This post is my username and with good reason. If anyone knows of anyone looking to open up a restaurant with interesting food made from fresh high-quality ingredients, please tell them, "Glendale is hungry."
My partner and I moved to Glendale about two years ago and while we love our house, our neighbors, the pumpkins and herbs we grew in our backyard this summer and that we can walk to and from the L train, we realize now just how spoiled we were back in Astoria when it came to restaurants.
In Astoria we were either close to or reasonably close to Sunnyside, Woodside, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Long Island City, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, etc. So, as you all know, we therefore had easy access to a number of amazing ethnic and inexpensive places to eat.
We have a few gems here in Glendale or nearby Ridgewood (Artisanal Ice Cream on Myrtle Ave. - unfortunately only open from May to September, Bosnian Burger on Fairview Ave., two Muncans Meat locations on Myrtle Ave. and on Seneca Ave.) but almost everything else is either ho-hum (ok-but-not-unusual pizza), dated (think vegetables from a can), or downright weird (how about cold sesame noodles sprinkled liberally with granulated sugar? - I kid you not!).
We've tried most of the tried-and-true restaurants in our neighborhood that people always mention and, without naming names, frankly we don't see what all the fuss is about.
To give you all a better idea of what I miss, here are some of the restaurants that I wish were a lot closer to Glendale: Egg (Williamsburg), Georgia Diner and Mie Jakarta (Elmhurst), De Mole and La Flor's (Sunnyside), Le Tournesol (LIC), Kebab Cafe (Astoria), Valdiano's (Greenpoint), Donovan's and Sri Praiphai (Woodside).
Yes, in Astoria we were spoiled. Horribly horribly spoiled. But I still think that Ridgewood and Glendale are untapped markets for a restaurant like Egg or Donovan's or really good Mexican like De Mole. Hey, there's already a sizeable Mexican/Dominican/Puerto Rican community that straddles the Ridgewood/Bushwick line but I haven't been able to find any good Latino restaurants so far unless I go down Wyckoff Ave. all the way to the tortilleria factory on Starr St.
If anyone has any new restaurants in Glendale/Ridgewood that they love, please let me know.
Glendale is hungry...