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Los Verdes, Sunnyside

I just ate at Los Verdes, a Florida chain that opened up on Greenpoint ave.

First off, the seats were dirty and I had to wipe them down. Ordered from the menu, and another guy brings a condiment rack that holds 5? slightly smaller than quart size squeeze bottles and places it right between me and my eating partner. None of them were labeled.

I had the arepa with Columbia sausage and the famed hot dogs. This is what they are known for. That and the hamburgers with every kind of protein you can think of stacked on a fluffy bun and some over sized quesadillas. This place is supposed to be for youngsters after a night of drinking. Portion sizes are...huge. Granted, I was there in the middle of the day. . . and I hadn't been drinking.

The hot dog dish was a pair of boiled hot dogs placed on a bed of mozzarella cheese melted on a bun, and whole thing is topped with crumbled up potato chips that looked like pancko(they put this on everything), and bacon. It's then dressed with a horizontal drizzle of what I thought was Pink sauce. It was impossible to eat with your hands, and the plastic knives and forks didn't really cut through the gummy now cold mozzarella. The napkins were almost like single ply toilet paper. I should also mention that they serve water in a plastic cup with lids (the kind you get iced coffee in) and all the "china" is plastic or white foam plates. For that reason alone I'll never go back.

The arepas were tasteless, the columbian chorizo was dry, and I almost broke a tooth on a piece of bone. The condiments were mayo blended up with garlic, or cucumbers, and the "pink" sauce was mayo and ketchup.

The food was awful, and feel like I have a brick in my gut and I spit it with someone. $16 bucks bought me pain for the next 5 hours. My suggestion would be to skip this place altogether unless your 24 and drink heavily on weekends. They close at 3:00 am. I personally would rather have a slice of average pizza instead. There are so many other choices around for hangover food that I can't see why anybody would go to Los Verdes or Las Mierdas. . .

Apr 10, 2013
JakesSunnyside in Outer Boroughs

Salt and Fat in Sunnyside

Been there a few times. Had a decent selection of the menu. I like the food. Seem to have copied parts of Momofuku bar.

What bothers me about this place is the portion sizes and the "Have you been here before?" question because if you answer no, they suggest you get more. The serving sizes are just small enough to not satisfy, so you end up getting 1 1/2 of a dinner, instead of one. Spending more money, of course.

The other thing about this place is that the service hasn't improved since it opened. At least for the three times I've been there. (last time was a few months ago). I was there the first month or so it opened and it felt like the place was being run by people with no restaurant experience. They forgot orders, brought dishes out sporadically. We waited like 10 minutes for the second plate while the people next to us arrived after we did and were served before us. Those thing really bug me. The decor is....well....lets just say it looks like a contractor 'designed' it, but this forum, I think, is about the food.

I also can't figure out why it's so damn popular. I just can't go there on a frid or sat and wait 15 minutes for a table. Having to take a buzzer with me and spend money at the closest bar is annoying. I'll bet all the local bars love the place because it sends business their way. It's just far away enough that take out will get home cold unless I ride it back on a bike.

Anyway, I wish there were more places like this. Now it's just overpriced Italian joints popping up.

Sep 17, 2012
JakesSunnyside in Outer Boroughs

New Thai in Sunnyside: Nodus

I've been there twice for lunch.

It's Ok. At least it wasn't Chinesified. Better than Yuk Yuk. Haven't had enough dishes to compare to Dee. Nothing compares to SriPraiPai(sp?)

Sep 17, 2012
JakesSunnyside in Outer Boroughs

Yum Yum Thai Restaurant in Sunnyside

Yes. It used to be chinese joint forever. Then it was I Am Thai, and as I said, I think he sold it.

Sep 17, 2012
JakesSunnyside in Outer Boroughs

Yum Yum Thai Restaurant in Sunnyside

So I'm not the only one that noticed it's demise because the owner sold? Somebody here says the same owners run the place, but I'm almost certain they aren't. The same thing happened with Dee. It was actually very good for the first year or so. Now it's almost like the others - average -and americanized. I spent a month in Thailand eating fantastic food almost everywhere and Dee was actually pretty good. Not anymore. Incidentally, I walked into I am Thai a few weeks ago for take out and the guy was busing a table. I waited. And Waited. And waited some more. He went to the back and STARTED TO CLEAN THE DISHES! Needless to say I walked right out when he finally arrived at the counter about five minutes after walking in to an empty restaurant.

SriPraipai (sp?) is the best, so far. They were better before renovating, but the food is essentially the same. But I've heard good things about Thai Center Point.

Sep 17, 2012
JakesSunnyside in Outer Boroughs

Yum Yum Thai Restaurant in Sunnyside

I don't know why the girl told me they changed ownership a couple of years after they took the space from the chinese place that was there prior. I specifically asked her about the thai owner, and she said they were now chinese. I also didn't see the guy and his wife in the kitchen.

Maybe the girl was on drugs.

May 13, 2012
JakesSunnyside in Outer Boroughs

Yum Yum Thai Restaurant in Sunnyside

I've only had a two dishes since they changed ownership. I didn't like the daughter of the owner, who acted like she was doing me a favor. The previous owner was more down to earth and was sincerely interested in satisfying the customer, suggesting dishes etc.

As far as the food goes, it was alright but I've only had the dumplings and I don't remember the other. Not out of this world - average. Also, the menu did not reflect what you get - at least with the dumplings. Menu says 5, we got four. I asked and the twit said. "Uh, that's what you get, 4." Portions seemed smaller too.

May 12, 2012
JakesSunnyside in Outer Boroughs

Yum Yum Thai Restaurant in Sunnyside

I Am Thai was opened by a guy with a couple of restaurants in Bangkok. He had a Kaffir lime plant in the window. I asked him where he got it, and that's how I got to know him. He sold it about a year and a half ago. Now it's run by a Chinese family, with Chinese influence.

May 11, 2012
JakesSunnyside in Outer Boroughs

Sunnyside Pizza-EXCELLENT!!

Had their delivered pizza last night for the first time. I've eaten their slices though.

Rant :

They, like every other pizza joint in the neighborhood, has reduced the amount of cheese on their pizzas considerably. I've noticed this trend over the last year and a half. The only protein you get on a pizza, without ordering toppings is the cheese - and it's probably the most expensive thing on a pie. Therefore, they've been cutting back.

I used to order from Lentini's on 43rd ave, Mediterraneo on Qns Blvd, and La Bella, which used to be on the Blvd but now is on roosevelt. They've all done the same. La Bella used to be pretty generous, now they are just like the rest.

Still looking for a new pizza joint that doesn't obligate you to order extra cheese($2 topping) because they barely put any on to begin with. Haven't found any pizza place that makes me want to order.

Want to try the place on skillman and 52nd? Some italian restaurant on the corner with outdoor seating during the summer, around the corner from a laundromat. Anybody know about them?

May 09, 2012
JakesSunnyside in Outer Boroughs

Yum Yum Thai Restaurant in Sunnyside

Dee used to be good when they opened. They got worse lately.

My partner and I call Yum Yum, Yuk Yuk. Dee is far better.

May 09, 2012
JakesSunnyside in Outer Boroughs

Sunnyside: The Dog and Duck and Bliss 46 Bistro

Been in the neighborhood a while, new member to chowhound.

P.J. Horgan's used to have good fish and chips, but they've been sliding to average to below average lately.

P J Horgan Tavern
4217 Queens Blvd, Sunnyside, NY 11104

I've been to Dog and Duck, Quant, Bliss 46. Dog and Duck wasn't that bad regarding food, but the design is horrible. Bad table layout, and the banquets by the windows are sure to cut the circulation off in your legs. No vestibule, so tables next to the door freeze.

Had the hangar steak, leek and ham pie, bar food burger (was the best of the menu) and the duck. Yeah, fries are bagged. Service was average. Compared to the what's available in the neighborhood, I can't complain that much. This ain't Manhattan. It took long enough to get herbs at the food markets and a farmers market at 42nd and skillman so any kind of halfway decent restaurant that isn't a rice and beans joint or bad pizza I'll take. Hell, there's only one place to get a good bagel in what, a 3 square mile radius of my apt.

I'll have to try molly blooms. Didn't know they served food.

May 09, 2012
JakesSunnyside in Outer Boroughs