Have You Seen this Queens List???
I take issue with the placement of half of these places and the ranking for all of them. Scary I've eaten at most of the places on the list and I feel this list is SHOCKINGLY inaccurate as a who's who of Queen's best.
Uvarara is on there twice w/2 different spellings. :)
And Monika's Cafe Bar?? The place has some of the most lackluster food and service I've found in Astoria -- definitely not a destination for food lovers coming from outside Queens, though it's not a bad place to sip a beer outside in the nice weather.
79-28 Metropolitan Ave, Queens, NY 11379
32-90 36th St, Queens, NY 11103
Maybe we should start our own list? :) My biggest problem is that it encompasses such a wide range of places, from higher end to take-out or food stall types. Perhaps it may have been more useful to have it broken down into more specific categories. There were some I highly agreed with, others I found to be less deserving, and a few that were downright puzzling (5 Burros? Really?). I'm glad that some lesser discussed places got mentioned (Wafa's, Arepas Cafe).
33-07 36th Ave, Queens, NY 11106
Five Burro Cafe
72-05 Austin St, Queens, NY 11375
100-05 Metropolitan Ave, Queens, NY 11375
I've eaten at 5 Burros, the culinary quality equivalent of Olive Garden, so until Olive Garden becomes one of the top 50 Queens restaurants, just no. Same for Mama's Empanadas, etc. it's like some sort of bad joke where Kennedy Fried Chicken gets voted best restaurant in Queens.
The questionable entries make my head spin.
Taqueria Coatzingo is just not clean, Ive eaten their multiple times and sometimes the salsa smells like latex or cleaning supplies. Centerpoint is mediocre, Testaccio has the absolute worst Italian cheesecake I've had the misfortune of tasting. Joe's Shanghai, gloop, sugar, oil, yuck. La Boulangerie and not Cannelle? Taverna Kyclades is a joke, etc.
76-05 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372
136-21 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11354
75-59 31st Ave, Queens, NY 11370
3307 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11105
Thailand's Center Point
63-19 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11377
47-30 Vernon Blvd., Queens, NY 11101
109-01 72nd Rd, Queens, NY 11375
The members of this board have done a fantastic job of highlighting the top Queens eateries. I don't think I could add anything that hasn't been mentioned before by others or myself.
There are some that perhaps deserve more recognition.
Salt and Fat doesn't get mentioned nearly enough, for instance. There are others that never get mentioned because they are not accessible by subway or are not Zagats rated like Cooking with Jazz or BKNY or Baidu.
There are some like Turkish Grill, that does better kebabs and has wonderful mezes that are not given the same level of distinction as a place like the wonderful Tanoreen or less wonderful Taverna Kyclades which has mediocre food and ambiance yet somehow is a destination restaurant.
I can list some of my personal favorites (in no order), whether they are the best of Queens is subject to debate.
Ganesh Temple Canteen
John Brown's Smokehouse
Minetta's (for Italian pastries)
Salt & Fat
M. Wells (yes they're closed but they're still making pies and cooking at PS1 and Manducatis Rustica every month or so. Their tourtiere and pecan pies are crazy)
Cooking With Jazz
Mad For Chicken
Well, I'm glad I'm not the only one who is completely unimpressed with 5 Burros. Nor am I impressed by that list...I agree about some of the places included, like Wafa's and Danny Brown, but out of 100, to leave off London Lennie's, Mickey's Place, Ping's, just to mention the first 3 to pop into my head, is ridiculous. I'm sure we are all coming up with plenty of places that belong there.