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St. John's (Jamaica) in Queens: WALKABLE or SHORT Local bus ride for lunch/dinner

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So, newly started at St John's U......(corner of Utopia Parkway/Union Turnpike)

What food and drink options are there for lunch/dinner that

aren't infested w/college kids (e.g. Iguanas) or are bars that charge $5/$10 covers to get into ratty dives

that are, you know, actually good?

Any price range. Any cusine.

Union turnpike/Kew Gardens is the limit of distance - really it should be closer so we could walk. A short ride on the Q30/Q46 or other bus that stops DIRECTLY outside St John's is non-ideal, but OK.

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  1. There's gotta be a bus on Utopia that takes you to downtown Flushing for the biggest Chinatown on the eastcoast. Or but to Queens blvd, within 2-3 blocks is a large Chinese dim sum house. Cant remember the name but it's pretty good. Otherwise, the nabe is a bore, I grew up there, boring then, boring now....

    1. There is always the reliable and classic King Yum Chinese Restaurant located at 181-08 Union Tpke, a less-than-10-minute walk from St. Johns east on Union Tpke. and on the same side as St. Johns.

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      King Yum
      181-08 Union Tpke, Queens, NY 11366

      1. The Sly Fox Inn is right by St Johns on Union Tpke. Nice restaurant section. Reliable.

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        Sly Fox Inn
        17723 Union Tpke, Fresh Meadows, NY 11366

        St John's Restaurant
        11814 Liberty Ave, South Richmond Hill, NY 11419

        1. For New Orleans inspired fare go to Cooking with Jazz.. While not exactly like you would find in N.O it's as close as anything I've ever found in NY. Also have live jazz on thursday nights.

          17922 Union Tpke
          NY 11366-1636
          (718) 380-0896

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          1. re: jnab121

            Has Cooking With Jazz re-opened since their fire? The times I have passed it it looked closed. Another option is to continue on the Q46 for another 15 minutes into Glen Oaks/Floral Park for Indian food. I don't think that the immediate area around St Johns has many options.

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            Cooking with Jazz
            179-22 Union Turnpike, Queens, NY 11366

            1. re: queenseats

              yes it has re-opened. I actually haven't been back from the fire, but I'm on their email list and they are back up and running.

              1. re: jnab121

                Alas, never got to try it. Cooking w/jazz closed. :<

          2. Hi psipsi,

            Get them legs awalkin' and head on over to Parsons Boulevard to the peculiarly named, "The Panorama of My Heart - The Silence Cafe" or "The Panorama of My Silence - Heart Cafe" or maybe just "Panorama Cafe." Oh crap, I don't know what the H-E-double toothpicks it's called!

            Anyway, it's got unusual, but often tasty vegetarian breakfasts, good coffee and various baked goods. And, everyone is super friendly. I recommend trying the special of the day - that's often the most fun since it's often the most interesting. One time we had eggplant with scrambled eggs, tahini and herbs. Sounds weird but it was surprisingly delicious.

            It's a quirky, very likable place.

            I hope you'll check it out.

            Ciao,

            Glendale is hungry...