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dinner to convince a friend to love new york?

How about trattoria l'incontro in Astoria at the end of the N train? Amazing menu (how the waitstaff memorizes it is beyond me).

Jul 27, 2013
dbosullivan in Outer Boroughs

Sit down restaurant for a group with kids - Whitestone/Bayside/Flushing area

If Italian/pizza is in contention, how about someplace like Aunt Bella's on marathon or the Grimaldi's on Utopia at 23rd ave?
I guess it depends on what kind of food you're looking for.

Jul 11, 2013
dbosullivan in Outer Boroughs

La Tavernetta

I had been a regular customer for four years (esp. at their old spot on 88th Street).
I wasn't sure if Michael sold the place, or was merely spending more time at his new pizza place in Bayside. I guess we found out that a new sheriff was in town when they explained that they didn't know how to make the Chicken Cordon Bleu anymore.
Ordered the fettucine carbonara today (an old special), and was disappointed by the fact that (a) they didn't make it correctly,and (b) they have significantly reduced the portions.
It was a great takeout spot not too long ago- unfortunately it lost a lot of what made it special.

Jan 20, 2010
dbosullivan in Outer Boroughs

Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Tavernetta Europa on Metropolitan Avenue (Forest Hills). Not on menu, but owner made it all the time when he lived in Germany.

Sep 04, 2009
dbosullivan in Outer Boroughs

tonight: italian in queens - sapori d'ischia or uva rara?

Have you considered Il Poeta on Metropolitan?
They are very different restaurants- Uvarara is a small, fairly informal place in a funky space (was a headstone supplier for St Johns cemetery). Originally an Italian tapas-like restaurant that expanded into entrees with a great wine list. The biggest downside is the slow service (the last two times I went there it took way too long). If you're going, have the short ribs if available- they're magnificent.
Sapori D'Ischia is an Italian imported food store by day, restaurant by night in an industrial area of Woodside. Big space, very polished service and presentation. Have the fetuccine w/the cheese wheel- not light, but sublime.

Sep 04, 2009
dbosullivan in Outer Boroughs

El Patron - Flushing

I went there last night . Surprisingly good food- the chicken w crabmeat stuffing was excellent and great made-to-order guacamole appetizer. Not bad price-wise, although the service was wanting- the waitress was preoccupied, even though place was empty. However, the busboy saved the day by keeping tabs.
Definitely would return.

Feb 06, 2009
dbosullivan in Outer Boroughs

Birthday dinner in Queens, prix fix or value?

Janie:
My two cents:
L'Incontro is great- lots of specials, good food, service is stellar, but it's pricey.
Uvarara is nice, but service is spotty, depending on your waiter. I've had great experiences there (short ribs are phenomenal), and some only OK. It's never a quick meal there.
Of course, you know my take on Il Poeta.
The only Indian place I know in Jackson Heights is the Jackson Diner- there's a good Indian place on Lefferts and Atlantic (Punjabi Palace?) and another on Union Tpk. near the Queens-Nassau border.

Nov 24, 2008
dbosullivan in Outer Boroughs

One more...Cooking w Jazz replacement?

For those of you who remember, once upon a time there was a sublime Cajun restaurant in Whitestone...Cooking with Jazz.
Amazing food, professional staff, and a colorful owner/chef (Chef Steve, where are you?).
I believe the spot is a laundry now, and Chef Steve's efforts to open a new restaurant in the area have been unsuccessful.
Any ideas? I tried Mood in Forest Hills and wasn't wowed, went to NoNo Kitchen and wasn't that impressed, and wonder if I have to shoot down to NoLa on JetBlue for a fix.
Any closer suggestions?

Nov 21, 2008
dbosullivan in Outer Boroughs

Best Successor to Stick to Your Ribs/Pearson's Texas BBQ?

Does anyone know a good BBQ place that comes close to Stick to Your Ribs/Pearsons/Legends?
I've been to Hill Country (ridiculously overpriced), Dinosaur (a little out of the way), and The Ranger since Legends shut down, and haven't found a replacement.
I've heard from a buddy that the new place on Park Ave South is good, as is Daisy May's.
Please help. It's been a while since I've had great ribs.

Nov 21, 2008
dbosullivan in Outer Boroughs

How is Five Guys?

I've heard great things about the Five Guys Burger joint in Whitestone (14th Ave?). Any confirmation?

Nov 21, 2008
dbosullivan in Chains

OUTERBOROUGH ECONOMEALS under $10 PP

Second the vote for Pio Pio. Where else can you get a whole chicken and avocado salad for ~ 16 bucks?
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Nov 20, 2008
dbosullivan in Outer Boroughs

Il Poeta on Metropolitan (Forest Hills)

I've been over to Michael's (Tavernetta Europa) new location two or three times. My problems with it are:
Way too noisy
They fragged the calamari appetizer by adding fried zucchini
The getups are ridiculous
Still great food but it's lost a little in my eyes. That and it's no longer three blocks away.

Nov 20, 2008
dbosullivan in Outer Boroughs

Il Poeta on Metropolitan (Forest Hills)

I think they're working on it- the owner said it would be www.ilpoetarestaurant.com.

Nov 18, 2008
dbosullivan in Outer Boroughs

Il Poeta on Metropolitan (Forest Hills)

Janie:
I had the chicken with a parmesan crust in a lemon/white wine sauce the first time around, and the veal ossobucco the second time. Both were excellent, as were the veal scallopine and red snapper w caperberries (?) had by my girlfriend. I've had better ossobucco (Il Toscano in Douglaston) but it was pretty darned good.
The fried calamari appetizer was very well done both times- not as good as Manducati's in LIC, but surprisingly, better than that of Tavernetta, which I held as the gold standard in Central Queens.

Nov 18, 2008
dbosullivan in Outer Boroughs

Il Poeta on Metropolitan (Forest Hills)

Went back for the second time to the new Northern Italian place on Metropolitan and again it was superb.
Great service, super food and reasonable price (appetizers ~$10; entrees around 20 bucks, nice chianti for 30/bottle) - Highly recommended.
98-04 Metropolitan Ave (just east of Woodhaven Blvd) (718) 544-4223.

Nov 17, 2008
dbosullivan in Outer Boroughs