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Feb 13, 2011 05:41 AM

Staying at Pan American in Queens for a week

After some advice for some eateries in that area, price wise looking at around $20-30 per person.

Also is there a bar nearby? and if so would they allow a 13 year old in?

Looking to try a few something different every night so after some advice

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  1. Cuckoo's Nest & Donovan's are close by in Woodside. Good pub grub, 13 year old Guinness fans welcome!
    Sripraphai is a legendary Chowhound Thai place, also in Woodside.
    Towards the city in Sunnyside is Mangal Kabob & Turkish Grill.
    Also in Sunnyside is DeMole, excellent Mexican.
    Ben's Best Kosher Deli is the other way on Queens Blvd. ( Rego Park )

    Ben's Best Kosher Deli
    96-40 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11374

    64-13 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

    46-20 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11104

    Turkish Grill
    42-03 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11104

    The Cuckoo's Nest
    61-04 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11377

    1. Only 2 blocks away on Queens blvd is Great Wall supermarket.It an asian market in back with fruits and vsggies. In the front on Queens Blvd., they serve hot food like dim sum,baked goods, coffee tea drinks etc.They also have inexpensive take out lunches where you get a choice of 3 items and rice for $4.95 plus you get a soup broth. You get to pick from a hot table of about 15-20 items including veggies.don't go too late in the pm or you get the leftovers.Don't be concerned about not speaking chinese because lots of non-chinese buy food there, Just say rice and point to the items you want.
      They also have East buffet right across Queens blvd. on Albion ave next to gas station. It is a huge place with lunch buffet about $14.00 includes tax and tip. About $28 for dinner but you get more choices including lobster. Very crowded on weekends though.

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      1. re: foodie9

        2nd this. good suggestions within walking distance.

      2. One block east of the hotel is the Pop Diner. Menu here:

        Pop Diner
        80-26 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11373

        1. The best options close to the Pan Am hotel are Boca Juniors, an Argentine steakhouse, East Buffet (as mentioned previously), and Pop Diner (not my favorite, but has something for everyone, I prefer Georgia Diner) and Ping's for Cantonese/dim sum. It's not clear what kind of place you're looking for, but the Pan Am is close to the better Thai (Ploy, Chao, Boon Chu, Ayada), Filipino (Renee's, Ihawan, Engelines, etc.), Mexican (Coatzingo, Gallo Giro taco cart, El Cilantro, El Picosito truck, etc.), Malaysian (Taste Good), Argentine/Uruguayan (Parrillada Mi Tio, Esquina Criolla, El Gauchito, Chivito d'Oro), Colombian (Pequeña Colombia, Casa Colombia, Cositas Ricas, Los Arrieros, the Arepa Lady stand, Super Avena almojabanas, etc.), Ecuadorian (Hornado Ecuatoriano, Picada Azuaya), Indonesian (Mie Jakarta, Minangasli, Upi Jaya, Bromo Satay House), Tibetan/Nepali (Himalayan Yak, Mustang Thakali, etc.), Peruvian (Urubamba, Don Alex, etc.) joints in NYC. Many of these places are within walking distance, or a stop or two on the subway or a short bus ride away. I'm not sure if you are arriving with a car, which makes all these places even more convenient. They all fit within your budget, and might provide some excitement for a 13-year old. You'll be situated in what is considered the most diverse neighborhood in the US, so you might as well take advantage of being so close to some of the best NYC (or the US) can offer in these categories of cuisines.

          58-28 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11377

          Georgia Diner
          86-55 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11373

          The Arepa Lady
          Roosevelt Ave and 79th St, Queens, NY 11372

          El Gauchito
          94-60 Corona Ave, Queens, NY 11373

          Cositas Ricas
          79-19 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372

          Boca Junior
          81-08 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11373

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

          Boon Chu
          83-18 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

          10-07 50th Ave, Queens, NY 11101

          Pop Diner
          80-26 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11373

          East Buffet & Restaurant
          42-07 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

          Los Arrieros
          76-02 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372

          Mi Tio
          89-08 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11373

          77-08 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11373

          El Cilantro
          81-16 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

          Don Alex
          106-26 Corona Ave, Queens, NY 11368

          Casa Colombia
          86-23 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372

          Bromo Satay House
          83-25 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

          El Picosito
          82-77 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

          4 Replies
          1. re: E Eto

            You know, you are going to be missed around here.

            1. re: E Eto

              wow great post. i missed it the first time around.

            2. you're in elmhurst. there's amazing thai, latino, and indian food nearby all within your price range.
              My favorite Indian spot is Delhi Heights (chicken makhani is my fav dish there), as mentioned Sripraphai for Thai other hounds like Ayada and Ciao Thai. For latino food you're right by Bocas Junior (argentian steakhouse), I've only been there once but I liked it. There are better latino restaurants towards Corona which is nearby, if you have a car my favorites are Manuelito (Ecuadorian, ceviches) and Natives Restaurant (Colombian food). If you stop by Manuelito don't miss Timmy Os frozen custard which is across the street and if you stop by Natives dont miss the cholado with ice cream at Xtasis which is a few blocks away. a 13 yr old would love Timmy Os and cholados.

              64-13 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

              82-12 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11372

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

              Timmy O's
              49-07 104th St, Queens, NY 11368

              77-08 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11373

              103-28 Corona Ave, Queens, NY 11368

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              1. re: daffyduck

                Thanks guys some really great ideas there the Thai and Argentinian look good.

                We dont have a car but are purchasing a 7 day ticket so will be using the subway/bus. Xtasis looks good for our kid so will see if we can go there by subway/bus.

                He is especially looking forward to ribs - where woul dbe best for them in the area?

                Once again thanks to everyone for the responses

                82-12 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11372

                1. re: mmills6393

                  You mean BBQ ribs? I just had the ones from Legends in Jackson Heights (not too far from Elmhurst. They were good, dry but served with a nice sauce on the side.

                  It's in a bar, and we got takeout and I wasn't the one who went, so can't tell you if the scene would be ok for a 13-year-old. But the ribs travel well, so you could get takeout and eat in your hotel room.

                  1. re: missmasala

                    Sorry yes BBQ ribs - we just call then ribs over here.

                    really looking forward to this as love asian food and sounds like we have dropped lucky. Thanks to everyone for the sugestions.

                    1. re: mmills6393

                      Where are you from?
                      Will you be heading into Manhattan at all? There are places like Dinosaur, R.U.B., Daisy Mays, etc. that offer some great ribs. Not much worhwhile out here in Queens...

                  2. re: mmills6393

                    Congratulations: you are in the Asian food heaven! I would like to add Ihawan,a Filipino food mecca, 40-06 70th St in Woodside, a walking distance from your hotel.