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May 22, 2013 08:03 AM

Where to eat with kids near Cunningham Park, Qns?

We're taking junior to see the Big Apple Circus this weekend & would love to combine the event with some good food. Any suggestions? Probably needs to be in the pizza/deli/hot dogs/noodles, etc, vein--my husband and I are adventurous but the kid drives us crazy.

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  1. I'd go old school and hit King Yum right nearby. What kid would not love a flaming pu pu platter? That is a tough area, not alot of options, what route are you traveling?

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    1. re: stuartlafonda

      Interesting, a flaming pu pu platter... Coming from north Brooklyn.

    2. They just opened a new Patsy's Pizzeria on Utopia Parkway not far from where you'll be.
      Address: 21-64 Utopia Pkwy, Whitestone, NY 11357

      The famous Blue Bay Diner is right there also on Francis Lewis and the LIE .

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      1. re: johnk

        Those are two really good possibilities, thanks!

        1. re: johnk

          Hi John. Have you been to the new Patsy's yet? I have close family blocks away but do not visit them during the winter when they are in Florida so I have not tried this new version. Nobody loves the East Harlem branch more then I do so...........
          From that area if I was comming off the Jackie Robinson I might do Nick's Pizza on Queens Blvd. If I was on the LIE which is always a foolish move, I would stop either at Ben's Best on the other end of Queens Blvd or I would exit at Junction and go north to the corner of Corona and Junction for Argentinian fare... and finish at Lemon Ice King.....

          1. re: stuartlafonda

            Hi Stuart,
            Not yet. It's on the hit list. Friends from the neighborhood have gone and gave the pie a good rating. Villagio on the Cross Island in Whitestone also makes an excellent wood burning oven pie. We go there for pizza lately...
            Regards, JK

          2. re: johnk

            We went to Patsy's and the service was horrendous. The server spilled oil/liquid from a plate of broccoli rabe into my lap while serving me, and I barely got an apology. Either the waitress forgot to order my son's food or the kitchen forgot to make it, because it didn't come--we had to flag someone down and ask for it, and then waited 10-15 minutes for it to show up. In which time my husband's meal and mine both turned cold. And when the bill came, they'd taken off a whopping three dollars. Meanwhile we'd been charged for a drink the bartender gave my son for free while we waited for our table, and a surcharge was added for that broccoli rabe--which the waitress had said came with my meal--so the bill was HIGHER than it should've been even without any trouble.

            The table next to us wasn't doing any better--the server brought them the wrong pizza, and when they pointed it out the waitress said, "Sorry, I know it was supposed to be xx, but the guys are really busy." And then they were charged for the pizza they ordered, which cost more than the plain one they received.

            Both of our waitresses wanted to fix the bills, but couldn't without the manager's code number to punch in. And the manager was nowhere to be found. We waited another ten minutes before he finally showed up, full of excuses and apologies.

            He did make good on our bill--he comped it completely, which impressed me--but if we lived nearby we'd give them another few months at least to get the hang of things. Once they settle in maybe they'll be fine, but for now it was almost as much of a circus as the one we'd seen intentionally.

            1. re: dknylic

              Wow, sorry you had such a bad experience. Question, how was the pizza? Thin and crisp? I guess I will wait a while longer.Thanks for posting the warning though.

          3. If you're going on Sunday, you can try Benny's Brick Oven Kosher Pizza. They are closed on Sat. Your kids can get pizza while you get some excellent falafels.

            Benny's Brick Oven Kosher Pizza
            181-30 Union Turnpike
            Fresh Meadows, NY 11366
            718 - 969 - 1928

            For Asian, I would go with Red House Asian Fusion over King Yum. Their soup dumplings are not as good as some of the places in Flushing, but still good.

            Red House Asian Fusion
            192-03 Union Tpke
            Flushing, NY 11366

            My favorite Italian in that neighborhood is Acquista Trattoria. Really like their pasta dishes. Pizza is not bad either.

            Acquista Trattoria
            178-01 Union Tpke
            Flushing, NY 11366

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            1. re: Robotron

              Alas, we're going tomorrow. But thanks for the other suggestions!