Queens cuisine

C’est magnifique
C’est magnifique
Dining Queens Courier Staff 11/30/2013 at 8:26AM

French cuisine is oddly one of the most difficult cuisines to find in Astoria, especially when it comes to table service. As a matter of fact, it could be argued that until last month, one solitary restaurant served a croque madame. Luckily the opening of Francis Café marks the second bistro in Astoria, presently open [...]

Ben’s Best: A New York classic
Ben’s Best: A New York classic
Dining Liam La Guerre 11/24/2013 at 11:30AM

While many kosher delicatessens around the country have come and gone, Ben’s Best in Rego Park has remained a staple in the neighborhood for nearly 70 years, using one simple rule. Owner Jay Parker, a Rockaway native, makes certain the restaurant is a master of one trade. The menu at the eatery has not changed [...]

A taste of Portugal
A taste of Portugal
Dining Queens Courier Staff 11/09/2013 at 9:14AM

A few blocks east of the Cross Island Parkway, Mateus offers a taste of Portugal. Entry is through the bar, which I noticed was well stocked with more than 100 different bottles of wine from all over the world but most from Portugal. Hosted by Ilidio Chaves, the dining room is modest in size with [...]

The menu is a ‘Katch’
The menu is a ‘Katch’
Dining Angy Altamirano 11/02/2013 at 2:04PM

Step away from your average sports bar food, music and experience — and take a trip to an Astoria spot that will truly “Katch” your attention. Since opening in May, Katch Brewery & Grill has settled into the heart of the community and is now in the middle of becoming an entertainment bar that will [...]

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 [...]