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Researching old New York food trucks

I remember the old Bungalow Bar ice cream truck that came down the block every summer day when I was a child, the high point of my day! Seltzer man came & Charles Chips home delivered the cans of potato chips too.

Maybe not exactly what you are looking for.

Sep 06, 2014
Huck in Outer Boroughs

Chowhounders - Please give me what you got :)

My family from Ireland really enjoyed their meal at Peasant. Nolita is also a nice nabe to walk around & find a drink as well.

Apr 03, 2014
Huck in Outer Boroughs

Bread in Sunnyside/LIC

I have often wished that there was a good bread bakery in Sunnyside, what I have found at the local bakeries & greenmarket has been meh. My favorite local buy is still the "home" bread loaves at Mangal Kabab.

Wandering across the border into the LIC industrial zone I stumbled across an outlet for Amy's Bread, I assume the building contains the main bakery that supplies the shops & clients. That's the good news, the other news is that it closes for the "winter" which apparently lasts into April with no info at the door about reopening & also that its hours are M-F daytime.

But still I'm excited about this find. Location is on 34th St just south of 48th Av.

Apr 03, 2014
Huck in Outer Boroughs

Donovan's Burger Still Manages to Stand Out

PJ's has a solid burger, but since Molly Blooms opened I prefer that one. Like Donovans the experience can vary from visit to visit but they are always at least pretty good & sometimes excellent. I don't go there often enough to know if there is a certain variable to this.

They have very good fish & chips as well, not so crazy about their pasta dish though.

Nov 05, 2013
Huck in Outer Boroughs

Is it rude to ask a pizza place for a side of Ranch?

Exactly right, in the places that serve bland pizza with processed cheap ingredients, lotsa tangy toppings add some interest to it. The pity of it is how much bad pizza has taken over NYC in recent decades, it's rare to just walk into a random pizzeria & get a good slice anymore, so why not ranch dressing or buffalo chicken?

Dec 26, 2012
Huck in Manhattan

Takesushi in Sunnyside--a fortunate addition to the neighborhood

Oh jeez, I forgot to add that they have fugu, something that I thought I would have to travel to Japan & tell everyone later an embellished tale of drama & anxiety about my Bourdain-like lifestyle.... Nope, there it is just around the corner from me in Queens.

(And my math was wrong in the above post: I should have said ".. almost 40 years")

Dec 26, 2012
Huck in Outer Boroughs

Astoria Recs 2012

Well Ali's Kebab Cafe is the usual foodies' choice for the Egyptian food stop. Not universally lauded but I maintain he's pretty great & worth a stop at least once for his personality & eccentric set up on Steinway St. Lots of old posts here going way back on him.

Dec 26, 2012
Huck in Outer Boroughs

Takesushi in Sunnyside--a fortunate addition to the neighborhood

Yeah I have to agree that this is really solid food, sushi & cooked items both. I took some Japanese friends there last week they were very happy with the food & variety on the menu & enjoyed it. They are from Manhattan & were visibly surprised at how cheap the final bill was for the quality/quantity of what we had, we sampled a variety from the menu.(Omakase is $45/$55. It's still BYOB.)We talked for a while with the owner, nice guy.

Interesting factoid: according to him his original Takesushi on the UES was the first sushi restaurant in NYC at the birth of the US awareness of sushi/sashimi. That's over 40 years of doing this.

I don't know much about Japanese food so can't comment on nuances, etc., but I have enjoyed it each time. The eggplant in, I think, a miso sauce was wonderful. It's very reasonably priced & it's now a weekly dinner stop for me. I too am concerned about the location since it isn't on Queens Blvd but around a corner on a residential street, easy to miss & I want this place to stay around.

As said not a destination, but worth seeking out if you are in one of the neighboring hoods.

Dec 26, 2012
Huck in Outer Boroughs

de Mole.. in Astoria.

Assuming it's following the template of the Sunnyside venue, I wouldn't set myself up for a "rave" but nicely done plates with fresh ingredients, I think "refined" hit the mark exactly, without being fussy... although it is also a bit under seasoned to my tastes. I haven't tried any of the typical Tex-Mex items but usually get the entree dishes & specials & always enjoy those. It's pretty good but not the best ever.

Mar 17, 2012
Huck in Outer Boroughs

F ottomanelli burgers in Woodside

Have yet to check them out, looking forward to it.
BTW, I stopped by Molly Blooms in Sunnyside last week & loved, loved their burger, nice Guinness pour as well. Definitely giving Donovan's a run for their money & they are closer to me too. I'll give Ottomanelli's a week or 2 to work out the opening kinks & then try them.

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Molly Blooms
43-13 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11104

Jan 14, 2012
Huck in Outer Boroughs

El Shater sunnyside - moving to Astoria

Went into Souk el-Shater yesterday to try it, I was thinking we didn't really need another Middle-Eastern schwarma joint on QB since Turkish Grill & Mangal are great already, Mangal's schwarma/doner on "home" bread is one of the terrific reasons to live & eat here.

Well, mea culpa.... perhaps it's the Lebanese style to use beef not lamb? (All 3 of these places use the real deal, not the grey mystery meat product as so many other places do.) I wouldn't describe my beef as tough either, it was pretty good but the edges were definitely charred, not a bad thing ime. And rather than the white sauce - tomato- onion dressings of the Turkish places this had nice fresh tahini with pickled crisp veggies that really added a lot of flavor depth & texture to an inexpensive sandwich. A completely different experience to the other places.

In addition there was good selection of take out entrees, sides & desserts that all looked good & home-made sitting in the steam table. The fellow next to me was from Turkey & was remarking how it looked like the places "back home" & was sending pics of the offerings from his phone to his girlfriend. I can see this joining the regular rotation of my take out options, they also deliver.

I haven't been in Habibi (the old el-Shater store) since the change so I can't compare the two yet.

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Mangal
46-20 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11104

Turkish Grill
42-03 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11104

Habibi
43-02 43rd Ave, Queens, NY 11104

Souk El-Shater
43-03 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11104

Sep 25, 2011
Huck in Outer Boroughs

Burgers near Times Square

I agree, I've found the new burger there rivals the nearby Shake Shack without the crowding. (My visits to that SS have yielded fairly dry patties compared to the park outlet.).

5 Napkin Burger is delish with a few different styles of burger, nicer atmosphere for sitting & eating than Schnippers or the Shack. 5 Guys Burgers are a bit farther at 34St off 8th Ave but the kids may find the atmosphere fun, the burger just misses being as good as the others but the fresh cut fries are sublime & I find myself going there for the fries sometime.

Feb 19, 2011
Huck in Manhattan

Yum Yum Thai Restaurant in Sunnyside

I've had takeout a couple of times now from YY and their food is bland, very bland. I can't even recall what I ordered the first time, it was that forgettable. More recently I've tried some of my staples in hopes that my nabe has another decent Thai, but it is not to be. It actually reminds me a lot of it's neighbor across the street, Chips, another place serving up a monotonous style of bowdlerized "ethnic" food.

Specifically, the curry puffs were meh. The King Chicken is supposed to be in "red curry peanut sauce" which was a very one note peanut sauce with a slight bit of heat, really boring & hard to eat after a while until liberally doused with Sriracha & fish sauce. Same same the Penang Curry but worse, Penang Curry is "the sweet curry" that is usually reduced to just sweet in most Thai places over here, this just had a generic curry flavor with a tiny bit of pepper in it, not a bit of sweetness or citrus notes at all, really dull.

The Pad kee Mao fared a bit better since, I think, fried noodles & beef taste intrinsically good to me & the sauce fared better relative to the other dishes, but still...bland. Portion sizes were fine, delivery was prompt, but I won't be ordering again. I'll stick with I am Thai & Thai Malay for takeout.

Jan 08, 2011
Huck in Outer Boroughs

Best Fried Chicken in Queens?

No "high horse"... it's just as I walk through my Queens neighborhood with all these small businesses shuttered or just hanging on trying to make it these days, I felt that 2 negative posts in 2 days on a widely read forum, the last hearsay & mentioning "a permanent downward trend" about a business that is generally well regarded & you haven't visited in a year seemed ill-advised, that's all.
I look forward to visiting the other 2 places in Flushing. Thanks.

Oct 27, 2010
Huck in Outer Boroughs

44th and 11th

The Landmark Tavern has a decent burger & beer & other typical pub grub @ 11th & 46 St. They also have a great traditional Irish music session on Monday evenings.

Also across the street is Daisy May's BBQ.

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Landmark Tavern
626 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036

Oct 26, 2010
Huck in Manhattan

Best Fried Chicken in Queens?

.... & I didn't know Mad For Chicken opened in Queens now either, I'm looking forward to checking it out!

Oct 26, 2010
Huck in Outer Boroughs

I am thai in Sunnyside

I ordered the Tumeric chicken once, it sounded good, but was just a breaded chicken cutlet, a bit blah. Can't remember if there was a dipping sauce with it, probably was & was completely forgettable obviously, maybe a sweet chile sauce?

That said I use I AM Thai as my go-to delivery Thai for where I reside, but I try to have on hand the "missing" ingredients: cilantro, chiles or Sriracha sauce, fish sauce, etc... That elevates it greatly, since they are fast & the food is pretty fresh. And you're right, the owner is very nice & personable & I'm sure he would customize any dish, he seems to like feedback.
I've stopped buying at the local Chinese takeout joints since the main ingredients taste so old.

I also use Thai-Malay delivery since they too are very quick & the food is ok, but it doesn't taste like any Thai or Malay food I have ever had, I have no idea what they are doing..... but it still is strangely pleasant in an odd way.

Oct 26, 2010
Huck in Outer Boroughs

Sripaphai~ over hyped?

Nice that this is a 7+ year discussion of a CH sentimental favorite. I visit Thailand annually & have Thai food for lunch or dinner a couple of times per week in either Queens or Midtown west & have to say when I visit during non peak hours I'm usually pretty satisfied, nothing I've had in Manhattan comes close yet.

Their Roast Duck w. Green Curry & Som Tam combo puts me into an altered state for a while afterward....

Oct 26, 2010
Huck in Outer Boroughs

Best Fried Chicken in Queens?

All right I have to step in here, UFC has been perfectly fine & individually cooked to order every time I have gone there, crisp & light tasting, great sauces.... admittedly I only stop by every 3-4 months or so. The sides are nothing special, altho I think I remember the fries being pretty fresh tasting, but I've never seen any evidence of a "downhill" slide, let alone "well I heard someone say... a friend of a friend told him..." If you didn't like your meal state why & it's understood.

I applaud & am in awe that someone can remember they got a half a drumstick in a meal they had over a year ago. I can't remember to pick up the dry cleaning usually, let alone the condition of chicken pieces from my past! This place is actually great local resource & small business in the nabe making the extra effort to produce something better than homogenized corporate product & I can't see the point of slagging them with negative hearsay on a national forum, or saying it's better in midtown Manhattan which completely also misses the point that the OP asked about.

..... oh.... ok... I actually like the the "homogenized corporate product" dished out by Popeyes on Steinway Street, they seem to be managed a little better recently or something & the chicken seems up to par again. Easy access from the subway & quick too if I haven't called ahead to UFC.

Thanks for the Sage General store info..... have to try it.

Oct 26, 2010
Huck in Outer Boroughs

Cemitas in Queens

I had a cemita at Tia Julia last week & it was pretty underwhelming, the roll was stale, the filling was ok but the big chunk of cheese was really cold & didn't blend well with the warm pork. Maybe Monday afternoon is when they are using up the weekend rolls? I wouldn't be interested in having another there.

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Tia Julia
91st St and Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372

Oct 16, 2010
Huck in Outer Boroughs

Pig out spots????

Spot on.... the exact 2 places I was going to recommend!

Oct 02, 2010
Huck in Outer Boroughs

New in Sunnyside: Lenny's Pizza

That place on 40th St & Queens Blvd is Sunnyside Pizzeria, it's not bad: pretty thick crust, not crisp enough for my taste tho, decent sauce... a pretty heavy slice, if that's what you like. I'm still thinking Marabella's Grandma pie is the best in the nabe to my tastes.

I will give Lenny's a try, I'm just amazed at how many business owners invest their life savings into something that they give very little thought or research into. I guess they feel "Hey, I put sauce & cheese on dough & cook it, how hard can that be?"

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Marabella
41-07 Greenpoint Ave, Queens, NY 11104

Sunnyside Pizza
40-01 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11104

Oct 02, 2010
Huck in Outer Boroughs

Yum Yum Thai Restaurant in Sunnyside

I've tried the Yum Yum in Hells Kitchen & unfortunately it is barely mediocre, tried it 2-3 times & that was it.... always go to Pam's now. I hope that the Sunnyside branch steps it up a notch & I will try it, but I'm not overly optimistic.

Sep 20, 2010
Huck in Outer Boroughs

East LIC?

Second the Sunnyside, or Astoria, rec. More interesting restaurants in both as well, but if you're lousy with money now you can't beat the view from a LIC hi-rise. Shortage of grocery stores & other amenities as well.

Sep 04, 2010
Huck in Outer Boroughs

Best sandwich in Manhattan?

There are slim pickings in Midtown so if you find yourself there I would suggest Xie Xie over on Ninth Ave around 45th St..... it is quintessential NYC perhaps only in the sense that it is a real chef (Angelo from the current "Top Chef") adapting asian flavors for a really good high end sandwich. I particularly like the Vietnamese beef, also the "1000 year old egg" ice cream sandwich, or something like that, is also excellent.

Jul 29, 2010
Huck in Manhattan

Great food near the W times square??

Bluefin right downstairs, excellent seafood. Cafe Edison on the next block for matzoh soup. Cafe Hagi for Japanese pub food on 49th just east of Broadway.

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Cafe Edison
228 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036

Mar 22, 2010
Huck in Manhattan

CURRY POINT[new sunnyside]

I got some take-out from here yesterday & feel pretty positive about this place & will keep it on my short list of local takeout (they also deliver). I have very little background in Indian food so my appraisal fwiw is mostly based on freshness, spiciness & portion size, not "authenticity". They did pretty well in all 3 categories, although I would take exception to the characterization of them as "amazing" or like Spicy Minas. This seemed like home style cooking: basic, tasty & filling, not an unsatisfying thing.

Like the local I Am Thai, or DeMole, Curry Point does a better than average, in fact pretty good version of the dishes I've tried, but like those others there is also no real complexity, eg., the addition of some herbs or chilis when the food gets home might help. I liked the Chicken Karahi as well & didn't find it too salty at all (but I like salty). The samosa was tasty & a deal for $1. I wasn't overwhelmed with the goat curry, mostly based on the bone to meat ratio, but maybe that is typical? I do appreciate that it is being offered & nothing was too oily, the feeling I've got at a lot of Indian places locally. The naan was made fresh for me & the basmati rice was very good.

All in all I'm a fan & it definitely goes into my weekly after work rotation & I think local foodies should support this place. Just their menu listings of Goat Feet, Beef Feet & Steam Goat Roast is great! (No pork on menu.) Their ph# for delivery 718-786-9500

I haven't given Sonali a chance yet, based, perhaps unfairly, on the first weeks reviews on here, Siestma's rec was puzzling in the aftermath so I will definitely step up soon, anyone else try it since & are they getting their act together?

Feb 21, 2010
Huck in Outer Boroughs

Turkish Ingredients

There is a small Turkish population in Sunnyside & a few shops with Turkish ingredients, though mostly boxed or canned afaik, but I haven't really looked hard. There is a small Lebanese market, el Shater that has some nice fresh Middle Eastern ingredients, but Lebanese nonetheless.

Jan 21, 2010
Huck in Outer Boroughs

Where do you recommend one orders Thanksgiving pies?

The Little Pie Co. on W 43rd St. I dream of their sour cream walnut pies, the others are really good as well.

Nov 16, 2008
Huck in Manhattan

Tipping the sushi chef? [moved from Manhattan board]

I don't have a lot of experience going to good sushi restos & I'm wondering if it is common/expected to tip the sushi chef in addition to the 15-20% added to the bill? I understand it's a nice gesture to buy him a drink, but is it expected in NYC to tip if one is at the counter after a omakase dinner?

Nov 16, 2008
Huck in Manhattan