Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >

jonross's Profile

Title Last Reply


I will second (or third) LIC Market which is quite an excellent restaurant. Granted they have strange hours but if you go it's well worth it. All local and/or organic. Haven't been to Salt and Fat yet been meaning to go, it's on Queens Blvd and 43rd in Sunnyside. As for the people who say that Queens doesn't have Brooklyn style restaurants, well it ain't Brooklyn. For Indian try Seva on 34th street just off of 30th ave, for pizza try Manducati's Rustica on Vernon Blvd LIC. For Kansas style BBQ you MUST go to John Brown Smokehouse, pulled pork, burnt ends, rib tips, pork belly etc all is delicious. I also haven't been to the New World Food Court in Flushing yet but have heard only good things. Tortilleria Nixtamal makes the best tortillas this side of mexico, Los Portales on Broadway has extremely cheap tacos and tortas.

As for the best pastrami, Katz's is over rated. Ben's is better, much better. But John Brown has a version that will knock your socks off...

Ben's Best Kosher Deli
96-40 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11374

30-07 34th St, Queens, NY 11103

Manducatis Rustica
46-31 Vernon Blvd, Queens, NY 11101

Tortilleria Nixtamal
104-05 47th Ave, Queens, NY 11368

Los Portales
25-08 Broadway, Queens, NY 11106

LIC Market
21-52 44th Dr, Queens, NY 11101

John Brown Smokehouse
25-08 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11101

Nov 26, 2011
jonross in Outer Boroughs

Armondo's in Jackson Heights

While not exactly in Jackson Heights, Sapori D'ischia has reasonably good if not authentic Italian food.

5515 37th Ave
Woodside, NY 11377

If Armdondo's serves food that is "Italian-American" then it shouldn't bill itself as an Italian restaurant but rather as Italian influenced so as not to confuse people looking for authentic Italian in preparation and otherwise. Regarding the "atmosphere" whilst dining, personally I couldn't give a hoot if I had to wipe my hands on my slacks as long as the food is good, consistently, and I'm not ripped off. But paying $23 for salmon?? Come on.

Sapori d'Ischia
55-15 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

Nov 16, 2011
jonross in Outer Boroughs

Are there any bbq places in queens that are good?

Actually John Brown is NOT a dump but rather a low key kinda place down here in LIC on 37th Ave. Some might call the location odd if you're not used to this neck of the Dutch KIlls woods but they do a heck of a business from the 2 firehouses nearby as well as the 108th and the sanitation depot that's a few blocks away. Then they also get the livery drivers from UTOG and teachers from the school across the street.
Let's talk about the food. Pulled pork is top notch. Probably the best in NYC. The burnt ends are freaking addictive, like meat candy should be. They recently started making pastrami which is out of this world awesomeness. In fact everything at John Brown is great. And if you like cole slaw try theirs, it's different, not your usual NY mayonnaise based sweetness but it has jalapeno and vinegar. They also make their own BBQ sauce which is finger lickin' good. Try it, you won't be disappointed. Just don't let the secret get out.

John Brown Smokehouse
25-08 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11101

Sep 30, 2011
jonross in Outer Boroughs

New recommendations in Astoria

Have you tried the place that replaced S'Agapo- Taverna Sofia? Cause it's damn good. Tried several weeks ago when friends from abroad (Italy) visited. They were mightily impressed. All dishes were excellent. Would recommend it to anyone. Have been to Agnanti, just not in a couple of years though. Agnanti is quite good, and worth waiting on a line for. As for gruff service, who cares you're there to eat, not to make love to the waitress.

As for L'incontro, any Italian place that would even think of playing Bocelli is low class. Call me a snob but pretty much all Amero-Italian places have generally the same feel, just some are more expensive. Just don't get me started on Italian desserts!!

Sep 14, 2010
jonross in Outer Boroughs