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Bowne Street in Flushing

Lisa Antinore | Apr 1, 2000 07:09 PM

The low-carb thing met its inevitable demise a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been on theyum-yum trail ever since specifically on the walk home from the school where I teach to the buses in d/t Flushing with slight detours on Bowne Street- bountiful Bowne as I've come to refer to it. I think I may have posted about Izabel’s Russian Delicatessena while back ( 42-24 Bowne Street/ Flushing), but it deserves another mention. Inaddition to the outstanding, individually-wrappped, ridiculously underpriced Russian chocolates that EVERYONEbegs me to pick up for them (chocolate covered apricots, plums, cherries, and myfavorite- walnuts all of which are manufactured in America by Golden chocolate inBklyn), I can now report that Izabel’s sells every ChowHound’s favorite, big, roundperfect-for-sopping-up-lamb-soup Uzbekestani bread delivered straight from the RegoPark’s kitchen’s clay oven each morning, mind-boggling chocolate covered cheesemounds studded with golden raisins for .50 a pop (think cheesecake goudas) and fantastic,addictive, massive , manhole-cover-sized bowl-shaped matozh-like thangs seasoned withwhole cumin and caraway seeds. The latter are stacked precariously atop the back delicounter where the lovely owner, Bella, says they can remain uncovered for over a weekwithout any problems. They’re $1.25 each and are fantasic to use with a bean dip of somekind mounded in the centers. I’m addicted and have managed to learn to haul about six at atime on buses and trains without cracking them. It takes lots and lots of scrumptiouspractice. Further down Bowne Street, past Dosai House and around the corner from the Sikhtemple on 45th Avenue is my new favorite massala dosa joint- Bownie Restuarant (143-05 45th Ave- 463-8621). The take-away menu says its specialty is Indo-Lankacuisine. At $2.50 a piece the dosai are the cheapest I’ve ever had in New York. They arealso the crispest, and most assertively seasoned. The potatoes are curried perfectlywith bits of minced green chili pepper and browned onion chunks and best part is thatthe filling is generously plopped inside and not just reserved to the dead center like atmost places. The sambar is richer and more flavorful than at any of my other spots. Insidethe refrigerated display case among the curiously diplayed CDs and phone cards (!!!) aredelicious potato rolls ($1.00- the same seasoned potatoes rolled into a thin, tucked-uproti, kind of like a Pakistani knish) and what seem to be Chinese roast pork buns but areactually stuffed with a spicy combination of mackerel and chili peppers. Very differentand delish... The do-it-yourself- nacho-cheese kits that are sold at the counter just add tothe strange ambience of this place. Considering it’s just down the block from the schoolwhere I teach, my colleagues and I have become regulars. The chef/owner, Nagendiram,says he makes Malaysian and Indonesian food with advance notice but we’ve yet to takehim up on it. Hopefully soon. Stop in for a snack.I'm off to bake my fiance a Reeses Pieces banana chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting. Viva los Carbos!Hope everyone is happy and full,Lisa

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