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Dining near the Queens Zoo?

sgordon Apr 26, 2011 01:25 PM

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!

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

  1. sgordon Apr 28, 2011 12:04 PM

    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...

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

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

    1. E Eto Apr 26, 2011 09:41 PM

      Corona is close and walkable. Along with some of the other suggestions, there's Don Alex for Peruvian (across the street from Parkside).
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/736199

      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.
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/237801

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      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. el jefe Apr 26, 2011 06:53 PM

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

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

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

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          mhm5443 Apr 26, 2011 03:30 PM

          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!

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

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

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            diprey11 Apr 26, 2011 02:38 PM

            Empanadas Cafe
            http://www.chow.com/restaurants/17979/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 http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/723450 for some options a little farther away.

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

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