Queens Restaurants

Reviews: December, 2014

Dining Out

Skip the trip to Warsaw and head to Ridgewood for Polish cuisine

There’s a lot of attention being given to seasonal ingredients nowadays, and that’s a good thing, but when we think seasonal, we also think of whole cuisines. Comment.
Jackson Heights

Armondo’s finds a new home after is was burned out of the Bruson Building

Armondo’s is coming back. Comment.
Long Island City

All aboard! Station LIC finally opens

A new ponzi scheme is a big hit in Long Island City. The long-anticipated opening of Station LIC finally happened Nov. 17 and several of the 200 customers ordered the Ponzi burger, which you get for free provided you buy the burger for the next diner. Comments (1).

Reviews: November, 2014


Pizza-maker champion cooks at Bayside restaurant

Growing up in Italy, Giuseppe Manco waited impatiently for the end of the school day. He wanted to grab his backpack and run to the family’s restaurant to work in the kitchen. Comment.
Dining Out

Farm-to-table dining in Woodside comes with a Latin twist

When you enter a new restaurant, you immediately get a certain vibe. Comment.
Dining Out

New American food finds home in Glendale

On an obscure corner in Glendale there is a magnetic location for restaurant startups. About 13 years ago, a corner deli straddling residential and commercial zones was transformed into a tiny traditional Italian restaurant called La Tavernetta. It became a destination for Italian food lovers in-the-know until it departed for greener pastures in Forest Hills. Comment.

Reviews: October, 2014

Dining Out

Chinese comfort food orbits downtown Flushing

Who doesn’t love dumplings? They’re a universal comfort food common to pretty much every culture. Ravioli, perogi, kreplach, manti, mandu — the list is practically endless. Comments (5).

Reviews: August, 2014

Dining Out

Blimey, eatery serves tastes of jolly old England

We chose to vacation in England this summer. The deciding factor was our daughter’s resident status in Old Blighty, but there were plenty of collateral benefits. Chief among them was the proliferation of gastropubs. Comment.

Reviews: July, 2014

Jackson Heights

Arepa Lady moves from the street-cart to the storefront

“Arepa Lady” is as famous among her customers as Wonder Woman is among comic book fans. Comments (3).

Reviews: June, 2014

Dining Out

Seoul food served with a side of funny business

We have always been prejudiced against chain restaurants. Our preconceived notion is of mass-produced caloric meals nuked in the kitchen by minimum wage workers with few cooking skills. Comment.
Long Island City

Restaurant scene hot in LIC

At a recent fund-raising event celebrating her 20th year of government service, Borough President Melinda Katz called Long Island City a model for every other community in the state. Comment.
Dining Out

Catch new addition to Forest Hills’ dining scene

Reef is the latest addition to the off-Austin Street, Forest Hills dining scene. It occupies the two-story space (street level and basement) that formerly housed Status Quo, and before that the Network Café. It features Mediterranean-style seafood, and other things, with the major emphasis on Greece and a minor one on Italy. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Stay tuned for Queens reality

Once considered the dumping ground of network television, summer months now include new scripted shows and plenty of reality TV choices. Comment.

Reviews: May, 2014


Strand Smokehouse reopens for business

The Strand Smokehouse reopened for business on Thursday. The popular Astoria barbecue joint, at 25-27 Broadway, was shuttered by the Department of Health 21 days ago after the owner interfered with a routine inspection in August. Comment.
Dining Out

Savor Italian flavors at Corona family-run spot

It’s not often that “doctor’s orders” is a reason for a restaurant visit, but my physician’s endorsement of Il Triangolo in Corona was so enthusiastic that it was positively prescriptive. Besides, it’s medicine that couldn’t be easier to take. Comments (1).

Foodies rush to Taste of Bayside

The Bayside Business Association held its 11th annual Taste of Bayside Tuesday evening at Fort Totten’s castle. The event featured more than 20 northeast Queens eateries. Comment.

Strand Smokehouse hopes to reopen next week

An Astoria businessman will find out Monday if he can reopen his popular restaurant and two bakeries that were shuttered by the city Department of Health last month. Comment.

Taste of Sunnyside set for tent under No. 7

The fourth annual Taste of Sunnyside Tuesday evening will be different than the previous three. Comment.
Long Island City

Queens Impact Awards: ‘Mama Gianna’ fights to keep Long Island City’s neighborhood feel

Gianna Cerbone-Teoli has three loves. Her family, her restaurant and her community. All three are in Long Island City. Comment.
Long Island City

Mundo plans to reopen in LIC boutique hotel

Red Sonja is checking into the Paper Factory Hotel. Comment.

Bayside’s finest cuisine to star at Totten event

Businesses in Bayside are gearing up for the 11th annual Taste of Bayside to be held next week, showcasing the diverse food offerings the area has to offer. Comment.

Foodies taste Queens at 12th annual culinary event

More than 700 people flocked to Queens Taste Tuesday night to sample food from some of the borough’s newest restaurants. Comments (1).

Reviews: April, 2014


Glendale chef has been to ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ and back

Few people appreciate a fresh carcass quite like Vinny Accardi. Comments (1).
Dining Out

Locally sourced rules the menu at Crescent Grill

“What’s a nice restaurant like you doing in a place like this?” Comment.

Belgian waffles hit Seattle before 1964 World’s Fair

Ask just about anyone who visited the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park what they remember eating, and you’ll get the same answer—Belgian waffles. This gussied up breakfast food was, indeed, the iconic comestible of the fest. But contrary to the commonly held belief of Queens loyalists, they were not invented for that event. Comment.

New restaurants flock to Queens Taste 2014

From Portuguese paella to Turkish delight, foodies will get to sample dishes that are as diverse as the borough they’re from at this year’s Queens Taste. Comment.
Long Island City

Hibino heads north to open second site in LIC

Hibino, in Long Island City, is the second location of the similarly named Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Japanese restaurant. Comment.

Reviews: March, 2014

Long Island City

Something’s brewing in Queens

While overall per capita beer consumption in the United States has gone flat, craft beers have been experiencing heady growth. Comments (1).
Forest Hills

Get your pub grub on at Forest Hills’ Flying Pig

We confess to having a weirdly superstitious belief in the laws of equilibrium. Comment.

Front Toward Enemy replaces Canz-a-Citi as latest addition to Astoria’s ‘Restaurant Row’

There is a new addition to Astoria’s ever-growing restaurant row on 30th Avenue and one of the owners believes they will stand out from the others. Comment.

Reviews: February, 2014

Long Island City

LIC architect has plans for hot restaurant scene

The founder of a Long Island City architectural firm who specializes in designing restaurants has decided to open one of his own. Comment.

Flushing eatery serves up insane mix of tastes

If you’re a gastronome, always on the lookout for the next new taste thrill, Crazy Crab ought to be on your list. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Rockaway Taco to host dinner at Brooklyn supper club

Hungry for a taste of summer? Comments (1).
Rego Park

Georgian food on your mind in Rego Park

Most of the Jewish émigrés from former Soviet republics to Forest Hills and Rego Park arrived from central Asian states of Uzbekistan and Tadjikistan. Their restaurants proliferated in the area, serving their landsmen traditional Bukharan fare of kebabs, samsa (meat filled pastries), plov (rice pilaf), lagman (beef noodle soup). Nothing wrong with that, but we were ready for something different. Comment.

Reviews: January, 2014


New way to order sushi in Astoria

Astoria’s restaurant row on 30th Avenue has a new addition with the soft opening of Pink Nori this week. Comment.

Korean seniors reach accord with Flushing McDonald’s

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) announced a truce to an ongoing seating dispute between a group of Korean senior citizens and a Flushing McDonald’s Monday. Comments (6).

Bayside eatery to offer happy hour specials

A Bayside eatery has announced its plans to launch a new happy hour schedule. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Couple returns to open LIC cafe after spending 15 years in Europe

The owners of Long Island City’s newest café are no strangers to the neighborhood. Comment.

Astoria gastropub opens

Two successful Astoria restaurant owners have joined together to create the neighborhood’s latest gastropub lounge. Comment.
Long Island City

Dominic Stiller wears many hats in Dutch Kills

Dominic Stiller wears many hats in the Dutch Kills section of Long Island City. Comments (2).
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