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The Q58 -- the other international express


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The Q58 -- the other international express

Eric Eto | Apr 17, 2002 01:58 PM

I recently discovered a new version of an international express in the Q58 bus line. The Q58 runs from Ridgewood to Flushing. From where I am in Elmhurst, this bus provides the easiest access to Flushing (though the transfer to the 7 isn't so inconvenient either). The bus originates/terminates in Ridgewood (also close to Glendale) where there are plenty of German and Italian places (Zum Stamtich, here I come!). From there, the bus cuts up Fresh Pond Ave through to Maspeth on Grand Ave (past Iavarone's Fresh Meat) and as it approaches Queens Blvd, you can stop at the Indian-Chinese places (Chopsticks, Tangra Masala), and it'll put you a block away from a couple dim sum places (Ping's and Harbor City). And Target is a couple blocks from there. Grand Ave becomes Broadway on the north side of Queens Blvd, and now you're in the vicinity of a decent Chinese market Kam Lun (but even better for the steam table fare during the day), and El Molino argentinian bakery. If you get off at the corner of Broadway and Corona Ave (where the bus makes its turn) then you're a block away from David's Taiwanese and New Kim Tuong and about three blocks from the heart of Elmhurst's "asiatown". As the Q58 makes the turn onto Corona Ave, within minutes, as you approach Junction Blvd, you'll hit a great south american area with an argentinian bakery (I believe the source of Jayask's favorite empanadas), Rincon Criolla (the steakhouse), and the argentine pizzeria, not to mention a few Peruvian places in the vicinity, and a Mexican place (one of the Chinita Poblanas). Then on an empty stretch just past Junction, there's a little italian bakery i hadn't noticed before. A bit further up, if you get off at National St, then you're within a couple blocks of good tacos at La Espiga, and one of the Casa de Pollo Peruanos, among other things. Then the bus weaves it's way up Corona Ave towards the Italian section of 108th. A few pork stores and salumerias and the Lemon Ice King are right there. Then the bus hops on the LIE and onto College Point Ave, passing by a (colombian?) empanada place (near Sanford St), and past the Western Beef market, adjacent to Home Depot, and then towards Main Street. I won't mention all the stuff there, but you get the picture.

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