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What Outer Boroughs Restaurants Are You Tired of Reading About On Chowhound?

Hi All,

Please let me explain. I'm curious as to everyone's thoughts here.

There are restaurants, some of which I've tried and loved, some of which tried and not been terribly impressed with, and some of which I've yet to try but definitely plan to try in the near future.

And, some of these have been written about to DEATH here while the postings of other places seem to get drowned out or buried among frequent postings, repostings or repostings with a new angle:

e.g., Sri Praiphai Amazing, Sri Praiphai Downhill, Sri Praiphai Just As Good As Ever, etc. etc.

And don't get me wrong, I really LOVE Sri Praiphai but I also ADORE Thailand's Center Point not to mention a number of other small places that seem to go relatively unnoticed.

So what does everybody think? What places do you think garner what you believe to be an excessive amount of postings here? (just trying to keep this board interesting!)

Ciao,

Glendale is hungry...

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

Thailand's Center Point
63-19 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

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  1. I agree completely on Srip and I much prefer both Center Point and Chao Thai. I think Ayada got a lot of unnecessary coverage as the duck curry is the only really ethereal thing I've had there (so good call from Jim Leff on that.) Otherwise I feel I can get most of their stuff better elsewhere. The raw shrimp salad was a nice touch though.

    Di Fara used to be like that, but it hasn't gotten much coverage lately.

    I didn't quite "get" Southern Spice until I tried their biriyani which I really enjoyed.

    The only place that gets loads of coverage (though much more so in the past) which just boggles my mind is Kebab Cafe. Everything about both meals I had there said "do not come back." I gave it another shot and it just made me regret the extra 40 dollars I poured into that place. I don't get the charm, the appeal or the food. Largely due to the prices, but I'm sorry. Astoria has a dozen places I'd rather eat at.

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

    Chao Thai
    85-03 Whitney Ave, Queens, NY 11373

    Di Fara Pizza
    1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn, NY 11230

    Ayada
    77-08 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11373

    Southern Spice
    1635 Hillside Ave, New Hyde Park, NY 11040

    7 Replies
    1. re: JFores

      I love this topic! Yes, I like sriprapai just fine, but think just about every thai place in woodside/elmhurst is fantastic in their own right. even rhumpool is pretty awesome sometimes.

      I do get tired of everyone pointing to coatzingo. Sure, it's good, but there are lots more good mexican places out there, just walk east. same with nixtamal. I don't even care if it's gotten good or bad.

      I love that uncle zhou's is getting popular, but I wonder if Fu City next door is not worthy of praise as well, or the seafood place across teh street.

      and woah, what's this new thing on the sidebar??

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      Taqueria Coatzingo
      76-05 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372

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

      1. re: Jeffsayyes

        I walked into Fu City and grabbed a menu. It looked pretty nasty in there, which I don't usually mind. But I'm not much of a Fuzhou fan. Take one for the team Jeff!

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        Fu City
        83-31 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

        1. re: Joe MacBu

          haha, it does look dinghy. the menu is huge though. i'd rather experiment with the place across teh street with all chinese writing. i went in once to ask them if they wanted to participate in one of my events... they were actually really nice, and it seemed legit.

          1. re: Jeffsayyes

            I was mistaken about Fu City. I've never been there and it had a 'For Rent' sign today. The place I got the menu from is Hua Rong, which bills itself as "The best Chinese restaurant in the area." They also serve the cuisine of Fuzhou and have a ~400 item menu.

            I've been to the seafood place across the street, Ru Yi (83-34 Broadway). I had a decent fish head with sour vegetable soup if I recall, but it was a year or two ago and late at night. They've got tanks with live seafood and are open till 2:30am.

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            Hua Rong
            83-23 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

            Ru Yi
            83-34 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

            1. re: Joe MacBu

              hua rong has exactly 500 items. im sure it's all shipped fresh every day.

              1. re: Jeffsayyes

                You must have the secret menu! Mine only goes to 388. There actually are some interesting dishes on the menu, freshness be damned. I might go in for the Duck Cooked with Beer.

                1. re: Joe MacBu

                  YES - THere is a secret menu! I believe this is the place. There is a green menu and a blue one. I think the blue is more for americans, with lunch specials and general tso's chicken. Less stuff too.

    2. This really comes into play when mention of one or two places tends to obscure the offerings of an entire hood.

      To read this board, you'd think that Nixtomal is the only place to eat in Corona. I've never been as big a fan of theirs as others here - although the fish tacos and pozole are, indeed, good - but there are tons of under-the-radar offerings in Corona that never get talked about. I've picked out trucks on Roosevelt Avenue, at random, that have better beef tacos, quite frankly. The praise and attention this place has gotten is out of proportion considering the myriad of choices in the area.

      In terms of the SriPraPhai thing, it's a big target, so people act accordingly. You'll never see people trying to take down Chao or Ayada with the same vim and vigor that they put into attacking SriPraPhai. So, in this case, I think the naysayers tend to overdo it a little. Sri raised the bar, and don't always rise to their own occasion. I think some of the criticism reflects that letdown. That said, Sri still does a lot of things well. And, yeah, they get mentioned way too much here. There, I did it again. It's like the wind blowing.

      The Golden Mall has also seen its' course on these boards as well. Whenever someone from out of town asks, "where should I go in Flushing?", the GM always comes up immediately. I understand why, as it is a great and unique experience, as well as being cheap. Value aside though, I believe that there are places that almost never get mentioned - aside from a host of one-shot posts by some hard-core regulars and true believers - that have much better food.

      Conversely, here's some joints that merit more discussion than they usually generate:
      Golden Palace, Bownie, Deccan Kebab, Katsuno, Tang, Maima's, Rockaway Fish House, Bangane, pretty much the whole Liberty Avenue/Richmond Hill Guyana scene and the Sam Gyap Sul joint with the cartoon pig on the door in Auburndale.

      P.

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

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

      Katsuno
      103-01 Metropolitan Ave, Queens, NY 11375

      Ayada
      77-08 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11373

      Tong Sam Gyup Gui
      162-23 Depot Rd, Queens, NY 11358

      Bownie
      143-05 45th Ave, Queens, NY 11355

      Maima's
      106-47 Guy R Brewer Blvd, Queens, NY 11433

      Golden Palace
      14009 Cherry Ave, Queens, NY 11355

      Tang
      196-50 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11358

      Bangane
      165-19 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11358

      Deccan Kabab
      74-06 37th Rd, Queens, NY 11372

      RCL Enterprises
      141-22 Rockaway Blvd, Queens, NY 11436

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      1. re: Polecat

        I agree completely on Bownie, Deccan Kebab and Maima's. The Guyanese and Trini scene used to be mentioned far more often,but it's sort of fallen off. I've been eating at a new place on Liberty which has replaced Singh's for me. Interestingly enough I ran into the best friend of the owner of said place running her own Trini restaurant in London called Chaconia.

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        Bownie
        143-05 45th Ave, Queens, NY 11355

        Maima's
        106-47 Guy R Brewer Blvd, Queens, NY 11433

      2. I think it's all great here. You'll get plenty of posts about Sripraphai (my pet peeve is people who call it "Srip"; that would be like calling DiFara's "Dif's"), M&T, and Hunan House but you'll also get Neerob and the Ganesh Temple canteen. Chowhounds post about where they are eating. imho, none are getting an excessive amount of postings. Some of the most talked about places get that way because of the dissenting opinions. Spicy Mina was probably one of the most talked about restaurants here. I probably posted half a dozen times as someone who didn't understand the adulation.
        Try reading the Asian boards. It's all talk about Michelin starred restaurants and the biggest restaurants in the biggest cities.

          1. DiFara's, Peter Luger's and pretty much any place in Park Slope

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            Peter Luger Steak House
            178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

            1. I won't allow myself to be tired by any topics here to be quite honest.

              I am happy to see these topics slowly fading: DiFara's and Sri.

              1. Well of course Sri has been talked to death. It's as if no one has read any previous posts. But what really bothers me is all the fawning over some schmuck who just moved here, has a "food" tat or two, beard and what not, and has named his place Brooklyn this or that because he wants to represent Brooklyn or good forbid Queens. And....the places that want to slavishly recreate some portion of the Midwest in nyc. Do we need a little Wisconsin when we have a big ass cheese eating Wisconsin?

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                1. re: MOREKASHA

                  As a Brooklyn born and raised boomer, some props for the shmucks who move to NY: they bring alot of the creative energy that drives this place. That said, there is a herd quality to the neo rustic places you allude to, and I'm always amused but never surprised when I see baristas and patrons all with tats, beards, serious eye glasses and fedoras. But it's all fashion, and all fashions pass. Not sure we need both a Montreal deli and Montreal bagel shop, though.

                  1. re: bob96

                    Queens fellow here myself....NY is renewed by those who move here but...don't' tell me yer from Brooklyn, when you spent the first 22 years of your life in the Guy-land, Jersey or where ever. That's just false advertising...as for fashion, your correct but the earnestness of it all so is unappealing. Montreal style pastrami why not? We don't have much in the way of heimesh Yiddish food these days and think of it as Hunan to Cantonese....

                    1. re: MOREKASHA

                      city of immigrants, has been for a while.

                2. Well i am certainly guilty of over discussing Sripraiphai, but thats because I feel like a jilted lover. She was so good to me for so long before she changed and we went our separate ways.

                  I do find discussions about upscale places in Park slope to be pretty mind numbing. I come to this forum for the obscure, unique, or cultural side of food. I know chowhound has expanded beyond its early incarnation, and that makes business sense, but I myself could really care less what park slope place is good for a wedding party or to take the parents.

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                  1. re: driggs

                    Have you ever been to Tikka Grill on Astoria Blvd?
                    Black car drivers, good chow!
                    JK

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                    Tikka Grill
                    24-02 82nd St, Queens, NY 11370

                    1. re: driggs

                      I'm with you brother but my complaint is with.. I'm going to Per se what should I eat or my choice is which 3 star is better....for me that's a waste of bits, bites and time...

                      1. re: driggs

                        I agree completely. Those are some of the only posts that really irk me. The number of "best Thai in Park Slope" thread in existence would make you think the neighborhood was home to a Woodside/Elmhurst sized Thai community.

                        1. re: JFores

                          Or maybe it's just exhausted park slope parents craving any thai, even bad thai takeout and wanting to know which awful thai place is the best in a bad, bad lot.
                          But I agree, most discussions about high-end (and higher end; and every new hip restaurant in park slope/bococa/dumbo/wburg) places bore me. I look to chowhound for other things.