St. John's (Jamaica) in Queens: WALKABLE or SHORT Local bus ride for lunch/dinner
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.
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....
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.
Cooking with Jazz
179-22 Union Turnpike, Queens, NY 11366
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.
Glendale is hungry...