Tag Archives: Queens

Greek Seafood Fare at Akrotiri (Astoria, NY)

[Translate] I am aware I don’t write much about Queens since I feel sometimes Manhattan or Brooklyn has a lot more interesting restaurants shaking up the food scene. But I’ve recently eaten at Akrotiri since I have friends who live nearby and thought might as well check out this Greek seafood restaurant. (more…)

Solid Dinner at Crescent Grill (Long Island City, NY)

[Translate] Exterior of Crescent Grill; At the bar; Paintings by Elinore Schnurr for LIC Arts Open at Crescent Grill This past week was the start of Long Island City (LIC) Arts Open. One of the venues that was exhibiting solo art exhibitions was interestingly, at Crescent Grill. Crescent Grill is a new restaurant that also have an art gallery at the front half of the restaurant called Dougherty Gallery that it mixes and supports the local artists, like Elinore Schnurr seen above, and have very good food if you want to settle in for a meal. Crescent Grill stands out..

Good Fortune Restaurant (Flushing, NY)

[Translate] This past Saturday my parents, younger brother and I managed to meet up for dinner at Good Fortune Restaurant in Flushing, Queens. Since everyone is grown up and have their own schedules, it’s harder for us to meet up as I’m busy with work (hello, board meetings), my CPA accountant brother with tax season, and my parents (well, they are always busy). Good Fortune is a banquet hall style restaurant that serves very solid Cantonese food. It’s in the sweet spot of being casual that most families are able to go out there every week (and there’s a large..

Food Tasting at the US Open (2013)

[Translate] At the USTA Tennis Center in Flushing, NY; Assortment of Grey Goose cocktails and Moët & Chandon Champagnes; Chefs Tony Mantuano, David Burke, Masaharu Morimoto, Jim Abbey and Elizabeth Karmel participating in providing their food to the various restaurants and food areas of the US Open This is my third year covering and tasting what the U.S. Open will be serving at their food courts and restaurants. Not a huge amount changed for the past two years (see: 2012 and 2011) that I’ve seen and ate. Chef Morimoto’s ginormous sushi platter; David Burke’s NY Minute Steak Salad and Grilled..

Cannelle Patisserie in Jackson Heights, Queens, NY

[Translate] Cannelle Patisserie – Exterior, Interior, One of its refrigerated pastry displays, and the St. Honorés Cannelle Patisserie is one of the hidden patisserie gems tucked in Queens. Whenever I do walk through a few neighborhoods in Queens – Flushing, Long Island City and Astoria – they tend to be bakeries that sell mediocre, run-of-the-mill layered sponge cakes filled with whipped cream and fruit or “ghetto” bakeries that look very questionable that I don’t even want to step my foot in there because the place looks so run down. Cannelle is nothing like that. It’s clean, bright, and have lots..

SriPraPhai Thai Restaurant in Woodside, Queens

[Translate] SriPraPhai’s exterior and interior; Our glasses of Thai iced tea and Thai iced coffee SriPraPhai has been the highly touted Thai restaurant in the New York City area ever since 2004 or so. I have admit, I did not venture out to SriPraPhai until this past weekend. It’s a pilgrimage to head out to the middle of Queens where public transportation is relatively limited and you’d have to walk through blocks of ethnic shops to find this understated restaurant. Thankfully, when my dining companion and I arrived there about quarter past noon on a Sunday, it didn’t have a..

101 Taiwanese Cuisine, Flushing, Queens

[Translate] Menu, Interior and tea with edamame served on the side On a recent Saturday, a friend and I went to Flushing, Queens for grocery shopping. Starving and craving for something different than dim sum, we thought of having Taiwanese food. My friend suggested 101 Taiwanese Cuisine as there’s word around that it’s pretty good. The restaurant is located a block away from the hustle and bustle of Main Street, not far off from the 7 train station, making it a bit more serene than most establishments who are on it. Two things I’ve noticed when we entered were how..

Dim Sum at Grand Restaurant

[Translate] On the morning of Chinese New Year (which was Sunday, February 10th) my family and I carried on the tradition of having dim sum as the first important meal of the new year. We chose Grand Restaurant due to my mom’s curiosity of this place. This restaurant is located in the New World Mall and it is really is a huge place. Har gaw (蝦餃) and Shu mai (燒賣) We started with har gaw (蝦餃) and shu mai (燒賣) which symbolically means happiness and wealth from the Chinese word shrimp. (Ha sounds like one is laughing.). These dishes were..

Lunch at Kum Sung Chik Naengmyun

[Translate] Restaurant signage and our banchan spread On a recent chilly Saturday afternoon, my family and I craved Korean food and decided on eating at Kum Sung Chik Naengmyun (interestingly enough, their sign reads Geum Sung Restaurant). Hearing good things from friends about this and remembered that this restaurant’s specialty is generally cold noodles, we thought it would be an interesting change from our norms of Chinese food at home. Entering this restaurant, it is traditional in the sense that it is mostly decorated in warm blonde woods with tabletops that has covered gas burners for Korean-style barbecue. The waitresses..