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TeamGilkap Nov 1, 2011 09:50 AM

Looking for the best food the borough of Queens in NYC has to offer. It's your last meal and it has to be in Queens. Where are you going? Broad topic but why not?

  1. morisaur Nov 1, 2011 05:50 PM

    i'll admit i haven't explored queens as much as i would like to, but speaking from my limited experiences there, i would have to say either sripraphai for thai food or one of the malls in flushing for chinese.

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

    1. E Eto Nov 2, 2011 12:02 AM

      While you might think of Queens as just a neighborhood in NYC, it is, in fact, a city of about 2.3 million people, making it the 4th largest city in the US (just behind Chicago) if measured on its own (though the population in Brooklyn is slightly higher at 2.5 million). Maybe you want to refine your request a little. However, on that note, two of my final meals before departing Queens were at Rincon Criollo and Kabab Cafe.

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

      Rincon Criollo
      40-09 Junction Blvd, Queens, NY 11368

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        Anne Nov 2, 2011 01:20 PM

        My husband & I only get back to Queens (where my parents live) once per year (we live in IL). We ALWAYS hit these three places: Rosa's in Maspeth for pizza, and Ben's Best (for pastrami sandwiches) and Istanbul (love the vegetarian appetizer platter), both on Queens Blvd. in Rego Park.

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        Ben's Best Kosher Deli
        96-40 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11374

        Rosa's Pizza
        55-26 69th St, Queens, NY 11378

        Istanbul
        95-36 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11374

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          ForestHillsFresser Nov 4, 2011 12:41 PM

          Bens Best is OK,and will do for a fix if you live in the area as I do, but if you're coming all the way from Illinois to eat pastrami, and you're not going into the city to get a sandwich at Katz's, well, seems to me like a waste of airfare.

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            Anne Nov 4, 2011 01:33 PM

            *grin*
            Ben's Best is within walking distance of my parents' place. For the past 3-4 years, we've had their pastrami sandwiches for Christmas dinner! But you're right...we do need to try Katz's.

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          diprey11 Nov 4, 2011 02:16 PM

          Quite a broad topic indeed. For me, that would be The North Bay (aka, Imperial Taiwanese Gourmet) on Main St a few blocks south of the Flushing Chinatown. Others may have different preferences.

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          Main Street Imperial Taiwanese Gourmet
          59-14 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

          1. chompchomp Nov 10, 2011 06:11 PM

            Sripraphai

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

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              wonka Nov 18, 2011 01:32 PM

              Hate to say, I don't think queens has much to offer. I moved here one year ago and still looking for good and different restaurants like they have in Brooklyn. Seems to have an Italian place on every corner.

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                Glendale is hungry Nov 18, 2011 01:58 PM

                Hi wonka,

                Oh my. What neighborhood are you in? And, do you dislike ethnic food?

                There's a lot of excellent food in Queens but it's a large area and a lot of the best stuff is ethnic.

                Hope you'll keep an open mind. I'm sure some other chowhounds can chime in with specifics.

                Please note - I live in Glendale, which is, overall, one of the weaker Queens neighborhoods for restaurants, so I can understand. Hey, it's what motivated my avatar (Glendale is hungry... for good restaurants). But I used to live in Astoria and had easy access to Sunnyside, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Corona and Flushing—each of which has many wonderful options—albeit ethnic.

                Ciao,

                Glendale is hungry...

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                  wonka Nov 19, 2011 06:54 AM

                  I'm in Middle Village, I like alot of different foods but I just wish that there where places like in Brooklyn in Queens ( James, Dressler, Rye), places like that. Don't get me wrong Queens is great to live in and I'm holding out one day soon some great spots pop up.

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                    EricMM Nov 19, 2011 09:11 AM

                    You have Danny Brown's on Metropolitan ave in Forest Hills. If you're in Middle Village, you have London Lennie's on Woodhaven Blvd, right between MV and Rego Park.

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

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

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                      wonka Nov 19, 2011 11:39 AM

                      Danny Brown's was one of the first places I checked out when I moved in and it wa OK....I'll give it another shot, and yea that's the type of places I wish we had more of in the area. Also went to anAsian place on the next block not so good and then you also suggest London Lennies??....really??...been there years ago...maybe I need to re visit as well, but I know it's not what I' looking for.

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

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                        EricMM Nov 19, 2011 12:30 PM

                        London Lennie's is certainly not a "cool" place. Far from it. And its huge and always packed. The crowd is everybody.....from newborns to ancient, loads of families big and small, loads of couples, both elderly and young, loads of social groups big and small. Its definitely NOT a cool place, and nothing at all like a Williamsburg restaurant. Now I'm a big fan of Dressler....been going there off and on since it opened. But for good food- the most impeccably fresh fish and raw shellfish (they have a retail counter also...the only quality source of fish in the immediate area) and generous portions (much larger than Dressler), and a large winelist, with some of the most reasonable wine prices I've seen (good cocktails too), I'll take London Lennies over Dressler any day.

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

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                      Glendale is hungry Nov 20, 2011 09:19 AM

                      Hi wonka,

                      I'm hoping for more interesting stuff too (the more the better).

                      Right now, I think the parts of Queens to keep an eye on for the types of restaurants you describe are Hunters Point/LIC, the Broadway-Steinway part of Astoria (near the R and M trains) and the part of Ridgewood along the L train (hoping that places like Roberta's and Northeast Kingdom keep moving further out along that line).

                      It may take a while but who knows? You may get your wish.

                      ciao,

                      Glendale is hungry...

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                      Northeast Kingdom
                      18 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237

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                        wonka Nov 20, 2011 07:12 PM

                        Thanks, Glendale...you seem to be on the same page as myself. i'm going to keep looking and hoping...Thanks again......Happy Thanksgiving. Keep eating"......Do you think if they build a place, like a Brooklyn Rest people would support it??

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                          Glendale is hungry Nov 21, 2011 07:53 AM

                          Hi wonka,

                          Yes, it's possible but location is key. M. Wells did very well in LIC (although they ultimately had landlord issues) but probably would have gone totally unnoticed and gone belly up in weeks if they had been in say, Woodhaven, Glendale or Ozone Park.

                          Another factor is that some of the places we're describing might be perceived by the local populace as being a little too pricey for some Queens neighborhoods.

                          Oh well, time will tell. In the mean time, we can do what we can to enjoy the charms of what's nearby.

                          Some of my latest Queens faves include Tazzina (upper Glendale), Queens Kickshaw (Broadway-Steinway area of Astoria), and Chimney Cake on Jackson Avenue (Hunters Point - LIC).

                          Ciao,

                          Glendale is hungry...

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                          Tazzina
                          75-01 88th St, Queens, NY 11385

                          Queens Kickshaw
                          40-17 Broadway, Queens, NY 11103

                          Chimney Cake
                          10-50 Jackson Ave, Queens, NY 11101

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                        irishnyc Dec 1, 2011 06:15 AM

                        You really need to get out more and explore Queens if you don't think Queens has a lot to offer. At the very least hit Roosevelt Ave and the streets around there.

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                      Woodside Al Nov 22, 2011 11:13 AM

                      "I don't think queens has much to offer."

                      This is a joke, right? Queens has the widest diversity of restaurants available in the eastern U.S. If there's a country whose food you wish to sample just name it, and you're pretty likely to find it somewhere in the vast area of this borough. I've been here nearly a decade now and there are still whole neighborhoods and whole cuisines I haven't really explored yet.

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                        irishnyc Dec 1, 2011 06:17 AM

                        I've lived in Queens for all my 40 years and I'm still exploring neighborhoods and cuisines!

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                      lenorel57 Nov 20, 2011 08:08 AM

                      Il Toscano on Douglaston Blvd. ; Douglaston is excellent. It's right by the rr station and you get free parking if you eat there. It is not a pizza place.

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                      Il Toscano
                      42-05 235th St, Queens, NY 11363

                      1. Polecat Nov 20, 2011 08:07 PM

                        The original poster asked about the best food that Queens has to offer, and, somehow, this discussion got sidetracked into lamenting that Queens isn't Williamsburgh, Brooklyn Heights or Park Slope. I'm concerned that this will dissuade those that are truly adventurous, inquisitive, enthusiastic or just plain curious.

                        A poster above stated that Queens doesn't have much to offer. This is totally absurd. To anyone who is remotely interested in great food and, for that matter, how that great food is part and parcel with the people and cultures that produce it, there are few places in this country that are better to explore than Queens.

                        If anyone wants to read further on this, just do a search on Flushing, Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, Astoria, Woodside and, to a lesser extent, Long Island City, Richmond Hill, Corona, Bayside, Rego Park and Jamaica.

                        Yeah, we're not Brooklyn. That's a good thing. Brooklyn is Brooklyn and has its' own unique strengths. We have some great choices in this city and, if you ask me, most of them are pretty damned exciting. Eat up.

                        And, by all means, to anyone who's curious, get your asses out to Queens.

                        P.

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                          Polecat Nov 20, 2011 08:25 PM

                          Sorry, I left out Floral Park. Some damn good Indian food out there.
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                            TeamGilkap Nov 20, 2011 08:41 PM

                            Since my original post i have hit 2 absolute gems in Queens. 1st we went to LIC Market. Unreal. Everything is very well prices and incredibly good. They have weird dinner hours so check to make sure they are open before you make the journey. We also went out to Corona one Sunday afternoon for tacos at Tortilleria Nixtamal. If you like tacos and beer you MUST go here. Fish tacos and tacos al pastor. My wife is from LA and she gave the big thumbs up. Not the easiest spot to get to but well worth the journey. Be sure to take tortillas home with you. Does anyone have any good Korean suggestions?

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

                            LIC Market
                            21-52 44th Dr, Queens, NY 11101

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                              donovt Nov 20, 2011 09:20 PM

                              I only had lunch in LIC Marketmonce and it was quite good. I would recommend checking out salt and fat in sunnyside. That's not a Korean suggestion, just a really good restaurant in queens

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                              Salt & Fat
                              41-16 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11104

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                                lenorel57 Nov 21, 2011 07:43 AM

                                Kum Gang San; 138-28 Northern Blvd; Flushing has good Korean. Open 24 hours. I haven't been ther in a while; but I'm pretty sure it's still there.

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                                Kum Gang San
                                138-28 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11354

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                            jonross Nov 26, 2011 11:43 PM

                            I will second (or third) LIC Market which is quite an excellent restaurant. Granted they have strange hours but if you go it's well worth it. All local and/or organic. Haven't been to Salt and Fat yet been meaning to go, it's on Queens Blvd and 43rd in Sunnyside. As for the people who say that Queens doesn't have Brooklyn style restaurants, well it ain't Brooklyn. For Indian try Seva on 34th street just off of 30th ave, for pizza try Manducati's Rustica on Vernon Blvd LIC. For Kansas style BBQ you MUST go to John Brown Smokehouse, pulled pork, burnt ends, rib tips, pork belly etc all is delicious. I also haven't been to the New World Food Court in Flushing yet but have heard only good things. Tortilleria Nixtamal makes the best tortillas this side of mexico, Los Portales on Broadway has extremely cheap tacos and tortas.

                            As for the best pastrami, Katz's is over rated. Ben's is better, much better. But John Brown has a version that will knock your socks off...

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                            Ben's Best Kosher Deli
                            96-40 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11374

                            Seva
                            30-07 34th St, Queens, NY 11103

                            Manducatis Rustica
                            46-31 Vernon Blvd, Queens, NY 11101

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

                            Los Portales
                            25-08 Broadway, Queens, NY 11106

                            LIC Market
                            21-52 44th Dr, Queens, NY 11101

                            John Brown Smokehouse
                            25-08 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11101

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                              wew Nov 30, 2011 04:20 PM

                              "Broad topic but why not?"

                              For reasons of which I don't know this board does better at narrowly defined questions. Three of our best articulate posters have chimed in to less advantage than they are want to achieve.

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                                Glendale is hungry Dec 1, 2011 06:08 AM

                                Hi wew,

                                When you get a chance, could you please rephrase? Saying are you what know don't understand I.

                                Ciao,

                                Hungry, Glendale is...

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                                  wew Dec 3, 2011 06:26 PM

                                  This board has posters who do better at narrowly defined questions than they do on broadly stated requests. I do not know why this is so.

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