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November, 2018

Renowned Rockaway Park baker Sarah Owens won the first-ever Tiptree World Bread Awards, a competition that gathered the bread-baking world’s elites last week and pitted them against each other in different categories. Comment
Rego Park

Rego Park’s Shalimar Diner will serve its last meal after 45 years in business

The Karayiannis family has been feeding the community at Shalimar Diner since 1974. But next week, the Rego Park eatery will be shutting its doors for the final time. Comments (2)
Mount Moriah AME Church and local Chef Premo Sanders will host the ninth-annual Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner in Cambria Heights from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22. Comment

Why we should all stop eating at McDonald’s

I write to you to express my shame toward a place I frequented and adored during my childhood years. Comments (5)
Not interested in slaving away all day making the perfect Thanksgiving dinner? Look no further than these Queens restaurants to have a delicious spread served up for you. Comments (1)

October, 2018

Two local chain restaurants in Queens will soon be giving you a reason to not skip breakfast in the morning. Comments (3)

Sonic Drive-In opens in Flushing


Sonic Drive-In opens in Flushing

Sonic Drive-In welcomed the Flushing community to celebrate its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony last weekend. Comments (4)

September, 2018

Queens Village

Soul Exchange Bistro and Wine Bar set to open in Queens Village

First generation Haitian-Americans Marck and YvesMarie Benjamin will have a grand opening for their restaurant, Soul Exchange Bistro & Wine Bar, in early October in Queens Village. Comment
Long Island City

Toby’s has emerged as a go-to destination for cold brewed coffee drinkers

Cold brewed coffee has become quite popular in recent years, especially with the availability of ready-made products in bottles and cartons. One Queens coffee shop has exactly what the customers want. Comment

New Chinese restaurant brings authentic cuisine to Bell Boulevard

A new Chinese restaurant is now serving authentic Shanghainese cuisine right in the heart of Bayside. Comments (9)

August, 2018

Woodhaven has a distinct history that includes the site of two racetracks, a professional Negro Baseball team, the first house address in Queens, and Manor Delicatessen, which opened in 1915. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Experience a taste of Thailand at this Rockaway Beach restaurant

Metta Kaskel shares her experience of being back home in her Thailand kitchen as you become part of her new family. That’s the vibe you get at Thai Rock, located at 375 Beach 92nd St. in Rockaway Beach. Comment

Support your local diners

The closing of Briarwood’s Flagship Diner is disappointing. I have enjoyed many excellent meals for decades when frequenting any one of our many local diners, including the Flagship. Over the years, we have seen the demise of too many others, including the Bel Aire (Astoria), Gold Star (Bayside), Seville (Douglaston), Sage (Elmhurst), Saravan (Flushing), Palace (Flushing), Future (Fresh Meadows), Fame (Jamaica), Scobees Grill (Little Neck) and others. Comments (3)

July, 2018


U-Me Sushi delivers with authentic Japanese cuisine

My favorite brand of sake is Gekkeikan, a company who has settled in Folsom, Calif., due to the water coming from the snow of the Sierra Mountains. I traveled there to do a tasting and found that I enjoyed their domestic products more than ones that were imported from Japan. Four stood out above the rest: Haiku, Traditional, Silver, and Black and Gold, which is the best. Comments (1)

Pesso’s offers frozen treats with unique flavors in Bayside

Gelato, a treat that was invented by Italians, has become a trendy dessert in the United States. Comment
Rego Park

Gyro Grill offers authentic Greek cuisine in Rego Park

Each time my friends and I have passed Gyro Grill in Rego Park, the eatery always appeared to be busy and buzzing. Comments (1)

June, 2018

Forest Hills

Poesie Café offers more than just food in Forest Hills

There’s a new café on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills with a French name of Poesie, where the style of cooking is not about the cream sauces. Instead, owner Alexandra Rodionova, an entrepreneur from Russia, is offering “healthy food.” The small bistro with both indoor and outdoor seating has an atmosphere that encourages relaxation. Bistro tables and chairs line the outside along with two Adirondack lounge chairs facing the street. Comment
Rego Park

Ben’s Best in Rego Park closing June 30 after 73 years

A Rego Park institution for 73 years will close its doors for good at the end of the month. Ben’s Best Delicatessen, which has been serving generations of kosher deli fans since 1945, will go out of business June 30. Comments (1)

May, 2018


New Get Fit program shows you where to find healthy food options

Modifying the bounty of ethnic comfort food options offered in the borough’s most diverse area may prove challenging for brave Elmhurst Hospital dieticians, but they’re trying nonetheless. Comment

April, 2018

Long Island City

Nas brings Sweet Chick home to Queens

In the ‘80s and ‘90s, Long Island City’s golden age of hip-hop produced amazing talent like legendary rapper Nas. Comment
Located on the bustling strip of Bell Boulevard, Krave It has revolutionized the restaurant row offerings with a creative twist. Comments (2)

Astor Room changes name to honor late George Kaufman

The old Astor Room, the speakeasy-era restaurant at the base of the Kaufman Astoria Studios, reopened last weekend and was renamed in honor of George Kaufman, the visionary who revitalized the studio and its surrounding neighborhood beginning in 1982. Comment

March, 2018


Alternative dishes to serve at your Passover Seder

Are you looking for some Passover alternatives to the usual Seder fare? Comment

February, 2018


Residents need to do their part to support local businesses

This Valentine’s Day, my wife Wendy and I went to Aunt Bella’s restaurant on Marathon Parkway in Little Neck. The restaurant opened in 1977 and just celebrated its 41st anniversary. Upon walking into Bella’s, we were meet by Moana, whose husband Richie is the owner. She sat us at one of our favorite tables in the back corner, facing the kitchen. I have always enjoyed watching the cooks at work. It is like going to the opera. The head chef waved and before I even ordered, proceeded to prepare my favorite appetizer of sauteed sweet peppers in olive oil, no garlic. Longtime host and head waiter Danny came to our table and took our order. Comments (1)
Are you feeling jacked up? That’s what celebrity restaurateur Willie Degel, the guy behind the Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse empire, asks callers on his cheerful voice-mail message. Comments (1)

January, 2018


The powerful unity of tea and Zen


The powerful unity of tea and Zen

If you’re an avid tea drinker, you’re probably aware of tea’s calming effect and are instinctively cognizant of how different having a cup of tea vs. a cup of coffee feels. Comment
St. Albans

Southern cooking comes to St. Albans

Southern-style fish, barbecue and soul food home cooking are being brought to Queens at the House of Smoke in St. Albans. Comments (2)



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