We went out for brunch and stopped at a diner in LIC. When they showed us out table it was inside and the place was packed (i mean full 100% capacity) we were also sat deep inside. We noped out of there and i'm so glad. We ended up at Madera a cuban restaurant. It was fantastic. The staff was so nice and the food fabulous. With ample sitting both inside and outside.
We had what was like a sweet plantain pancake stuffed with pernil (roast pork) eggs, guacamole. And a "not pressed" cuban sandwich. Both delicious.
I will definitely come back to try more of the menu. They seem to have live music some nights of the week.
At least 21 people are hurt as hundreds of firefighters continue to battle an 8-alarm fire in Queens that erupted at an apartment building shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday, the Fire Department of New York City said.
Zam Zam is a fusion place that bills itself as "Mediterranean" there are items in the menu such as falafel, greek salad etc.. but there are desi and afghani choices as well.
We got afghani chicken kababs served with rice, salad, beans and curry beef. Mango lasi, garlic naan and three sauces (hot chili, cilantro, and a cream/ mayo) the presentation/ plating is beautiful and the food amazing
72-27, 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
It is a Burmese (Myanmar) place. It is tiny and downstairs in the subway entrance via diversity plaza. It's a bizarre location. They opened about 6 months ago. It's been a struggle opening during a pandemic but they are making do. Also their hearts right now are heavy with the terrible violence going on in Burma. The coup d'etat is a current topic of conversation.
There are many good choices and cakes. Besides grocery items and snacks.
We got a curry beef that was outstanding, and cow feet stew that was amazing. We ordered two sides of rice. And a coconut cake that was heated for us and was outstanding. We sat at the plaza.
Oh... and don't be afraid to point and ask. If you are an adventurer eater like me be prepared to insist about a dish. They tried to discourage us from getting the cow feet stew.
Be ware that the place is tiny with the (normal) flow of foot traffic outside. It can get a bit crowded
If your are uncomfortable (and also want to help keep them safer) you can call, or order then wait outside for your order to be prepared.
I'm very happy to have another option in the neighborhood.
Beef rendang (slow cooked beef in coconut curry) , roti canai (coconut curry with potato and chicken served with a hot crispy roti) and Hokkien Udang Mee (noodles with shrimp, pork, fish cake, boiled egg)
At Taste Good. One of my favorite Malaysian places in the area. I usually skip the chinese side of the menu.
Kare Kare (oxtail stew in a peanut based sauce, accompanied by a shrimp based sauce) kaldereta (stewed beef) and sizzling chicken adobo over caramelized onions. And "the Kusina Dessert Trio Sampler" ube/halaya, leche flan and cassava cake
Kusina has a very similar menu to the places next door. Classic dishes from the Philippines. But they are done as a higher end scale, to call it something.
Boishakhi Restaurant, Ozone Park NY, the second outpost of the much-beloved Boishakhi Restaurant in Astoria, opened in the middle of the pandemic – the steam table packed with an abundance of Bangladeshi dishes is well-suited to takeout. Read more about this family-run business in our latest dispatch: https://culinarybackstreets.com/cities-category/queens/2021/boishakhi/
The second outpost of a family-run Bangladeshi restaurant, Boishakhi in Ozone Park, Queens, serves up a wide range of meals, many of which feature fish.
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Gov. Cuomo announced Friday that New York City restaurants can reopen at 25% indoor capacity on Valentine's Day.
Home of Burek...
Burek is a phyllo dough pastry filled with meat or spinach, potatoes , cheese.
It can be rolled into a pastry or made like a pie. This place sells them by the slice. I screwed up and ordered two meat slices i should have gotten one of each. But that means i have to go back to get more. They came right out of the oven crisp and super hot. Very delicious....
Burek... "are baked filled pastries made of a thin flaky dough such as phyllo or yufka, typically filled with meat. It is found in the cuisines of Western Asia, the Balkans, the South Caucasus, the Levant, Central Asia, and other parts of Eastern Europe"
Please remember that restaurants are still struggling to survive. Some are closing today. La Nueva closed at 3 p.m. if you order food be patient, give them time to prepare and deliver your food and tip well your delivery person. Cash if possible! They are out there risking everything to keep the city running.
Above ground trains were suspended at 2 p.m that means the 7 train here in Queens.
The are a couple of street vendors out there that are open.... amazing. (At least when i walked about, at 2 p.m)
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Mariachi in days of quarantine
I rode my bike to chinatown Manhattan. The area is almost completely shut down except for a few street vendors. I went to look at the stands only to find a full mariachi band playing! How surreal, fantastic, happy, crazy.
It was the birthday of one of the vendors who is married to a Chinese lady. They have the most adorable baby.
The mariachi was wearing facemasks with the mariachi logo on them.
I actually cried a bit. It was the most NYC scene, crowd, street for a few minutes. We sang a long then i moved on and forgot to pick up some fruit.
Sorry about the shaky video.
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