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May 30, 2011 03:19 PM

Top 5 Restaurants to try in Queens?

Im a long time Brooklynite who has hardly ever ventured into Queens. Tell me what Im missing!


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  1. Flushing,Simply put, the largest China Town on the eastcoast. Try the Golden Mall (basement), just decide which place suits your fancy or has seats....

    Golden Shopping Mall
    41-28 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

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    1. re: MOREKASHA

      I second Golden Mall for Chinese varieties.

      I would add in no particular order:
      Ayada or Sripraphai (for Thai).
      danny browns wine bar and kitchen (the only Michelin star restaurant in Queens).
      Taverna Kyklades (for Greek).
      M.Wells (for Montreal inspired eats)
      Vesta (for Italian inspired locally sourced eats)

      Although I haven't been yet, I am reading good things about Eco-Table (in Astoria) and LIC Market.

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

      64-13 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

      Taverna Kyclades
      3307 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11105

      21-02 30th Ave, Queens, NY 11102

      77-08 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11373

      M. Wells Diner
      21-17 49th Ave, Queens, NY 11101

      1. re: EatontheRun

        Is Eco Table open already? I passed by only a week or so ago, and it still looked dark in there.

        Eco Table
        33-20 31st Ave, Queens, NY 11106

        1. re: CitySpoonful

          Apparently opened Wednesday; there are a handful of Yelp reviews.

        2. re: EatontheRun

          We ate at Danny Browns after the Michelin Review was published and enjoyed it.

          We returned recently and was very disappointed. The service and food have gone downhill. We were aware (and not too happy) about their wine markup (300%!!), but tolerated the first time because we enjoyed the food, but this time it really upset us; $33.00 for a Proseco that we get for $9.99 in most "discount" wine stores.

          We won't return. No one mentioned Tournasel in Long Island City.

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

          1. re: Stuartmc910

            Agree about the wine prices. We've been sticking to the food lately which we still find to be good. What dishes did you find disappointing? I find their Tuesday and Wednesday prix fix menu is also a good way to go.

            1. re: EatontheRun

              The steak (2), lobster roll special and chicken under a brick. All so-so. The opening salads were OK as were my ham croquettes. I am usually an uncomplaining diner (unless it's truly bad), but we were entertaining a couple and we were high on the place. They didn't complain, but we could see they did not enjoy their meal.

          2. re: EatontheRun

            How we wanted to like this new restaurant....really, we did. We tried it for lunch today and were sorely disappointed. The food is ordinary at best. We were totally unimpressed and for this money you can eat a lot better nearby. It irks us to be asked if we want sparkling water when we first sit down, too, and after we ordered two main courses we were asked if we wouldn't like to split a side of fries. If we wanted fries, we'd have asked. We don't quibble about paying more for a great meal. But for an ordinary meal, no thank you.

            Eco Table
            33-20 31st Ave, Queens, NY 11106

            1. re: phylrose

              which restaurant are you talking about?

              1. re: Jeffsayyes

                sorry--I put in the lead that I was talking about Eco Table.

                Eco Table
                33-20 31st Ave, Queens, NY 11106

                1. re: phylrose

                  Yeah, Eco-Table would not even begin to qualify as a Top 5 in Queens. Ick!

                  1. re: BTaylor

                    I've heard so many conflicting thing about Eco-Table. I'm going to wait for a while before I have a meal there.

              2. re: phylrose

                I live at that corner, and there's nothing about the concept of Eco-table I really find that interesting. That said, I don't think the sparkling water thing is a fair criticism. It's a pretty common question at many restaurants, even if it is a little "un-Queens."

          3. jeeg, a few of my favorites%3

            *Arepas Cafe, Astoria (Venzuelan)

            *Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan, Flushing (among many other excellent Flushing Chinese/Korean restaurants -- Fu Run, M&T, Golden Palace, Golden Mall, New World Mall, etc.)

            *Aliada, Astoria (Greek-Cypriot)

            *Ornella Trattoria, Astoria (Regional Italian, esp. from Cilento)

            *Cheburechnaya, Rego Park (Bukharian -- Jewish/Central Asian)

            lthough I don't have specific recs, here are a few great food 'hoods to check out if you're exploring Queens%3

            -Elmhurst Chinatown

            -Jackson Heights/Corona: Colombian, Ecuadorian, and other S. American cuisines

            -Richmond Hill: Indian/Guyanese

            -Northern Blvd. east of Flushing Main St.: Korean

            -Woodside: Filipino, Malaysian, Indonesian

            Golden Shopping Mall
            41-28 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

            Fu Run
            40-09 Prince St, Queens, NY 11354

            Arepas Cafe
            33-07 36th Ave, Queens, NY 11106

            92-09 63rd Dr, Queens, NY 11374

            29-19 Broadway, Queens, NY 11106

            Golden Palace
            14009 Cherry Ave, Queens, NY 11355

            SN New Restaurant
            44-09 Kissena Blvd, Queens, NY 11355

            29-17 23rd Ave, Queens, NY 11105

            Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan
            42-47 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

            New World Mall
            40-21 Main St, Queens, NY 11354

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            1. re: CitySpoonful

              What do you get as a vegetarian at Cheburechnaya? I really liked it when we tried it (fell in love with the sweetbread kabob) but always hesitate to go back bc we had a hard time finding good things for our vegetarian daughter on the menu. Any recs?

            2. These are my faves:
              Nicks Pizza, Forest Hills
              Piccolo Venezia, traditional Italian, Astoria
              Shripraphai, Thai, Jackson Heights
              Kyoto Sushi, Japanese/Thai, Union Tpke and Parsons, Flushing
              Tortilleria Nixtamal, Mexican, 10405 47th Ave, Corona

              Nick's Pizza
              108-26 Ascan Ave, Queens, NY 11375

              Piccola Venezia
              42-01 28th Ave, Queens, NY 11103

              Kyoto Sushi
              153-11 Union Tpke, Queens, NY 11367

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

              1. I'll agree with the others that it is probably best to just group ethnic restaurants together by neighborhood, as there is so much- Flushing and Elmhurst for all things Chinese, etc. To that I might add Rego Park/Forest Hills for Uzbek food (kosher Bukharian...I have only tried Cheburechnaya, but its very good). To all of the other places mentioned I would add London Lennies on Woodhaven Blvd, Rego Park for excellent seafood.

                92-09 63rd Dr, Queens, NY 11374

                London Lennie's
                63-88 Woodhaven Blvd, Queens, NY 11374

                1. a lot of good recs. here are some of my favorites that i dont see
                  my favorite Ecuadorian restaurant, right by Timmy O's
                  Quisqueya (domincan) also in Corona.
                  M and T and Hunan House both in Flushing
                  Kebab Cafe in Astoria
                  Delhi Heights in Jackson Heights

                  Kabab Cafe
                  25-12 Steinway St, Queens, NY 11103

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

                  Hunan House
                  137-40 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11354

                  97-03 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11368

                  SN New Restaurant
                  44-09 Kissena Blvd, Queens, NY 11355

                  103-28 Corona Ave, Queens, NY 11368

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                  1. re: daffyduck

                    i forgot to mention Imperial Palace

                    Imperial Palace
                    136-13 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11354