We recently moved to sunset park and many of the tips I got off of chowhound outerboroughs were really delicious and helpful making our adjustment to the neighborhood very pleasant- THANK YOU! Especially Ba Xuyen (of course), Penang Island, Gia Lam, Kai Feng Fu (and even the new thai restaurant was okay)
Some have been disappointing, though. Like Ricos Tacos. (The triple fried chicken filling is too greasy, I think. ) And Tacos Metamoros, which has a nice ambiance but the food is very bland. And finally Johnny's Pizza (see NYtimes 'culture wars') did not meet expectations- tasted to me like mediocre junk food.
I wanted to share some yummy tips I discovered on my own and then ask for any more suggestions you might have to offer.
8th Ave Seafood (@ 8th and about 44th or 45th) has really yummy bao (steamed pork buns). It makes a really good, cheap lunch and you don't have to sit down and order. I actually have never gone all the way in. But at the pick-up counter by the entrance you can get the steamed bao- 3 for $2. I think they are tastiest with soy sauce drizzled on top.
And diagonally across from the citibank (52? and 5th ave) there is a Mexican bakery that has AMAZING donuts. The sugar donuts are made there in the store and they are lovely and only cost about fifty cents. Truly gourmet quality donuts. The sugar coating is crunchy and the donuts are not stale or overly greasy. they are light and fresh. I had one on the fly last week and can't stop thinking about it.
Finally, the tamale and juice stand on 5th ave between 40th and 41st on the east side of the street. The stand is next to a pharmacy I think and built into the facade of a bodega....kind of weird, I know. But the chicken tamales are insanely delicious. They are very spicy and when combined with a fresh squeezed orange juice the combo makes for a clean tasting, lovely lunch. (This is probably the best tip I have)
But still have not found a good pizza place or a nice sit-down mexican restaurant. Or a good coffee place (not into ba xuyen's chicory coffee)
Are there anymore sunset park tips out there???????? I would love to get more good suggestions.
Thanks and best wishes