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Jun 24, 2012 12:25 PM

5 dinners in Astoria area for the family - hoping for feedback :-)

This is a long and specific question :-) I have done my internet research and am now hoping to get some direct local insight!

We are visiting NYC with our two boys - aged 11 and 14 - for 5 nights next month. We are from the Toronto area and visited New York last summer - did all the 'iconic tourist things' and voted unanimously to come back again this summer. Last year we stayed in Chelsea, and this year we are staying at the Country Inn and Suites not too far from the Queensboro plaza. To be honest, the primary reason we chose to stay there was that we could get a bigger room with bigger beds, free breakfast and wifi, for almost half the price of Manhattan. We also got a tiny taste of the outer boroughs when we visted 5 Pointz last time - on a tip from our walking tour guide - and wanted to try and be a bit more 'off the beaten track' this time.

Our general plan is to be out and about during the day, then come 'home' around dinner time to chill for a couple of hours before heading out to a Broadway show (4 of the 5 nights). I am looking for places either close by for a quick and casual dinner; getting takeout or delivery so they guys can just hang out for a breather; places we can 'overshoot the hotel' on the way back from Manhattan to takeout and bring back to the hotel.

Food preferences: I personally will try - and probably enjoy - anything (except for velveeta and spam). The guys are not quite as adventurous, but are generally open to any cultures 'meat and starch' offering (schwarma, tacos, gyros, deli sandwiches, jerk chicken and rice etc). We find that our options for Latin American / mexican are limited and inferior in Canada :-) so eager for those options. 11 yr old and I love cheese; 14 yr old and hubby don't like cheese. Not really interested in getting pizza.

So here is what I have mapped out so far based on my research here and elsewhere on the web - eager for any feedback... this is still a work in progress

Friday - Arepas cafe (any particular menu suggestions?)
Saturday - Tu Casa (I thought take out a roast chicken and some ceviche - any don't miss items?)
Sunday - Diner food? BBQ? somewhere with a good cobb salad? pasta?
Monday - Tortilleria Nixtamal (no Broadway show that night so going further afield)
Tuesday - Deli sandwich - my eldest is intrigued by the Bomb at Sal, Kris & Charlies; I really want to find a great sandwich made with fresh mozzarella

Welcoming any thoughts or suggestions :-)

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  1. John Brown Smokehouse for BBQ. Close to your hotel. Just check their Facebook page/call them the day you're going to make sure they haven't run out of stuff you want.

    My favorite arepas at Arepas Cafe are the Pabellon and the more simpler Guyanesa Tropical.

    Haven't tried Tu Casa in Astoria but you may wish to venture a bit further along Northern Blvd to Pio Pio for excellent Peruvian rotisserie chicken.

    I really like Sal, Kris and Charlies but you may do just as well with a hero from Sorriso's.

    You're also close to Sunnyside and Woodside. Check out some excellent spots for Turkish along Queens Blvd. Also Salt and Fat.

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      1. THanks very much for your replies :-)

        1st - will definitely investigate the concern re: the hotel (have a back up in the same area so I will dig into it :-) )

        Sounds like John Brown Smokehouse is a really strong reccommendation that would fit the bill. By calling ahead, does that mean we could pre-order something to be picked up (or delivered) at a certain time i.e. order in the morning to be delivered at dinner time?

        I've added Demole to my list of potential candidates.

        yussdov - what is your concern about Arepa Cafe?

        thanks !

        1. This place is consistently good for Greek and it's at the last stop of the N train (which you can get at Queens Plaza). It's about a five minute ride. After dinner, you can take the N train to Times Square for your show. They open at noon and serve throughout the day.

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            Peasant Salad, Grilled Calamari & Octopus! Yum!

          2. Sunday : Queens Comfort for the smoked pulled pork sandwich! Delicious!

            Queens Comfort
            40-09 30th Ave
            Astoria, NY
            Hours on Sunday: 10a-4p