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Need recommendation for place near Kennedy Airport

Not much rush hour at 6pm on Sat. and it would be reverse commute during the week.

Anyway, I'd rec New Park Pizza in Howard Beach. Very easy with kids and a good, if not great classic NYC style pizza. Oh I see you've already landed. I hope you find something.

Jun 02, 2012
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Burmese Food Fair in LIC - Tomorrow 6/3

The Burmese Food Fair will be in LIC this year. I've never been but if its nearly as fun as the Indonesean fair...I'm totally game.

http://blog.moegyo.org/2012/05/moegyo...

It's going down tomorrow from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm at the Long Island City Aviation High School 45-30 36th Street, Long Island City

The event entrance is on 35th Street, on the corner of Queens Blvd and 35th Street

Credit and thanks to MegC of Astorians.com and weheartastoria.com for the tip.

Jun 02, 2012
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Most Exciting 1 dish meals for single diner in Flushing $7 and under

Lamb noodle soup from upstairs in the Golden Shopping is one of my favorite dishes anywhere. And you'll have a few bucks left over for dumpling too.

May 16, 2012
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Indonesian bazaars, Masjid al-Hikmah, 2012

I'm soooo happy I checked Chow this week. This event was so much fun last year. Maybe some of you will see me chasing after my kids there. Anyone want to babysite?:)

May 16, 2012
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Trip to NY Botantical Gardens...

Are you going to the Bronx? For some reason your post is confusing me. Where do you want to eat?

Feb 11, 2012
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Coming to terms w/ the loss of Spicy Mina's

I felt the service had character as opposed to just plain confidence. It's funny how at one place waiting 20 minutes for food after an app. would drive me nuts, but at another it just becomes part of the experience. It must be expectations.

Jan 10, 2012
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Coming to terms w/ the loss of Spicy Mina's

Arghhh! I'll have to try Neerob because I drive by that area on the Bruckner so often.

So I guess Mina was cooking up her own fusion of Indian and Bangladeshi??

Jan 07, 2012
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Coming to terms w/ the loss of Spicy Mina's

So it's been over a year and a half since eating her Dahl fry, or Kashmiri chicken, or Malai Koftka, and I know she is not coming back. So my only option is to seek other ways to enjoy such wonderful tastes. This has proven very very difficult.

The million dollar question is where to even begin? I've researched and been to Bangladeshi food, but nothing seems to be even close to what I was getting at Spicy Mina's. Is there a restaurant anywhere serving this cuisine? Is there recipes? What keyword could even be used to begin a search? Anyone? Anyone?

Jan 04, 2012
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Little Pepper--trying to get away from my favorites; Recommendations?

Pork meatballs in garlic sauce is where it is at for me these days at LP. Otherwise beef with green peppers, or shrimp with peanut and chile.

Crust of Cooked rice w/ pork sounds interesting though I'm usually there for lunch and I don't believe it's on the lunch menu. I've wanted to order off the regular menu, but when the lunch special is only $6 it's hard to deviate.

Jan 04, 2012
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Hummus and pita in Astoria (Steinway)?

I second Duzan for great Humus. I love the 'jeruselum' or the 'duzan'. They are Palestinian, so I don't know if it is exactly what you're looking for though.

Dec 30, 2011
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Canarsie ercs?

Great report. The only place I've found in Canarsie propper worth eating at is Sonny's Deli. It's very good vestige of the old 'hood, but with nowhere to sit or eat nearby it's not the best in the winter months. I can't wait to try Dougie's and try that fried chicken. Sounds good if at least interesting.

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Sonny's Heros
1031 E 92nd St, Brooklyn, NY 11236

Dec 11, 2011
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John Brown Smokehouse review

I'd have to second John Browns Smokehouse enthusiastically. Price and flavor is awesome, I just wish they were a bit closer to my side of Astoria. But close enough. This is some kick butt BBQ that has a rustic flavor that I find absent from other NYC BBQ I've had.

Burt ends are my favorite meat I've had in a long time. Like meat candy. The ribs are the best I've had in the city and the house made pastrami was another favorite. Beans are great, and the green pepper in the slaw is growing on me. The only thing that was just so-so was the mac n' cheese, but I'm more of a beans and slaw fan anyway.
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Dec 03, 2011
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Lunch in Jamaica near the courts - recommendations?

Vina del Mar has great pupusas and is only one block away from the courthouse. It was my salvation during jury duty.

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Vina Del Mar
89-14 Sutphin Blvd, Queens, NY 11435

Nov 06, 2011
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New Indian in Astoria- Prince (31st St. btw 23rd ave an Ditmars)

Not really all that new, Prince has been there at least 6-months. It's really quite disappointing. Particularly with the lack of good Indian options around the DItmars area, we could have really used a good Indian option.
I've had good things, but they are very inconsistent. I really only go here now when I want a samosa chaat (which is consistently good eaten in) and masala chai. This is my go to snack when I get off the subway if I'm really hungry, It's a great deal at $4. But everything else is hit or miss.

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Prince Indian Grill
22-49 31st St, Queens, NY 11105

Nov 06, 2011
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Indonesian Food Bazaar this Sun 10/9

I was thinking the same thing. A food mall like in Flushing, but Indonesean (or SE Asian). Fantastic and a money maker it would be.

Oct 12, 2011
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Indonesian Food Bazaar this Sun 10/9

I concur, Just got back and the only bad part was that I'll have to wait till next summer to go again. Just a great and friendly experience all the way around. The gado gado was fantastic. I just love the old ladies making it to order in their big mortar and pestle. Satays (chx, beef, lamb) were all good. I really like the tangy spice sauce they poured over my order. The soup I had contained meatballs, 2 kinds of noodles, some rice things, some fried things, and a couple greens. It was actually a little bland, until I added the green hot sauce they had on the counter. This made it perfect. My wife stuck with the sweets, and she really enjoyed what she had. I ate more, but am a bit embarrassed to reveal how much. I think an egg roll, an empanada and a jasmine iced tea box that was perfect to counter the heat.

Folks both eating and running the stalls were really friendly. The chefs were proud of what they were doing, and enjoyed explaining what they were cooking. I just hope I can keep track of when the season starts again next year.

Oct 09, 2011
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Indonesian Food Bazaar this Sun 10/9

@geckoFeet: thanks for the tip and info I'm in Astoria so I'm gonna check this out

Oct 09, 2011
SpiceJunkies in Outer Boroughs

Best Pizza in Westchester (again)

Johnny's is possibly my favorite plain pie anywhere

Sal's in Mamaroneck is still my favorite for Sicilian pie. It's heavy greasy and cheesy, but for me that is exactly what is so great about it. Comfort food all the way.

Leonardo's in Larchmont for standard slices is also consistently good basic pies.

I've been dieing to try Lincoln Lodge. As for the neopolitan places...I'm not interested.

Oct 08, 2011
SpiceJunkies in New York State (exc. NYC)

Ramen Aside...

While not exactly a single restaurant, or in Manhattan for that matter, you could certainly find an immense amount of noodle variety and the New World Mall in flushing. Or the Golden Mall for that matter but with less choices.

Oct 08, 2011
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Sky Ice: good Thai food (and ice cream) in Brooklyn--can it be??

Yes it can be. We loved the ices (I had lychee/rose) and enjoyed the Thai food. I'm not an expert, but we found the savory dishes to be a little lighter than we are typically used to. A nice change of pace. And the owners are really nice, and their little girl (maybe 3) running around is adorable. Family run and the kind of place I root for.

Oct 08, 2011
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Indonesian Food Bazaar this Sun 10/9

Do you know what kind of dishes are served? Cost? Indoor or outdoor? Siounds interesting though

Oct 08, 2011
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Taverna Kyklades Efharisto (Thanks)

I live in the neighborhood, so I see the lines every weekend taking up almost a whole block on Ditmars. I think it is so busy because the locals have long declared it the best so Greeks from the entire NYC area stop in whenever they make the trip back to the old hood.

While the meals I've had there, though few, have always been a top notch example of the style, there are just sooooooo many other options in Astoria. I usually look at the line in awe, and walk to Stamatis.

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Stamatis
29-09 23rd Ave, Queens, NY 11105

Sep 24, 2011
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Fordham U Parents/Alumni - Bronx-Arthur Avenue

I'm a huge fan of Dominick's. I've been going for 20 years so I'm a bit biased, but it is just such a fun place to eat (as long as the lines aren't too bad). Southern Italian at its finest and the most fun if you order family style. The standouts are the stuffed artichoke, linguine calamari, chicken scarpariello, and the stuffed peppers. Have a few glasses of wine and cozy up with your neighbor at the communal tables.

If your in the 'hood early enough check out some of the Italian markets if for nothing but to experience the aroma of a room of drying salami. Zero Otto Nove makes a good pie, but really won't provide the local Italian-American experience as Dominicks'. I think my beef with the upscale wanna be Neopolitan pizzerias is that they are trying to copy a Napoli pizza, not represent the food culture of NY itself. While I do enjoy the change of pace once in a while, in my mind the NY style is where it's at anyway.

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Dominick's
2335 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

Sep 03, 2011
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Chowder a Step Above in Kennebunkport

Ah this once a year Maine review is becoming an annual tradition. Last year I wrote up Joshua's (which I loved), and this year more simple and casusual spot.

My wife and I stumbled into this hidden gem called Grans Chowder House in Kennebunkport. I say stumbled because this place probably has some of the worst visibility in the town. We were actually going for fudge and didn't even see the spot until atop of it. But after days of fried fish platters and overly heavy/creamy chowders, the potential for some really good chowder seemed like just what we needed. And it just seemed right. The place seemed

Not much to look at, but the space is clean and there are a few tables outside to enjoy the sun. The owner was really nice and let us taste all the soups on the menu. They were all great, but I'm a huge haddock chowder fan, so thats what we went with. The best part about this chowder was that it got better while I ate it. The subtle flavours of the fish, lemon, and cream all come together perfectly. So good in fact that we figured we couldn't find anything better for dinner, so we got a bunch to go. Plus some cold strawberry soup for dessert. We didn't try the paninis or salads, so I can't attest to the quality of those dishes, but the soup was first rate.

I'm so happy to have stumbled on this place. A great alternative to the other lunch options in town,.

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Chowder House
RR 16, North Conway, NH 03860

Sep 01, 2011
SpiceJunkies in Northern New England

Where's the best burrito in Brooklyn?

Calexico hands down if your looking for Cal-Mex style. It's the closest I've found to a Bay Area burrito. One in Greenpoint, another in Columbia Heights, and there is the cart in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

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Calexico
122 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Calexico
645 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Calexico
Furman St Old Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Aug 10, 2011
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Underwhelmed by Pachanga Patterson

ARGH!!! When in Bayless coming to NYC????

Jul 25, 2011
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Changes at Side Door and Bistro33

I've been to the new Side Door at Bistro33 and have really enjoyed the Sushi that me and my wife have gotten there. But they have been so empty each time we've been that I feel compelled to write a little review. For self serving reasons (I want to eat there) I hope to keep them open a little while.

First off the wholle Bistro33 operation has undergone some changes. The Bistro no longer serves Sushi, and instead is the Sushi only Side door, right next door. I think this is a good move, as while I liked the many options at the Bistro, their menu always seemed dysfunctional. The side door is a small space that feels a little larger than it is due to the open layout and large windows. They do not take credit cards yet (a PIA) and do not have a liquor license. They also do not allow BYO because their liquor license is pending. Oh well...not a great start.

The menu is strickly Sushi, sashimi, rolls, and raw fish based appetizers. Of course there is a miso soup, and some fried soft shell crab, seared tuna apps, but there is no, Udon, Teriyaki or other generic Japanese dishes for those who do not like Sushi. The apps are between $5 and $12, with the $5 apps a great deal. We've had the salmon ceviche twice and it is really a great deal for how much fish is in the dish. It reminds me far more of Hawaiian Poke than ceviche, but this is not a bad thing for me as I miss sitting by the roadside in Hawaii eating raw fish dearly.

I have not had the sashimi or sushi yet so I can not attest to its quality. But the rolls are really fantastic. I would say superior to Watawa down the street, both in quality and inventiveness. The basic yellowtail/scallion, tekamaki, or spicy tuna run $5-$6, while the special rolls range from $9-$18. While all the rolls we had were good, the red indian roll, with curry sauce on top was a stand out for flavor and uniqueness. The rolls were really good, bringing me back to the crazy rolls dished out in Santa Cruz CA. where anything goes. Mango in the roll...sure, curry sauce...sure, what else can we think of...sure. Makes for a fun meal.

So that's what I've gathered from my first two visits. I really have to try the sushi and sashimi as these are my fav's, but also most often done poorly. has anyone else been to try it out. I would love to hear any other reports.

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Watawa
3310 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11105

Side Door by Bistro 33
21-76 21st St, Queens, NY 11105

Jul 25, 2011
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fresh mozzarella in QUEENS?

I'm pleased your trip to Rosario's was successful. Next time try a slice, the pizza is awesome too. This place is really a gem in the hood.

As for Cassineli pasta...I don't what the deal is either. I went in there and just couldn't figure out why everything was frozen and packed like it was going out in a huge delivery. Pasta was very average, so I get my fresh pasta at the pasta shop next to and owned by Mama's of Corona. Obviously not in Astoria, but I'm lucky enough to work nearby.

Jul 14, 2011
SpiceJunkies in Outer Boroughs

Top 5 Restaurants to try in Queens?

2 out of 5 ain't bad. Our lists are similar, so I am interested in trying Sentosa in particular. I work eat lunch in the area, so I'm always looking for new spots. The Prince St. Noodle shop that just opened across from the soup dumpling place on prince delivered me an insanely tasty bowl of beef noodle soup (taiwan style). Though their soup dumplings were not as good as across the street. They suffered from premature breakage. Anyhow, it is quite a two blocks for eating.

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Sentosa
39-07 Prince St, Queens, NY 11354

Jul 10, 2011
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fresh mozzarella in QUEENS?

There is also Rosario's Deli on 31st. right under the Ditmars stop. Fresh ricotta there too.

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Rosario's Deli
22-55 31st St, Queens, NY 11105

Jul 10, 2011
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