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janie | Feb 27, 2008 08:24 AM

Babysitter watching toddler, husband and I want some inexpensive great lunch spots that have a lunch special menu in Queens that we can hit a couple times a week: Anywhere in Queens is game. Please elaborate any favorite menu items and why it's a good value. Also, indicate parking or travel tips if relevant. Wish Sripiphrai would create a lunch special menu, but they don't have one. Can't wait to hear your suggestions!!!! Thanks!

Let me start the list with 2 good ones:BEST BET IN QUEENS for food quality and value is hands down:

SPICY AND TASTY in FLUSHING (excellent Szechuan) $6 lunch specials
-great assortment on menu to choose from:
my favorites: shrimp or squid in spicy turnip sauce, squid with celery
-great stuff from the cold appetizer bar 1 order enough for 2 to share---as extras to order--my favorites: cold sesame noodles, or noodles in red chili sauce
-big portions
-comes with complimentary white rice, soup (which can sometimes be sort of the funky side--good for the adventurous), and a mini appetizer special--my favorites of the giveaways are the diced pickled stringbeans, spicy turnips, sauteed stringbeans, potato and hot pepper slivers
-fast service and convenient municipal parking lot 1 block away

Another pretty good value, is CORFU (Greek) in Forest Hills, although I think their quality and portions have slipped a bit in the past year. But regardless, it's $5.50 and you get a good choice of entrees, Favorites are the chicken kebab and Befteki, comes with greek salad, rice or lemon potato and a very good chicken soup. Good tzaziki and oiled pita. They put alot of olive oil on everything and sometimes this can be sort of one the heavy side---little place, sometimes the climate inside can be uncomfortable too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer. But, they try hard and owner is very nice and accomodating.

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