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Working Class Mexican in Corona

I'm leading a group of industrial archaeologists through the "Willets Pt" area later this fall. There are many newish working class Mexican (and other) joints along Roosevelt Avenue west of Shea Stadium. Are any exceptional in food, drink or ambience for gringos?
GeoJack

Aug 21, 2008
GeoJack in Outer Boroughs

My Google Map of Obscure Street food in Eastern Jackson Heights

ZIPS define areas for the convenience and work of the USPS who do not consider ethnicity in this act. While community names are retained for post offices, ZIPS are not definitive in this. For example 11355 and 11354 cut downtown Flushing in two. 11354 is officially called "Linden Hill" which most Flushingites would not have a clue as to geography!

Aug 13, 2008
GeoJack in Outer Boroughs

Upscale restaurants of Queens

Deluge is a smart move away from Asian-American stuff the Sheraton in Flushing served for about 20 years. The heavily Asian clientele could do better at a dozen restaurants within 100 meters. So in the posh but dim and cavernous space with a waterfall they now feature an assortment of "tapas" and complicated sounding international plates. The food is OK, the service tries (But tries too hard pushing alcohol. I hate that!) A good choice for non-Asian in Flushing. Website helpful. GeoJack

Jun 22, 2008
GeoJack in Outer Boroughs

Best French Fries in Queens

I do like the fries at Tournesol.
But, if you want 'em FAST, try Joe's Bestburger in Flushing!
GeoJack

Nov 02, 2007
GeoJack in Outer Boroughs

Szechuan Gourmet

I live in central Flushng. I go to Szechuan Gourmet more than any of the other Flushing Szechuan places in part because of the atmosphere which is cozier and more muted than most places. A fave is the Vegetable Trio in Garlic Sauce (eggplant, string beans and asparagus.)

Oct 30, 2007
GeoJack in Outer Boroughs

Chinese American in Chinatown Flushing for sit down or take out?

I've lived around the corner from Lum's (and its ghosts) for 30 years. Lum's came in with Flushing's Jewish population in the post WW2 years and left with them by the 1990s! The large parcel (suitable for Sweet 16s and Bar Mitzvahs along with fancy cocktails and columns A/B and PARKING) was just the kind of property the new Asian entrepreneurs were after. The Korean restaurant there now is even larger, having swallowed a furniture store also. Lum's had a wonderful hybrid wonton-eggdrop soup and great service.

This food is gone now. Others mention King Yum which is close but not in Flushing. In Flushing, New Lok Kee, which moved out of Chinatown after 9/11, is a vague reminder. Fortunately there is lots of other wonderful chow out there.

Oct 30, 2007
GeoJack in Outer Boroughs

Szechuan (other than Spicy and Tasty) in Queens?

I go to Szechuan Gourmet more than any of the other Flushing Szechuan places in part because of the atmosphere which is cozier and more muted than most places. A fave is the Vegetable Trio in Garlic Sauce (eggplant, string beans and asparagus. Location 135-15 37 Ave.

Oct 30, 2007
GeoJack in Outer Boroughs

My Google Map of Obscure Street food in Eastern Jackson Heights

JH Jill is more correct. There is nothing official about neighborhood boundaries. The original JH land purchases by the Queensborough Corporation in the early 20th century streched from 74-90 St. 82 St was developed as the central shopping street for the community. 74 St was an edge made more accesible by the E/F/G subway in the 1930's long after JH was established.

Sep 10, 2007
GeoJack in Outer Boroughs

Chinese, Korean, Japanese bars in Flushing?

Having lived thru Flushing's Asian transition, I know that many of the larger neighborhood bars became something else (size matters) and most liquor stores went out of business. Several smaller bars along Northern Blvd and in the "Korean Village" (see that topic) cater to essentially an all male crowd and are rather foreboding. There are a few "Hof" places with a newer look that might be more inviting. But not like the the lively restaurants where beer consumption is high.

May 23, 2007
GeoJack in Outer Boroughs

NYT Travel Section article re: Dim Sum in the Boroughs

I completely agree with Budcar and Teresa. The article does not speak to dim sum in Flushing.

Dec 18, 2006
GeoJack in Outer Boroughs