I don't know how many Bayside-ians there are on the Chowhound board, but I was wondering where in that nabe people liked to go to eat? I'm helping to open up a new place on Bell Blvd and wanted to see what kind of place the locals like to go to.
I am not currently a local, but Dad still lives in Bayside. We recently went to the Terrace diner in Bay Terrace and liked the open airy feel of the room. We didn't ask much of the food on this occasion. We just wanted eggs and salad and they filled the bill satisfactorily. What I really liked was that my 94 year old Dad was not ignored and was treated as well as all the other customers. I also must say that home fries with my mushroom omelet were outstanding.
The Bell Blvd. dining scene seems to revolve around the long time stalwarts like DONOVAN'S, BOURBON STREET, MAGGIE MAYS, PAPAZZIO...MAGGIE MAY'S...does MONAHAN'S even serve food anymore.
When people want to splurge or celebrate UNCLE JACK'S STEAKHOUSE fills that bill..otherwise UJ's has a steady clientele of Queen's based lawyer's accountants, doctor's, car salesman, etc.
The original ERAWAN Thai restaurant near 42nd Avenue is also popular.
I am sure the lack of parking on Bell Blvd. drives local's to THE BAY TERRACE SHOPPING CENTER which has an OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE, APPLEBEE'S. TONY ROMA'S, BEN'S DELI and an Asian or Chinese Restaurant plus a diner.
I could not tell you a thing about the various sushi or Chinese and Korean joints along Bell Blvd.
GINO'S on 35th Avenue is also a big draw.
...and TEQUILA SUNRISE has been around for about 25 years.......