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chow walking tours in Brooklyn and Queens

Buford | Mar 6, 2002 08:52 PM

A while back I posted a message asking Chowhounds to help me plan a tour of the major chow epicenters of New York. Chowhounds responded with an abundance of information, and I've attached a link to the thread.

I have now gathered together the information that everyone contributed, and I have summarized it all below, organizing all of the notes under the different names of neighborhoods: first Queens, then Brooklyn. (The only bits I've left out were a few passages whose New York code language I couldn't decipher.) I have decided not to trek to any chow epicenters in Manhattan, because I'm already familiar with the ones that people mentioned, or the only epicenter that people mentioned in The Bronx, namely Arthur Avenue, because its subway connections aren't very good. Nobody mentioned anything in Staten Island except one Indian area in passing.

Please, dear Chowhounds, can I ask you to look through the walking tour itineraries that I have sketched below? I would greatly appreciate further details to make the instructions useful to an out-of-towner: specific subway stops, specific streets and intersections and compass directions, correction of any errors, filling in details where they are sketchy, etc. Additional specific suggestions about restaurants and shops etc would be great, as well as advice about priorities.

I will gather everyone's insights into another, more refined set of walking tours. Hopefully the result will be useful to other visitors to New York.

Much appreciated!

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Astoria, Queens
Mediterranean and Brazilian
N line Astoria line to last stop, Ditmars Blvd
an elevated train, good view of some of the older parts of Queens
Ditmars Blvd is the hub of Astoria
largest Greek neighborhood
places to go in, buy baklava, feta cheese, etc

Woodside, Queens
Filipino and Irish
61st street #7 stop is about 20 minutes from Grand Central Station
from the 61st St to the 69th St Stations of the 7 train
Also along that path you pass the much discussed Sripraphai Thai restaurant.
excellent authentic-feeling Irish pubs, but they do not serve food
though Kilmegan's has a restaurant and separate pub with live music weekends

Richmond Hill, (borough?)
Indian restaurants
intersection of Atlantic Ave and Lefferts Blvd
mostly Sikh Punjabi
the food is great and one of the best values going for Indian in NY
typical of a trend toward neighborhoods going regional
e.g., Coney Island Ave is Pakistani, Staten Island is Sri Lankan
Bellerose/Oakland Gardens is South Indian/Keralan
also has a Guyanese neighborhood, along Jamaica Avenue

Jackson Heights, Queens
Latino and Indo-Pak
epicenter starts at #7 train 74th street stop, to about 82nd st
#7 is above ground to just before the last stop
alternatively, get there on the E or F trains from Manhattan
more South American between 74th and Junction Blvd stops
Krystal's Filipino (for their wild purple pastries)
big Korean Supermarket n. side of roosevelt just east of the BQE (what's that?)
groceries and snack stands in the 74th St/37th Ave (1 block N. of Roosevelt)
Delhi Palace
Dimple for Indian Snacks/chaat and the Subzi Mandi for groceries/produce
Queens' Broadway crosses Roosevelt at 74th - follow it east a bit
farther in that direction (F line?), come to Elmhurst, another good chow spot
Follow Roosevelt instead of Bway -> fascinating hispanic stew

Greenpoint, ?

Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
R train to 86th St
interesting vital ethnic melange, with greek, middle eastern,irish,
scandinavian, italian
3rd Ave. also has a big shopping strip with many mideast stores
Karam on 4th Avenue/86th is my first food choice in that area
Leshkos bakery on 5th in the 70s is a now-rare scandinavian

Flushing, Queens
Chinese and Korean
#7 subway to last stop, Main St
be sure to ride at the front of the train and look out the window
starting from the intersection of Main Street and Roosevelt Avenue
start walking west on Roosevelt Ave. (towards Shea Stadium) for a block or so
you will be in the heart of Flushing's Chinatown
dim sum restaurants, bakeries, markets, etc
Chinese etc esp. on the side streets along the NW side of LIRR at Main Street
I would go out of my way to sample the Korean in Flushing
"travel E/NEeast/ from the downtown area, generally up to and along
Northern blvd, find a lot of good Korean restaurants"

East Flatbush, Brooklyn

Midwood, Brooklyn
Jewish and Islamic

Brighton, Brooklyn
Q train
pontchiks - bried bread, like a big savory doughnut with fillings
boardwalk down to Coney Island - with the Brooklyn Aquarium
M & I International, Russian food, Brighton Beach Avenue
pierogi are excellent
all types of fish, baked goods
Mrs. Stahls knishes

Chinatown, ?Brooklyn?
Ocean Palace and Jade Palace
much has been posted about new Vietnamese spots
8th between 61st and say 53rd
N train?
not as compelling or glossy as that in Flushing or Manhattan
turkish cluster at 60th Street
best bahn mi in the city at 55th at 8th (an dong) and 60-61 and 7th (ba xuyen)

places I'm not going

Arthur Avenue, The Bronx
doesn't have good subway connections
figuring out the Metronorth train is beyond my tolerance for complexity
closest stop is Fordham road on the D line
"bus that goes along Fordham Road, the Bx 12, which you can catch from the
207th stop on the A or the 1, the Fordham stop on the D or the 4, or the
Pelham Parkway stops on the 2 or the 5."

I won't be going to any of the chow centers in midtown/downtown Manhattan
because I'm pretty familiar with them. But here are the ones that people

Koreatown, Manhattan
between 7th Ave & Broadway from around 30th to 33rd streets
but Korean restaurants in Flushing are better in quality and value

Chinatown, Manhattan

Curry Hill, Manhattan 20s

East Village, Manhattan
6 train to Astor Place and walk SE

Lower East Side, Manhattan
Grand Street, Chinatown -> Little Italy -> Jewish places farther east
Orchard Street, Jewish stores
Russ and Daughters, Jewish appetizer store


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