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Restaurants & Bars 3

Steinway Street

Jim Leff | May 15, 1999 12:12 PM

continued from the "Where Can I Find Even Decent Chinese in Astoria?" thread...

"Last time I was down that way I ate at the new Argentinian steakhouse"

I hear it's not so good...what did you think?

Inevitably on that block, I leave restaurants wagging my head woefully and saying "I shoulda gone to Ali's". And I usually go by to tell him that, too (he loves it when people do).

How do you feel about Mundanza (spelling?), the Egyptian seafood place on that block? I keep hearing raves, but it smells so badly of old fish that I can't bring myself to eat there.

Best single non-Ali food on the block, I think, is the wonderful mint tea (with the perfect touch of orange blossoms) at Little Village. Oh, and the fenugreek tea at the Egyptian social/shisha club opposite Kabab Cafe is pretty great too...and wonderful cookies, when they have 'em.

I find that new Lebanese sandwich/lahambajin place on the corner of the south end of that long block extremely disappointing, though amusing for the fact that its lahambajin tastes but EXACTLY like a White Castle burger.

(oh, for those who don't know, "Ali" is the chef/owner of wonderful kabab cafe, a great Egyptian hole-in-wall on Steinway Street just south of the Grand Central)

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