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Sit down restaurant for a group with kids - Whitestone/Bayside/Flushing area

Olive123 Jul 10, 2013 06:00 PM

Any suggestions? The kind of food isn't particularly important, although we will have a vegetarian. Not super expensive - maybe entrees under $20? I was thinking of maybe Exo? Villagio? I haven't been to either, but at least Exo sounds promising. I have not seen or heard as much about Villagio. We have done Little Pepper before (I adore it), Indian in Bayside near the old movie theater (meh food-wise; across from the Pizza Uno sort of), various pizza type places. We are looking for something tasty but laid back for a birthday dinner for someone who doesn't want to make a big deal out of a birthday but would like to have dinner with family. I am a little out of practice when it comes to this neck of Queens! Everyone will be driving, so being able to park is important (street parking is fine). Thanks!

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    Olive123 Jul 12, 2013 06:17 AM

    Thanks so much for the suggestions! We will really eat any kind of food - we like Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Italian, Mexican, Puerto Rican - I wouldn't rule anything out. I am going to look up menus and run these by the family. If there are particular dishes that folks like at these places, that is always great to know. Thanks again!

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      johnk Jul 12, 2013 09:41 AM

      I Usually get the Grilled Octopus with soup or salad and vegetable or potato (greek fries or lemon potato) at Med Grill. Better than any Greek place I've eaten in recently in Astoria and at $18.00 quite a bargain for the serving size and sides you get. All their food is fresh and well prepared. This is a hidden gem in Queens.

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      wolmania Jul 11, 2013 01:57 PM

      Trattoria Thirty Five
      213-15 35th Ave
      Bayside, NY 11361

      1. Robotron Jul 11, 2013 08:33 AM

        My favorite Italian restaurant in that area is Piccolo Sogno:
        195-14 47th Avenue, Flushing, New York 11358

        A neighborhood gem. Good food and attentive service. There is a nice covered patio in back. I always get the mussels appetizer (both white and red sauce are good) and ask for plenty of bread to soak up the sauce.

        I've been to Villagio. It's also very good.

        Other places that I frequent in that area (with easy to find parking):

        Avli, Gyro World, or Tasty Grill for greek food.

        Lake Pavilion (Cantonese), Main Street Imperial (Taiwanese), Kung Fu Xiao Long Bao, Asian Gourmet (Malaysian, Asian Fusion) - These are all located near the intersection of LIE and Main St. It's easy to find parking on Horace Harding.

        Don't forget that Bayside has a large concentration of Korean restaurants, like Gam Mee Ok Tang, BCD Tofu House, and Galbi Maeul.

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          dbosullivan Jul 11, 2013 04:29 AM

          If Italian/pizza is in contention, how about someplace like Aunt Bella's on marathon or the Grimaldi's on Utopia at 23rd ave?
          I guess it depends on what kind of food you're looking for.

          1. johnk Jul 10, 2013 06:17 PM

            We like Mediterranean Grill in Whitestone. Nice people good food at your price point.
            160-24 Willets Point Blvd Whitestone N.Y., NY 11357
            (718) 281-4210
            Villaggio is also a nice neighborhood place.We go there for salads and brick oven pizza.

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