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Apr 26, 2011 01:25 PM

Dining near the Queens Zoo?

Hitting the QZ this weekend, possibly (depends on the weather) and wondering if there's anything good to eat while we're out there. Don't know that area too well. I suppose worse comes to worse we could cab it to Sripraphai, but I'm wondering if there's something closer, in walking distance, that's decent - a hidden neighborhood gem, maybe - any style cuisine is fine.

Queens-hounders, fill me in!

64-13 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

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  1. Empanadas Cafe
    serves great food (empanadas are made to order), but the place is really tiny (like 3 tables). If weather is good, I hope that doesn't matter much as you might also want to stop by Ice Cream King of Corona for dessert.
    Also see for some options a little farther away.

    Empanadas Cafe
    56-27 Van Doren St, Queens, NY 11368

    1. If you want to try some good Argentinian food, you can travel east down Corona Ave. to the corner of Corona & Junction Blvd. There a great carneceria (butcher)/ restaurant called El Gauchito which has great grilled meat. Across the street there a really tasty bakery (paneceria) called Rio de la Plata. (the river which separates ARG from Uruguay) There's yet another Argentine restaurant right on the corner who's name escapes me. Buon provecho!

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

      Rio de la Plata
      94-65 Corona Ave, Queens, NY 11373

      1. Tortilleria Nixtamal
        Parkside (Italian)
        Both are within walking distance.
        Plenty of reviews on both if you do a search.

        Park Side
        107-01 Corona Ave, Queens, NY 11368

        Tortilleria Nixtamal
        104-05 47th Ave, Queens, NY 11368

        1. Corona is close and walkable. Along with some of the other suggestions, there's Don Alex for Peruvian (across the street from Parkside).

          Leo's Latticini for sandwiches if you're there during the daytime. Save room for some pastries from their shop next door as well.

          And if you get to the Argentine corner of Junction/Corona Ave, there's also Esquina Criolla for steaks. Not sure which one I like better between them and El Gauchito.

          Also, if you want to get to other Chow spots nearby, get on the Q58 bus.

          Leo's Latticini
          46-02 104th St, Queens, NY 11368

          La Esquina Criolla
          94-67 Corona Ave, Queens, NY 11373

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

          1. Thanks to everyone for the suggestions - Park Side looks fun, but from what I gather it can be a mob scene on the weekends, and since we don't know how long we'll be at the zoo, I can't really make a reservation. But they look like a place I'd like to try at some point. I think we'll probably go for Nixtamal - not sure, since we have really good tacos near us already and it's always nice to try something different. Argentinian steakhouses never really did much for me - I despise the place near us (Azul on the LES) as everything is served on sizzling plates so it winds up overcooking, but if they're different out there we might give one of them a try. Right now, though, it's between Nixtamal and cabbing it to SriPraPhai...

            64-13 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

            Park Side
            107-01 Corona Ave, Queens, NY 11368