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Need recommendations for Queens' current exciting, even spicy, restaurants

In Elmhurst, I would check out Plant Love House (Thai) and Pulau Pinang (Malay). Many many good places, but I think these have that certain something.

Jul 19, 2015
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Inexpensive ethnic CLEAN newish restaurant in Queens?

This poster was being sarcastic.

Jul 09, 2015
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Best Filipino restaurant in Queens?

Filipino is really good right now. The turo-turo places are all very good (fiesta grill, fritzie's bakery, and now we just got Baby Grill in the spot where El Sitio was). Tito Rads is now the classic, and the new spot House of Inasal I am a big fan of - it's the son of Fiesta Grill who went to culinary school and ended up with this.

May 24, 2015
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Inexpensive ethnic CLEAN newish restaurant in Queens?

Well if you don't like Jackson Diner then I just don't know where your standards are.

May 24, 2015
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Punda Tibetan Restaurant in Sunnyside

Pooki, did you go there right when they opened? Almost all tibetan places put on the incense when they walk in the doors during the day. Also the monks are there for prayers when they open up, but also sometimes later in the day.

So, anyways, it's hard to talk objectively because the owner is a friend of mine, but...

Phayul is more Chinese style. It's been very interesting to see how people think a place is better just because the spices are more intense - specifically your example of Phayul vs Punda. I think Phayul is great, and the owners are the nicest people in the world, but it's definitely different styles of food. Phayul is definitely more of a whirlwind of spices.

Chef Tenzin was an executive chef in India, and cooked in Embassies throughout the world, he also taught at a cooking school in India, among many other accomplishments. Him opening up Punda is a triumph because Gangjong was so small and he was working with just 2 burners. It was almost like a joke how small it was considering how well respected he is. Now he's at Punda he has this huge kitchen to work with. I hope he gets lots of business so we will take advantage of his full range of skills.

People like Punda because his cooking is very clean and he has a lot of subtleties in his dishes. I am wary of calling it health food, but he is very conscious of freshness and ayurvedic principles in cooking (I guarantee you he doesn't use white sugar in his pickled cabbage, though possibly jaggery - that which got me hooked to his sweet tea). The only thing I don't like about his new place is that he is downstairs by himself and he doesn't get to talk to anybody. Maybe he should walk around like Paulie Gee.

Mar 30, 2015
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Takesushi Sunnyside: The Best Value for High Quality Seafood at a Cheap Price

I went last Friday, had a great time and even my last gripe with them, the sushi rice, was good. Robin had a chef with him, not Japanese, I think he was Peruvian or Ecuadorian, who spoke with Robin in Japanese - was impressed. The place was also busier than I've ever seen it.

Mar 17, 2015
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Takesushi in Sunnyside: So far downhill there might be no more down to go.

Wow, pretty damning for someone who has only been there one time. Maybe there was a reason for your poor experience, I don't know, but I have always had a very enjoyable experience and it is my favorite sushi in Queens. I frequently come here for special occasions because it has good quality, an interesting selection, nice service with some personality, and it's not too crowded. Your review makes me worried actually that something happened to Robin, though I imagine it would just close down if he weren't there.

Why are you so incensed? You have a bad meal and seem to want to set the place on fire. Are you a schoolteacher? What were your parents reactions to your grades in school?

Mar 10, 2015
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Anyone been to SRO pizza speakeasy?

I wouldn't judge based on Forcella. Forcella was designed to be a franchise, which I think made it uninspired after the first few months.

Feb 11, 2015
Jeffsayyes in Manhattan

Best pizza in SI, Joe&Pats or Deninos

I'm excited to try Elm Park out

Feb 05, 2015
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Best pizza in SI, Joe&Pats or Deninos

I prefer J&P, but I'm a big fan of Giove.

Feb 04, 2015
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

queens: the lesson plan?

I'd concentrate on neighborhoods, maybe a main restaurant then a walk around to a market or other stores. I always recommend enclaves like:

Corona/JH (Bella Puebla for mex, gauchito for arg), jackson heights for Himalayan/Pak/bangla, elmhurst for thai, flushing, rego park, astoria (maybe steinway one day, and something else another).

something like that.

Jan 02, 2015
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

DiFara Square Pie question

haha, I don't know. It was listed somewhere up near the top here for some reason on the boards. No clue how it popped up, I didn't look at the question date. weird and funny.

Dec 30, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

DiFara Square Pie question

You cannot go wrong with Square or Round. The default topping is regular cheese and sauce. If you want it loaded, you order it loaded and pay extra for it. What to get on it? This is a highly contentious question.

Dec 29, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Bronx Restaurant Week: Nov. 3rd. thru 15th!

It might be the best tasting, but have you ever spent 20.14$ on food there?

Nov 05, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Thai in Queens

They do have a Michelin star...

Where to shop other than Trader Joe's / Whole Foods...sterility vs. other [moved from Chains board]

I just can't do Trader Joes. There's something about the complete concealatory branding that makes me utterly paralyzed about putting an item in my cart. It just feels sanitized of character, whatever the quality is.

I Love reading labels. Fairway you get the brand's backstory, where they're from, etc. Trader Joe's, it's all rewritten by someone in the Trader Joe's office - how can I trust that?

I have an aversion to Whole Foods too. Am lucky to live in Jackson Heights, not sure what I'd do if I live in Manhattan...

Nov 04, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Bronx Restaurant Week: Nov. 3rd. thru 15th!

Any places in particular we should look at ?

Nov 04, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Europa vs. Il Colosseo in Bensonhurst for Pizza

Definitely agree. Europa does have it's fans, but I thought the pizza from Il Colosseo is just so delicate in a great way. They definitely have different vibes, Colosseo seems a lot more like the owners are eating in the same room as you. Europa seems a little chain-ish.

Nov 04, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Planning Philly chefs road trip to Brooklyn

Roberta's. I would not say Grimaldi's at all. Did you go? What happened?

Nov 04, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Difference between Chowhound and Yelp?!

Yelp is great in areas that are mostly known to locals. You get voices from all over. Chowhound there's more of a barrier to entry, so while you may get the highly informed people (or more accurately, people who think they are), you miss out on a lot of information by the highly valuable plebes.

Oct 15, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Food Media & News

Best Ecuadorian cuisine in NYC

The trucks are usually coastal. I'm not sure if all of them are on Warren St, or just most of them.

Sep 21, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

ISO great empanadas for takeout -- Brooklyn or Queens

I just had a tuna one at Gran Uruaguaya Bakery. That place is crazy good on many different levels.

Sep 21, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

ISO great empanadas for takeout -- Brooklyn or Queens

First of all, there is A LOT of places. Just about any bakery, plus many more places have them. Baked, I think Broadway Bakery around 90th St and Roos is really good. I also love the ones made by Delicias Calenas in JH (at least 2 locations) - they do colombian ones, which are like a fried masa outside and the inside has a mix of meat and potato (I think). I have no idea how these measure up to the plethora of others around, but I think they are great.

Would love to hear of any which have olives in it.

Sep 17, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Viva La Comida!

Last year, she wasn't there in person, just the cart, and I was surprised that most of the people didn't even care - lots of them didn't even know who -she- was. It's interesting how it's a brand now.

But yeah, she's supposed to be there in person on Saturday. Lots of vendors are arriving early, so you can even get there before 1pm.

Sep 17, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Viva La Comida!

Tortas can't make it this year, he will be with us in spirit.

Sep 16, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Looking for the Soul of Chicago

This is wonderful. I'm surprised the writer hadnt been into Italian beef before. Italian beef has got to be the crown jewel of Chi-food. How could there be anything better than beef, hot peppers, and good bread, juicy?

Sep 16, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Chicago Area

Best Ecuadorian cuisine in NYC

Those carts are great ways to experience the food because you can see everything on display. That area, from Warren St to Junction on Roosevelt is one of the biggest places for street food in NYC, and mostly all are Ecuadorian. The carts tend to serve the same things (see that website linked by churros), and the trucks tend to have more seafood dishes. They are there every single day. The carts are in the daytime, the trucks stay there through the night. And yes, these are full-meal type of places, surprising for street food, right? They also have chairs and tvs, so it's kinda like dining alfresco. The one at 80th Street is Guayaquileno, which has two locations at Warren St, and a brick and mortar right there on Roosevelt. I def recommend going to that area for Ecua food.

Also, I think it's 99th Street along Roosevelt is an Ecuadorian block, at least one restaurant, market, bakery, and other stores.

Personally, my favorite experiences have come from carts - but that's just fried pork, so that's easy. There are A LOT of Ecua restaurants in the area, and we need more intel from you. Areas in Corona along Roosevelt, 37th Ave, and Corona Ave are good places to start.

Sep 16, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs

Jewish outdoor festival Sunday

I wish I could go to this. Great showing of the city's modern Jewish vendors this Sunday. Refreshing compared to every other generic festival in Midtown lately. Vendors like Taim, Shelsky's, Mile End, Kossars, Gefilteria, etc. Pretty damn good, everyone's there.

http://www.grubstreet.com/2014/07/tas...

Looking for the Soul of Chicago

Well, they were different. I loved Johnnies! Mr Beef is great too, but Pontillos just has it all. You guys got a great thing going.

Jul 22, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Chicago Area

looking for BETTER than TAQUERIA COATZINGO

I haven't been there in about a year, but it does look like you've had at least half of the menu. I definitely think it's a different kind of Mexican than Coatz and Nixt.
To me, it was refreshing to have this type of Mexican food in NYC - and not be overly pricey. My dishes were cooked how I'd expect it to be done though.

Looking at the menu, yeah it has changed a bit. I'd definitely go back to try more.

ALSO, regarding Tulcingo... The one on 83rd was independent of the apparent chain.

ALSO, I recommend La Esquina de Cameron on Roos/80th. It operates in the back of a deli, serving fish empanadas, fish tacos, fish tostadas, ceviche. I have had all but the tostadas and loved them all. Tremendous value.

Jul 22, 2014
Jeffsayyes in Outer Boroughs