5 stars all the way! I came here for a birthday dinner the other day. We did things family style and had them bring in whatever and every dish they served was absolutely amazing!!
Food - Superb! All of the dishes they served us was fantastic. The baked clams, soft shell crab with fried sardines, lobster, lamb, pasta, pizza, seafood salad, and desserts were all heavenly delicious!
Drinks - We had a few bottles of Pinot Grigio and some of us had several bottles of Peroni beer. While we were having our desserts, they also brought us a bottle of Sambuca, Lemoncello, and another liqueur I can't remember.
Service - The best and the most friendly! From beginning to end, all of the waiters here are extremely friendly. They made all of us felt very welcomed. The service here is absolutely outstanding. It has to be one of the biggest highlights here other than their delicious food.
Verdict - If you're a open minded person when it comes to food, have them bring you their kitchen to your table. You will definitely leave Patrizia's with a full stomach. If you're one of the picky types, go home and order from Dominos. If you love great Italian food and desserts, this is your go to spot. Your first experience here will be a memorable one!
I ate here once recently and its a fairly decent restaurant in Flushing, Queens.The head chef is a old school guy from Taiwan. There are some pretty traditional dishes on their menu. Don't expect chicken wings, fried wontons and french fries from this Chinese restaurant.
Food - Tasty, flavorful, and nice portion. I came in here a little late so I only got to eat the leftovers and from what I've tried, everything was pretty well cooked.
Drinks - Tea, water, soda, and I think only 2 kinds of beer which were Budweiser and some other crap.
Verdict - If you could find parking then give this place a shot. If not, then it's not worth the trouble because it took me a good 20 minutes or so to find parking in this area of Flushing. If you're from Flushing or a commuter by train or bus, give it a try. It's a small restaurant but they dish out pretty good stuff. It reminds me of an old Taiwanese restaurant (80's to mid 90's) that use to be in Jackson Heights on a corner of Baxter Avenue. It was a super tiny restaurant that delivered excellent food.
400th review goes to Du Bois Pastry! This bakery has been around for a long time in Elmhurst. The pastries, cookies, pies, fresh loafs of bread, croissants, and cakes are traditional and delicious. They have a great location on Broadway. It's located right in between two major train stations in Elmhurst (Grand Ave Newtown and Elmhurst Ave) and they have a parking lot. DO NOT park in Walgreens' lot! I've seen some customer vehicles get towed a few times. Their parking lot is around the corner of St. James Ave.
Pastries - Freshly baked everyday. They make this weird knot looking pastry and it's really good and inexpensive.
Cookies - My FAV! They have a very nice variety of cookies on display. I remember as a child, I would come in here and get half pound or sometimes a full pound of cookies and just munch away on the walk home. Their almond cookies are heavenly!
Cakes - They make a great strawberry shortcake and tiramisu. The strawberry shortcake is what their known for. The cream and fresh strawberries is delightful but their tiramisu is really good too. It's hard to dislike tiramisu. The ladyfingers are delicious! I usually alternate when getting cakes from Du Bois. The thing I like about Du Bois' cakes, it's not overly sweet. Places like Martha's Country Bakery and Carlo's Bakery, it's just a sugary overdose in my opinion. I like sweet but not obese sweet.
Pies - Another one of my favorites would have to be their fruit pie. Excellent crust topped with mouth watering fruits and there's some type of tasty custard inside.
Service - Excellent! It's a real bakery that produces a lot of goods everyday. The bakers been here for a long time. They're brothers and they are really friendly people.
Verdict - It's a great bakery in Elmhurst. For them to be around this long, they definitely know what their doing. There's not much competition around here. There are plenty of chinese bakeries in this area of Elmhurst but it's a whole different type of selection. At chinese bakeries in Elmhurst, you're getting laxative laced buns and complete cakes that are just made out of cream and old fruits. If you're looking for a good quality bakery in Elmhurst, Du Bois is your best bet!
Bangin!! Straight up Bangin!
Villa Brazil is literally just around the corner from my friend's house. The food is amazing for it's price! If you enjoyed eating at Green Field Churrascaria or Master Grill back in the day, you are definitely gonna love this spot! The layout is kinda like a buffet/salad bar. They have several dishes to choose from in those 2 sections but where you really wanna go is to their kitchen window where the meats are. Right next to the window is where they grill up their goodies. The grilled meats they have are just to die for. They have mouth watering hanger steaks, ribs, chicken hearts, and more. Just ask the guy what you want or if you don't know what you want, just have him show you what he has available and you can sample a piece to see whether if you like it or not.
They charge by the weight of your platter so don't fill yours up with the cheap stuff. First I added a thin layer of rice, skipped everything else and went straight to the kitchen window for the meats. I got beautifully sliced steaks, a giant piece of rib, and a whole bunch of chicken hearts. To top things off, I added a few pieces of yucca because it's light and delicious. With the amount of meat I got, it came out to only $12 and change!! My friend's platter was almost double of what I had and his was only $17 and that's because he loaded up on rice and yucca.
Beverages - They got some Made in Brazil Guarana soda (pretty delicious, $2), about 3 different beers, and some American sodas like Coke, Ginger Ale, etc.
Verdict - Simply amazing. If you want desserts, they have plenty of sweet stuff by the register too. I'm definitely coming back here again soon for their hanger steaks. Perfectly seasoned and cooked to perfection. I haven't had such a great meal for such low price in quite some time. The yuccas here are nice and crispy, the rice is okay, just go for the meats! It won't disappoint! You're gonna eat like a champ over here!
Tip - According to my friend, don't go on Wednesdays because the man behind the grill is off. Some other guy works that day and he doesn't man the grill as well as the other dude.
I'm no stranger to this bakery. We come here quite often for their cannoli cake which is delicious btw. Their cream is good and the cake is nice and moist. So lately, we've been coming in here and trying their pastries and I must say, most of it kind of disappoints.
Napoleon - Not bad but not entirely good either. There's no "wow" factor. The cream is good but there's too much of it.
Lobster Tail - Again, the cream is good but this time the lobster tail itself tasted over done and a bit old. Some parts of the tail tasted burnt. The cream tasted the same as the Napoleon.
Mini Cream Puffs - For a dollar, it's okay. It's not the same cream they use in their lobster tail and Napoleon. Its almost like a Bavarian cream with a pudding texture. It wasn't bad.
Verdict - Visually, the stuff looks good but the Napoleons and Lobster tails weren't very impressive by taste. Another downer in this bakery, they don't sell slices of cake. If I wanted their delicious cannoli cake, I would have to buy the whole thing! Sometimes I just want a slice of it so that I can satisfy my cravings.Cannoli cake is crack! They have the most amazing cannoli cake I have ever tasted. The sponge in… En savoir plus
500th review goes to Sakura Ya Japanese Market!
I walk and drive past this market almost every single day. It's right off Ascan Ave and Austin St. I finally stepped foot inside for the first time a few days ago and was pretty pleased to find one of my favorite Japanese candies (Hi-Chew) for a cheap price. A single flavor stick of Hi-Chew is only 99 cents! The variety pack is $1.99! In Manhattan or in Williamsburg, I usually see single flavors priced at $2.50 or more.
I walked around the store for a bit, saw a lot of Japanese brand products obviously. They sell a variety of Japanese crackers, chips, and more candy. Towards the back, they have a different kinds of instant ramen, and noodles. There's also plenty of Japanese hair care products as well as skincare. In their fridges, they carry some pretty awesome beverages that you won't find in any other asian markets. I saw some commonly found Sapporo and Kirin beer but also saw other ones that I have never seen before. They also sell Calpico and a few other sweet drinks that I enjoyed when I was kid.
The owner and the employees are all definitely Japanese. It's not a Chinese or Korean market that is posing as Japanese. The service is very nice. They're very well mannered, respectful, and just super polite. The aisles are a little cramped and I could see that they're constantly working on something but Sakura Ya is a real gem in this area. It's not everyday where you can find yourself a legit Japanese market in New York. I've been to one in Astoria years ago, and the other would have to be Mitsuwa. It's pretty nice to have a small Japanese market in Forest Hills. If you're in the area and like Hi-Chew as much as I do, check them out. They got some pretty bangin unique flavors.
When I think Bayside, I think Press195. Service, food, beer, ambiance is incredible and I'm not exaggerating. I've been coming here for years and I always leave pretty satisfied. It's money well spent.
I originally wanted to stay in tonight and just watch some NFL games but since neither the Jets or Giants made the playoffs, I decided to invite one of my colleague's to dinner at Press. My colleague is from Shanghai, he came here for just 3 months to help out our office but anyway, he's been wanting to experience a real american style restaurant, good burgers, beers, and all that because he's sick of all of the fast food chains overseas. We both decided to try Press195's new Hawaiian burger w/ salad. Our burgers were medium cooked, juicy, tender, and very flavorful from the pineapple, onions, and sauce. To make the burger even better, there was a slice of canadian bacon and I love my canadian bacon! I also had to order their belgian fries w/ Traphagen's honey jalapeno mustard. The fries were excellent. Just how I like it, crunchy and crispy. My colleague's reaction to his first bite of fries and burger was a kodak moment.
Belgian Fries: "Omg, these fries is nothing like McDonald's!"
Hawaiian Burger: Just a true nod of satisfaction. No words were needed to describe the flavors that were bursting in his mouth, just a simple nod signified the tastiness and excellence of Press195's burgers.
Drinks - I ordered a Ballast Point Victory at Sea on draft. I think it was a porter. It tasted very nice. It had a very fresh coffee-like aroma along with some hints of vanilla. It goes down really well and it has a very nice finish.
Service - Superb! Busy night, still seated within the first 5 minutes we arrived. Our server Marielle is a real sweetheart. She's really polite and great at multi-tasking during such busy dinner hours.
Verdict - If you haven't tried Press195 by now, you're missing out. Press195 is a real gem not only in Bayside, but for all of Queens. I may be a skinny american but I know a good burger and sandwich when I taste one. I've traveled to many places in the U.S and tried numerous amount of burgers and Press195's classic burger could easily be one of, if not my favorite burger. Press195 also offers the best panini sandwiches. Forget that panera bread crap. I use to come here just for their panini's but my jaw can't handle ciabatta bread anymore. #30, 35, and 38 still remain my favorites on the menu.This will be my 4th update for Press195. I finally tried one of their burgers and it was pretty darn… En savoir plusWow! Came here yesterday for lunch and boy howdy was the food and beer here great. I haven't been… En savoir plusStill very delicious but the service was slackin when I came last Saturday afternoon for lunch with… En savoir plus
Finally had Lebanese food for the first time and I must say it was really delightful. I consider Wafa's another gem in my neighborhood. The food tasted great and service was excellent.
Appetizer - We ordered their appetizer special of the day which was some kind of rice, almost like risotto wrapped in a leaf. Very unique taste. At first, I didn't like it but after a few more, I was eating them as if I was popping pills. It has a really strange sour but yet a hint of bitter taste. It's difficult to describe. I don't think it's a dish for everyone but I certainly enjoyed it.
2 orders of Spinach Pie (2 piece per order) - The pie was great. Good size and nicely made.
Hummus - Awesome. Very smooth texture, love the garlic taste, and the pita bread was good too.
Mousakaha - Another type of dip. Consist of eggplant, chickpeas and garlic sauteed in olive oil and pomegranate juice and also served with pita.
Lamb Shawerma - Excellent. Perfect size, great ingredients, great taste.
Kefta Kebab - This would be my choice next time. It's charcoal grilled ground beef and lamb, parsley, onions and spices. Served on pita with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles and tahini sauce. The meat was very tender and juicy. The Lamb Shawerma was good but I wasn't too crazy about the red wine, vinegar combination with the meat and pickle. I didn't hate it but after trying the Kefta Kebab, I prefer Kefta Kebab over the Lamb Shawerma, that's just my personal preference.
Drink - They have a few decent beers. None of that beer pong lager stuff. But from my understanding, they use to have BYOB everyday, now it's only Wednesday. So I'm definitely coming here Wednesdays from now on. I ordered a Abita Light which came out to $6 bucks, I'd rather save money and get beer from the deli next door.
Dessert - BAKLAVA! Sweet and Sticky!
Service - Superb! Both waitress and waiter were extremely polite, they had great timing with the food, great recommendations, and they're just really sweet.
Verdict - I'll be back! BYOB Wednesday, I'll see you in two more days!
"Wow that sh*t was good!", those were the words that kept coming out my mouth throughout the drive home.
A buddy of mine who's from this area has been telling me about Los Verdes, Los Verdes non-stop over the past month so I finally gave it a shot today and it did not disappoint! The food looks and taste a whole lot better in person so please don't judge by the photos.
Food - The Verdolaga burger is a beastly burger! This came to me as a real big surprise because it consist of a few things I usually hate.
1. Sesame burger bun - I generally hate most sesame buns but at Los Verdes it works. It wasn't your commonly found cheap burger buns from Deli and Grill spots or Fast Food joints. The quality of the bun was great. Firm and toasty.
2. Chicken breast - Ask any asian, most of us hate white meat unless you're a fitness/health fanatic. We like our legs and thighs. By now, you're probably asking yourself "What? a Chicken burger?" and the answer is nope! That's not all!
I usually dislike eating chicken breast. I don't mind eating it but I won't enjoy it. In this case, the chicken breast in this burger works! Chicken breast was nice and tender, not over cooked, and not super dry.
3. Ham - I like ham but was never too crazy about it but...in this case, it works!
4. Burger Patty - Excellent. Nicely cooked (I asked for Medium), Juicy patty, great flavor.
5. Bacon - Self-Explanatory. Bacon is bacon, that stuff is crack! Nuff said.
All topped with pebble size chips which I like to refer to as "sprinkled crack", mozzarella cheese and cole slaw! Now is that a burger or what?! It also comes with wavy fries which I also usually hate because it reminds me of crappy soggy school and white castle fries. But the fries here were actually legit! Golden crispy fries!
We also ordered a chicken quesadilla which was also great. They weren't cheap with the cheese and it was also topped with sprinkled crack. Freakin delicious!
Drinks - Ordered a Blackberry juice w/ no ice. Good taste, didn't taste watered down.
Service - Excellent. Our waitress was very friendly and fast with our order.
Verdict - By far the cleanest restaurant I've been to in long time in this part of Queens. Freakin place looked spotless. The restroom was super clean and even had a TV in there. There are plenty of flat screen TV's that run along the walls in the restaurant. If you haven't been to Los Verdes yet, make sure you bookmark it and order their Verdologa burger. You will have an orgasmic experience running through your mouth! I'm putting this burger on top of my list. As of now, this is my favorite burger of all time.
For the record, this will be my second review of Jack & Nellie's because my first 5 star review was apparently flagged for not following guidelines. Well... screw the sensitive cry babies! Here's another review without insulting the group of obnoxious hungover loud mouths who sat next to us during brunch.
Food - Below are all of the things we've tried during different times we've been here. If my original review wasn't flagged and removed, this would of been my updated one.
Eggs Benedict! - Eggs are perfectly poached, great Hollandaise sauce, good hash browns. Perhaps my favorite dish on their menu. I order this almost every time I'm here.
French Toast w/ sliced bananas - Delicious! Sweet and tasty. Bread wasn't soggy or drenched in oil.
Omelette - Ordered 2 different omelettes here before and unfortunately I'm unable to specify what was in both omelettes because I don't have my original review as a reference! From my pictures, I think one was with spinach and if I'm not mistaken, there was feta cheese in there. It was a nice healthy dish that came with a side of fresh fruits. As for the other, I can only remember ordering it for my mother in-law and I did not get the chance to taste it. I don't want to give any false information, I'll check out their menu again next time and provide all of you guys a nice update.
Corned Beef and Hash - Pretty good. Served in a bowl with a poached egg. It was slightly salty but overall, still a good meal.
Breakfast Burger - Nice portion, great taste, good price and it was filling!
Steak and eggs w/ fries special - Bangin! My father in-law enjoyed it. Pretty nice piece of steak. In my photo, the eggs kinda cover the steak. Take my word for it, the steak was pretty fair size for a breakfast platter and for it's price.
Drinks - Mimosas and Bloody Mary's! The mimosas comes with a slice of strawberry and some blueberries in the bottom of the glass. As for the Bloody Mary's, they offer two types. Virgin Bloody Mary and one with sake. I've tried both and wasn't too thrilled with the sake one. The sake tasted weird to me in the Bloody Mary. Even though there was no alcohol in the Virgin Bloody Mary, it tasted a lot better. It was nice and peppery.
Service - Entire staff is very friendly. We never waited long to be seated. The waitresses here are very sweet.
Music - This is probably the best part and my main reason of coming to Jack & Nellie's for brunch. They offer live music during brunch hours. They usually play some soothing acoustic stuff, guitar, violin, double bass, mostly string instruments.
Verdict - Hands down, my favorite brunch spot in Forest Hills! They do it all here for brunch. You get the total package. Good food, good drinks, good music, good service, and good prices! Menu is short and simple and they occasionally have specials. You can't ask for anything more out of a place like this. Jack & Nellie's is a real neighborhood gem in my book.
Wow, it has already been 5 years since I bought my Schwinn and two folding bikes from Spin City! Time has really gone by and Spin City has moved out of Forest Hills and into Rego Park. They're still on Queens Blvd, just on the opposite side. A lot has changed since. The new store looks great. The displays, floor room is a lot spacier than the old store. The owner Jimmy is just as I remembered. He's a really nice guy and great with customers. It was good seeing him today.
Update on the bikes I purchased from Spin City 5 years ago.
Schwinn Cutter - Still in good shape! I came in today to have my front tire fix. Rode through a puddle yesterday in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The puddle was right by the ramp by one of the bridges over GCP. I just arrived at the park and this happened. It took almost an hour for me to walk home! The frame of the bike is a bit heavy and the original saddle had to go pronto. It's still a fun commuter and joy ride bike.
Dahon Folding Bike #1 "Boardwalk" (Single Speed) - Still in excellent condition. The handlebar grips needs to be replaced. They can get a bit uncomfortable. The saddle has been replaced recently. I originally purchased this bike for my grandmother but she passed away from cancer shortly after I got it for her. Hopefully she's up there riding her bike joyfully through the clouds.
Dahon Folding Bike #2 (With gears) - Completely busted and rusted. I originally bought this for my mother's birthday but she never rode it. So I took it to college briefly, didn't ride it much myself and decided to loan it to my roommate after I left. My roommate kept it outside, it sat through rain and snow. By the time my roommate returned my bike, it looked completely brown and disgusting. He tried brushing off some of the rust but it'll never look the same again. When I loaned this bike to my roommate, it was in pristine condition. It's now sitting in another friend's garage rotting away. Money well spent.....
As for Spin City, they carry a variety of bikes. Mostly Specialized, Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, and a few bmx and children bikes. They sell a variety of bike accessories, clothing, helmets, and shoes. They also have some pretty great specials on their bike repairs/maintenance services. You could also rent bikes from Spin City.
Verdict - If you're living in this region of Queens, Forest Hills, Rego Park, and Elmhurst. This is could be your go-to bike shop. The guys at Spin City are very knowledgeable, helpful, and guys like Jimmy are genuinely friendly and not trying to scam or hustle any customers into buying something they don't need. I'd be more than happy to come back to Spin City to purchase another bike in the near future. And another big reason I prefer coming to Spin City over other bike shops in this Queens region is because Spin City is really neighborhood friendly. Customer service is vital and whenever I go into Spokesman Cycles or other bike shops, I always feel neglected. I'm not a cycling fanatic like some of my relatives and friends but come on, a little customer service would be nice. Spin City Cycle offers that and that is a huge reason why if you live in this area, you should make this your designated bike shop for maintenance/repairs, questions or concerns, and purchases.The guys here at Spin City are pretty chills. The owner and workers here are friendly and helpful… En savoir plus
Royal Collectibles is awesome. It's been here for a long time and I finally stepped inside to check out their stuff. They have it all! Comic books, new and vintage toys, movie merchandise, sports memorabilia, trading cards, posters, figurines and statues, and an entire basement dedicated to even more toys! It's a well put together shop that has plenty of merchandise to sell. I grew up in Elmhurst and the only comic book store around my neighborhood at that time was "Comic Quest" next to Elmwood Theater which was short lived. I always knew there was a comic shop on Metropolitan Ave whenever my old man would drive by, but as a kid, how am I suppose to get there on my own from Elmhurst without any parental supervision right? Well, as a grown man now and exploring their inventory for the first time. I felt like a 5 year old boy all over again. The stuff on their main floor is cool but what really caught my eye were some of their old school toy biz Marvel action figures downstairs. Those really brought back memories. I saw several Spider-man action figures I once owned. There were also a lot of WWE toys but didn't see much of the old school WWF "Attitude Era" Jakks Pacific toys that were made of rubber plastic.
They have a wide range of figurines and statues in the back room. They have DC, Marvel, baseball legends, and more. The guys at the shop are friendly and welcoming to new customers. I follow Royal Collectibles on Instagram and they sometimes have contests, raffles, and event info. They had free pizza when the new TMNT movie came out. How cool is that?
Verdict - Check it out! Whether if you're a serious fan boy, an enthusiast, a collector, or just a kid. Browse around and I'm almost certain you'll find something to buy and cherish. I was also told years ago that they had autograph sessions with some former Pro Wrestling superstars. I haven't heard or seen any here lately but if they have any of those again, I'd be more than happy to show up at one of those events.
This is my third time here and this time was just as good as the first and second time, perhaps even better. On weekdays, the BBQ and buffet price is tough to beat. The variety of meats they come out with is absolutely amazing. All sorts of beef, pork, chicken, lamb, you name it, they pretty got it on a stick. What was really good was their garlic bread. Yes, the garlic bread! They served it hot and ready on a stick, perfect cubes of fluffy garlic bread. Pinch the garlic bread cubes together with some of their skirt steak or other meats and you'll find yourself wanting more.
The service is always great but the guys who come and serve the meats are sometimes impatient and a bit moody and rude. Our waitress was really nice, our beverages came out almost right after as soon as we ordered them. What I didn't like is how they assume that you're finished with your beer or cocktail and they take it away with the quickness. Before you could tell them that you were not done with that, they've already speed walked their way away from your table.
Verdict - Still one of my favorite places to dine in. Some of the meats were somewhat salty but it's okay. The chicken hearts needed to be grilled a little longer. They were too soft and squishy for my taste. I'll certainly come back again. The meats here are pretty consistent and the short ribs and skirt steak are always my top choices when coming to Rio Grande.Amazing food in a Holiday Inn Express of all places! Rio Grande Churrascaria is amazingly good.… En savoir plus
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