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pwrube Apr 29, 2010 09:25 AM

Have a party of 4 (including 2 sort of elderly Moms) and looking at Danny Browns, La Vigna, Alberto's or Il Poeta. Have called DB already for reservation and waiting for call back. Any thoughts on any of these restaurants would be appreciated! Not from the area and haven't been to any of them. Thanks.

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Danny Brown
104-02 Metropolitan Ave, Queens, NY 11375

La Vigna
100-11 Metropolitan Ave, Queens, NY 11375

Il Poeta
98-04 Metropolitan Ave, Queens, NY 11375

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  1. janie Apr 29, 2010 08:50 PM

    Danny Brown's tries to be Manhattan like for Queens--bit pricey, portions small--menu very limited--not sure if the elderly mom's would care too much for it, also, small place, bit noisy--not the most comfortable atmosphere for older folks...think Alberto's would be much better for you, the food is very good there---and the atmosphere much more suited...have never been to Il Poeta, but heard very mixed things about the place--and it always looks empty when I pass it by--La Vigna, used to be pretty good several years ago, but a friend of mine that used to go there, says it's gone quite downhill---I think you would be pleased with Albertos.

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    Danny Brown
    104-02 Metropolitan Ave, Queens, NY 11375

    Il Poeta
    98-04 Metropolitan Ave, Queens, NY 11375

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      pwrube May 2, 2010 02:32 PM

      Thanks! Have reservations at Alberto's!

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        pellegrino31 May 4, 2010 08:45 AM

        Danny Brown's is definitely the best of the lot. The idea that it's "trying" to be Manhattan is ridiculous - the food is well prepared and not gimmicky. The portion sizes are reasonable - I mean really, does one need a pound of pasta to think value? Their menu is market driven and they source from very nice purveyors so you know you're not getting feedlot meat or industrial vegetables. And the best is that they never rely on things like those multicolored gas station flags to announce a special menu or changes to the restaurant which I feel demonstrates a seriousness about the cooking. If you drive up and down Metropolitan you'll see a lot of tacky banners and such in front of the restaurants which is my sign to steer clear.

        That all said, if they are doing a special Mother's Day menu then I would say go back another time so you can order from the regular menu without restrictions. I generally find that even very good restaurants can falter a little on those kinds of days.

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        Danny Brown
        104-02 Metropolitan Ave, Queens, NY 11375

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          richg35 May 10, 2010 06:17 PM

          I agree with this 100%. I took my wife there for Valetine's day but we went the night before so we could choose from the full, regular menu. The place was excellent and we left quite satisfied. I can't imagine an eater that their portion sizes would leave unsatisfied.

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            janie May 10, 2010 08:30 PM

            it didn't satisfy my husband and he's lean at 160 lbs.

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              richg35 May 11, 2010 11:50 AM

              Oh well. My hanger steak was more than enough.

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        kayemtee May 6, 2010 07:05 PM

        The only part I agree with is that Danny Brown's is a bit noisy. I don't think the menu is limited at all. Plenty to chose from . I found the portions to be at least adaquate and some on the large side and unfortunately, I weigh 260 lbs. The chicken uner brick is enourmous and one of the best tasting main dishes I've had anywhere. I had the monk fish last week and it was superb. We're heading back tomorrow for the third time in a month.

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        Danny Brown
        104-02 Metropolitan Ave, Queens, NY 11375

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          pwrube May 10, 2010 05:54 AM

          Alberfo's worked out great! Had a 6:30 reservation and had to wait about 15-20 minutes but then all the tables started to turn over. Started out a bit noisy, but ended up tolerable.. Place was packed, but the service was great and friendly. They weren't serving their whole menu but what they had was fine and also offered to make anything you wanted. Food was very good. They gave out little bags of cookies to all Moms when they left. Nice touch. Thanks for the good choice!

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            janie May 10, 2010 10:54 AM

            Glad it all worked out well...I spent Mother's Day at Sripiphai and I usually never go on the weekends, but was asked what I was in the mood for by the crew, and I felt like Thai--so waited about 35 minutes, but everything was spot on and it was a festive fun time--with lots of families abound. You can really judge the service in a restaurant when it's a madhouse and they are still so accomodating, and lovely.

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              MOREKASHA May 10, 2010 07:26 PM

              Nice folks, good place and they have a decent steak as well.

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            Val55 Apr 30, 2010 07:51 AM

            Not the part of Metropolitan Ave you are talking about, but how about Uvarara if you are looking for Italian for Mother's Day.

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            Uvarara
            79-28 Metropolitan Ave, Queens, NY 11379

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