Queens Restaurants

December, 2016

Dining Out

Bistro recalls old-school French dining

Dining Out

Bistro recalls old-school French dining

Time was that New York City was peppered with little French restaurants, their nucleus being in and around the theater district, owned and operated by Gallic expats. Like the $2 steak, they are for the most part a fond memory. Therefore, we were surprised and delighted to discover Côté Soleil, a new French bistro in Astoria, facilitating time travel to a bygone era. Comment

We find out the theories behind food fads

Okay, I did it. I actually gave my head a pitying shake when a friend told me she had just discovered a fantastic restaurant in Jackson Heights that sells the giant Indian crepes called dosas. Comment
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How Maspeth BBQ joint stayed under the radar

When we stumbled upon Slide BBQ, tucked away in the depths of residential Maspeth, we wondered how come it slid under our radar for almost two years. No buzz in the foodie community. No tips from our barbecue fanatic friends. Nada. We set out to find out why. Comments (1)

November, 2016


Holiday time is time to celebrate

The holidays are almost here again…like it or not. So, if you’re in a party planning mood, or mode, here are some fun decorating suggestions and clever party themes, as well as a handful of easy recipes. Just use your imagination and shop local party or Odd Lot stores and home décor shops, to find great deals and get the best bang for your hard-earned bucks. Comment

To throw a party, you need a plan

If the thoughts of entertaining are keeping you awake at night, it’s time to master the simple art of inviting friends and family to your home. Comment

October, 2016

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Little Tibet brings Himalayan flavor to Jackson Heights

It has been fascinating to see the changes taking place in the commercial area in Jackson Heights, running from about 75th to 72nd streets, bounded to the north by 37th Avenue, and Roosevelt Avenue to the south. A neighborhood whose numerous South Asian alimentary offerings were once dominated by Punjabi and South Indian fare has had to make room for the arrival of a steady influx of Himalayan eateries. Comment

Cook-off picks the best chicken soup in Queens

While it may be incontestable that chicken soup is good for you, the question of who makes the best chicken soup is one that many people in many places have asked. “Deli Man,” a 2014 documentary, told the story of Congregation Emanu El in Houston, Texas, which ran a Chicken Soup Cook-Off for many years. There have been cook-offs in the New York City area as well, but until now the partcipants have mostly been amateur chefs and judges. Comment
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Oro brings upscale Italian cuisine to Long Island City

Oro is a sleek new Italian restaurant in Long Island City. One of a new wave of upscale eateries descending on the area, it is no doubt intended to serve the needs of recent and soon-to-be residents brought by LIC’s dizzying residential development boom. Comment

September, 2016

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BBQ lovers get ready to meet the Mothership

We believed the stars to be in perfect alignment when we heard the next Queens Dinner Club event would give us a preview of the soon-to-open Mothership Meats Long Island City barbecue joint. We drooled with anticipation thinking about the Queens Dinner Club boys, Joe Distefano, Jonathan Forgash and Gabe Gross teaming up with Josh Bowen, Queens’ premier barbecue maven. Comments (2)

August, 2016


Grain House aims to please—and does

We were sort of lured to Grain House on Northern Boulevard in Little Neck under false pretenses, not that we have anyone to blame but our selves. Comment

July, 2016


Flushing Greenmarket opened this week

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) helped announce the opening of the first Flushing Greenmarket Wednesday The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce partnered with GrowNYC to bring locally grown products that will emphasize nutritious fruits and vegetables. The fruits and vegetables sold will all be grown or produced within 250 miles of New York City. Comments (2)

June, 2016


Farmers Market returns to downtown Jamaica

Delicious and fresh food is on the menu for the Jamaica Farmers’ Market, which celebrated its opening weekend for the year last Saturday. Comments (3)
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60 Beans offers much more than coffee

When our eating buddy, food blogger Joe Distefano, recommended 60 Beans to us as having great food, we were expecting a gussied up coffee joint, especially with a name with the word “beans” in it. Comment
Bay Terrace

Vivaldi to end operations in Bay Terrace

Vivaldi Ristorante will be splitting up with the Parks Department in what the city agency is calling an early and mutual termination of its licensing agreement. Comments (4)
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Kuala Lumpur chain opens first East Coast restaurant in Flushing

When we learned that PappaRich, the enormously popular fast/casual Malaysian restaurant, opened a branch in Flushing, the lure of the exotic trumped our usual antipathy towards chain restaurants. Comment

May, 2016

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Queens Dinner Club serves up the borough in a moveable feast

Have you ever gone to a restaurant, and wanted to try more than just two or three dishes? Comment

Taste attendees sample Queens cuisine

About 60 restaurants, breweries and businesses set up shop at the 14th annual Queens Taste event held at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park Wednesday evening. Hundreds of attendees sampled bites and beverages offered by eateries from throughout the borough. Comment

April, 2016

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Trattoria L’Incontro chef spreads his wings with Maiella in LIC

When we heard Chef Rocco Sacramone, of Trattoria L’Incontro, had partnered with Tommy Demaraso, owner of Cavo restaurant and lounge in Astoria, for a new venture in Long Island City, we were really excited. Comments (1)

March, 2016

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Noodles bubble to the top at Shuya Cafe de Ramen

Ramen, once regarded as the slacker food in the cheap little packets, has certainly become a thing over the last few years. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

New kosher pizza joint emerges in crowded Kew Garden Hills

The Queens kosher pizza market is a crowded one. Comments (4)
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Astoria’s Kurry Qulture steps up the game on Indian cuisine

Usually when contemplating an Indian dining experience in Queens, our expectation is of a tasty, modestly priced meal in unpretentious surroundings. Comment

February, 2016


Flushing Town Hall goes hog wild

NY Epicurean Events, the folks who organized the recent Cheesefest, are pandering to meatheads this time with Charcuterie Masters, to be held at historic Flushing Town Hall on Saturday, Feb. 27. Comment
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Neighborhood eatery brings old-world Italian flavors to Ridgewood

When a restaurant turned out to be closed at our appointed meeting time, our lunch companion suggested an alternative. Comment
Forest Hills

Asia meets Europe at new Forest Hills bakery

Asian-European fusion is the name of the game at Violet’s Bake Shoppe, a new bakery that opened three weeks ago along bustling Austin St. in Forest Hills. Comments (2)

January, 2016

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Korean BBQ grilled up right at Murray Hill’s Mapo II

It was around 6:30 p.m. on a bone-chilling Wednesday. We were already in an evil mood from cruising the congested streets of Murray Hill for 20 minutes in search of a parking space. Comment

Tapas comes to Bell

Sangarita’s, a sister restaurant to successful tapas bars in Whitestone and Long Beach, is Bell Boulevard’s latest ethnic cuisine addition. Comment
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Brasserie du Dragon brings a return of old-school Chinese

We were just kvetching about the dearth of neighborhood sit-down Chinese restaurants catering to mainstream diners that were once abundant. Comments (2)



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