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Mar 19, 2012
ForestHillsFresser in Site Talk

Restaurant near Fette Sau?

I'm a big fan of Fada, which is nearby. Try the black ink pasta dish or the cassoulet. Both excellent.

If you prefer Japanese, qoo is directly across the street, nextto Polly Esthers.

530 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Qoo Robata Bar
367 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Financial District after work


93 Pearl St, New York, NY 10004

Mar 05, 2012
ForestHillsFresser in Manhattan

Suggestions Wanted For Elmhurst Chinatown Food Crawl

As for Forest Hills, the Asian population is definitely growing, but it has not, at all, yet translated into an Asian business district/food culture. The closest we have to that is the Fay Da Bakery on Queens Blvd. The rest of the restaurants here are Americanized versions of Chinese and Thai food.

I think that will change one day, perhaps in another 5-10 years, but there's no sign of it happening anytime sooner.

Fay Da Bakery
107-50 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11375

Asian Taste 86 in Elmhurst--Mostly Indonesian

Judging from the faces on the train at 67th Ave in the morning, I think it will not be long before you don't have to leave Forest Hills to get good Asian cuisines. It hasn't really even started yet, but I will bet that in 10 years, things will look much less Russian.

Asian Taste 86 in Elmhurst--Mostly Indonesian

I stopped on my way home tonight and took a couple of dishes to go.

Fried Rice 86 - nasi goreng jawa
This was one of the best fried rice dishes I've ever had. I asked for it "spicy" and they obliged. My wife is from the Philippines and she's traveled extensively throughout S.E. Asia. She loves Indonesian food and she thought this was oustanding.

Smashed Fried Chicken - ayam penyet
It wasn't really fried chicken as you might expect. It wasn't battered. It was very tender, almost like it had been braised for a bit, but not too soft. Very very flavorful and also spicy. It was coated with a brown mixture of spices that gave it a nice kick.

My wife wants to go back. So do I.

Schaefer's Beer?

Awesome blog post. Well done.

Feb 22, 2012
ForestHillsFresser in Manhattan

Schaefer's Beer?

When in Baltimore, do you ever have a "Natty Bo" (National Bohemian) beer? That's the local Baltimore beer I used to drink when I would drive down to watch the O's play.

Feb 22, 2012
ForestHillsFresser in Manhattan

Schaefer's Beer?

Isn't it funny, how with all the really truly great beers to choose from today and the selection available of beers from around the world, there is still nostalgia for the old classics. Not a single negative comment about what by today's standards would be considered an awful beer.

But I love it too and miss the old days too! Personally, I think Rheingold is a better tasting beer.

Feb 22, 2012
ForestHillsFresser in Manhattan

Sol Hyang Lee – Amazing Korean-Chinese BBQ Skewers at One of the Most Unique Restaurants in Flushing

Well, I wish I could tell you how it was, but I can't because we were refused a BBQ table.

Peter correctly noted that the new name is Sol Hyang Gee, which threw me because I was looking for Sol Hyang Lee and the red awning. They changed their name, and business must be good because they have a nice new awning. I double checked the address from the photos on Lauhound.

My wife and I went in and the waiter/owner/whoever he was asked us if we wanted BBQ. I said yes, for two. He sat us at one of the two woodtop tables without a BBQ pit. There are two of these woodtop tables, the other tables are stonetop with BBQ pits.

He brought one menu. Note to all restauranteurs: When two adults are seated, bring two menus.

I figured that they would bring over a portable BBQ, maybe with a metal bottom to protect the wood as you see in many Korean places. When he came by to take our order, I asked him if he was going to bring us a BBQ. He said no. I looked over at two tables, where the patrons were getting up to leave and I looked toward the back where I saw one free table. I asked if we could have a BBQ table. He said no.

We left without ordering.

I hate to think I was the victim of "you're not one of us" syndrome, which happens from time to time at some ethnic eateries. It happened to me at Grill Palace in Forest Hills.

I won't go back to either place. Maybe Feng Mao will be a bit more receptive to seating me at a BBQ table.

Sol Hyang Lee – Amazing Korean-Chinese BBQ Skewers at One of the Most Unique Restaurants in Flushing

Heading out to this place tonight. Looking forward to it!

Congee for breakfast?

I'm looking for a place to stop by on my way to work that offers congee. Chinatown and the LES are out of my way. Are there any places that sell it in the Village, Chelsea, or Midtown?

Feb 15, 2012
ForestHillsFresser in Manhattan

Where to have birthday party for husband in Queens?

I wont recommend a restaurant, but just want to mention that just because the 7 doesn't run from Queensboro Plaza to Times Square shouldn't derail (sorry) your plans to go to Flushing. Take the E, F, or R train to Jackson Heights and switch to the 7 there.

Is there ANY decent pizza on the UWS?!

I always liked Sal & Carmines at Broadway and 102nd. Have you tried that?

Sal & Carmine's
2671 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

Feb 13, 2012
ForestHillsFresser in Manhattan

Are You a "Follower" or a "Finder"?

I'm a "follower" which means I read Chowhound to see what others have found and then go try out the restaurant. Others are "finders" who take the risks by going out to try new restaurants or finding as yet undiscovered gems.

I'm a follower because I don't get to go out often, maybe once a week and when I go, I want to know that what I am going for will be worth it. So I tend to eat at those places that I've come to know and love or those that have been vetted by my fellow Chowhounders.

I want to thank the "finders" for going out to discover these great places!

Feb 13, 2012
ForestHillsFresser in Site Talk

Best asian supermarket in JH?

Got it, I remember seeing it on the train. But if you look at the map points "K" to the right, it lists the wrong address.

Best asian supermarket in JH?

The addressshown for the SkyFoods in Flushing is 40-24 College Point Blvd,, but that looks like the nasty Western Beef store. Is that the same thing? I walk past it everytime I walk from Forest Hills to Flushing (cutting through the park), and the smell out back is atrocious.

sign for original Gloria's pizza from flushing coming to forest hills?

Duo Fratelli at Queens Blvd near 67th Rd is decent pizza. Old style New York pizza, not like Nicks. I go there when I am too lazy to go to Dani's House of Pizza in Kew Gardens.

Dani's House of Pizza
81-28 Lefferts Blvd, Queens, NY 11415

Due Fratelli
101-16 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11375

Best asian supermarket in JH?

I'm fascinated by the little booth outside of JMart that sells what appear to be a fabulous selection of kielbasa and other Polish ham, and slab bacon products. It's a Chinese/Polish sausagepalooza.

I haven't been to SkyFoods, but I will check it out this weekend.

Hot Pot recommendation

If you ask them to make it extra "ma la" they will do so.

Best asian supermarket in JH?

Though the OP's question was for the best Asian market in JH, it looks like we're mostly recommending stores in Elmhurst. Since we're getting out of JH, why not consider a 10 minute ride on the 7 to the new JMart at the New World Mall in Flushing? I really like that store the best of all.

J Mart
136-20 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11354

Hot Pot recommendation

I've seen this complaint before, but I've never experienced it myself. But then again, I go there so much, they know me now and treat me very well.

Restaurants near Flushing Meadows Park

After visiting the Unispehere, veer off toward the Hall of Science and Wildlife Center and then you are just a couple of blocks from Roosevelt Ave where you'll find a great variety of wonderful Mexican/Colombian/Ecuadorian restaurants and taquerias. Just walk down Roosevelt toward the lower numbered streets and you'll see street food as well as restaurants..

Hot Pot recommendation


Best asian supermarket in JH?

I go to Pacific if I'm in a hurry, but if I have a few more minutes to spare, i go to the two big ones in Elmhurst, (New York and Hong Kong Market).

Hong Kong Supermarket
82-02 45th Ave, Queens, NY 11373

New York Supermarket
82-66 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

Birthday dinner tonight at Babbo, rate my planned selections

This will be for both myself and my lovely bride.


Marinated Fresh Sardines
Grilled Ocotpus


Homemae Orecchette (or should I do the Chianti Stained Pap?)
Beef Cheek Ravioli

Spicy Two Minute Calamari

You pick my scond dish.

110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

Feb 07, 2012
ForestHillsFresser in Manhattan

Uncle Zhou 大河人家 Elmhurst

I went with my wife to Uncle Zhou's last night. It's nice when a restaurant owner remembers you and asks if you want to order what you had last time. These are very nice people.

Anyway...I noticed they now have a take-out menu that differs from the plastic coated restaurant menu. It has many of the same dishes listed, but there's a section on the take-out menu for House Specials. Among the choices were cumin fried lamb for $12.95 and cumin fried lamb balls for $16.95. Not having remembered the earlier posts here, I asked what the difference was. The response was "They are different. You should order the cumin fried lamb for $12.95, it's better." Knowing what I know now, I think they did me a favor!

Anyway, I am posting pics of the cumin fried lamb. This was a fantastic dish. The small pieces of lamb were pan fried and then coated with whole cumin and crushed red pepper flakes. This is a solid dish, worth making a special trip for.

Uncle Zhou
83-29 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

Fresh Calamansi

Yes, I've purchased the concentrate and the cans of juice, but crave the real McCoy. Keep us posted on your "grove"!

Fresh Calamansi

Does anyone know if it is possible to buy fresh calamansi anywhere in Queens/Brooklyn/Staten Island/ or the Bronx? or anywhere in the U.S. for that matter? I don't know if these can legally be imported from the Philippines. Probably have such a short shelf life they wouldn't survive the passage by boat and would be prohibitively expensive to ship by plane.

What is the ultimate nighttime Queens walking food adventure?

Not sure if the Sainted Arepa Lady is still plying her delicious arepa de choclo on Roosevelt Ave in Jackson Heights, but even if she's not, a stroll from 74th St to about 103rd Street on Roosevelt at night can be a real treat if you like Mexican/Columbian/Ecudaorian street food.

The Arepa Lady
Roosevelt Ave and 79th St, Queens, NY 11372