Queens dining

A four-leaf clover just off the beaten path
A four-leaf clover just off the beaten path
Dining Queens Courier Staff 6/22/2013 at 11:27AM

One of Astoria’s best-kept secrets is Stove, where Irish-born chef and owner Declan Cass serves British-inspired dishes – the fish and chips are a textbook rendition – alongside inventive New American cuisine to offer something for everyone. The narrow, sconce-lit restaurant is just far enough off the beaten path to feel secluded and special, yet [...]

Pizza pies and pasta cakes
Pizza pies and pasta cakes
Dining Queens Courier Staff 6/14/2013 at 4:27PM

At Tufino Pizzeria Napoletana, each pie has its own personal story. One is inspired by chef and owner Stephen Menna’s grandmother’s meatballs, another by his favorite festival as a kid and yet another by his neighbor, who suggested adding raisins to a prosciutto pie. Naturally leavened dough is gently hand-stretched and falls loosely down the [...]

The restaurant Sandy built
The restaurant Sandy built
Dining Queens Courier Staff 5/24/2013 at 5:37PM

It is only a spring roll, but I have somehow rapidly devoured three of these crispy golden fingers before realizing I have yet to dunk one into the accompanying chili sauce. The delicate wrapper crackles and gives way to a steaming center of al dente glass noodles, tiny slivers of carrot and sweet lumps of [...]

Tabletop BBQ at Sik Gaek
Tabletop BBQ at Sik Gaek
Dining Queens Courier Staff 5/11/2013 at 2:48PM

“Oh, that’s probably too much food,” the server warns in a refreshing moment of honesty. “Most dishes are intended to serve three to four.” He then reaches under the table for an invisible switch, and flames appear. The restaurant is Sik Gaek, and the booths are tucked under tin awnings reminiscent of a back alley [...]

Something fishy at JJ’s Asian Fusion
Something fishy at JJ’s Asian Fusion
Dining Queens Courier Staff 5/05/2013 at 2:31PM

“I like to add a twist, a touch of new, modern ingredients to make regular sushi become more fun,” explains Philip Chen, the executive chef of JJ’s Asian Fusion, as he personally delivers the appetizer to the table. “Sushi of such high quality and flavor doesn’t need any soy sauce.” Chen went on to detail [...]

At Ornella, you are home
At Ornella, you are home
Dining Queens Courier Staff 4/26/2013 at 12:39PM

“Now this is the real fusilli, not like the spiral stuff… this is so much better…” smiled Giuseppe Viterale as he proudly placed the masterpiece on the white linen before me. His deep, melodic voice is as thick and comforting as the Bolognese sauce blanketing the long coils of fresh pasta. Half the joy of [...]

Nothing shady about this lady
Nothing shady about this lady
Dining Queens Courier Staff 4/19/2013 at 4:31PM

Opening a new restaurant in New York City can pose countless unforeseen bumps in the road, but the worst is when someone mistakes your new restaurant for an actual speed bump. Last week, a hit-and-run motorist did precisely that, driving his truck directly into The Shady Lady, which recently opened on the corner of 30th [...]

Salt & Fat: Raising the bar
Salt & Fat: Raising the bar
Dining Queens Courier Staff 4/13/2013 at 3:54PM

BY BRADLEY HAWKS It arrives at the table resembling a toddler’s attempt at a sandcastle.  A simple prodding with a fork and a cautious bite later, however, yields sensations—textures and flavors simultaneously familiar and exotic.  Those grey pieces of down are actually shaved Hudson Valley foie gras, rendered light and feathery, cloaking a heaping mound [...]

East “meats” West at Honoo Grill & Noodle
East “meats” West at Honoo Grill & Noodle
Dining Queens Courier Staff 4/05/2013 at 8:55AM

BY BRADLEY HAWKS When 9-year-old Samuel Lu’s family moved from China next door to the family of 10-year-old Ben Lam in Flushing, a lifelong friendship was started over some good old-fashioned rounds of hoops after school. Lu’s father had been a chef at a five star restaurant in the Guanzhong region of China, and while [...]

The Thirsty Koala brings Queensland to Queens
The Thirsty Koala brings Queensland to Queens
Dining Queens Courier Staff 3/30/2013 at 12:43PM

BY BRADLEY HAWKS The Thirsty Koala, Astoria’s new Australian restaurant, brings Queensland to Queens. Adorned with indigenous artifacts like boomerangs and didgeridoo (a long woodwind instrument) among vibrantly lit blonde onyx and pinewood-planked walls, the new menu reads like a comestible glossary of Australian terms, from jaffles and crosti to kakadu, kumara, and even kangaroo [...]