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Quantum Leap Natural Food in Fresh Meadows, NY is closed?

I went by yesterday and noticed a yellow sign from the NYC Department of Health dated 2/24/10 that indicated it had been closed due to a lack of permit. There also seemed to be a For Rent sign on the outside of the building. If this means that they will not be re-opening, it is sad indeed. A new kosher market has opened up in the adjacent space.

Here is the link to the NYC DOH restaurant inspection page; it indicates that Quantam Leap (spelled with an "a" instead of a "u") was re-closed 3/2/10: http://167.153.150.32/RI/web/detail.d...

Mar 29, 2010
cmoore618 in Outer Boroughs

Hiding Your Face on Facebook

There are a few more things you can do to keep a low profile on Facebook, other than removing your tag from a photo: go into your profile privacy settings and limit who can see tagged photos (e.g., you can keep those photos from showing up on your profile at all; someone could still see it from the poster's page, however). Then change how Facebook notifies your friends when someone tags you in a photo. You can set things up so that those annoying alerts aren't published to everyone online, giving you time to take care of the photo how you see fit.

Mar 15, 2009
cmoore618 in Features

"Wet" pad thai in Queens?

I just had a much-moister-than-most-places (in a good way) version at Green Papaya:

3804 Prince St
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 353-1888

Enjoy!

Jun 14, 2008
cmoore618 in Outer Boroughs

Casa de Elian--new Mexican on Metropolitan

My mouth is watering already!

Jun 04, 2008
cmoore618 in Outer Boroughs

Casa de Elian--new Mexican on Metropolitan

Welcome to the neighborhood! Are there any vegetarian entree items in the works as well? Personally, I would flip over a huitlacoche or flores de calabaza quesadilla....

Jun 04, 2008
cmoore618 in Outer Boroughs

HELP!! In Forest Hills

I went for lunch (just posted a review) and missed all of these specials you described! Were they only for dinner? I have been looking--to no avail--for quality queso in New York....

Jun 03, 2008
cmoore618 in Outer Boroughs

Casa de Elian--new Mexican on Metropolitan

Given my perpetual search for new and better Mexican in my neighborhood, I was very excited to see this little restaurant open at 104-20 Metropolitan Avenue. The menu is small, as is its space of only about 12 rustic tables-for-two (plus a not-yet-licensed bar), but what I sampled was fresh and delicious. For lunch yesterday I ordered an elote asado to start--fantastic! The corn was perfectly roasted with nice little charred bits, lovingly coated in melted butter (instead of mayo) and generously coated with cojita, cilantro, and chili powder. A squeeze of lime and I was in heaven. The tortilla chips seemed homemade--warm and cut into uneven strips--and the spicy salsa brought me right back to my southwest roadtrip last summer (not a pico de gallo syle but a pureed tomato base with a hint of chipotle smokiness). My significant other loved the pastor tacos--here, rubbed with adobo and folded with chunks of pineapple. I enjoyed the marisco taco--the seafood was tender and well seasoned in a light tomato sauce. The best part is that this taco truck quality food (and as Chowhounds know, that is a compliment), although served in a brick-and-morter restaurant (in Forest Hills no less) has retained its taco truck prices--only $2 for each taco ($3 for the marisco). I was a bit disappointed that there was only one of the fresh tortillas on each taco--not the two I'm accustomed to--which I can see getting soggy if carried home instead of eaten on the spot. My salad was delicious, but not what I expected from the menu--I ordered the ensalata de aguacate which was described as sliced avocado and hearts of palm over guacamole pasted romaine, but came instead as romaine tossed with cucumbers and guacamole, with a side of vinaigrette. The guacamole was fantastic, so I just ate it scooped onto those awesome tortilla chips instead of as a forked entree. Perhaps they are still re-working the menu (which also includes soups, tortas, gorditas, and assorted tacos). Go and enjoy!

Jun 03, 2008
cmoore618 in Outer Boroughs

El Patron - Flushing

I enjoyed a late dinner here last night--lovely with the left wall partitioned open for a taste of alfresco dining (while staying warmer by actually being inside). The guacamole en molcajete was great (and spicy as requested) and the paella-for-one was excellent (and plenty for two). My significant other's enchiladas were delicious as well; the cojita was especially good. My only complaint (compliment?) is that my margarita was incredibly--ridiculously--strong. It was well-made, as I didn't taste the inordinate amount of tequila in it, but trust me, I felt it.

May 27, 2008
cmoore618 in Outer Boroughs

flushing soccer field eats?

Hmmm, well I spent several hours walking the length (and width) of the park, beginning at the Jewel Avenue/Van Wyck overpass entrance, through the volleyball area, criss-crossed by the water, up through the zoo and Hall of Science area and finally to the Unisphere and the soccer fields; the food situation is meager at best. Other than a couple of independent ice cream carts roaming the corridor area, I spotted only three vendors selling food. All three were in the area beyond the empty fountain pools at the far end of the Unisphere (backing-up into the new NYC rec center fields off of College Point Ave) and all three were selling essentially the same items. Each of them had a sign that read "Brasil y Venezuela" but seemed to be selling the same Columbian and Ecuadorian items mentioned in last year's posts (the far left side vendor also had a sign indicating an Ecuadorian menu), e.g., empanadas, maduros, kababs, and ceviche. Nothing seemed outrageously priced, but then again, I did purchase a $3 snow cone earlier that day....

May 27, 2008
cmoore618 in Outer Boroughs

flushing soccer field eats?

Seems like it might be a good time to update this thread! I'm headed to the park today and will report back what I find.

May 26, 2008
cmoore618 in Outer Boroughs

who makes the best mexican corn?

Do you know if this cart is open during the daytime?

May 26, 2008
cmoore618 in Outer Boroughs

Southern vegetarian cooking?

As a New Yorker transplanted from Hotlanta (and a born-and-raised vegetarian), I would LOVE a cookbook like this!

May 03, 2008
cmoore618 in Not About Food

Brooklyn Side of Brooklyn Bridge

I would also recommend Five Front Street (www.fivefrontrestaurant.com). Expect well prepared comfort food (think crab cakes, PEI mussels, goat cheese gnocchi) in a lovely setting. Open for dinner on weekdays (closed Tuesdays, however) and brunch on the weekends. Enjoy!

May 03, 2008
cmoore618 in Outer Boroughs

Queens alfresco dining

Much thanks for all the suggestions--I am continuing to build my go-to list for this summer and will post additional ideas as I discover them!

May 03, 2008
cmoore618 in Outer Boroughs

Drinks after (and during) Sripraphai

I second Saints & Sinners--the Irish bartenders are very friendly and attentive (they are also generous with their wine pours). I hate the permissive late night smoking policy, though.

Apr 30, 2008
cmoore618 in Outer Boroughs

Queens alfresco dining

This is my favorite time of year in the city, when the trees are in full bloom and the cafes spill out onto the sidewalks. I long to sip wine (or a cold margarita) while dining outside somewhere other than my front stoop, but my Queens neighborhood is lacking in alfresco options. There must be some hidden gems in our fair borough. Sripraphai's back garden is an oasis, and even El Coyote's somewhat dismal back "patio" can do on the right kind of sunny day--but where else should I be seeking a little bit of Paris (or California) in Queens?

Apr 22, 2008
cmoore618 in Outer Boroughs

biscuits?

As a transplanted southerner, I too have been in search of quality biscuits. Relish in Brooklyn makes a satisfying one, although it is of the large and flakier sort (not the small and crumbly ones traditionally thought of as southern). But alongside a bowl of their cheddar grits, I can almost feel like I'm home in Atlanta.

Apr 20, 2008
cmoore618 in Outer Boroughs

Falafel

I live in the Kew Gardens Hills area and began my falafel journey with Naomi's. It's definitely good there, but we're spoiled with two (in my opinion) superior options. Grill Point on the corner of Main Street and Jewel Avenue is great, but my latest discovery is the falafel sandwich lunch special at Hapisgah, 147-25 Union Turnpike (not far from the intersection with Main Street) http://www.hapisgah.com/. The falafel is fresh, crispy (not dry), and green inside; the pita is transcendent.

Mar 05, 2008
cmoore618 in Manhattan

FH Trader Joe's top ten hits? And will Amish survive?

I recently enjoyed the TJ frozen crab cakes; I prepared them in a skillet with olive oil and served them with a homemade aioli. Delicious and affordable!

Mar 05, 2008
cmoore618 in Outer Boroughs

Vegans Aren't Misanthropes

Isa is so talented; we New Yorkers are lucky to call her our neighbor. Thanks to Chowhound for introducing her to a wider audience of omnivores!

Jan 09, 2008
cmoore618 in Features

As A Chowhound, What Did You Get For Christmas?

It was a chowhound Christmas for me! I received a new cutting board, some excellent chef knives, and an Oxo mandoline. Santa knows me well.

Jan 03, 2008
cmoore618 in Not About Food

Waffle Iron recs

I have the same question, only I've been looking at the Cuisinart Waffler (on sale for $80 right now at Macy's) and the Black & Decker G48TD Grill and Waffle Baker ($40 on Amazon). I've actually read better reviews of the cheaper Black & Decker than the pricier Cuisinart. Has anyone had experience with either of these? The person on whose wish list this is doesn't desire Belgian waffles (so the Waring that flips is likely out).

Dec 11, 2007
cmoore618 in Cookware

Best Sandwiches (Any Type) in Queens

Well, judging by the meatastic suggestions so far, this one might not be up your alley, but you did say "any type" of sandwich! I have to put in a vote for the Fountain BLT at the Oneness Fountain Heart restaurant (157-19 72nd Ave off of Kissena Blvd); it's a savory blend of sauteed mushrooms, melted mozzarella cheese, vegetarian bacon, fresh lettuce and tomato, with tamari mayo on ciabatta bread. Fantastic!

Dec 03, 2007
cmoore618 in Outer Boroughs

Looking for Mexican fare near Nassau border (Floral Park, Elmont area)

If you're still craving, the guacamole al molcajete (made fresh at your table) will set you back only $7.95. I'm not sure about the price on the margaritas...I've been known to drink enough to dull my math skills by the time the check arrives.

Dec 02, 2007
cmoore618 in General Tristate Archive

best white pie in ny other than louie & ernie's?

I'm definitely not an expert on white pies, but the version served up at Nick's Pizza on Ascan Ave in Forest Hills is sublime.

Dec 02, 2007
cmoore618 in Outer Boroughs

Vegetarian-friendly Chinese places in Flushing?

I believe budcar is referring to Happy Buddha (http://www.happybuddha.com) at 135-37 37th Ave in Flushing. As a local and a vegetarian, I highly recommend it!

Dec 02, 2007
cmoore618 in Outer Boroughs

Get Behind the Wheel

Oh, I hope they make a New York City one!

Dec 02, 2007
cmoore618 in Features

Looking for Mexican fare near Nassau border (Floral Park, Elmont area)

As an Atlanta native, I feel your pain. Give El Coyote at try--in the summer you can sit out back on their patio, drink a fresh margarita, and almost imagine you're on the west coast (almost). It's definitely in Queens, but you can take Hillside Avenue straight there. The made-fresh-at-the-table guacamole alone is worth the trip.

El Coyote
178-27 Hillside Ave
Jamaica, NY 11432
Phone: (718) 558-5931

Nov 12, 2007
cmoore618 in General Tristate Archive

Sripraphai - Your Favorite Dish(es)

I've never had a bad meal at Sri, but these are the classic stand-bys:
Vegetarian versions of the papaya and crispy watercress salads
Any hot and sour fish soup offered on the specials menu
Red curry with tofu and vegetables
Pad see ew with tofu
Penang curry with tofu
Coconut rice

Nov 11, 2007
cmoore618 in Outer Boroughs

Best Chinese food in Flushing

Although I have yet to try it myself (my go-to place is Sripraphai), I've been curious about Green Papaya, 38-12 Prince Street, since it re-opened. It would be great to have a tasty Thai place in the neighborhood--let us know if you try it!

Oct 02, 2007
cmoore618 in Outer Boroughs