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New pizza shops & restaurants in Queens

flo220 | Jan 3, 2010 07:24 PM

The following places recently opened in Queens:
Pizza Palace Cafe in Forest Hills (63-60 108 Street) is under the Vaad of Queens. It serves sushi (has a sushi chef there making the food in front of you), pizza, breakfast foods (eggs, pancakes), soups, nachos, bourekas, calzones, garlic knots and varying main courses. All of the food we have eaten there (and we have been there 5 times in the past month or so) has been good. The sushi is fresh -- they even have yellow seaweed. It does get crowded there but they are open late, particularly on Saturday night, so if you go in off hours it easier to find a seat. They also deliver. They still don't have menus which makes it harder to order-- the choices are just written on boards -- but supposedly that is coming soon.

(Rumor has it that another Grill Point will also be opening, after Passover, in Forest Hills on 108 Street in the location previously occupied by McDonalds.)

L'Bella Pizzeria & Restaurant in Kew Garden Hills (69-26 Main Street) took over Angelos, which was on the same block as the now closed Caffecino (formerly Burger Nosh). They have split the store into 2 separate stores -- one is a pizzeria -- serving pizza (standard ones, specialty pizzas and white pizzas), salads,whilles (not even sure what that is), rolls and hot dishes like ziti, lasagna etc. We did not eat there, but my son did and said it was fine but nothing special. The other half (enter by a second door at the corner) is a sit down white tablecloth restaurant. They have a sushi chef and also offer a variety of fish and pasta along with brick oven pizzas and some soups, salads and appetizers. We got the bruschetta which was too hard, the ravioli, which was fine, nothing special, and the eggplant rolatini which was very good. Service was good. We got there early for dinner (around 5:30) and it was fairly empty but it was filling up by the time we left. I would try it again if I wanted dairy pasta or fish.

Finally we noticed some new restaurants on Main Street around 71 st Road (the Max & Mina block) -- a shwarma place selling shwarma for something like $5.55 -- seemed dark inside. Then there seems to be a donut place opening next to it. Not sure if it is already opened during the day or not.

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