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The Grind Sunnyside. Terrible Service

I gave the Grind a chance, but after my third bad experience there with the service, I gave up. It seemed the owner was a friendly sort, but the last few times I was in there on a Saturday morning, he was nowhere to be seen and his young employees were not providing good service. As an owner, it seems to me you really should try to be present during the most busy times, which I would imagine for a coffee house would be Sat mornings. They've been opened for a while now, and they've also been serving breakfast for a while now, so they should have those service kinks worked out by now. On the 3 times I had problems with service (late food, wrong food delivered) I was one of a few frustrated customers. That was 6 months ago. I haven't been back, but sounds like nothing's changed. Too bad. The place had potential.

Aug 12, 2007
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Spanish throwdown - what do you love?

I agree: Cafe Espanol is not great for the food. Very average. I think people go there more for the atmosphere, since it can get pretty lively, but the food is just average. The bartender makes a mean mojito though, I'll give them that.

Jul 24, 2007
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time out mag says quaint restaurant in sunnyside is best in queens anyone been?

Yeah, it's not great. I guess I prefer the sauce more than the cut of the meat. But I have had better steaks at Outback Steakhouse and that's not joke. I agree...I want to love it, but I just can't...yet. I like the atmosphere and a few of the menu items enough to keep going back, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to other people. As for TJ Asian, I've had mixed experiences. I've been about 7 times and I must admit I usually go for the same things, so I'm not a great judge, but I do like the spicy eel maki, the avocado salad. The veggie spring rolls with thai chil sauce are okay. Not fabulous. I have also had one of the noodle dishes and felt it was lacking in taste.

Jul 24, 2007
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time out mag says quaint restaurant in sunnyside is best in queens anyone been?

Best in all of Queens? I can't agree with that. I like Quaint just fine, but I wouldn't rave over it. I like it because it's close and the food is decent. The atmosphere is nice.
Their hangar steak is pretty good. The fries are consistently excellent. Their salads
always seem to leave something to be desired. Tried a grilled shrimp appetizer there on Sunday. The shrimp was overcooked and the succotash was covered in a gross gel-like mucuousy substance. Not sure what it was, but it was unpleasant to see coming off the fork. Grilled salmon dish was good. Not great. Nothing there is ever really super tasty, that I tell people they HAVE to have it. Desserts are pretty good. Their carrot cake is quite nice, but it's a special, not always offered. I feel like the chef could get a little more adventurous. Especially since the menu is so small, and they have staples like mac and cheese and burgers for people to fall back on if they don't like to be adventurous.

Jul 23, 2007
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Salt bagel in NYC

I second Tal's. It's been a while, but I fondly recall their salt bagels with vegetable cream cheese.

Jul 17, 2007
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good Mexican restaurant in Queens?

The cactus burritos at De Mole are very tasty. A nice alternative to the usual veggie burrito offered at most Mexican places. As for non-veggie options at De Mole, everything is fabulous.

Jul 17, 2007
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Bliss Bistro a Disappointment

Tried out Bliss on Skillman Avenue for the first time since the restaurant changed hands. Major disappointment. The place was very busy, which I thought was a good sign, however realized quickly the staff just didn't have their act together. We were seated right away, and a waiter gave us water. We then sat at our table for 10 minutes before having to flag down a busboy for a menu. No one took our drink order. Then we noticed the waiter who had given us water taking the order for a table that had been seated after us. We never saw our waiter again. What I believe to be the manager finally saw us stranded at this table and came by and
took our order in the most rushed manner. Didn't even have time to write our order down, let alone let us know about any specials or wine list, and still didn't ask us what we wanted to drink. He was running off as we were asking for drinks. My dining companion ordered a frozen cosmopolitan. A huge waste of money, as it's basically a snowcone with very little drink in it. We finally got some bread thrown on our table, with a small dish of mini olives. They look cute, but they're basically just pits, surrounded by a miniscule amount of olive meat. While we were sitting there frustrated, we noticed 2 other tables in a same state of exasperation. The service on one table had taken so long that one of the party members had to leave, since she would be late for post dinner plans. The worst part was we were only made aware of this because she was carrying her dinner plate through the dining room (to have the barely eaten contents wrapped) because no one was coming to her table! I ordered a mesclun salad, which was a measly amount of not so fresh mesclun. I may be wrong, but I was under the impression there was supposed to be paremesan, which there wasn't, but I was too weak to even ask and no one was around anyway. For an entree, I got truffle mushroom ravioli. The raviolis were floating in a sea of sauce. Way too much sauce, but the weird thing is, it was very tasteless, whereas this dish is usually so rich. My companion got the hangar steak. The steak was tender, but just not that flavorful and the accompanying potatoes and vegetables were greasy remnants that should not find their way to a diner's plate. Like crumbs from the edge of the pan. One of the potatoes I sampled tasted like soil. By the end, we were not in the mood to sample dessert. We were afraid it would take another hour just to get that menu. It wasn't until our check was given to us that we were asked if everything was okay, and informed that they were short staffed. I'm wondering if the guy with the ponytail was the owner and if he was I think it's in bad taste that not once did I see him come over to the tables to see how people were doing. I can forgive an off night of service, but since the food was such a disappointment, I don't think I'll be back. Also, this is very petty, but what does it take to hit spell check when you're printing up a menu?

Jul 04, 2007
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The Family Store Bay Ridge

where is this little gem? is it a restaurant or a store?

Jun 19, 2007
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la flor

I was told by a friend who walked by there on Saturday that there is indeed a DOH sticker saying it's been closed, along with a note from the owner saying they need to install some plumbing.

Jun 19, 2007
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Best downtown Spanish restaurant?

I quite enjoyed El Faro the few times I've been there. I remember the green sauce being very tasty. Very old style, decor unchanged since it opened, if you're into that sort of thing. La Nacional has been recommended to me by a few Spaniards, but I've yet to try it. I find it's hard to find good Spanish food in the city. I've yet to find a winning paella.

Jun 17, 2007
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La Marjolaine Bakery in Sunnyside

What's good here? I went there this morning for a chocolate croissant and was very disappointed. It was the usual non-authentically French, Wonderbread consistency, dwarfing a small amount of chocolate deep in the center of this brick of bread.. I always hear good things about this place, but if they can't get a croissant to have that delicate, flaky
consistency, how can I trust they'll do other pastries well? Also, everytime I walk by the bakery, that old, yellowing wedding cake they have in the window just turns me off. Petty, I know. Perhaps I'm just a grumpy old man. ;-)

Jun 17, 2007
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Need romance and amazing view!

If you are willing to go across the river, Water's Edge in Long Island City has a lovely view of Manhattan.

Jan 08, 2007
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Flatiron District- Saturday Night Dinner - Good for Groups - Birthday

I like Metro Wine Bar on 21st between Broadway and Park Ave. South. I've only been there for lunch, which is very good. Nice salads, very good burgers. Nice space.

Jan 05, 2007
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Fabulous Italian (not the obvious ones, please)

Perhaps it just was because it wasn't that crowded when I was eating there. I liked the homey decor.

Jan 01, 2007
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Fabulous Italian (not the obvious ones, please)

Bianca. Delightful space, sublime gnocchi.

Dec 31, 2006
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Best Noodle Shop for tonight

OOh, I second Rai Rai Ken. Small counter space, but delicious, hearty soup. I love adding butter and corn to mine.

Dec 31, 2006
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Daco Romano - Sunnyside Coffee Spot

Pleasantly surprised by the coffee at this new cafe, bakery space. Their baked goods, however, unfortunately are another story. The last 2 times I've been there their selection of pastries is minimal. The shelf was barely half full of goodies. I've only tried the croissant and it is your typical Wonder Bread variety- dry, not at all buttery or flaky. Nothing else on the shelf really looked very appetizing. Too bad. It'd be nice to have a sweet accompaniment to the coffee. Oh, and the chairs could be more comfortable.

Dec 31, 2006
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Rehearsal Dinner in Sunnyside

strange. i was replying to a different poster who asked me to elaborate on the food improving at quaint. now i don't see that post. oh well. yes, august can be tough, heat-wise. didn't think of that. What about Mario's?

Dec 28, 2006
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Best Pizza in Queens ??

I love Rosa's and Peppino's. The Rosa's on 69th street is preferable to the other locations, in my opinion.

Dec 28, 2006
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FUN places to eat with a group

I was in Cafe Espanol on Carmine for Christmas, as I had no family in town, and had a really nice time. I was surprised at how lively the place was considering it was Christmas. I had been there once before and had a nice meal with a group of about 8. We all loved the sangria. The atmosphere was really nice, the food was very good. Standouts were the garlic shrimp appetizer, the croquetas. Crispo is also a very nice place. Standout is definitely the carobanara. Lives up to its hype.

Dec 28, 2006
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Rehearsal Dinner in Sunnyside

They weren't offering enough specials, and with only 5 or so entrees on the menu, it got pretty monotonous for me pretty quickly. I've been there about twice in the last month or so and it's nice to see they're offering more specials. Plus, they've changed up their entrees as well, giving more of a variety. I find the new dishes are more interestingly flavoured...perhaps due to a new chef?

Dec 23, 2006
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bianca

I am not a wine expert, but I do recall the list being pretty lengthy. My companions and I very much enjoyed the bottle that our waitress suggested.

Dec 23, 2006
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Peasant menu

I really wish their menu would include the English translation. It's a pretty extensive menu and by the time the
waitress finishes translation for you, you've forgotten everything she said. This restaurant just didn't work for me. It was just okay. I would never bother to recommend it to anyone and I have no desire to go back. Underwhelming is the only way I can describe it.

Dec 23, 2006
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Rehearsal Dinner in Sunnyside

What about Quaint or Bliss on Skillman ave? Both have nice outdoor seating areas, which might work for you, especially in August. I have found Quaint has improved their menu, possibly
because of a new chef. I must admit I haven't been to Bliss in a while, but I'm sure it'd be a nice atmosphere for a large group party like that.

Dec 23, 2006
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If you had to choose between the following restaurants...

Was at Peasant over the weekend. Completely underwhelmed. I like Crispo quite a bit. Delicious appetizers...and the carabonara is to die for.

Dec 19, 2006
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New to Sunnyside. Need info about EVERYTHING.

That's great to hear. I've been meaning to check it out.
I was not a big fan of the previous establishment-Zoita.
She wasn't very pleasant.

Dec 07, 2006
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Authentic Spanish Food in Jackson Heights

Newark's a bit of a hike from Queens. ;-)

Nov 20, 2006
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BLISS RESTAURANT IN QUEENS

Haven't been in a few months. I'd really prefer it if they'd turn down the lights, put a few candles out. You feel like you're on display when you're in there. They need some lively
music. Something to make it feel less cold.

Nov 20, 2006
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Authentic Spanish Food in Jackson Heights

I'm going to have to disagree that Meson Asturias is very good. The place is very cozy, nice atmosphere. Very old-school, however, the food is just not very good. My companion and I weren't ravenously hungry, so we split the garlic shrimp, chorizo sausages and the cheese platter. In addition, we were served some soup. The shrimps were completely tasteless. The garlic sauce was bland. The chorizos were cut too thick. The cheese was okay. Hard to mess up cheese though. The soup was a tasteless concotion of beans, collard greens and bacon-apparently a very traditionl soup native to that region in Spain. Bacon usually makes everything tasty in my opinion, but in this case it didn't. The waitstaff was pleasant and professional.

Nov 20, 2006
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Good Chicken spots in Queens

How about Pio Pio in Jackson Heights?

Nov 20, 2006
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