Restaurants & Bars 3

Queens idyll

steve drucker | Jun 4, 2002 05:29 PM

Nirvana last weekend while visiting from Atlanta...

--Corona Hts Pork Store Chicken Parmesan hero;
--CHPS owner Rosemay sent us around the corner to Maselli's Grocery (1-1/2 blocks south on 108 st) for real--not mix from a box-soft serve vanilla ice cream
--Pizza Margherita at Corona Pizza, across from CHPS, IMHO of this Queens boy as good as it gets
--Lemon Ices at the Lemon Ice King (palate cleanser...)
--Leo's Latticine for great hero with hot and sweet peppers...who sent us two doors south on 104th st to
--A new bakery where the baker, 'Stasi', is from the now closed bakery across from CHPS; excellent sfogliatelle, good butter cookies, just getting going now having been open about two weeks.
--Jackson Hole Diner breakfast, twice--it was near our LGA hotel: exc pancakes, fresh fruit waffles, real maple syrup, and home fries.
--Vespa, on Northern Blvd at city line. Exc mains and pasta: Pappardelle with mushrooms, Veal Chop, Calves Liver Veneziana, Guinea Hen, Polente Bolognese, good baked clams and salads. A dollar or two more expensive than mid-priced, and worth it.

And finally, Sripraphai. We've posted lots to Chowhound, and thanks to everyone's posts--found some great places to go almost everywhere.

I have to tell you, everybody, that Sripraphai is flat out the ne plus ultra of Chowhound finds.

This is as fine a meal as the four of us have ever had anywhere, price or cuisine no object. I think we set the record for per person check average, as we ordered and ordered and ordered, and ate and ate and ate. Most everything was superb, a very few things were merely very good.

My advice: if it looks good order it. If not, order it on the next visit. Definitely try the pumpkin custard dessert--mounded onto a quarter of a roasted acorn squash. And bring your own beer. And don't show up at 8:45 Sat nite like we did. In fact, skip Sat nite altogether. We were initially told, sorry, no room at the inn, we close at 10:00. It was only with fast talking, begging, and much smiling and explanation that we had come all the way from Atlanta that we were grudgingly slipped in, the very last party to be seated at about 9:30.

What a treasure, and a kitchen to trust!

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