Thursday, November 03, 2005

Queens restaurants I *can* afford

OK, the entire list of Michelin-listed restaurants is now available on-line! Here are the entries for Queens:

Water's Edge 44th Drive Long Island City
Malagueta 25-35 36th Avenue Astoria
Brick Café 30-95 33rd Street Astoria
Piccola Venezia 42-01 28th Avenue Astoria
Tournesol 50-12 Vernon Blvd Long Island City
Sripraphai 64-13 39th Avenue Woodside
Sapori D'Ischia 55-15 37th Avenue Woodside
Jackson Diner 37-47 74th Street Jackson Heights
Trattoria L'Incontro 21-76 31st Street Astoria
718 Restaurant 35-01 Ditmars Blvd. New York
Taverna Kyclades 33-07 Ditmars Blvd Astoria
KumGanSan 138-28 Northern Blvd. Flushing
Bann Thai 69-12 Austin St. Forest Hills

Excellent. Of these, I've been to Brick (OK), Tournesol (very good), Sripraphai (very good, if you like incredibly spicy), Jackson Diner (very good), and 718 (very good, but Lil Bistro 33 on 36th Ave. has better food for the money).



At 3:48 PM, Anonymous Ben said...

What about Ubol's? That used to be the only Queens resturant listed in Zagat's a few years back. Is it still around?

At 3:53 PM, Blogger Harlan said...

Yes, it is. It's moved, and apparently it's gone way downhill. It's certainly not the best Thai food in the area any more. On the other hand, it is the only Thai restaurant that plays terrible karaoke videos of 1970s hippie pop music as you eat your pad thai! It has some decent dishes, but is not outstandingly creative or intruigingly authentic. For Thai in Astoria, I recommend the brand-new place on 31st St., a block or so North of Ditmars, or Arnhem Thai, on 36th Ave and about 33rd St. And by far the most hyped Thai place in Queens (in New York City, actually) is Sripraprai, in Jackson Heights.

At 12:16 PM, Blogger Marc said...

Is Taverna Kyclades a Greek restaurant? Are any of the others on the list? I'd love to find a good, cheap Greek restaurant in Queens the next time I am in NYC (next month).

At 1:05 PM, Blogger Harlan said...


Yes, Taverna Kyclades is a Greek seafood place. It's very popular and very crowded. It's not cheap for Astorian Greek, but it's certainly cheap for NYC seafood. I'd also recommend, for Greek, Agnanti, which is on Ditmars and like 14th St, right next to Astoria Park. They have a wider selection of non-seafood items, which is good for people like me who can't get all that excited about seafood...


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