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Soup Dumplings: RedFarm or Shanghai Cafe?

Pork & Crab Soup Dumplings - if you could only pick RedFarm or Shanghai Cafe, where would you go?

Oct 29, 2013
BigV in Manhattan

Best Sausage & Peppers Sandwich in Manhattan

Almost by default, Parm was the winner of the voting. Who knew sausage & peppers wasn't a big restaurant dinner thing - maybe we're on to something :)

Oct 17, 2013
BigV in Manhattan

Best Sausage & Peppers Sandwich in Manhattan

Odds are we'd be eating beginning at 8pm so that won't work.

Oct 08, 2013
BigV in Manhattan

Best Sausage & Peppers Sandwich in Manhattan

This month's Crave dinner will be a Sausage & Peppers Sandwich. Only rules - it has to be available at a sit-down restaurant in Manhattan at dinner time.

Where should we go?

Oct 08, 2013
BigV in Manhattan

Korean BBQ in Manhattan - Need Opinions

Miss Korea won and was solid. I picked Madangsui personally but I was out-voted :)

Sep 25, 2013
BigV in Manhattan

Korean BBQ in Manhattan - Need Opinions

Miss Korea got 2 votes, Madangsui got 2, New Wonjo got 1...tiebreaker went to Miss Korea. We'll be trying it Sep 9. Will report back then.

Sep 05, 2013
BigV in Manhattan

Korean BBQ in Manhattan - Need Opinions

This month's 'Food Crave' selection among my friends is Korean BBQ. The only rule is that it has to be in Manhattan - some of my Manhattan friends are disturbingly adverse to leaving the borough so Flushing is out. I have 10 finalists, although if there is an overwhelming write-in choice you can pick that as well. I need to narrow it to down 3. Help!

In alphabetical order:

1. Don's Bogam BBQ
2. Kang Suh
3. Kum Gang San
4. Kun Jip
5. Madangsui
6. Miss Korea
7. Muk Eun Ji
8. New Wonjo Restaurant
9. Seoul Garden
10. Shilla

Thanks!

Jason

Aug 28, 2013
BigV in Manhattan

Need recommendation for Spaghetti & Meatballs

Went with Rubirosa - which was really good. Thanks for the recommendations. We tried the pizza, too, which I actually didn't care for. The seasonal peach cobbler for dessert was also fantastic.

Aug 21, 2013
BigV in Manhattan

Need recommendation for Spaghetti & Meatballs

Someone recently asked me where the best spaghetti & meatballs were in Manhattan. I'm Italian, so I have no good answer because that's something I'd make at home and not pay to eat out.

I have to make a list of 3 and I need a place open on a Monday. I had Lugo, Le Zie, Apizz, and Donatella on my finalists list but Apizz and Donatella are both closed Mondays. Any others I am leaving out? I have Craftbar, Hearth, Rubirosa, and Piccolo Angolo on my current list to investigate. Thanks!

Aug 08, 2013
BigV in Manhattan

What is the best Greek restaurant in Bayside?

Avli on Bell Blvd. Love the Grilled Stuffed Chicken.

Apr 03, 2013
BigV in Outer Boroughs

Does anyone else find that the Uzbek places in Queens tend to be rude?

I go to Salute once a month so I know what you are talking about. However, I see it as part of the experience of going. They aren't rude, they just aren't particularly warm and loving. I've been in there I don't know how many times- they don't know my name, but I do get a glimmer of recognition when I do and that's enough for me. I expect good food at reasonable prices and they never let me down. The rest- the minimal love in service and the colorful people who eat there- is part of the fun for me.

Aug 17, 2011
BigV in Outer Boroughs

Are there any bbq places in queens that are good?

John Brown Smokehouse was solid the first time I went- give it a shot.

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John Brown Smokehouse
25-08 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11101

Aug 17, 2011
BigV in Outer Boroughs

Best in Brooklyn or queens

I second the Queen recommendation.

Aug 11, 2011
BigV in Outer Boroughs

fresh mozzarella in QUEENS?

It's fair to disagree on whether you like their food or not, but I'd hope the level of discourse here would be high enough to refrain from describing places as 'dumps'. It's small, it's not fancy, but I think 'dump' is an extremely poor description.

Jul 22, 2011
BigV in Outer Boroughs

fresh mozzarella in QUEENS?

I'm guessing that Tony's is the 'dump' in Whitestone you referenced earlier? I'm surprised- everyone I've ever sent there has liked the food and the mozzarella.

Jul 21, 2011
BigV in Outer Boroughs

fresh mozzarella in QUEENS?

Tony's Beechhurst Deli.

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Tony's Beechhurst Deli
11-18 154th St, Queens, NY 11357

Jul 20, 2011
BigV in Outer Boroughs

Devouring Queens- NYMag's NewTop 20 Eats- Opinions?

As a devourer of Queens food, my thoughts:

1) I work in Long Island City and I've been to M.Wells...it's good, but I honestly do not get all of the hype this place gets. Maybe I need to go there again because the first time I went was fine but nothing special. I'd say the best food in LIC is either LIC Market, La Vuelta, Bella Via, or Sweetleaf (for coffee/tea).

2) Tortilleria Nixtamal- it's good for tortillas and tamales, but I'll always be influenced by the time I went for their World Cup chilaquiles special...ordered them...sat there for 75 minutes...and was eventually told that due to a big order they couldn't make them for us and we had to leave. And when I told the owner of the experience, I kind of expected them to ask us to come back so we can have them and they didn't offer that. Although I will say I have a generally favorable impression of the people who run the place.

I'll throw out some others I didn't see on the list- Salut for Uzbeki in Forest Hills/Rego Park, Pio Pio for rotisserie chicken (I like the one in Jackson Heights), Joe's Shanghai in Flushing (Pork/Crab soup dumplings, Shanghai Noodles, Young Chow Fried Rice),, and I'll give a shout out to Tony's Beechhurst Deli for their simple yet amazing Italian offerings, including my all-time favorite fresh mozzarella.

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Joe's Shanghai
136-21 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11354

Salute
63-42 108th St, Queens, NY 11375

Pio Pio
84-02 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11372

La Vuelta
10-43 44th Dr, Queens, NY 11101

Tony's Beechhurst Deli
11-18 154th St, Queens, NY 11357

Bella Via
47-46 Vernon Blvd, Queens, NY 11101

Tortilleria Nixtamal
104-05 47th Ave, Queens, NY 11368

Sweetleaf Coffee & Tea
10-93 Jackson Ave, Queens, NY 11101

M. Wells Diner
21-17 49th Ave, Queens, NY 11101

LIC Market
21-52 44th Dr, Queens, NY 11101

Jul 12, 2011
BigV in Outer Boroughs

Top 5 Restaurants to try in Queens?

My favorite places to eat in Queens in no particular order:

Taqueria Coatzingo (Mexican)
Bella Via (thin crust pizza)
Pio Pio (chicken)
Salut (kebabs/hummus)
Joe's Shanghai (pork/crab soup dumplings)
Sripraphai (Thai)
Avli (Greek)

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Taqueria Coatzingo
76-05 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372

Joe's Shanghai
136-21 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11354

Salute
63-42 108th St, Queens, NY 11375

Avli
38-31 Bell Blvd, Queens, NY 11361

Pio Pio
84-02 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11372

SriPraPhai
64-13 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

Bella Via
47-46 Vernon Blvd, Queens, NY 11101

Jun 20, 2011
BigV in Outer Boroughs

Pizza in Long Island City that delivers?

Bella Via. They start taking orders around 11:45 am.

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Bella Via
47-46 Vernon Blvd, Queens, NY 11101

Mar 28, 2011
BigV in Outer Boroughs

Mama Su's Bayside

Do they have the pork & crab combination dumplings as well?

Feb 05, 2011
BigV in Outer Boroughs

cupcakes and cakes in queens

Sage in LIC makes good cupcakes- I'd check them out as well. Cannelle Patisserie is also a good option.

Feb 03, 2011
BigV in Outer Boroughs

Little Neck

Northern Manor has solid Chinese food. Or you could drive across the border and hit Peter Luger :)

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Northern Manor
251-15 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11362

Dec 05, 2010
BigV in Outer Boroughs

Outer Boro Best Bites

We need to do what they do on the LA board- get users to vote and come out with an annual Ultimate Outer Boroughs (instead of Ultimate LA) list. We need a champion to lead this effort!

Oct 06, 2010
BigV in Outer Boroughs

Good Pupusas and Tamales in . . .Whitestone. I can't believe it.

I checked it out today- ScottK doesn't lie- the papusas and tamales were good. It's definitely more of a lunch place- I visited at 6pm on a Wednesday and it was very quiet.

Oct 06, 2010
BigV in Outer Boroughs

VALENTINO'S ON THE GREEN

That's probably the old White House restaurant. That place needed an upgrade so hopefully Joe can do good things.

Btw...I LOVE Tony's Beechhurst Deli.

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Tony's Beechhurst Deli
11-18 154th St, Queens, NY 11357

White House
10-24 154th St, Queens, NY 11357

Sep 30, 2010
BigV in Outer Boroughs

Utopia Bagels in Queens

Amen. Now I am hungry- am going this weekend!

Sep 15, 2010
BigV in Outer Boroughs

Not so impressed with Petey's Burger in Astoria

Agreed on Petey's. Nothing special and don't understand the love.

Aug 18, 2010
BigV in Outer Boroughs

Lobster Cantonese Takeout Flushing/North Flushing/Bayside/Whitestone

I don't believe they make Lobster Cantonese but I had a good experience ordering their Lobster with Ginger and Scallion so I'll throw out a nod for Northern Manor in Little Neck.

Aug 16, 2010
BigV in Outer Boroughs

Need good food near JFK, but not Asian.

Don Peppe's family style Italian is good. That's pretty close by. Closed Mondays but open noon all other days (Sun open 1).

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Don Peppe
135-58 Lefferts Blvd, Queens, NY 11420

Aug 10, 2010
BigV in Outer Boroughs

Searching Mexican Food Catering

I would fear giving a catering order to Nixtamal unless you don't have a tight timeframe for when/if the food arrives- the concept of time is very different in their kitchen.

Aug 05, 2010
BigV in Outer Boroughs