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Apr 9, 2013 07:40 AM

Food near Citi Field

I'm driving down from Connecticut on Saturday for the Cirque du Soleil, which has apparently set up its tents this year in a parking lot at Citi Field. The show lets out around 6:00, so an early supper might be nice before driving home again. The thing is, I've never been to that part of Queens before and don't know the area or the food options.

So, can anyone here recommend to me places that are (1) good, (2) inexpensive, (3) easily found by a stranger in a car, and (4) have (or are close to) decent parking?

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    1. re: janie

      Thanks - when I tried to search here, all I got were posts about food IN the stadium, which is where I'm not going to be... :)

      Are there any places in that list that you can recommend as being better, or easier access, than the others?

      1. re: benbenberi

        You won't be far from Little Pepper in College Point. Easy Parking there.

        1. re: johnk

          I strongly second Little Pepper. It's easy to get to by car.

          Take the Van Wyck north towards the Whitestone and get off at the 20th Ave exit. (That will take 3 minutes.) Make a left on 20th Ave. and drive past the shopping mall on your right.

          Go up a slight hill to College Point Blvd. (it sounds grand but it's one lane in each direction) and park anywhere you see a spot. It's metered parking but the meters take credit cards.

          Little Pepper is a terrific restaurant.

          Just reverse those directions going back.


          1. re: Bob Martinez

            Bob's correct but, if you dont mind a longer but simple route, leave Citifield onto Roosevelt Ave, make a left, go 6 blocks or so to College Point Blvd, make a left and go straight for 10 minutes (longish local drive, but easy).

            If Szechuan food is too spicy for you, take Roosevelt past College Point and find Imperial Palace (public parking lot very close by) for Cantonese non spicy or make a right on Main, bear left on Kissena and get to Golden Palace (on Cherry, off Kissena) for Chendu style (not mild, but much less spicy than Szechuan, in general). Lots of write ups on all these places and mapquest or googlemaps will get you there easily.

            If you are not interested in Chinese food, check out all the posts on Latin food, all easily accessible by going right on Roosevelt and cruising the next 30 blocks. Roosevelt has parking meters all along the way & the Mexican, Columbian and Equidorian places are mostly all good and very inexpensive.

      1. My friend, you are a stones throw from some of the finest Chinese cuisine in the United States

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        1. re: AubWah

          Could you recommend one or two? I know a few years ago we used to always go to Spicy and Tasty and loved it, but it's been awhile since we've been in the area and we're going to be there before a Mets game next week.

        2. If you like Mexican food, Tortilleria Nixtamal is my absolute favorite in Queens. The tortillas are homemade and have a special depth of flavor and texture.

          1. Thanks everybody! We ended up going to Imperial Palace after the show - there was a lot of traffic en route but plenty of parking, and the restaurant was great! I wish it wasn't so far away -- I'd love to go back with a big party of adventurous eaters to sample more of the dishes that never show up on suburban menus!

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            1. re: benbenberi

              just to add... a short walk away, 111th street is some of the best mexican food in NYC. Tortas Neza is probably my fave, then there is an excellent taco cart, another truck on 111th. there is sometimes a ceviche cart, and an ecuadorian cart. and if you go past 830, there is a chimi truck around there - ask for carne. I never post here anymore because i'm spiteful but whatever.