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Swedish couple on their way to the LES, Brooklyn and Queens, pls help!

Crap! Yes, I meant The Strand. I liked their brunch and the fact that they have Singlecut on tap. Haven't been to Linn, nor do I find Seva mediocre, but yeah, no mystery here that I love Astoria. :)

Mar 11, 2013
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Swedish couple on their way to the LES, Brooklyn and Queens, pls help!

You could spend a day biking to Astoria exploring several different parts of the world through the cuisines represented here, as well as bars, lounges, beer gardens, a new brewery, shops, and get a nice waterfront bike ride around Astoria Park:

Greece: Taverna Kyclades, 26 Corner Taverna, Artopolis (bakery)
Middle East: Steinway Street
India: Seva
Brazil: Malagueta, Favela
American: William Hallet, Queens Kickshaw, Locale, Butcher Bar
Spanish: Olivo, Boqueron
Peru: Tu Casa
Venezuela: Arepas Cafe
Italian/Pizza: Tufino, Il Bambino
Australian: Thirsty Koala
Japanese: Hinomaru
Afghani: Balkh

Sweet Afton

Beer Gardens:
Bohemian Beer Hall (the oldest/bestest)
Studio Square (newer, pricier)
The Standard (BBQ with communal tables, and plans to have an outdoor seating area accessible in warmer weather)



You're also right next to LIC, which is an easy ride over the Pulaski Bridge from Brooklyn. Tons more restaurants, bars, cafes, and of course PS1 in that area.

Check out the We Heart Astoria blog...

Regardless of where you choose to go, I hope you both have a great time. And be sure to report back on your hits/misses! :)

Mar 08, 2013
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Dinner in Sunnyside

De Mole is a nice Mexican destination, or for delicious/cheap Peruvian, Pio Pio Riko is delicious.

Feb 08, 2013
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Hyde Park / Rhinebeck

Three years later...

I stumbled upon the Matchbox Cafe via Yelp reviews and was really impressed by the friendly service, fresh food and tasty coffee and desserts.

Surprised to not read much buzz about the place here on Chowhound, but if you're in the Rhinebeck area, this is worth the shlep. It's just south of the main strip (Market Street) along 9, with a sudden turn into the front parking area.

The owner, Sam Cohen (from the embroidered lapel of his shirt), a self-proclaimed "New York Greek Jew" mentioned previously owning/running a baked goods delivery business in Midtown East. While I wasn't aware of that business, I'm glad I know of Matchbox Cafe for whenever I'm up in the Rhinebeck area.

Dishes I've tried: veggie sandwich (more like a veggie pattie on a bun - tasty and filling), fried chicken (crispy and huge portions with a great tasting side salad - something about the dressing), french fries (fresh, not frozen, perfectly seasoned), chicken salad sandwich (the sliced avocado adds a nice touch/texture), split pea soup (straightforward and tasty, served with plenty of crusty bread), cheeseburger (small and tasty, but not memorable; comes with fries, which are so good they almost outshine the burger), peanut butter chocolate chip cookie (thick and chewy and quite satisfying), espresso brownie (rich, delicious and lethal - should be shared with others unless you want to be up for the next 48 hours).

Sunnyside Pizza-EXCELLENT!!

Recently tried Sunnyside Pizza for the first time, given that my parents live in that neighborhood and have been raving about it (specifically the sesame seed crust and the sauce). They miss Polito's, where we ventured for pizza on a regular basis when we lived in Astoria 30+ years ago (luckily I'm back in Astoria and can get Polito's any ol' time!), but have claimed this is their new go-to spot for a slice.

I had a slice of their pepperoni and a "garlic slice" which was striped with sauce and cheese and sprinkled generously with what seemed to be freshly grated garlic. Both slices were phenomenal. The crust, the sauce, the flavors, every bite was delicious. I chased them down with a Stewart's root beer. You can't go wrong, and I can't wait to go back. Just wish they had more of a seating area...

Nov 29, 2012
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Anyone have brunch at the Astor Room?

While I've not yet been to the Astor Room for brunch, I'm never disappointed at Locale. Specifically, their Portabello Benedict. Service, decor, prices, taste = all good.

Sep 08, 2012
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Queens - White tablecloth Italian for 60th Birthday Lunch/Dinner

Took my mom to Manducatis Rustica for her 60th and it was fabulous. There were ten adults with varying degrees of dietary restrictions (veg, lactose intolerant, gluten allergy, etc.) and they were able to accommodate everyone. White tablecloth (though slightly more laid back than their sister restaurant Manducatis around the corner), tight friendly service, delicious food.

Jul 18, 2012
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Cannelle Patisserie in Queens

Blossom Bakery makes a decent vegan version.

May 21, 2012
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Another "Please Critique My Weekend Itinerary" Thread

Thanks for the feedback. I'm hemming and hawing over Sunday night's dinner. If not Lüke, then maybe (based on what's left on OpenTable):

Cafe Amelie

(Dante's is booked and Brigtsen's is closed on Sundays)

May 10, 2012
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Dessert miracle on 35th Street (Astoria)

I went into this new tiny place yesterday and tried the plain, almond and chocolate croissants (not all at once, haha) and immediately thought of Cannelle...thrilled to know that Cannelle is now more easily accessible! No more begging friends with cars to make pilgrimages. :)

I believe the place is called Pistache or Pastiche or something like that.

Will also try Noisette, thanks for the rec!

May 08, 2012
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Another "Please Critique My Weekend Itinerary" Thread

First-time visitor to New Orleans from NYC during May 11-14 (staying at the Roosevelt). I've scoured other threads and have definitely been able to tweak my own choices based on the advice already provided, but I would love a quick eyeballin' of what I've got so far. I am traveling with one other person (originally from SFO), we have no dietary restrictions, and we both want a balance of local classics and modern takes. We both love discovering unique, hidden treasures but appreciate the flair of established places worth the $. For drinks (both refined and divey) we're keen to try Cure, One Eyed Jacks, Lafitte, Carousel, Country Club, Flanagans, d.b.a., etc.

Friday night: drinks at Sazerac, dinner at Arnaud's, explore the FQ

Saturday brunch: Commander's Palace
Saturday dinner: Herbsaint

Sunday: swamp tour in the morning; brunch at La Petite Grocery
Sunday dinner: Lüke

Monday lunch: Cochon

Based on the typical portion sizes unique to NOLA, I've left the afternoons open for neighborhood exploring, either by foot, cable car or rented bicycle (we are not renting a car). If hunger strikes, I'm hoping we can just waltz into the likes of Acme, Cafe Du Monde, The Joint, etc. for snacking. I understand it's a short amount of time to get everything in, but I am looking at this as an "intro" trip and plan to return for a longer stay at another time in the future.


Apr 28, 2012
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Empellon Cocina Review

I was equally impressed with their guac and will probably alter my own recipe to include pistachios going forward. But for $12...I may return just for that, with drinks at the bar, and save my Mexican cravings for the outer boroughs.

Apr 28, 2012
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Best vegetarian crab cakes

I've not tried Viet Cafe, but perhaps the "crab" rangoon from Soy and Sake would satisfy?

Apr 28, 2012
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Almond croissant at Cannelle is.............

It is a truly ethereal experience! As is the passion guava danish...but yeah, the almond croissant is ALL THAT... :)

Mar 22, 2012
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Best Lebanese NYC

And if you're willing to schlep to Queens, Wafa's is amazing.

Jan 28, 2012
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What's best outer borough (Peruvian) ceviche now?

I really enjoyed Tu Casa in Kew Gardens, though it looks like they also have a location in Astoria. Great ceviche ("Ceviche Micto") and delicious sangria to boot.

Their "Papa a la Huancaina" however was tasteless...

Tu Casa
119-05 Metropolitan Ave, Queens, NY 11415

Dec 07, 2011
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Where would you go for the best SANGRIA?

Preferably in Queens, but Brooklyn works, too.

I saw mention of an apple rum "sangria" at Arepas Cafe (though it's not listed on their online menu), but I'm mostly looking for red sangria that's worth traveling for. Food is secondary for this particular quest, but good eats don't hurt the cause.

Thanks in advance!

Arepas Cafe
33-07 36th Ave, Queens, NY 11106

Jun 24, 2011
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Any dairy-free "ice cream" in Brooklyn?

Scoops has long served delicious vegan ice cream; once the dessert destination after dining at nearby Veggie Castle, which is now located in the Richmond Hill (Queens) as Veggie Castle II.

Scoops is located at 624 Flatbush Avenue.

Veggie Castle
132-09 Liberty Ave, New York, NY 11419

624 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225

Jun 22, 2011
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Brunch at Lazy Ox Canteen? Talk to me...

Went there today for brunch. Without a reservation, it was an hour wait for a table for four. The hostess was curt and mostly unpleasant; the kind of attitude you get when someone feels like they're doing you a favor by doing their job, but that's a thankless job.

We shared about 5-6 dishes off the brunch menu and enjoyed most of them. The barley with feta was cool, refreshing and tasty. The shelled fava beans were a sleeper hit; chock full of flavor and tossed with thinly sliced garlic. The soft scrambled eggs were just that, and the omelette was forgettable. The grilled cabbage was hearty and delicious, and the yellow tail crudo was tangy and scrumptious.

Service was abysmal, with the water guy being the saving grace. As a visitor from NYC, this place reminded me of the hip spots you'd find around SoHo, which I never frequent, and with that kind of service, it wouldn't last very long. I was at the Lazy Ox for brunch today because that's where the other three were already planning on going, but it was not memorable enough for me to make sure it's on my list next time I visit.

Jun 05, 2011
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Second Shojin. An impressive array of 100% creative, vegan Japanese cuisine. It's on the small side, but if you call ahead, they'll have a table ready for you. It's located in a mall, so you may not feel like you're destined for greatness while taking the escalator up a level, but the chef is friendly and attentive and the food equally worthwhile.

333 S Alameda St Ste 310, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Jun 02, 2011
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Buddhist Veg Restaurants in Flushing

Responding to JFores, re: Happy Buddha:

Most times I'm in there, it's packed with Asian clientele. The owners are a married couple and the wife once gave me a tour of the building, which includes a Buddhist temple. Since I have only been there in the last couple of years, I have no past visits to compare the quality to, but I agree with other posters that it would be nice to find more Buddhist vegetarian food in NYC.

And to mrsdebdav, re: parking at Happy Buddha:

I don't remember it being marked clearly, but it is directly to the right of the restaurant, a steep entrance to a below-street-level parking area.

May 28, 2011
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Buddhist Veg Restaurants in Flushing

Of the two, Happy Buddha is friendlier and qualitatively better, though I have not yet been to Bodai for dim sum, which I have been told is a worthwhile venture if you are vegetarian and looking for something beyond what Vegetarian Dim Sum House offers in Manhattan (though Happy Buddha also does dim sum).

Happy Buddha is closer to the 7 train and have a free parking garage, with an entrance just to the right of the restaurant, so getting there also tends to be easier than getting to Bodai, depending on your perspective.

Happy Buddha
135-37 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11354

May 23, 2011
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Lard-free Mexican

What about Hugo's?

Hugo's Tacos
4749 Coldwater Canyon Ave, Studio City, CA 91604

Mar 31, 2011
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Help choosing between 2 Greek restaurants in Queens

Of those two, I would pick Taverna Kyclades or head to Avli over everyone else (Kati Allo, Mythos, etc.) in Flushing/Bayside because of their consistently solid food, service, and decent prices. What Avli lacks in ambiance (vs. the nicer interiors of Mythos, Kati Allo, etc.) they make up for in great Greek food (though the back garden is great for outdoor dining in warmer weather).

38-31 Bell Blvd, Queens, NY 11361

Kati Allo
29-06 172nd St, Queens, NY 11358

Taverna Kyclades
3307 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11105

Mar 15, 2011
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NW Vegan coming to NY

Candle 79, hands down, is your best bet of those you have listed here (besides Kajitsu). It is my go-to vegan fine dining / special occasion restaurant in NYC and *never* disappoints. They accept reservations (via and it looks like 10pm on the 11th is available. :)

Enjoy, wherever you may end up!

Candle 79
154 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10021

414 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

Feb 19, 2011
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Where to buy coriander, fenugreek, cumin and black mustard seeds for grinding into a curry mix?

Agree with Patel Brothers, but note that they have four locations in Queens (and beyond), depending on what's closest for cherrypoprocks.

Patel Brothers
37-27 74th St, Queens, NY 11372

Jan 15, 2011
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Wafa's Mediterranean in Forest Hills

Finally tried Wafa's for dinner last night: had the veg combo ($9.95 for three items), which included the moujadara (bulgur wheat with lentils and caramelized onions), hummus and fattoush salad (with one falafel ball thrown in). Also had the spinach fatayer ($1.50). Everything was very well flavored and super delicious. The pita was thin, warm and tasty. Their homemade hot sauce added a nice amount of heat, and I'm enjoying two more spinach fatayer today for lunch.

Overall, a delicious experience that I look forward to having again and again.

100-05 Metropolitan Ave, Queens, NY 11375

Oct 22, 2010
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Good Pupusas and Tamales in . . .Whitestone. I can't believe it.

Oh my, I will check this place out asap. Did you happen to catch the exact name/location of their Flushing branch?

Oct 08, 2010
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Good bars near PS1?

If you had more time, I'd actually suggest starting out on the other side of the Pulaski Bridge at t.b.d., The Habitat or Mark Bar in Greenpoint. But if you only need a meet-up spot for drinks an hour before checking out PS1, then The Creek might work (bar opens at 3pm). They even have a "PS1 Special":

* $4 Magic Hat
* Saturdays only until October 2010
* Offered to restaurant and bar

The Habitat
988 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

The Creek and The Cave
10-93 Jackson Ave, Queens, NY 11101

Mark Bar
1025 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

224 Franklin St, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Sep 20, 2010
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Your neighborhood slice

I'm lucky to be within walking distance of two great slice options: Lucia's on Roosevelt and Amore in the Pathmark Shopping Center (both in Flushing, Queens).

Amore Pizzeria
30-27 Stratton St, Queens, NY 11354

Lucia Pizza
136-55 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11354

Jun 15, 2010
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