Dining

When offal is far from awful
When offal is far from awful
Dining Queens Courier Staff 10/12/2013 at 1:43PM

Mombar is settled in the middle of a segment of Steinway Street known as Little Egypt.  Twenty years ago it was just a copy shop, on a stretch of road filled primarily with Greek and Italian businesses.  Its transition to one of the most talked about destinations for Southern Egyptian cuisine probably played no small [...]

Soup dumplings: The best things come in small packages
Soup dumplings: The best things come in small packages
Dining Queens Courier Staff 10/05/2013 at 11:40AM

As the autumn chill gradually grows in the air, so too does the desire for warm comfort foods.  While a whole steaming bowl of soup may still be just a bit too much, why not try a slider version?  Sound absurd?  Then you definitely need to stop by the Nan Xiang Dumpling House in Flushing, [...]

Vivaldi: Life begins anew
Vivaldi: Life begins anew
Dining Queens Courier Staff 9/27/2013 at 8:25PM

It’s had several reincarnations but Vivaldi has got it right. The beloved Cafe on the Green was a go-to place for fine food, wonderful ambiance and a warm welcome from operator Joe Franco. Now, it’s Billy Pappas at the door and around the room mingling with patrons. The site overlooking the Throgs Neck Bridge is [...]

Greek Donut = Gronut?
Greek Donut = Gronut?
Dining Queens Courier Staff 9/21/2013 at 9:08AM

Manhattan may have the famed cronut, Williamsburg may be rapidly catching up with the newly hyped ramen burger, but Queens has its own fare. Loukoumades have already been dubbed the unofficial donut of Queens. She doesn’t call it the Gronut, but Katarina Davoultzis makes her own version of loukoumades—a traditional Greek donut — every single [...]

Roka rocks!
Roka rocks!
Dining Liam La Guerre 9/14/2013 at 6:21PM

Stepping inside Roka Turkish Cuisine feels like drifting across the Atlantic Ocean, far from bustling Metropolitan Avenue to the Mediterranean. Co-owner Anet Dulger, who grew up in Istanbul, inherited her cooking style from her mother and sisters. She created a menu based on her upbringing and uses imported Turkish ingredients to draw out authentic tastes. [...]

The real deal: Smokin’ Aces BBQ
The real deal: Smokin’ Aces BBQ
Dining Queens Courier Staff 9/07/2013 at 7:26PM

If the BBQ at Smokin’ Aces in Douglaston were any more authentic, it would be illegal in New York City. But here it is, in view of the platform at the Douglaston LIRR station. Executive pit master Brian Tolsano and staff serve up an outstanding American menu, in a smart space with a great old [...]

Jollibee is Jolly Good
Jollibee is Jolly Good
Dining Queens Courier Staff 8/30/2013 at 12:28PM

Strolling under the No. 7 train along Roosevelt Avenue, a long line of anxious customers queue up along 63rd Street.  The draw is a pop restaurant from the Philippines known as Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC). Jollibee has been a popular fast food chain since its inception in Quezon City, Philippines in 1978.  It now has a [...]

Jamaica puts on its bib for newcomer CityRib
Jamaica puts on its bib for newcomer CityRib
Dining Queens Courier Staff 8/24/2013 at 11:39AM

As you approach 89th Avenue traveling along Parsons Boulevard through the heart of Jamaica, you cannot help but take immediate notice of the pristine white and tinted glass façade protruding from the Italian architecture of the Moda building—formerly the Queens Family Courthouse.  It is Jamaica’s newest sit-down restaurant, CityRib. CityRib arrives on the scene as a [...]

A diner, and so much more
A diner, and so much more
Dining Queens Courier Staff 8/16/2013 at 2:55PM

Did you ever go into a diner and feel like it sparkles? That’s how I felt when I entered the totally redesigned and renamed Fabulous Nevada Diner. Fortunately, the redo was done by the owner of the Georgia Diner a few blocks away. Attention to detail is evident from the moment you enter and your [...]

Tantalizing Turkish for under $10
Tantalizing Turkish for under $10
Dining Queens Courier Staff 8/09/2013 at 12:40PM

It is a storefront you would walk past hundreds of times without noticing.  The clean white-table clothed interior is equally unassuming.  But the lunchtime crowds at Turkish Grill on Queens Boulevard are not simply there because of the $8.95 lunch special that includes a starter, entrée and soft drink.  The Mediterranean cuisine here is straightforward, fresh, [...]