai, Spicy and Tasty, Little Pepper, Criolla Esquina, tacos at coatzingo (the truck Tia Julia at 96th is my favorite, though), Spicy Mina. etc. Thanks and go Mets (although it is a new season, it seems like its the same old bad team....)

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La Fusta
80-32 Baxter Ave, Queens, NY 11373

Spicy Mina
64-23 Broadway, Queens, NY 11377

Little Pepper
133-43 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11354

SriPraPhai
64-13 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

El Sitio
6828 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11377

La Portena
74-25 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11372

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

  1. Bob Martinez Apr 22, 2010 08:59 AM

    That's a great list. Sometimes when you've got a great rotation the thing to do when you get to the end is to start at the beginning all over again. But if you're really looking to branch out, I recommend La Fusta over La Portena by a small margin. I liked the atmosphere at LF just a little bit better and the overall meal was better.

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    La Fusta
    80-32 Baxter Ave, Queens, NY 11373

    La Portena
    74-25 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11372

    1. EJC Apr 22, 2010 12:37 PM

      Agreed, this is a pretty great list. Last year I introduced my brother to Korean Fried Chicken at Unidentified Flying Chicken, so that's where we returned after opening day.

      I love baseball season, as it gives me an excuse to be in Queens much more often.

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      Unidentified Flying Chickens
      71-22 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372

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        Val55 Apr 23, 2010 02:01 PM

        EJC, Citi Field actually has its own Korean Fried Chicken at the World's Fare Market. I have not had it yet, but it is on my list.

        Billy Bob, don't forget Mama's of Corona, if you are near Nixtamal. And Tournesol on the last stop of the 7 before Manhattan is one of my favorite restaurants. At that stop, also, there is Manducatis Rustica, and Manducatis and Manettas. I hope I am spelling everything correctly.

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        Tournesol
        50-12 Vernon Blvd, Queens, NY 11101

        Manducatis
        13-27 Jackson Ave, Queens, NY 11101

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

        Manducatis Rustica
        46-31 Vernon Blvd, Queens, NY 11101

        Citi Field
        Roosevelt Ave and 126th St, Queens, NY 11368

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        stuartlafonda Apr 22, 2010 06:16 PM

        Nixtamal, you will be very happy. It is a bit of a walk from Roosevelt but worth the effort. If you want to stay closer to the train, I love Rincon Criolla.

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        1. re: stuartlafonda
          johnk Apr 23, 2010 03:04 AM

          Went to Nixtamal for the first time a couple of weeks ago.
          Had three fish tacos which were delicious. You can then walk over to Timmy-O's for a frozen custard or Benfaremo's for a lemon ice.
          Regards,
          JK

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          dietndesire Apr 22, 2010 07:15 PM

          Southern Spice, though a bit of a walk(for some)from the train stop.

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          1. re: dietndesire
            Bob Martinez Apr 23, 2010 06:18 AM

            "though a bit of a walk(for some)from the train stop."

            Google maps says it's a mile.

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              Val55 Apr 23, 2010 02:02 PM

              I believe the Q65 runs from Main Street Flushing right to Southern Spice.

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

            2. el jefe Apr 23, 2010 07:32 AM

              Renee's Kitchenette or Ihawan for Filipino food at 69th Street.
              Upi Jaya for indonesian, one very long block from 74th Street.
              Despite their success this week, it's really hard being a Mets fan.

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              Ihawan
              40-06 70th St, Queens, NY 11377

              Renee's Kitchenette
              69-14 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11377

              Upi Jaya
              76-04 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11373

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                kathryn Apr 23, 2010 08:22 AM

                Aside from Spicy and Tasty and Little Pepper, what else have you done in terms of Chinese food? I'd hit up Xian Famous Foods/Chengdu Heaven or gorge on soup dumplings at Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao. Or do a dumpling crawl: Best North, Zhu Ji, White Bear, topped off with some duck buns.

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/636409
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6272...

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                White Bear
                135-02 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11354

                Little Pepper
                133-43 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11354

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