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Title: New... where to eat?
Post by: Superclam on March 23, 2011, 12:01:44 PM
Hi, I just moved here from Greenpoint.
I'm living in Southridge on 92nd Street. So far so good.
Question:
Where to eat?
Who delivers?
Any Thai or Indian that will deliver to 92nd?
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Shelby2 on March 27, 2011, 12:16:37 AM
Welcome to the neighborhood!

I am not sure where the delivery lines are drawn for different restaurants, but definitely check out Ayada Thai in Elmhurst http://www.ayadathai.com/

There are a bunch of threads here about Thai restaurants.  Here is one that discusses Ayada and a few other places nearby http://www.jacksonheightslife.com/community/index.php?topic=2311.0
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Jeffsayyes on March 30, 2011, 03:34:23 PM
You're in for a world of new food, my friend. welcome to the neighborhood. Eat everywhere! you have corona, jackson heights, elmhurst all at your fingertips and woodside and flushing are a short train ride away.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: petegart on June 02, 2011, 07:45:06 PM
AYADA AYADA AYADA this place is unbelievable!  You have to go there!  It is the best Thai anywhere.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Griswold Contessa on June 02, 2011, 09:52:26 PM
I totally agree!  ;)

AYADA AYADA AYADA this place is unbelievable!  You have to go there!  It is the best Thai anywhere.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Lilybell on June 09, 2011, 10:05:40 AM
I just tried Ayada for the first time yesterday.  Wow!  I ordered on a whim because I was working from home and didn't want to go out in the heat.  I didn't have cash on me, so I decided to try Seamless Web for the first time and chose Ayada based on the reviews and a craving for Thai.

It was the best Thai I've had in the neighborhood, BY FAR.  I liked it better than Sripraphai (to be fair, I've only eaten there once).  I can't stand seafood, but people seem to love their papaya salad with crab and the crispy duck.  The drunken noodles were delicious, as was the bok choy with crispy pork. I also got the massaman curry but I haven't tried it yet (I always order enough for a few days).  It smelled good, though.  My usual Thai in the hood is Arunee but this was a lot better. 

Sometimes I could taste fish sauce, which I don't like, but that's only because I don't like fish - I realize that it's impossible to eat Thai without encountering it in just about every dish so I can't really consider that a negative thing.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Superclam on June 09, 2011, 03:21:45 PM
Sounds good. I've been to Sripraphai, and if Ayada is better, then they must be pretty freakin' great. I also tried Delhi Heights last weekend, I really liked it.
Seamless Web only lists 9 restaurants that will deliver to me. Has anyone tried Afghan Kebab House or Indian Taj?
If Indian Taj delivers, I'll be in. So far I've got my Chinese, my pizza, my Japanese & my diner. If I could find Thai that delivers, I'll be a happy man, but it doesn't look good.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Lilybell on June 10, 2011, 03:35:18 PM
I'm still eating the leftovers from my order!  I love Indian Taj - their buffet is one of my favorites. I probably go there more than any other Indian in the neighborhood.  I think Mehfil probably delivers to you through Seamless Web - it's another good choice.  I've never tried the Afghan Kebab House.

I can't think of one really good pizza place to share with you.  All of the options are mediocre, and even the one's that used to be good have gone downhill lately.  Or maybe I've just been unlucky.  

eta: Welcome to the neighborhood! 
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: divanatrix on June 10, 2011, 03:44:48 PM
We order from Ayada & Mehfil a lot via seamless web.  Love em.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: NYC Native on June 10, 2011, 10:32:16 PM
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uncle peters (my personal favorite in JH)

la cabana

novo

(if u love meat...Greenfield churrasqueria)

a little further into the outers...
Parkside (Corona)

 (Astoria)
Cristos Steak House

Kiclades

Estatiorio Mezzo (comedy night on the weekends)
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Superclam on June 11, 2011, 12:16:13 PM
Thanks everyone for the welcomes and the suggestions.

I tried Pizza Sam, and found them pretty mediocre. The Grandma pie was better than the plain. People who have lived here for a while tell me it used to be better.

Since it looks like I'll be living in JH for the next couple of decades, hopefully I'll get around to trying them all!!
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Jeffsayyes on June 12, 2011, 11:27:20 AM
yo, forget Pizza Sam's, Louie's pizza at baxter and 82nd street beats them all - esp the grandma slice.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: pipman on June 13, 2011, 06:44:54 PM
The secret is out...Ayada is far the best for Thai.  Not sure if they will deliver that far, so you may have to go with Arunee.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: calissefrances on July 09, 2011, 09:40:21 PM
Im not sure about Thai food , but if your in the mood for Italian.  I highly recommend Uncle Peter's on 84 St Northern Boulevard.  In my opinion they are the best restaurant in town.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: abee on July 09, 2011, 11:38:52 PM
Just tried Salt and Fat in Sunnyside. Small plates representing a variety of cultures, with a twist. Delicious. The oxtail terrine was amazing.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: StevenGrey on July 12, 2011, 11:00:20 AM
Great article in the latest issue of New York magazine: their top 20 "cheap eats" recommendations in Queens. I thought I would share it. Here's a link to a print-ready version...

http://nymag.com/print/?/restaurants/cheapeats/2011/queens/top-twenty/index4.html
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Lilybell on July 12, 2011, 12:25:10 PM
I think that deserves it's own thread! 
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Superclam on July 18, 2011, 08:01:16 PM
OK, I've ordered from seamless web three times now, twice from Indian Taj & just now from Q City Pizza.

I really like Indian Taj. Fresh, hot, tasty Indian food delivered on time. All the sauces & condiments, dal included. Naan was particularly good. Will definitely order from them again. Note: masala dosas do not travel particularly well.

Q City Pizza: seriously, some of the worst sh*t I've eaten in a long time, and I just got back from an Applebee's tour of the upper Mid-West. Over an hour to deliver the worst pizza I've ever had, seriously. I've had pizza in New Orleans that was better. Half-melted Polly-O on a saltine cracker crust. Garlic bread was oily & oddly green. My wife thought it might be rancid. Tiny portion of greasy calamari.

I apologize to Pizza Sam; they are freakin' gourmet compared to this crap.

Anyone know of a decent pizza place in the nabe?
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Superclam on July 18, 2011, 08:03:19 PM
Also, I went to the famous Pio Pio on Saturday night. Excellent. Much better than the Greenpoint branch, which was still very good. Great chicken, calamari and sides.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: dssjh on July 18, 2011, 08:07:37 PM
great pizza? nope.

decent? a couple possibilities both of which deliver to me on 35/77.

gianni, which is on northern. good regular pies, you get a nice crisping on the crust and a good balance of cheese and sauce, which has the right touch of sweet.

original rosa's on 31st/75th, in that strip mall that also holds cannelle. best crust i've had around here. good meatballs (one of my favorite toppings). good pasta dishes too.

gustosa is a good by the slice place....i like their sicilian, especially.

avoid due fratelli. three strikes on delivery, same problems each time: oily and a floppy crust that lets the cheese/toppings slide off and onto the floor or lap.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Superclam on July 18, 2011, 08:12:15 PM
Thanks. I'll try & see who delivers.
The thing that got me was that the cheese wasn't even melted, so why'd it take so long?
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: dssjh on July 18, 2011, 08:19:35 PM
i've passed by that place, Q City that is, and it just looks so unappealing that i didn't consider trying it. books, covers, i know, but ick. sorry you had that experience.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Superclam on July 18, 2011, 09:02:48 PM
I'm almost never in that area. I'm probably better off not seeing it.
I don't feel so good.  :-\
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: divanatrix on July 19, 2011, 10:13:14 AM
*Snip*
gianni, which is on northern. good regular pies, you get a nice crisping on the crust and a good balance of cheese and sauce, which has the right touch of sweet.

*Snip*
avoid due fratelli. three strikes on delivery, same problems each time: oily and a floppy crust that lets the cheese/toppings slide off and onto the floor or lap.

I agree with you on both points.   Gianni's is my go-to for delivery although I live pretty damn close to Due FAILtelli.  The fact that they (Due) try to make 500 varieties and they're all disgusting says a lot. :D   Gianni's is great, the staff is friendly and the pizza is yummy.  Delivery guys are very nice although sometimes it may take a long time.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: buddy on July 19, 2011, 10:13:43 PM
Superclam, I've already posted this on the Pizza thread:   I go to Porto Bello in Astoria on Ditmars (43-18 Ditmars Blvd).  Fantastic pizza.    Also their food is really good and not expensive.  Plus there's two parking lots: outside and underground FREE.

So worth the ride if you have a car.  I've never checked if they deliver but I doubt they'd come this far.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: americanchicken on August 03, 2011, 10:00:18 PM
oh and don't forget to try the original american chicken @37th and 78th...
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: divanatrix on August 03, 2011, 10:05:00 PM
oh and don't forget to try the original american chicken @37th and 78th...

Ew.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Superclam on November 25, 2011, 07:13:30 PM
So far, I've ordered from Indian Taj a few times (still good), Mehfil (I didn't like it), Gianni's (I didn't really care for it), Himalayan Hut (pretty good), Taste of Italy Pizza (decent "standard" NYC slice), Uncle Peter's (my wife & I really like it), Pio Pio again (inconsistent) and Victoria's Pizza, which had Mexican and pizza and both were surprisingly good.  :smiley6600:
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: madalyn on November 26, 2011, 10:07:25 AM
Louie's Pizza on Baxter.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Superclam on December 05, 2011, 02:13:00 PM
oh and don't forget to try the original american chicken @37th and 78th...

Finally tried it yesterday. It was ok. Very fast delivery. Not too expensive. Large chicken was pretty good in the charcol grilled sense. Sauces ok. Rice & beans mediocre. Cole slaw fair.
Not as good as Pio Pio, but cheaper & quicker delivery.
I'll probably order from them once in a while.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Superclam on December 05, 2011, 02:13:44 PM
Louie's Pizza on Baxter.

Some day I will get off my a$$ & try this.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Jeffsayyes on December 06, 2011, 01:00:30 AM
Not sure if it's opened yet, but there's a colombian hot dog place south of roosevelt around 80th or 81st or 79th.. .. really small shop. could be fun or crap.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Superclam on December 07, 2011, 11:36:35 AM
Serious question: what makes a hot dog Colombian?
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: StevenGrey on December 07, 2011, 12:20:32 PM
http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/02/colombian-hot-dogs-perro-caliente-queens-jackson-heights-nyc.html

Serious answer: Obviously, not for the faint-of-heart nor the calorie-conscious.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Superclam on December 07, 2011, 12:41:56 PM
Thank you, and my goodness! I'm not sure if I'm brave enough to try this. I can't imagine how the raspberry sauce fits in with this. Reminds me of a Chicago dog on acid.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: madalyn on December 07, 2011, 02:21:58 PM
http://www.seriouseats.com/2010/02/colombian-hot-dogs-perro-caliente-queens-jackson-heights-nyc.html

Serious answer: Obviously, not for the faint-of-heart nor the calorie-conscious.


That sounds seriously revolting! :buck2:
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Superclam on December 08, 2011, 11:29:09 AM
So I asked my Colombian friend at work about them, and she confirmed, that yes, they do serve them this way in Colombia, and when she goes home that's the first thing she gets!
I sent her the link & she's planning to go to Perro Veloz tonight.
I will keep you posted.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: dssjh on December 08, 2011, 12:18:34 PM
they're absolutely delicious! well, in general, not sure about the new place. discovered them when i moved into queens in the late '80s.....may have to get one tonight, now that my tastebuds are anticipating. it's the salty-sweet dichotomy.... we put raspberry sauce on roast duck, similar sauces on roast pork, why not on our favorite mystery meat cornucopia? :)
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Shelby2 on December 09, 2011, 04:16:20 PM
it's the salty-sweet dichotomy.... we put raspberry sauce on roast duck, similar sauces on roast pork, why not on our favorite mystery meat cornucopia? :)

This is an excellent point  :)
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Superclam on December 09, 2011, 06:16:57 PM
Well, my friend is going this weekend, so I'll have to wait till Monday to find out how it is. My wife surprisingly wants to try this, so I may be trying it myself.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Superclam on January 16, 2012, 06:07:06 PM
At this point, my short time in Jackson Heights has led me to lower my pizza expectations considerably. Right now, my criteria for success are:
1. Deliver in less than an hour.
2. Can find my door without calling me 4 times.
3. Edible.

With that in mind, Rey's Pizzeria is ok. Delivered quick enough that it's still hot, and the slice was half-way decent with a little garlic salt and hot sauce. I advise against the cheese cake.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Superclam on July 24, 2012, 07:19:27 PM
Well, my friends, in continuing this thread about what I like to eat, I'm pleased to report I have found some decent pizza that will deliver to me. Angelo's Pizza on 103rd Street in Corona makes a tasty slice and were able to get to my door in less than an hour!
Yes!  :smitten:
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: rdc on August 27, 2012, 03:39:58 PM
The arepaburger at Xtasis on 83ish and Northern is great!  Not quite as adventurous as a Colombian hot dog but still not your average burger.

Tacos Morelos is a good Mexican spot up by you (try the taco de torta de papa) though really there are so many around in our area that you'll have a favorite soon enough (Taqueria Coatzingo is mine).

For Thai I really like Playground and think it's worth the trek for you guys down to the 70s.  I also tried Ayada for the first time this weekend and it was definitely fantastic.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Superclam on August 28, 2012, 06:24:02 PM
I pass Xtasis a lot. It's certainly interesting to look at!
I haven't had much Mexican, despite my location, because the kids won't eat it. They'll eat chicken; so we have chicken often.

What is this Playground??
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: dssjh on August 28, 2012, 06:59:00 PM
Playground is part of the Zabb family, offering thai food in a semi slick setting.

if you like thai, it's great. kids who are a bit timid won't like it at all. but if you're kind of adventurous and spice friendly, the place is a pleasure.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Superclam on August 28, 2012, 07:00:13 PM
Maybe we'll check it out when the kids are at Grandma's.
Who are the Zabb family?
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Shelby2 on September 04, 2012, 08:18:09 PM
Playground is part of the Zabb family, offering thai food in a semi slick setting.

if you like thai, it's great. kids who are a bit timid won't like it at all. but if you're kind of adventurous and spice friendly, the place is a pleasure.

Eating in Translation just did a blog post on this place.

Playground Bar & Bistro
71-30 Roosevelt Ave. (71st-72nd Sts.), Jackson Heights, Queens
718-779-7912

http://www.eatingintranslation.com/2012/09/playground-bar-bistro.html

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8039/7909559142_067e877d1f_m.jpg)

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5055/5641928752_51f2f48c2a.jpg)

Image 1 is from Eating in Translation
Image 2 is from Flickr


Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: dssjh on September 04, 2012, 08:32:31 PM
nice to see food bloggers entering 2011 midway through 2012.

i kid, i kid. these 'experts' are adorable.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Lilybell on September 06, 2012, 12:44:47 PM
jeez, dssh, you are a tough audience.       
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: dssjh on September 06, 2012, 05:13:46 PM
sorry...
eating in translation is actually a terrific resource. i've found out about a lot of amazing events and little storefronts through what Dave does. i think i was just feeling a little snarky when i posted that. mea culpa.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Superclam on September 06, 2012, 05:23:26 PM
I'll be skipping the grasshoppers and ant larvae.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: dssjh on September 06, 2012, 06:40:43 PM
grasshoppers are actually not too bad. they look like crawfish and they taste like....well, they taste more or less like whatever you put them in, kinda like tofu.

i don't think there's anything -- beyond the threat of violence against me -- that could make me eat ant larvae, though.

i think the best things at playground are the meat salads from the Issan side of the menu. spicy as heck, with a nice lime underpinning and an herbaceous thing going on in there as well. the pork is my go to, the duck is really good as well. i think they may do a mock duck for vegetarians as well.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: madalyn on September 06, 2012, 06:43:48 PM
As Sarah Palin would say ' "You Betcha!"
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Superclam on September 06, 2012, 07:42:28 PM
It's totally psychological. I eat crawfish, lobster, shrimp, etc. I've eaten snails, tripe and rattlesnake. There is no way in Hell I'm putting a grasshopper in my mouth.
Oddly enough, I would consider the ant larvae depending on my mood at the moment.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: NYC Native on September 25, 2012, 10:13:02 PM
Grasshopper...Larvae?

What ever happened to Chateaubriand , Vitello scaloppine, Paella, or Tandoori Chicken ???

Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: madalyn on September 26, 2012, 10:21:01 AM
Oh Native - don't be so old-fashioned!  Now it's grilled skink livers over rice, earthworm marinara (you'll think you're eating linguini) and curried gerbil tonsils (lovely paired with a nice chardonnay).  You need to be a bit more adventurous on your eating.   ;) ;) ;)
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: francis on September 28, 2012, 08:47:51 PM
Sorry if I'm late in the game but I thought I'd give a shout out for Just Made for U.  I've eaten here several times now and have to say that I think it is a great addition to the neighborhood.  Although less exotic than "grasshoppers", the food is remarkably fresh and the place is spotlessly clean.  I like the fact that they have a variety of healthy choices and that you can have a freshly squeezed juice with whatever you choose. The prices seem  extremely reasonable for what you get.  Hope that people feel the same and that people support it.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: bellabella on September 28, 2012, 09:13:58 PM
anyone try the new "Mr. Bruno's" that replaced Rosas pizza in the waldbaums shopping center? tried it three times not that impressed. It looks nicer inside though.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Superclam on September 29, 2012, 06:57:20 PM
I had delivery from Desi Chilli Chicken last night, which I believe was formerly Himalayan Hut. Food took a long time to get here, just over an hour for 18 blocks. Granted it was raining.
Food was great! Masala French Fries were excellent and very spicy. Steamed momos were very good. Basil Garlic chicken very good as was the bok choy. Chicken w/ cashews were standard.
I will definitely be ordering from them again, even with the long wait.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: NYC Native on October 03, 2012, 07:26:54 PM
Last weekend I decided to try out some new restaurants in Queens.  While outside of Jackson Heights, I went to Piccola Venezia in Astoria (42-01 28th Avenue).  The service was A+ from the Valet to generous cocktails, they did a good job.  The darker marble interior seems somewhat outdated and the place could use a facelift but was no different than many established restaurants.  The place  was semi empty when I got there just before 7 PM but quickly got packet soon after 7:30 and was still at almost capacity when I left at about 9 PM.  They have lots of seafood / fish dishes made anyway you wish and their Veal Ossobucco was tender and memorable.

The wine list was also decent but I cant remember the wine I had (so it couldn't have been that good  :D )  While I enjoy L'incontro restaurant's (3st Street off Ditmars) atmosphere and decor more the cuisine at Piccola Venezia is at par and the service is probably better.   

I have recommended Uncle Peters several times in the past, have you been there?  It is still my favorite in Jackson Heights and I visit at least 2 or 3 times monthly.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Jeffsayyes on October 03, 2012, 10:44:43 PM
haha, I love that dssjh got down on eating in translation for being late to the game with Playground. Give him hell!

I went to casa enrique in LIC and have since been searching for a Mexican place whose quality is refined like that. No way LIC is going to outdo us for Mexican food!
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: lwrocket on October 07, 2012, 07:04:11 AM
FYI regarding delivery from Seamless Web: I've found that GrubHub has a lot more choices.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: divanatrix on October 07, 2012, 08:24:38 AM
FYI regarding delivery from Seamless Web: I've found that GrubHub has a lot more choices.

I disagree.  GrubHub *seems* like it has more choices, but if you actually look through the list thoroughly, there are a lot of duplicates, and past a certain point, the list starts saying "Phone orders Only" (and what's the point of that?)  Additionally, the list is super outdated.  They still list Frisby Chicken as an option and it's been closed for years...

I find Seamless more professional - the few times I've needed to deal with them directly they were great.  (Had a really, really awful/infuriating delivery experience w/ Mumbai Grill a few weeks ago and we were refunded immediately after the management refused to deal with the issue.)
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Superclam on October 07, 2012, 10:22:39 AM
I find GrubHub does have more choices than Seamless, at least delivering to my end of JH. It's true that a lot of them are phone only.

I've also noticed a difference in price between GrubHub and Seamless at the same restaurants, which is strange.

I tend to like Seamless's website & interface more. Luckily, I haven't yet had to deal with them about an order gone wrong.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Superclam on October 07, 2012, 10:26:05 AM
Quote
I have recommended Uncle Peters several times in the past, have you been there?  It is still my favorite in Jackson Heights and I visit at least 2 or 3 times monthly.
Yes, I did try them last year, and I thought they were very good. Plus, they're within walking distance of my house. However, they're a little bit beyond my price range, so I would save them for a special occasion rather than regular fare.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: NYC Native on October 30, 2012, 10:58:47 PM
OK, OK...so it is not in Jackson HTS...But it is good to know if you are OK dining out of the immediate area but still staying in the general area.   ???

I had the best view for the $$ Last Friday.  It was in LIC and it was at a really cute place called SHI.  Its an Asian fusion eatery with an amazing view of the east side of Manhattan.  Its in a high rise building adjacent to this really nice park with benches and the "Pepsi-Cola" iconic sign was right there, within walking distance.  Wow, really nice and unexpected time at this locale.  Now, the food was good and while the old saying says "You get what you pay for" the food here was better than your average quality take out.  No, it was not gourmet and the truth is that the food was (in my opinion) inexpensive by most standard.  The fried wonton were really tasty, the steamed dumplings no better than my local joint and the bacon wrapped shrimp were disappointing (they were deep fried and the shrimp tasted more like a scallop, is that weird?).  The skewer chicken were delicious but foreign tasting and a bit dry. 

For the main coursers, the sea bass was delicious and butterry but the boy Chou side was a bit overcooked.   The Peking Pork chop was too chewy and the sauce was overly pungent for my taste.  The fried rice was fresh tasting (if that is possible) delicious and had walnuts and some sort of dried fruits and shrimp.  In all fairness, Its only my 1st time there and I will return to try the sushi and rolls which seem to be their specialty.  They had a sushi platter for two for $45 and many rolls including tempura.  FYI, there is a Mexican spot in the corner across the street that has happy hr from 5PM to 7PM.  Should be interesting to make a pit stop there and then jump across the street.  BTW, SHI has this really amazing and cool looking lounge and feel to it, really a bargain and well worth the trip if you are looking for the NYC view while dining frugally.
  8)

I took some pictures while taking a walk right outside SHI, with my cell phone...Not the best pitcures but u will get it!     :D

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Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Superclam on November 18, 2012, 06:39:56 PM
So my new JH obsession is Dosa Delight on 73rd Street. Best dosa I've ever had. I've been going there for the last 2 weekends; I'll need to make an excuse for next week!
Maybe I'll even try something other than the masala dosa.  :smitten:
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: dssjh on November 19, 2012, 02:52:40 PM
the pondicherry dosa is great if you can take the heat. i also love the halwa puri (which they don't always have). it's usually a breakfast dish, and it's sweet and spicy....a mix of chana masala and halwa (halvah) served with the puffed puri bread.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Superclam on November 19, 2012, 06:43:22 PM
I must admit, I really like paying for dinner for 2 with a $20 and still getting change!
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: jamesdamian on November 19, 2012, 06:49:21 PM
My boyfriend and I went to Hae Woon Dae at Bway/76th over the weekend. I had kimchi jjigae, he had soon doo bu jjigae. Both really good. Atmosphere leaves a bit to be desired, but I'll deal for good Korean food. Any other worthy Korean recommendations. We are exploring JH and to plan to hit 'em all.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: dssjh on November 19, 2012, 11:03:55 PM
Chung Ki Wa on 74th just off broadway.....right by the train entrance and next to the gay spanish sports bar [if not only in JH, mostly in JH :) ] formerly known as the music box....best for BBQ, done at table albeit not over charcoal. they have a better variety of banchan and some reasonable soju as well.
the vietnamese place right there [Thai Son] has excellent pho, but fair to middling everything else.

happy noshing!

My boyfriend and I went to Hae Woon Dae at Bway/76th over the weekend. I had kimchi jjigae, he had soon doo bu jjigae. Both really good. Atmosphere leaves a bit to be desired, but I'll deal for good Korean food. Any other worthy Korean recommendations. We are exploring JH and to plan to hit 'em all.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: 718mom on November 20, 2012, 09:20:47 AM
Hi Superclam

I love the following restaurants:
Dosa Delight (I like Dosa set with chili paneer sauce and the cheese spring rolls)
Thai Son: I love the beef ribs and the pho with brisket only AND Bo luc Lac (Vietnamese)
UFC: I'm a soy garlic lover
TJ Asian Bistro- my favorite sushi that delivers to me from Woodside faster than most places in jackson hts)
Taquira Coatzingo (nachos regulares, rice, beans, chips and salsa)
Ayadah Thai: I love the Thai fried rice and the pad se ew, the taro custard
Kebab king: Mango Custard-omg!
Dehli Heights- anything lamb
Jaxx Inn- lately I am loving chopped salad with grilled steak and the chopped salad with grilled salmon
One of the Korean places, the one next to Thai Son, has the most incredible seafood pancakes, but I order them with no seafood and they are the most delicious thing

I eat gluten free so there are a lot of foods in jh that I can no longer enjoy, Canelle pastry was probably my favorite place on earth and I love JJ Garden's soup dumplings, it kills me I can no longer have them. 
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: 718mom on November 20, 2012, 09:24:16 AM
My Astoria list:
Piccola Venizia is a long time family favorite
Trattoria L'incontro
Stamatis
Uncle George
Michael's
Zenon
Omonia
5 napkin burger
Rizzo's pizza
Mezzo Mezzo
Opa!
Zlata Praha
The Bohemian Hall beer Garden
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Superclam on November 20, 2012, 11:45:43 AM
Thanks for the suggestions. My problems are that I live on the other end of JH (in the 90's) and my kids are young and not yet adventurous eaters. (Little Pepper kind of freaks them out because it's not what they think of as "Chinese food.")
On the plus side, I need to lose a lot of weight, so not having these great restaurants in close walking distance is actually helpful. If Dosa Delight was a quick walk, you'd have to roll me there.
I think I will try that Korean place. I haven't had Korean in a long time.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: dssjh on November 20, 2012, 05:00:30 PM
not sure if you're a sushi eater, but tomo on 37th and 86th is pretty good for eat-in (and they have one dollar nigiri pieces). they also do a bunch of good cooked dishes for unadventurous eaters of all ages -- the fried chicken appetizer is basically popcorn chicken with a japanese dipping sauce.

las margaritas on 37th and 83rd has basic burrito and enchilada offerings and decent margaritas in a bar-restaurant setting that's not child-unfriendly.

picada azuaya is also good for stick to your ribs south american -- i believe it's ecuadoran.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Superclam on November 20, 2012, 05:57:36 PM
I've ordered Tomo for delivery. Not bad, and quick delivery. I tried to give the kids tuna rolls last week and they weren't having it. That's odd, because we give them those seaweed packs from Costco which they inhale.
There are quite a few South American places on Northern in the 80's which I've yet to try.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: petegart on November 29, 2012, 06:16:36 AM
I second/third Dosa Delight!!!!!!!! And the people who work there are really nice too..
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Chuckster on January 15, 2013, 01:54:00 PM
Grub Street New York reports that Los Verdes, a popular Miami-based chain, is scheduled to open this Thursday in Sunnyside.  It's Colombian food.

Grub Street New York (http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2013/01/colombian-chain-los-verdes-opening-in-queens.html?mid=twitter_grubst)

It appears that Los Verdes is currently working on its website, so here's a link to Yelp reviews.  This place somewhat reminds me of Xtasis on Northern.

Yelp -- Los Verdes, Miami (http://www.yelp.com/biz/los-verdes-miami)

Title: Re: New... where to eat? S Prime - LIC
Post by: NYC Native on February 18, 2013, 10:11:12 PM
S Prime Steakhouse id LIC (bordering Astoria) - Very pricey for the locale but a really nice looking restaurant with exposed I beams and dark wood.  There is valet parking, coat check and as you enter you face a bar with a couple of plasma TVs. The place is 2 stories, open, screams Steakhouse and had a wonderful ambiance with an extensive wine selection (for an outer boro locale)

We had the Bone marrow and Oysters Rockefeller as starters.  Since I had a t-Bone the day before I did the Tuna as main course which was very thick but somewhat bland for my taste.  The wife ordered the 28 Oz Ribeye which was well marbled (a little too much for my taste).  The side were generous very good - we had the creamed spinach which was very tasty, the Mac & cheese (my favorite) and an enormous baked potato that brough all the condiments on the side.  The condiments were chunks of bacon, sour cream, grated cheese and something else (I cant remember) - we had fun putting it together ourselves  :D .
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Title: Re: New... where to eat? UNCLE PETERS!
Post by: NYC Native on February 24, 2013, 11:30:31 PM
I just wanted to say that I had the best Lamb (I love lamb) I have ever had on Friday...Thank You Uncle Peters!

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Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Chuckster on May 02, 2013, 10:09:03 PM
I happened to notice a small Colombian restaurant located on 73rd Street next to Dosa Delight today.  While walking by quickly, I spotted mostly baked goods and was wondering how long it's been there, and if anyone has tried it.  Is it strange to say that I was surprised to see a Colombian place in Little India?  Wow!  Very curious about it, so I'll have to pay a visit soon.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: dssjh on May 02, 2013, 10:29:40 PM
it's been there about two years, replacing the shortlived indo-pizza place. not bad. savories are better than sweets (they do a good pan de queso) buit not as good as la abundancia.
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Chuckster on May 03, 2013, 09:55:01 AM
it's been there about two years, replacing the shortlived indo-pizza place. not bad. savories are better than sweets (they do a good pan de queso) buit not as good as la abundancia.

I was hoping the sweets were good.  Sometimes I need to satisfy my sweet tooth while also enjoying a cup of coffee in a relaxed environment, and places like Seba Seba and Abundancia are usually so packed.  There's a place near Jahn's I used to visit a while back.  Their pastries are pretty good, and they have lots of seating. I'll just have to test the options and compare.   ::)
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: Grabey on May 04, 2013, 12:02:37 AM
Just saw the new "Friends Cafe" across from the subway entrance at 74th St. is open now - has anyone been?
Title: Re: New... where to eat?
Post by: jamesdamian on February 12, 2014, 01:40:06 PM
Thanks, dssjh! Sorry for such a slow coming acknowledgement. I'll check out these places.

Chung Ki Wa on 74th just off broadway.....right by the train entrance and next to the gay spanish sports bar [if not only in JH, mostly in JH :) ] formerly known as the music box....best for BBQ, done at table albeit not over charcoal. they have a better variety of banchan and some reasonable soju as well.
the vietnamese place right there [Thai Son] has excellent pho, but fair to middling everything else.

happy noshing!

My boyfriend and I went to Hae Woon Dae at Bway/76th over the weekend. I had kimchi jjigae, he had soon doo bu jjigae. Both really good. Atmosphere leaves a bit to be desired, but I'll deal for good Korean food. Any other worthy Korean recommendations. We are exploring JH and to plan to hit 'em all.