I know this seems like one of those "I haven't read the board but where should I eat posts" - and maybe it is, but it's not meant to be - I've done a lot of perusing, but am a bit overwhelmed, due to my general lack of knowledge. I'm trying to encourage my husband to be more adventuresome about where we eat (what he eats is not an issue - he'll try anything) and so we've made a pact to try one restaurant in each of the outer boroughs before Memorial Day. He tends to go for upscale places (due to his aversion, among other things, to plastic chairs outside a restaurant, and a need for substantial silverware - but I'm interested in ignoring those parameters for this quest), but I'd like to be able to identify a great place (preferably not French or Italian - and not places like River Cafe or Peter Luger's) in each of the outer boroughs for us to try - that is not particularly upscale, but more adventuresome.
So, I guess my question is, if you would recommend one place in your borough to try, what would it be? We have a car, so transportation is not an issue.
Thanks in advance for your help in this quest! Oh - and pointers to threads that would be useful are certainly appreciated.