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Di Fara Pizza HORRIBLE

Yes.
$30 per person, includes tax but not a tip.
20 people minimum 30 maximum, approximately.
They serve from 6-9.
Price includes all you can drink from the refrigerator case and you can bring your own alcohol, and dessert. We buy some babkas from across the street. They arrange all the tables and chairs into one long banquet table down the middle.
You tell Maggie what you want. Round or square with any toppings, in any combination. She will make good suggestions on combinations. Whatever they have, you can have on your pie.
You reserve by phone, they do one or two a week. Tuesday and some Thursdays. The wait is now months. We have two reservations, one in October and one next March.
For those of us that love DiFara pizza it is a unique and fantastic experience. The pizza is spectacular. Dom is at his best. No lines, no pressure no complaints makes Dom seem younger. He will tell you stories and ask about the group. Maggie is a perfect host. We appreciate how well she runs things and tip her well. They will box up what you can't finish. No waiting as the pies come flying out once Dom gets warmed up and he is a quick starter.
Enjoy

about 2 hours ago
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs
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"Artisan" Western-style bread in Flushing

Maybe the biggest advantage is that between OP's location and Cannelle is some of the world's greatest chow. Can't say as much for Forest Hills.

1 day ago
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

"Artisan" Western-style bread in Flushing

I used Flushing Town Hall as my reference point for Main and Northern as the old RKO Keith movie theatre is no longer in Google maps and I get this:
Town Hall to La B 4.8
Town Hall to Cannelle 3.7
So really no difference. Why not do both?

1 day ago
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Khao Kang in Elmhurst?

Excellent little spot. Took everyone's advise and hit the place on Saturday. For someone like me that loves Thai curry and always has a hard time deciding which one to choose, this was heaven. I had three:
1. Panang Curry with pork. Mild and classic panang curry taste.
2. Green with little slices of eggplant and chicken on the bone with skin, cut into small bite sized pieces. Incendiary and delicious.
3. Sour curry. Can't remember the last time I had the stones to order this one. It came as the NYT article points out, in its own styrofoam cup. Beads of sweat rapidly formed. It had large slices of a yellow (stained from the curry?) vegetable, no idea what it was. What is beyond incendiary? I don't know but this is it.

As I walked in another customer leaving had a beer in a bag. He told me that they didn't say a word about it to him. I then grabbed a beer from the bodega a few doors down.
This place easily slides into the Thai rotation, particularly when I'm feeling like a curry is what I need. And when I feel cheap.

1 day ago
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs
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"Artisan" Western-style bread in Flushing

Yeah PC is right that is tough, but so are Chowhounds. Head over to the other side of the Grand Central after a day at the Zoo and try Rio de la Plata Bakery for some Italian Argentine stuff or up to Mama's. Not Bien Cuit level but good.
The best choice though would be a trek to Cannelle Patisserie in Jackson Heights. I love some of their pastries but I usually walk away with loaf of bread as well.

1 day ago
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

HELP!!!! Does anyone know where I can get great TEX-MEX? [Long Island]

As a Queens kid from the 70's whose first Mexican food experience was at Taco Bell, I understand you. Try Senor Nacho in Great Neck. They actually have some good food but they will also satisfy your cravings.

http://senornachony.com/menu.html

Jul 14, 2014
stuartlafonda in New York State (exc. NYC)

Little Neck Shanghai and Taiwanese Cuisine Soup Dumpling restaurant

With all the 90 degree days I was going to hit them for some cold sesame noodles, were they spicy? Looks like a mixed bag and hopefully enough Chowhounds will go so we can figure out what items are worth a visit.

Jul 09, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

bayside bay terrace whitestone

I have become a frequent movie goer at the Fresh Meadows theatre as my kids love the leather lazy boy seats and I love the ease of internet purchase of a designate seat, so I have been on the look out for good local chow. The Two Bites Bakery sounds great. Thanks.

Jul 08, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Di Fara Pizza HORRIBLE

Yesterday July 4, at 4:00. No line, every seat,taken three people milling about the counter. I waited ten minutes and got three slices. Each one perfect, Slight char where appropriate, super thin and delicious. While I was waiting he had to toss a square pie at that stage where he is baking it with sauce but nothing else yet. A second fully prepared square pie was thisclose to officially being tagged burnt. Inconsistent as always, but my slices were transcendent.

Jul 05, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Little Neck Shanghai and Taiwanese Cuisine Soup Dumpling restaurant

Not even sure what the name is as it is recorded some places as Little Neck Fun and has Chinese characters on the sign as well. Newly opened just east of the corner of Little Neck Parkway and Northern blvd near the recently razed Scobee Diner.

Looks like the real deal. Just one visit but the soup dumplings were excellent. Wrapper was not so thin that it seemed the soup would burst out upon lifting or so thick that you could not even see a bulge. Just right. Good amount of tasty soup. Also had the scallion pancake with beef, also delicious though a little more beef and a little less sauce is my preference. To my uneducated eye it seems authentic as the menu is very similar to Kung Fu in Flushing, just about my only point of reference in these matters. Clean simple interior of all brown leather chairs and banquettes with brown fabric, white walls and brick with interesting black and white photos on the walls. Service was spot on though I was there at a very quiet time.Great addition to the area. Adorable soup dumpling mascot on the signage, next best icon to the original pepper at Little Pepper in Flushing.

Jul 03, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Long Island Ice Cream Spots?

I was passing Baci last night and decided to stop for a little bit of gelato. Still excellent. The pistachio in particular was as good a pistachio gelato as I have ever had. Banana nutella, baci and raspberry were also good. I had the assistance of my daughter in this endeavor. large portions and fair prices as well.

On a related note, Marvel was sold but a patron would never know. Smart new owners, keeping things the same as it has always been.
On another related note, on the same corner as Marvel , on the south side of Lido Blvd is a new ice cream shop replacing Surf Pizza. Tried it twice, eh. Seemed like what I call a 'mix in" place. Couple of simple base flavors then they dump stuff in. I ordered the milky way and got vanilla ice cream with rock hard pieces of Milky Way bar to break a tooth on. Just slightly harder then the frozen whole strawberry in my strawberry ice cream.

Anything else new out there?

Jul 02, 2014
stuartlafonda in New York State (exc. NYC)

Great Chinese Restaurant in Nassau County?

Two place I have gone to innumerable times.
Pearl East is a long time favorite for old style NY Jewish style Chinese food. A similar cuisine to King Yum. Excellent eggrolls,shrimp fried rice and ribs. I love that stuff. My young son once walked in, looked around and commented that the place looked like the dinning room at Boca West.
Northern Manor is the opposite, authentic as it comes, excellent Dim Sum. The only issue is that unless you live nearby, you are probably better off going to Flushing.

Jun 26, 2014
stuartlafonda in New York State (exc. NYC)

Di Fara Pizza HORRIBLE

Yes, and you are very prolific here in general and about Brooklyn food in particular.This debate seemed right up your alley, that's all.

Jun 26, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Jamaican food in Queens (and Long Island)

Good report thanks. On the corner of 103 and Astoria blvd (Corona?) is a green awning spot that is takeout only. They do a decent jerk chicken and some stews. Once in a while I grab something to take home, with a Ting and it satisfies the craving for Jamaican food.

If you are in the area of Uniondale Ave and Front street in Nassau, near Hofstra, there is a cluster of Jamaican/Island spots. Ever changing so nothing I can recommend other then a visit and a roll of the dice.

Jun 23, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Di Fara Pizza HORRIBLE

How did it take you this long to weigh in? The answer, in part, is to schedule a private party.

Jun 19, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Morgenstern's Finest Ice Cream?

I was there yesterday, two average size scoops in a cup $6. Chocolate cherry and coffee caramel. Good, not as good as my long time favorite Il Lab but I enjoyed the ice cream. Coffee caramel a bit grainey and the scoop of chocolate had two huge pieces, in relation to the scoop, of cherry.

Jun 19, 2014
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Di Fara Pizza HORRIBLE

Well said, grasshopper.

Jun 13, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn or Queens pizza joints

Born and raised in Queens and strangely, I have never been to New Park. I will seek to remedy that situation immediately.

Jun 12, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn or Queens pizza joints

By "Fresh Meadows Pizza" are we talking about the tiny old place about three blocks west of the movie theater on the service road? Brother's, or something like that?

Centre Pizza has it's fans, I am not among them.

Jun 11, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Sad to report the passing of Veggo

Tremendous loss. The world is so filled with sadness these days. But it was people like your brother that filled the heart with joy. He will be missed by many. He was The Man in Riviera Maya, among other places. On my next trip down there I will raise a glass in his memory, on the beach, with my family. I will explain how people like your brother made the world a better place. Pepe's and Stone Crabs, I had no idea.
Sorry for your loss.

Stuart

Jun 09, 2014
stuartlafonda in Site Talk

Alleva on Grand street under new ownership and management

Grabbed some sandwiches a few weeks ago and noticed a new crew, and higher prices. Went back last week and heard a women behind the counter, who was acting like she was in charge, talking to a customer about new ownership. I also noticed more packaged imported goods. The standard Italian hero is now $9.25, pretty steep. I and my lunch group pretty much moved on to Parisi a year ago and only occasionally do Alleva. The Alleva sandwich was indistinguishable from the past as they are using the same meats and bread. I prefer the Dennis at Parisi, or the Wednesday roast beef special. The lunch lines are long at Parisi so I suggest you call in your order

Jun 09, 2014
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Brooklyn or Queens pizza joints

Just some places to try if you find yourself nearby. The kind of place you would love to have as your neighborhood spot.
1. Amore in the Linden Shopping Center. Excellent thin crust hot out of the oven plain slice. Like what you got on every corner in the old days. From a joint that looks like it is leftover from the old days.
2. Paulie Gee my favorite from the new generation for those that love stuff on top. Great ingredients and combinations.
3. Best Pizza in Williamsburg for an excellent thin slice with toppings. Like a cross between Amore and Paulie Gee. Amore esthetic and thin crust with PG level toppings. But, if you don't get a pie it is almost always a reheated slice.

Jun 06, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Baz Bagel in LES [Little Italy]

Had lunch there the other day. I had an onion bagel with whitefish salad, very good. A little sweet for my taste and I prefer the salmon/ whitefish combo from R and D but the bagel was excellent. Small,well done and tasty. Fellow 'hound Russian Girl had an egg salad on everything her comment was 'eh". Her regular spot, that she loves is Absolute, B'way and 108.
So, as they say, ymmv.

Jun 05, 2014
stuartlafonda in Manhattan

Di Fara Pizza HORRIBLE

see above.........
share the love.

Ya' got fours years in here, you should stay and continue to contribute.

Jun 05, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Di Fara Pizza HORRIBLE

I took no offense, no apology needed. Thanks for sharing your experiences here, I always click on your posts.
Stuart

Jun 04, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Di Fara Pizza HORRIBLE

I took the time to try to convince Sluggo and all the "lurkers" out there of the value of sharing, I was not arguing about a food opinion. Wonderful that you support well deserving restaurants and they return the love, so you missed my point. It is about sharing here, and the benefits to all, not just you. Nice of you to protect your favorite spots from crowds at inopportune times. They might want or need that business at other times, when 'hounds are likely to go. Maybe in these tough economic times and in an industry most notable for failure, the places you mention are the lucky and uncommon few who do not want more customers. Finally, your school analogy is misplaced. That example is cheating, which is wrong, only benefits the cheater and otherwise disadvantages everyone else. Here it is not wrong and other then your inconvenience, everyone benefits, some, immeasurably. Please share.

Jun 04, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs
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Di Fara Pizza HORRIBLE

Yes, you are correct about the actual song lyrics. I took the liberty of quoting the John Lennon misquote of the line. Either way though, great words to live by.

Jun 04, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs

Di Fara Pizza HORRIBLE

I am I disappointed. Remember the phrase "........ and in the end, the love you get is equal to the love you give...'?
Deserving restaurants stay in business supporting individuals, their families and their employees. The community is enriched. We all eat better. All of this, in part from simply sharing information about where we can find delicious food. As long as I have been here, from 2001 to now, one of the guiding principals has been to share the information. It may result in my having to wait longer for a table or even be shut out at times but really, are we that selfish? Sure, sometimes the place changes. Maybe a greedy owner cuts corners or an inexperienced owner is unable to cope with all the new business, but isn't that worth the price of keeping deserving places in business, and we eat better?

Jun 04, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs
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Di Fara Pizza HORRIBLE

You think they don't want more money? Have you reconsidered your position and will now enlighten us to these 50 year old, great pizza joints? I can think of Totonnos and Spumoni Gardens, each special and different then Difara (which just turned 50), but not better. What'cha got?

Jun 04, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs
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Di Fara Pizza HORRIBLE

Nice Chowhound attitude, I'm sure those pizza joints appreciate the lack of business and profit for your convenience.
At DiFara you pick up your slice at the counter, so you can reject it and ask for another. Dom burns stuff, as great as his pizza can be it is inconsistent, the price one has to pay for greatness. A price, understandably not all will pay.

Jun 02, 2014
stuartlafonda in Outer Boroughs
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