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Guide to NYC's 10 Best Greek Restaurants and Tavernas

Is Elias Corner still operating in Astoria and any good? It was great in the late 90s and early 00s.

Jul 16, 2014
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Spicy Lanka: Sri Lankan Cuisine Returns To Queens

Phayul is a great find. Neerob, while very good, wasn't overwhelming to me; certainly not worth a schlep from Brooklyn. Just opinions.

Phayul is consistently fresh and the range of dishes, while not vast, is intriguing. I love their spicy cucumber salad, which is soaked in a Szechuan peppercorn soy sauce!

Jul 01, 2014
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Tournesol LIC

Tournesol is quite good. Very enjoyable. They have a wonderful armagnac selection.

Jun 26, 2014
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Sunset Park: Favorite Restaurants and the Dishes Therein

Ba Xuyen is pretty awesome Vietnamese, though with a relatively limited menu. It's certainly the best purveyor of those cilantro-sotted sandwiches that everyone seems to want. It has a few great other options and fantastic durian shakes, in season. I'm not a Vietnamese-in-NYC expert, but this is my favorite Vietnamese place.

Jun 24, 2014
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Best Korean BBQ in Queens

Hi,

I'm wondering what the consensus is now on the best Korean BBQ in Queens. I know different places specialize in different things, so maybe the question should be "what are your top three?"

My interest is general, but I have a specific need this weekend, as it is my bachelor party (group of about 12) and I'm trying to supplant the traditional drudgery of bar+strip club (zzzz) with great Korean food and drink. So any suggestions for a place that would accommodate long hours of steeping in baek sae joo and makkoli while consuming Game of Thrones-style piles of BBQ would be most welcome.

Thanks!

Jun 11, 2014
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Bostonians stayting in Brooklyn, need advice

I agree that there is no "really good" Indian in Brooklyn -- and by Indian I'm going loose, meaning Indo-Pak-Bangla-Sri Lankan -- but there is a Bengali / Bangladeshi cluster around the intersection of Church and MacDonald Avenues that has a couple of pretty good places. Ghoroa (formerly Jhinuk) could be worth a trip. It's loosely on par with other Bengali places in the five boroughs, such as Neerob in the Bronx and assorted ones in Jackson Heights.

I wouldn't characterize Ghoroa as "don't miss," but it loosely meets the criteria of "good" and "Indian".

Nearby also were, and probably still are, a couple of very good Mexican restaurants. Just walk toward Ocean Parkway. I'll leave this to others to confirm, because I haven't been to the area for a while.

For general interest, it's worth noting that Russian, Polish and Yugoslavian delis operate in the area. There was one a while ago on Church toward Midwood that was straight-up Albanian.

I don't know so much about bagels and lox, but if you want hardcore Jewish deli stuff, you can go north to Williamsburg and hit Gottlieb's Restaurant. I used to go years ago and arguably it had the best chopped liver in the city.

May 19, 2014
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Spicy Lanka: Sri Lankan Cuisine Returns To Queens

Went yesterday evening on the basis of seeing this post. Thanks for writing this up.

I found a lot of promise in the food. I had a vegetarian thali with four curries and thought it was quite tasty. I especially liked the dried salted chili they used for garnish.

No liquor license, but they have a bar+restaurant format so they'll probably be getting one.

May 09, 2014
guanubian in Outer Boroughs

Coney Island and Brighton Beach [split from Rao's thread]

If you're going to the area, are curious about Russian stuff and like to drink, I strongly recommend visiting Gambrinus. The place is unspeakably weird and lots of fun. It's a Ukrainian bar dressed up as a kind of beer garden, staffed (often) by strapping young men with suspicious bone structure and terrible teeth who dress in French sailor outfits like something out of Jean Genet's Querelle. They serve Russki "banquet" food and have a few beers on tap, including Baltikas of shifting numeric designation. There is an outside area that catches a lovely breeze.

Go. You won't be sorry.

May 08, 2014
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Best Thai....Please tell me the very best....

Chao is great, sure. Actually I've moved close-ish recently and will probably go much more often than before. Looking forward to that.

May 08, 2014
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Best Thai....Please tell me the very best....

Absolutely and without hesitation. I have liked everything I've had: various larbs, naem sod, salads. I guess, as with anything, it has off days, but I think it wins. (Again, I'm partial to Esan style.)

I thought the same about Poodam's last restaurant, her eponymous LIC establishment.

Apr 29, 2014
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Maltese Cuisine

Hi,

Long ago I heard there is a vestige of a long-dead Maltese community in Astoria, the Maltese Center on Hoyt Avenue, which may very occasionally serve Maltese food to the public.

What's the deal now? Is it possible to score Maltese goodies in Queens?

Apr 25, 2014
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Best Thai....Please tell me the very best....

I went once and really liked it. I didn't feel moved to admit it to the little club represented on my short list, but I think you're right that it's very much worth trying.

Apr 24, 2014
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Best Thai....Please tell me the very best....

Ah hah! I had a good feeling about this place, but felt like it could go both ways -- awful, or awesome. Now I'm intrigued.

Apr 24, 2014
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Best Thai....Please tell me the very best....

The short list for Thai in NYC, as far as I'm concerned, is as follows. Full disclosure: I'm partial to Esan-style Thai and Lao food.

#1 Larb Ubol (in Manhattan)
#2 A tie: Ayada and Sripraphai

These are great, but I'm not going to bother ranking them, as I don't have strong opinions: Chao Thai, Arunee, Zabb Elee (both locations, one Queens and one Manhattan).

Apr 24, 2014
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Asian dinner for 6, 20-somethings in Manhattan/Brooklyn

I'm not sure if there's really a time to avoid, or for that matter an ideal time to go. The place isn't huge, but I've never had to wait, and I've showed up during prime time on a Friday evening. If the stakes are high, call ahead.

Apr 03, 2014
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Roberta's

Wow, I never very much liked the basic Japanese beers. I always thought they were too hoppy, and regarded them as inferior to all the other Asian dude-beers, including OB. On the other hand, I love Hitachino.

I enthusiastically join you in endorsing Singha and Beerlao. Love those. I think the Indian ones are good too -- Kingfisher and Taj.

Maybe I have brain damage from more than ten years of Korean roommates and coworkers, during which I more or less pickled in OB.

Edit: And yep, Tsingtao is an essential part of enjoying Chinese food.

Apr 02, 2014
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Asian dinner for 6, 20-somethings in Manhattan/Brooklyn

I enthusiastically recommend Larb Ubol for Thai.

Apr 02, 2014
guanubian in Manhattan

Roberta's

In my opinion, OB is a perfectly serviceable beer, not significantly better or worse than the other potable standard Asian lagers. Hite is thinner and suckier.

Apr 02, 2014
guanubian in Outer Boroughs

Amazing ethnic spot for a party of 10?

Some easy and great choices are Tacos Nuevo Mexico in Park Slope and Sripraphai in Woodside.

Apr 01, 2014
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Dhaulagiri Kitchen

Update: I still think Dhaulagiri is the best in the area.

Recently I've turned misfortune (my building in Brooklyn was sold and I had to vacate) into great fortune (I moved to Jackson Heights!), so I have some more perspective on Nepali offerings. I'd say the top three local Nepali are Dhaulagiri in first place, and then Thakkali Kitchen and Laliguras more or less tied for second. I still have some foot (and stomach) work to do, though.

Mar 19, 2014
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Chowhounders - Please give me what you got :)

I'd like to help you, but I've only been to Shake Shack on your list. Can you provide more specifics about what kind of food you are looking for?

Mar 18, 2014
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Mexican restaurant?

Nixtamal is well-known for it.

Mar 18, 2014
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Calvados

They must do both then. They definitely do a pommeau.

Dec 28, 2013
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Calvados

It seems like the Manoir product is a calvados liquor called pommeau, not a calvados.

Dec 28, 2013
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Indian & Britsh food [London]

I'd love your list of recommendations too. I've got a night here to spend on an outstanding place. Tonight I'm going to try Lahori Nihaari. Do you know any mom-and-pop Keralan or Chennai places? Those are interesting to me, but I'm open to anything.

Dec 17, 2013
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Yet another Thattukada update [London]

I'm thinking of dropping in for my first time -- both at this place, and with Keralan fare. What are the current menu highlights?

Dec 15, 2013
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new tayyabs [London]

Is the Tayyab of good repute through this forum distinct from "New Tayyab"? If so, what is the difference in quality?

Dec 15, 2013
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Tea Place -- Lapsang Souchong

Full afternoon is preferable, though I'll be alone and don't know if that's feasible.

Dec 15, 2013
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Pubs in London

Thanks. I will be staying at The Beauchamp on Bedford Place near Russell Square. I don't mind traveling, however, for "the best" of whatever.

Dec 11, 2013
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where is the best place for Indian dinner in London Zone 1?

I have three dinners to throw at this project; I'd love at least one of them to be meat-focused. In general I prefer meat, though that meal I had at Kastoori remains one of the best of my life.

Dec 11, 2013
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