The linguini with clam sauce at Ariel's in Sunnyside (on 46th St., just north of Queens Boulevard) just keeps getting more and more wonderful (probably because we give the cooks so many opportunities to practice making it). They currently offer a great pasta special after 8:30pm--$10.99 for a salad, pasta and dessert.
It's sad at how empty this small treasure of a restaurant is. Like the better known La Flor in Woodside, this place is run by an ambitious chef who worked as a cook in several upscale Manhattan restaurants. This tiny place is his pride and joy, and it usually shows in his cooking.