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Lichee - where to buy in queens

They have them at Pacific Market at 74th and Broadway/Roosevelt in Jackson Heights too. They have them bagged in a net bag so you have to buy a certain set amount. I also saw some at a market on Broaday in Elmhurst just outside the Grand St. stop. They were being sold loose.

Pacific Market
75-01 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

Jun 05, 2010
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New Mexican on Northern?

Are you talking about El Coyote?
Last I heard they are waiting for licenses.
They have another branch in CT and a website. Here is a little info.

Apr 14, 2009
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bklyn and queens: freshest, highest quality produce??

I think the place on 82nd St in Elmhurst is called Mango Rico. It's open 24 hours a day - can't beat that either. This week I've gotten very crunchy apples, nice watercress, juicy lemons, those small crisp cucumbers -- all super cheap.

Another good places in Jackson Heights area is Kims Brother on 37th Ave and 80th St - a tiny shop but extremely high turnover and very low prices.

Mar 20, 2009
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food near Elmhurst Hospital - recommendations?

If you want something sweet after you eat, try Oz Tea Cafe at 83-05 Broadway for a red bean-coconut smoothie with tapioca pearls. They also have a full Japanese and Chinese menu including lunch specials but I haven't eaten there, only had a drink so can't comment on the quality of the food. Prices are on the cheap side-- in the 2.75 - 3.25 range for regular sush rolls like tuna avocado, and the range is 3.50 - 9.50 for the special rolls. The sashimi lunch special (12 pieces) is $9.45.

The avocado shakes at Minangasli (Indonesian on Whitney Ave.) are also delicious.

Sep 06, 2008
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Sunnyside - The Fruitless Search For A Decent Slice of Pizza

Guess it depends on what you mean as "the same". It is in fact the same owners. The thread you are linking to doesn't dispute this, but the people who posted in that thread clearly were unhappy with the product they got at the JH branch vs the Woodside one.

But I happen to like the Pepinos in JH.

May 01, 2008
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Sunnyside - The Fruitless Search For A Decent Slice of Pizza

There's a Pepinos in Jackson Heights now, too. It took over the Thomas Pizza spot on 37th Ave near 76th St. across from the Met.

Apr 30, 2008
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new sushi coming to Jackson Heights

It hasn't opened yet but you can peek in and see the sushi bar in the back and some booths and seating along the sides and in the front.
There's some more speculation about building permits etc here

Has anyone has recently eaten at the other Tomo in Elmhurst on Queens Blvd? That would probably be a good indication of what this one will be like.

Apr 20, 2008
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frozen yogurt in carroll gardens/cobble hill

Maybe the Korean guy who is opening up shops in Jackson Heights would want to open one in Brooklyn. He started with Yogurberry on 37th Ave. and just this past week opened up his own (not a franchise) that is called Yofiore or Yogifiore or something. I believe there is already a Fiore and a Ce Fiore, a Pinkberry and a Yogurberry, so Yofiore was sort of the next logical choice,

Apr 19, 2008
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Free Speech Cafe...

I think the name is "Freeze Peach" which if you say it out loud sounds exactly like "Free Speech".
It's connected with and I have heard it's a good hangout spot, but haven't been there.

Apr 18, 2008
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Yogifiore in Elmhurst

I also noticed a pomegranite flavor. The place was pretty hopping when I went by. It looks to me like the left hand side of the store is going to be a T-mobile counter or a small cell phone store, all in the same space as the yogurt. To me this seems like a bad idea, but maybe I misunderstood the intention of the other part of the space.

Even thought yogurberry is smaller, I prefer the feel of its space vs. Yogifiore. The location, just below the 82nd St. 7 train station, is a bit loud.

Apr 12, 2008
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Taqueria Coatzingo -- which one?

I've been only to the one on 82nd St. and now after seeing the responses I think I should try the "original". But no one has said exactly *why* the original is better, except for its proximity to the express trains.

Apr 07, 2008
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High School Students Chow Exploration

You could read "Moving for the Food" about Jackson Heights to get some ideas about what the neighborhood consists of, though it's possible the article covers mainly Columbian & Mexican food - it's been awhile since I read it.

Apr 03, 2008
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High School Students Chow Exploration

That seems overly ambitious, but maybe you guys are able to get around alot faster than I am. Does that mean you would go from the high school in the Bronx, leave at 9am, go to Queens, then Brooklyn, then Staten Island, then Manhattan and then back to the Bronx - all by 3:30, eating in every location? To me it sounds either totally impossible or incredibly rushed. What about choosing ONE borough, like Queens, where you could get food from several different countries. You could even visit several different neighborhoods in Queens such as Rego Park, Jackson Heights and Astoria. If you felt you must go to another borough, you could also hit up Greenpoint for some Polish food.

Apr 02, 2008
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Jackson Heights Lunch Ideas?

You're very close to Pio Pio as well.

Mar 03, 2008
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Vietnamese in Queens?

My experience with Pho Bang was fine when I was actually eating there. The servers were quite nice and didn't hurry us at all and answered our questions about the food once it came. The vermicelli dish we got was quite good but the rice dish was not that interesting.

I was quite disappointed when I got the same vermicelli dish a few nights later as takeout - it really paled in comparison to what they had served in the restaurant. Haven't tried Thai Son or Pho Bac so can't compare.

Feb 17, 2008
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Thai Groceries In Outer Queens

I don't have firsthand knowledge of this place, but here's a link to a Thai-owned grocery in Elmhurst

Jan 21, 2008
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Big Supermarket in Queens with Organic products

One of my neighbors in Jackson Heights swears that driving to Fairway in Red Hook from here is actually a breeze on weekend mornings. So if you haven't found what you crave in Sunnyside (have you?), maybe a weekend pilgrimmage to the old stomping grounds is in order.

here is the thread about driving to fairway from JH

Jan 12, 2008
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Delivery in Jackson Heights?

I'm in the mid 80s and I am really looking forward to the new Japanese that's going to open somewhere very close to you!

Have you tried the Thai places in Elmhurst for delivery? Maybe they are too far as well, but it's worth a shot - Chao Thai, Nusura, etc.
Chao Thai is only about 7 tenths of a mile from 88th st and 37th ave so maybe it is close enough for delivery.

Dec 29, 2007
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New French Patisserie in Jackson Heights

do they have wifi?

Dec 23, 2007
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New French Patisserie in Jackson Heights

At first I thought it seemed like an odd location too, but it must be a huge plus that there is a parking lot there. this will likely attract many more people with cars, and especially people who plan to pick up cakes and things that are harder or more fragile to carry. It's possible too that they plan to do less walk-in business and more large orders that will be picked up or delivered.

I also read about it a few weeks ago on a JH forum but it wasn't til yesterday that I actually clicked on the link and saw how promising it looks! I was ready to dismiss it for just being in that Waldbaums location as I never found anything over there to draw me in.

Dec 20, 2007
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market watch: Jackson Heights

This week's Dines Farm menu for ordering (order before Wed. night and pick up in JH Saturday) is now posted on Jackson Heights Life

Get your lamb jam and ham straight from the farm.

Rumor has it that Dines is thinking of opening a small store in JH, so if you would like to shop at a place like that, email them and tell them that. Just follow the link above and the Dines email is in there as well.

Dec 09, 2007
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Thai in Elmhurst: Nusara, Chao, or both?

Papaya salad at Chao was excellent, if exceptionally spicy. This thread on Jackson Heights Life mentions both Chao and Nusara.

Nov 30, 2007
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There's a Coldstone Creamery in Elmhurst in the same building as the Target. I'm not sure if this is what you are looking for (they say they have 'healthy alternatives' to their ice cream) but here is the link just in case

It's about 2 blocks down from the R/V train, I think it's the Grand ave. stop.

Apparently there are also two TCBY's in Queens nearby this location as well.

Nov 10, 2007
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FH Trader Joe's---Oct. 26th Opening Day !!!

Actually, regarding the wine issue, this article in the Times should clear things up
There is a sentence that says "State law also prohibits holders of retail liquor licenses from owning more than one store."

Oct 27, 2007
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FH Trader Joe's---Oct. 26th Opening Day !!!

I had heard of something similiar in Massachusetts, and I believed that was why the only store I knew of there that carried wine was Cambridge. However, upon looking at the store locations list on the TJs site, I do see that three stores in MA carry wine (out of about 20). I still believe it is very difficult for them to get liquor licenses for their stores in MA but I am just not sure why. And I am not sure how that matches NY;s laws as it is much more commonplace in NY for grocery stores to sell beer.

Oct 27, 2007
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FH Trader Joe's---Oct. 26th Opening Day !!!

Do the ones on Long Island carry wine? Guess I could look it up on the TJ site. Since I live in Queens, I might check out one of the LI ones - I really HATE the crowds I've encountered in the Manhattan store. On the other hand, in Massachusetts, the only TJs I've been to that I really like alot is the Cambridge one - because it is so big. The others I've been to (Acton, Arlington) have seemed to lack that certain je ne sais quois.

And regarding the post below about only SaHM's being the only ones who know about chowhound - I highly doubt that is true. But since chat is not allowed on this site, I guess we will never find out who is a SAHM and who is not (I am not).

Oct 25, 2007
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Yogurtberry - more new stuff in Jackson Heights

On someone's advice here, I re-tried yogurtberry today after having not really liked their green tea flavor several weeks ago. I am happy to report that I really enjoyed the 'plain' which tastes more like vanilla to me. I had it with a tiny spoonful of raspberries that I paid $.95 for. Total cost was 3.75 for a small, and I was pretty happy with it. There are always people in there when I walk by, and I find the storefront to be very well designed a pleasant. I hope they stay in the neighborhood.

Oct 24, 2007
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Terraza Cafe in Elmhurst/Jackson Heights

I went there a few weeks ago on a Sunday night. There are some couches on the ground floor near where the bar is, and a second level upstairs where there's a platform for musicians and tiny little tables. It's got a nice atmosphere. why not check it out? I'm not sure what it's like in there when an event is going on.

Oct 13, 2007
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market watch: Jackson Heights

Is it just me or does it seem like the produce at Trade Fair is getting worse and the produce at the Met is getting better?

Oct 12, 2007
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terrible experience at Pio Pio to go

I was so looking forward to my first chicken at Pio Pio To Go after having moved to Jackson Heights. I went to the one on the corner of 85th and Northern tonight. I ordered a whole chicken and an avocado salad to go from the cashier. I paid $15.25. The same woman who rung me up went into the kitchen and she packed my order and gave it to me.

When I got home, I discovered there were absolutely no avocados in the salad. $6 for a heap of iceburg lettuce and a sliced tomato is kind of expensive, so I put it back in the container and planned to go back out to return it. Then I opened the chicken, which I found to be a very small amount for $8, plus too greasy for my taste.

I ate half of it and then went back to return the salad. When I got there, there was a different woman at the counter. I told her that I had ordered and paid for an avocado salad only to find a lettuce salad when I got home. Instead of apologizing and offering me my money back, she said "oh, she didn't tell you?" (meaning the other woman). "We don't have any avocados tonight." The other woman came out, acted pissed off that she had to deal with me, asked me if it had been delivery (I'm not sure why that mattered but I said no, I came here an hour ago) and then kind of pushed the $6 at me after I told her all I wanted was my money back (of course she didn't give me back the tax I had paid on top of the $6) and was generally unpleasant.

I will never go back there again.

I may, however, give the regular Pio Pio a chance, but I will NOT get takeout. At least when you're in the restaurant you can see the mistakes and ask for them to be corrected right away. Once you're at home with takeout food, it's kind of hard to work up the motivation to return it if the order is wrong.

I understand that mistakes can be made- but all I ask is that the restaurant have a 'customer is right' attitude (especially since I WAS right) and treat me graciously.

Oct 02, 2007
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