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Taking a trip to Flushing

Driving around in downtown Flushing can be an ordeal, especially on weekends. You have to watch the signs. Some intersections allow no turns while some only allow turns for buses, with restrictions only during certain hours. Free parking is also very hard to find.

New World Mall has paid underground parking. You may be able to get free parking if you spend over a certain amount at JMart (supermarket) in the mall.

Since you're driving, I suggest going to where Main Street meets LIE. It's much easier to find street parking there, and there are many restaurant choices, such as Kung Fu Xiao Long Bao, Main St Imperial, Happy Garden, Lake Pavilion, Shanghai Cuisine 33, etc. There is also a Chinese supermarket nearby. I don't think there is a desert place there, though.

There are a couple of nearby Chinese supermarkets with their own parking lots. Gold City Supermarket is one. SkyFoods (40-24 College Point Blvd) is another - it's located in a mall and there is free 3 hr parking.

Sep 17, 2014
Robotron in Outer Boroughs

good italian in central westchester

Try Sergio's in Valhalla: http://sergiosrestaurantandbar.com/

The food is great and the prices are reasonable. Don't miss soup of the day. I work nearby so we go there frequently for lunch (for their prix fixe). When I pass by the restaurant on the way home, its parking lot is often full. It's gotten very popular since it opened a year ago. They do take reservations.

The Thai Shack in Yonkers

I'm no expert on Thai food but I've always enjoying going to D Thai Kitchen in Thornwood for lunch. Also, the owners are the nicest people.

Outdoor dining in lower Westchester

D Thai Kitchen in Thornwood has a small outdoor patio in front of the restaurant. Food is good but if you want it really spicy, you'll have to tell them. You can also ask for their spicy condiment tray.

A’Mangiare in Pleasantville is a lunch favorite with my coworkers. Very large outdoor space and they have lunch specials that change quite often. The patio is surrounded by vegetable and fruit plants. If the figs were ripe, I would have reached out and grabbed one when I was there.

Torta Neza location...

I went by Juan Bar a few weeks ago and did not see Galdino behind the grill there. They were still making tortas there (and wasn't bad) but they didn't have the fancy names that Galdino used at Neza. My Spanish wasn't good enough to find out what happened to Galdino and Neza as the guy behind the grill only spoke Spanish.

Aug 13, 2014
Robotron in Outer Boroughs

Mami's, a Latino Steam-table in White Plains

I believe the progression went something like this.

Mami's
=> steam table takeout
=> nearby steam table places
=> Sunsplash
=> Crown Chicken/Indian takeout next to Sunsplash
=> fried chicken and biscuits
=> Popeye's
=> Kevin Bacon

Personally, I don't mind when things go off on a tangent. That's what make these boards interesting.

Mami's, a Latino Steam-table in White Plains

As far as I know, the new place hasn't opened yet where Zarape used to be.

I've been to Cholula's Deli once and found the food interesting. I'll try to go back when I'm dining by myself. When I dine with my coworkers, they prefer Azteca Paradise's endless chips and unlimited refills. For only $9, I can't argue with that.

Mami's, a Latino Steam-table in White Plains

Thanks for the Adal Deli suggestion. I have to try it out. I drive by that deli all the time on the way to Azteca Paradise, which by the way has a fantastic lunch value of entree, chips/salsa, and soda for $9.

I haven't found a "steam table take out" place that I like since El Zarape in Thornwood closed. I've been to Punta Cana a few times but didn't like the ratio of meat of rice/beans in their takeout.

I believe Sunsplash Caribbean in Elmsford has a steam table buffet but I haven't tried them yet.

Not exactly a steam table place, but Westchester Groceries (aka Khan’s Indian Kitchen) in Thornwood is a good place for takeout. They have food in a refrigerated case. You order from the case and they then heat it up for you. In addition, you can get takeout in many Indian places (like Mughal Palace in Valhalla) from their steam table buffet.

Finally, steam table places are not limited to Latin and Indian. Pat's Deli in Valhalla has an ever-changing variety of steam table dishes. I hesitate to recommend it because it's very inconsistent. I've had melt in the mouth brisket and bone dry pork loin. You really have to order carefully there.

I love to hear suggestions from other people. I work in the Valhalla area and am always looking for new places for lunch.

Two Buck Chuck? No Thanks

Instead of Two/Three Buck Chuck, I buy boxed wines (like Black Box) instead. It's a little more expensive per 750ml but it tastes better (to me) and it keeps a lot longer once it's opened.

Aug 09, 2014
Robotron in Wine

Favorite Xiao Long Bao ( soup dumplings) in Queens?

Right across from Lake Pavilion is another Cantonese restaurant, Happy Garden. It's my parents' favorite place. They have good lunch specials there.

Also in the area is 88 Canteen. It serves Hong Kong style food. Inexpensive, too. It has a few tables but it's not a real sit down restaurant.

Just a few years ago, this area of Flushing had very few restaurants and I could park right around the block on Horace Harding. Now, with the influx of restaurants, I sometimes have to park 2 to 3 blocks away.

Aug 06, 2014
Robotron in Outer Boroughs

New Chinese vegetarian on Queens Blvd.

You must be talking about Simple Veggie Cuisine (http://sveggie.com/). I have not been but my parents have. They are not vegetarians and didn't think it was that great. But they may have been comparing the fake meat at the restaurant to real meat. Or they may have ordered wrong. Other reviewers seem to like the place.

Aug 01, 2014
Robotron in Outer Boroughs

"Artisan" Western-style bread in Flushing

One big plus for Cannelle Patisserie is that they have a large free parking lot. Finding parking is never a problem. Can't say the same for Forest Hills. From Flushing, I usually take Grand Central Pkwy past the airport and take exit 5. It brings you very close to Cannelle Patisserie.

Jul 22, 2014
Robotron in Outer Boroughs

"Artisan" Western-style bread in Flushing

The walnut and fig bread at Cannelle Patisserie is excellent.

I don't remember ever seeing a Western style bakery near where you're staying.

Jul 22, 2014
Robotron in Outer Boroughs

Birthday Chinese... in Westchester?

Try Imperial Wok in White Plains. Most authentic Szechuan food in Westchester. They also do a decent job with Chinese-American dishes like General Tso's Chicken. But when I go, I try to stick to the Szechuan or Taiwanese sections of the menu. My favorite was the double cooked pork. This place has been discusses multiple times on this board.

bayside bay terrace whitestone

I've been to Lima 33 twice. They always start you off with some addictive fried yucca along with a mustard based hot sauce. The sauce is good but Pio Pio's green sauce is better.

First time, we got the chicken combo. A lot of food and everything was great. Compared to Pio Pio, I thought the chicken was a little bigger and a little less seasoned (that's good or bad, depends on your salt tolerance).

Second time, got the chicken combo again along with the ceviche. Decent rendition for the ceviche. The chicken this time was slightly overcooked, but still delicious.

Service was attentive and friendly.

Jul 08, 2014
Robotron in Outer Boroughs

bayside bay terrace whitestone

There are 2 Indian restaurants in Bayside close to each other. One is spanking new (Masala Box: https://www.facebook.com/themasalabox) and the other's been there for 2+ years (Agra: http://agrarestaurantnyc.com/).

I've only been to Agra once and found the food and service to be very good.

For empty calories, I prefer to go to Cannelle Patisserie in Jackson Heights. If I don't want to brave traffic, I'll hit Two Bites Bake Shop in Fresh Meadows.

Jul 07, 2014
Robotron in Outer Boroughs

bayside bay terrace whitestone

Have not been to Blue Water but H-Mart on Francis Lewis has a decent and clean fish section. Also, there are lots of good Korean restaurants in the neighborhood. I don't have a particular favorite so I'll let other people chime in with their favorites.

In Whitestone, I like Villagio for Italian. In Bayside, Fino for wine/tapas and BKNY for Thai.

Jul 07, 2014
Robotron in Outer Boroughs

Great Chinese Restaurant in Nassau County?

Try Fortune Wheel in Levittown. I have never eaten there but a Chinese friend who lives in Flushing would drive out to Fortune Wheel for meals. That's saying something if he thinks it's better than the restaurants in Flushing. It's a Cantonese restaurant so don't expect too many spicy dishes.

If you're willing to travel a little bit into Queens, try Northern Manor in Little Neck. I have eaten there and they have great Cantonese food. I really enjoyed the soft shell crabs and the crab in sticky rice here.

New in Flushing: Lok Lok Restaurant

My parents and my nephew tried it on 2 separate occasions and they were not impressed with the food. Their impression was that the food was decent, but price was kind of high.

I don't think they tried the casseroles so maybe they didn't order the right dishes.

Jun 16, 2014
Robotron in Outer Boroughs

Brooklyn or Queens pizza joints

My son used to go to the school across the street from Fresh Meadows Pizza. We would buy him a slice as he gets out of school (gotta feed a growing boy). It's a decent slice for the neighborhood, but I prefer the pizza at Brother's and VIPizza. Both have a little more cheese than Fresh Meadows Pizza.

For pies, I like to get the Rustica Pizza at Piccolo Sogno (195-14 47th Ave).

Jun 12, 2014
Robotron in Outer Boroughs

Little Buddha located in the Ridge Hill shopping center, Yonkers

My co-workers and I have been to Lucky Buddha in Thornwood for lunch several times in the last year. Food has always been decent to good. Service was quick and efficient, and we did not find any language barrier. Of course, every restaurant is different (different servers and chefs) so your experience may be limited to the one in Yonkers.

Best cantonese style chinese restaurant

If flacito's "old style" means American-Chinese dishes (e.g., Pu Pu Platter or Egg Foo Young), then King Yum is the place to go. For real Cantonese, there are many places in Flushing for that. My family's favorite is Happy Garden, on Main St near LIE.

May 28, 2014
Robotron in Outer Boroughs

Update on Hunan Kitchen of Grand Sichuan

I like this restaurant but consistency is an issue for me. About once in every 4 or 5 meals, the dishes would be over-salted. Because it's both spicy and salty, I have to eat it with lots of rice.

I usually just get takeout from them. I find the restaurant way too crowded. Last time I ate there, they put 3 of us on a table for 2. They promised to move us once a large table left, but that never happened. And all these small tables around us have these big trays of chicken perched at the edge of the tables, making it dangerous to move around.

May 21, 2014
Robotron in Outer Boroughs

New to Mount Kisco, need the lay of the land

Hunan Ritz went downhill for a while and then closed. It's been replaced by an Asian fusion place called Asian Wave. It has a limited number of Chinese dishes but the ones (General Tso's chicken and beef in Szechuan sauce) that I have tried were decent American-Chinese renditions.

For regular Chinese take out, I like Asian Gourmet in Thornwood (behind Walgreen's). They do a very good job with the simpler dishes, like chicken w/ string beans. They use good ingredients and don't use as much oil as other nearby places.

Walter's Hot Dogs in Larchmont (Westchester Co.) has reopened!

Their hot dogs are not the best, but not the worst either. It's nice to sit outside and enjoy their hot dogs. A good way to spend a lunch hour.

Crab Dish At Imperial Palace?

Eating crabs in their shells will always be messy. I think the point of the dish is for the crab to flavor the rice. Anyway, one option is to do a lobster over sticky rice. Lobsters are not expensive right now and easier to eat than crabs. If you want to stick with crabs, ask if they have any fresh soft shell crabs. Soft shell crab season is coming up. Last year, Northern Manor in Little Neck had a special in May where they served 2 large deep fried soft shell crabs for $13. Don't know if the'll have the same special this year but soft shell crabs are worthing seeking out when in season.

Apr 27, 2014
Robotron in Outer Boroughs

Where to buy extra large tortillas in queens

I see them in big supermarkets like Waldbaums. You may not be looking in the right section. I don't buy them but I think they may be in the bread section or the refrigerator section. Try asking customer service at your local supermarket.

Mar 17, 2014
Robotron in Outer Boroughs

Large Group Dinner At A Cantonese Restaurant?

Lake Pavilion (LP) is good but not the only option in that area. Happy Garden across the street from LP also has a strong Cantonese menu. My family has been going to Happy Garden for years, going back to when LP was still a diner.

LP and Happy Garden are good choices if you plan to drive as free parking is easy to find. Use the tiny LP parking lot at your own risk. It's easy enough to park along Horace Harding that you won't need the parking lot. Happy Garden doesn't have a parking lot.

LP can get very crowded on weekends. Even with reservations, you might have to wait for a table unless you have an early reservation. Happy Garden has lots of seating on the 2nd floor and also private rooms in the basement (be aware that there are no elevators). Chances are that you don't have to wait at Happy Garden.

If you go to Happy Garden, ask to speak to the owner about menu selections. He'll tell you what's fresh and good. One of my favorites is the crab or lobster over sticky rice. Soups are also excellent (real Cantonese soups).

Mar 11, 2014
Robotron in Outer Boroughs
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Looking for Myrtle Beach dining with ocean view

We did not go to Capriz on a half-price night. We saw the half-price notices posted on the walls when we dined but the food wasn't good enough to get us to return. Although the half-price deal will probably result in more diners and better entree selections.

We did enjoy the BOGO at Capt Dave's. That did save us some dough from our enormous restaurant bills for the week :)

I should give a shout out for Sobaya Japanese Bistro where we had a good lunch. Prices were reasonable and they had lunch specials.

Feb 26, 2014
Robotron in Southeast
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Looking for Myrtle Beach dining with ocean view

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end, including our vacation to Myrtle Beach. I'm writing this round-up from NYC.

The other restaurants that we tried in MB were (in no particular order).

Redi-et Ethiopian Cuisine
Had a wonderful meal here. It was my first Ethiopian meal and the place wasn't intimidating at all. The place was plain bordering on divey, but the food speaks for itself. Everything was spiced (but not spicy hot) just right. We tried both meat and vegetarian entrées. I was really impressed with the vegetarian items since they packed so much flavor into simple ingredients.

Capriz Italian Feast
This was a buffet where they bring different main courses to your table and you choose what you want. The meal was kind of disappointing. They kept bringing the same dishes out to the tables. At one point the waitress asked if there's anything else we wanted. We mentioned two dishes that we saw on the blackboard and she had someone bring those dishes out to us. Maybe it's off season and there were very few diners, so they didn't have all the dishes on rotation. It also means that they probably just reheated those 2 dishes for us. The main thing was that none of the dishes were memorable. One thing I did enjoy were the marinated mushrooms on the salad bar.

Mr Fish
A solid meal. The ceviche was good, although it was more Asian than Peruvian in style. It was served on top of a lot of rice. The disappointment was the black n bleu tuna sandwich. The bleu cheese on the sandwich overpowered the blackened tuna.

Dickey's bbq
Tried the ribs, beef brisket, and pulled pork. Don't understand why it got such great reviews. It was just okay.

Liberty Tap Room & Grill
Buy one get one free on prime rib. Knowing it was half price really did make it taste better LOL. Also enjoyed the range of beers on tap.

Feb 22, 2014
Robotron in Southeast