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Parkside’s “Queens Insiders” Share Their Favorite Spots

Veronica Ng, Vice President

Kung Fu Xiao Long Bao - Soup Dumplings (Flushing) The soup dumplings come out piping hot with perfect soup/meat/skin ratio. My go-to orders are the shanghai pan-fried noodles, sautéed string beans, and stewed ribs. Dishes are not overly salted, service is efficient, and space is clean.

Jardin De China - Chino Latino (Corona) - A staple in Corona, it’s a delicious mix of Chinese and Latin food that my family has been coming to for years. Chicharron, steak and onions, beef lo mein, maduros, and their hot sauce are my favorite. No frills spot with friendly service where most staff speaks Chinese and Spanish.

 

Evan Stavisky, Partner

Utopia Bagels - The best bagels in the city, hands down, don't @ me. That may be a bold statement, but it's true and even Grub Street agrees. Like Queens and a lot of the best places to get food in the borough, it's unassuming. From the outside, It looks like a big storefront in a small shopping strip on Utopia Parkway in Whitestone across from the Clearview Gardens coop. But the huge lines running out the door on the weekends are your first indication that you're onto something. Bagels are about the right texture, the right flavor, and the right schmear—Utopia does all three perfectly.

Whit's End - Head to Rockaway for some great food. Remember, it's not far, not hard to reach. When you get there, look for Chef Whitney Aycock, who is a colorful character and a culinary mad scientist with a singular mission of bringing great food to the Rockaway Peninsula. He's known for his pizzas (which are outstanding) but don't overlook the non-pizza options (which one of my friend's claims are even better). Keep in mind that Whit's End isn't your typical neighborhood slice place (definitely don't try to order pizza by the slice). It's a destination for serious Pizza snobs and Rockaway surfers alike. Get the Cavolini, with brussels sprouts, guanciale, fior di latte cheese, and pecorino. You'll thank me later.

Agnanti - There are so many great Greek restaurants in Astoria, it can be hard to choose. You can't go wrong with Taverna Kyclades, but ever since it was discovered by the city at large "nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded" to quote the wise man. My personal choice is Agnanti, located right across the street from Astoria Park. Great food, of course, but rather than the noise and crowds that you'll see a few blocks east on Ditmars Boulevard Agnanti smaller, quieter, and more enjoyable. Sitting outside with the park, water, and bridge across the street, is not just more peaceful, it makes the whole experience better. And, the fireplace in the winter can't be beat. Just save some octopus for me and some taramasalata for my wife.

 

Spencer LeeManaging Director

Khao Kang - A Southern Thai-style steam table spot in Elmhurst, those who know say it's as legit as one can find stateside. All I can say is that it's among the tastiest takeout food I've ever had. Not every dish will feature easily recognizable flavor profiles to the uninitiated, but that's half the fun.

Farine Bakery - This fairly new Jackson Heights bakery also serves brunch and breakfast plates. The absolute star of the bakery is the Kouign Amann - a pastry of unrivaled decadence and deliciousness. One can't complain about the spicy buttermilk chicken sandwich either.

Bon Appétit! We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

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