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Feb 6, 2012 02:32 PM

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.

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  1. 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).

    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

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    1. re: queenseats

      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.

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

      Joe's Shanghai
      136-21 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11354

      Cannelle Patisserie
      75-59 31st Ave, Queens, NY 11370

      Taverna Kyclades
      3307 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11105

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

      47-30 Vernon Blvd., Queens, NY 11101

      La Boulangerie
      109-01 72nd Rd, Queens, NY 11375

      1. re: Pookipichu

        The pork-crab dumplings at JOE'S SHANGHAI are simply outstanding and NOT greasy at all.

        1. re: micheal

          I'm talking about everything other than their soup dumplings which are ok... their entrees are ham handed

          1. re: Pookipichu

            Pookipichu- Please share with us the places you actually like or would highlight. The top 100 list for those less familiar with Queens is daunting (and clearly flawed). Help us!

            1. re: Foodluva

              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.

              Hunan House
              Hunan Kitchen
              Nan Xiang
              Jade Asian
              Ganesh Temple Canteen
              Spicy Tasty
              San Sui
              Tortilleria Nixtamal
              Leo's Latticini
              Delhi Heights
              Himalayan Yak
              Pio Pio
              Rincon Criollo
              La Fusta
              Taste Good
              John Brown's Smokehouse
              LIC Market
              Minetta's (for Italian pastries)
              Turkish Grill
              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
              Zum Stammtisch
              Il Toscano
              Mad For Chicken
              Trattoria L'Incontro
              Nick's Pizza
              Danny Brown
              London Lennie's

        2. re: queenseats

          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.

        3. Sigh...

          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

          Cafe Bar
          32-90 36th St, Queens, NY 11103

          1. I see they include both Fu Run and its predecessor Waterfront International.

            Fu Run
            40-09 Prince St, Queens, NY 11354

            1. just two korean places and one of them isn't Bang Ga Ne?