of Queens Old Faves 2008
|Kabab Cafe is located in the heart of Little Cairo.
For over a decade the Kabab Café in Astoria
has delighted hungry food lovers with mouth-watering
Egyptian food at this unforgettable neighborhood
Situated on Steinway St., in the heart of 'Little
Cairo', Kabab café, run by the El Sayed brothers,
Ali and Moustafa, make a point to prove that gourmet
flavors can still be served up with vibrant passion
at great prices.
The brothers have earned a deserved reputation
as venerated culinary fanatics for their perfectly
spiced, reasonably priced, high quality food.
Probably the best thing on the menu, aside from
not being able to go wrong with any kebabs-chicken,
beef, lamb-is the traditionally-cooked, slow roasted
lamb shank. The meat is expertly seasoned and
marinated to perfection, creating an oozing, falling-off-the-bone-delicious,
meat eating experience.
Kabab Café also offers delicious, fresh salads,
unsurpassed humus and amazing semolina honey cake
For more information, call (718) 728-9858.
TV and movies studios in western Queens are a
favorite of mine. Kaufman Astoria Studios
and Silvercup Studios, at which such TV
shows as The Sopranos, Sex & the City, and Sesame
Street, and movies as Scent of a Woman, Moonstruck,
and The Manchurian Candidate were filmed. These
studios with such a storied history continue to
flourish today, earning western Queens the nickname
of "Hollywood East." I have worked hard to ensure
that western Queens remains a prime locale to
film, securing its reputation as a cultural hub
and bringing revenue and jobs to our district,"
said Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D- Astoria.)
sports fans enjoy catching a game at O’Neil’s.
Freddie's Tire Center, located at 128-10 Merrick
Blvd. in Jamaica. Yes, that is a third
O in poor and the owners of the establishment,
the Dill family, have resided in Queens since
they were poor.
The tire center has been servicing the community
for more than 30 years. It is your one stop shop
to anything car related, but a flat tire is their
specialty. Their motto, "We love to fix flats.
Park in Bayside one of the largest
parks in Queens and has been a favorite for quite
some time. It was assembled in 1928 to 1944 and
was occupied by the Dutch and British until the
American Revolution. Annual events include The
Big Apple Circus, the New York Philharmonic and
the Metropolitan Opera. It is located near Francis
Lewis Blvd. and Union Turnpike. For more information,
Parkside Restaurant in Corona -
the perennially booked Queens classic - is still
a favorite spot for traditional Italian-American
cuisine. Classic old-world styling and world-class
service meet Queens prices at this old favorite.
"The atmosphere is nice, the owner is just a gentleman,
perfect host, and the prices are within reach
of an average family," State Assemblyman Anthony
Seminerio (D-Glendale) said. The restaurant is
located at 107-01 Corona Ave. For more information,
call (718) 271-9871.
The Queens County Farm Museum in Floral
Park has quite a history. Its 47 acres of
land have been around since 1697 and is now open
year-round, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays to Fridays.
It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekends.
The museum aims to educate the public about Queen's
agricultural and horticultural past and present.
The museum is located at 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy.
For more information, call (718) 347-3276 or visit
State Senator Serphin Maltese (R-Glendale) named
Queens Theatre in the Park in Flushing
an "Old Favorite."
"For nearly two decades they have consistently
offered a variety of entertainment and programs
that appeal to all ages and tastes," Maltese said.
"With Jeff Rosenstock as the architect and planner
of the QTP, there is always something new and
interesting, including the Legislative Revue,
which my wife Constance and I have enjoyed participating
in with my fellow elected officials to help raise
money for the theatre."
For more information, call (718) 760-0064 or visit
Meadows-Corona Park was first designed in
old favorite for borough denizens is the lush
and welcoming Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
Situated on 1,255 acres right in the middle of
the borough, the park has been a great outdoors
destination for anyone in need of fresh air and
inspiration since it first opened in 1939.
Within the park are several of the borough's most
famed cultural institutions. These include The
Queens Museum of Art, The Queens Theater in the
Park and the Queens Hall of Science.
First constructed in 1939 as the site of the worlds
fair, the park hosted the event again 25 years
later in 1964.
Not only is the park perfect to stroll, run or
bike around, it also is a great cultural destination.
With the US Open tennis tournament held at the
Billie Jean Tennis Center and Shea Stadium within
walking distance, Flushing Meadows Park is a standard
favorite destination for Queens residents.
The park also just received a $66.3 million aquatic
center, including an Olympic-sized indoor pool
and an NHL regulation-sized skating rink. The
facility, utilized by schools, leagues and community
members of all ages, is the largest recreation
complex in any New York City park, at 110,000
AMC Loews Cineplex Fresh Meadows 7 - Located
along the Long Island Expressway, AMC Loews Cineplex
Fresh Meadows 7 began as Century Theatres in 1949
as an enormous auditorium and has since transformed
into a seven-screen multiplex. The theater is
located at 190-02 Horace Harding Blvd. For more
information, call (718) 454-6800 or visit www.amctheatres.com.
|Maspeth sports fans enjoy catching a game at O’Neil’s.
Restaurant is the ultimate spot for Maspeth
sports fans. Grab a pizza or a steak to go with
your OTB ticket and keep your fingers crossed.
"George O'Neill is a gentleman personified," State
Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio (D-Glendale) said.
"The steaks are excellent." O'Neill's is located
at 64-21 53 Dr. For more information, call (718)
Although Ralph's Famous Italian Ices has
three locations in Queens, the Floral Park
stop has been a neighborhood icon for years. Open
seasonally during the summer, this ice cream and
Italian ice establishment has long been appreciated
as a corner-side destination to cool down and
hang out. With moderate prices and the type of
atmosphere that appeals to any age, this Ralph's
location is sure to remain a neighborhood summertime
favorite. Ralph's is located at 264-21 Union Tpke.
For more information, call (718) 343-8724.
owners of Zum Stammtisch take a seat in their
German-Bavarian dining room.
|German food at its most authentic is served at Zum Stammtisch.
neighborhood staple, Zum Stammtisch Restaurant
in Glendale is the best place for a real
European experience without leaving the borough.
A German-Bavarian restaurant that receives rave
reviews from patrons and food critics alike, this
moderately upscale establishment is the perfect
departure from your everyday eatery. The combination
of the most authentic German cuisine this side
of the Atlantic with the restaurant's extensive
beer and wine selection has kept patrons coming
back for decades. The restaurant is located at
69-46 Myrtle Ave. For more information, call (718)
386-3014 or visit www.zumstammtisch.com.
The Black Spectrum Theater in Jamaica.
A staple in the community is closing on its 40th
year in Queens. Its prominence is so evident that
Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis saw fit to leave their
voices reverberating in the theater. The star
couple welcomed callers to the theaters answering
machine. The theater has provided a forum for
actors with big dreams to do their thang. The
theater is located at 1107 Merrick Blvd. For more
information, call (718) 723-1800 or visit www.blackspectrum.com.
The Music Zoo in Little Neck is
operated by Queens native Tommy Colletti, The
Music Zoo opened in 1993 and has been known to
cater to Little Neck residents with vintage guitars,
amplifiers and other musical needs. The Music
Zoo also offers private lessons band instrument
rentals for a reasonable price. It is located
at 55-03 Northern Blvd. For more information,
call (718) 631-9292 or visit www.themusiczoo.com.
According to Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-Astoria)
Maspeth Town Hall located at 53-37 72nd
St. is a Queens Old Favorite.
"This historic building, which has provided service
to the community since 1897 as a school, a recreation
center and a police precinct, was revitalized
and restored 25 years ago as a community center
for Maspeth residents of all ages. Its current
programs include activities for mothers and pre-schoolers,
after-school programs for kids and teens, activities
and services for aduults, famililes and seniors
and as a meeting place for community organizations."
For more information, call (718) 335 - 6049 or
|Jacob Riis boardwalk.
Riis Park, named after the Danish-American
journalist, photographer and populist is also
one of the best public beaches in the entire country.
Cara Mia Restaurant in Queens Village
has been around for over 30 years, serving up
authentic Italian cuisine. With affordable prices,
loyal customers have been lining up at the family
restaurant for Cara Mia's Veal Parmigiana or the
Portobello Raviolli. Also, their dessert menu
is a must, especially the Tiramisu cake. It is
open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the weekdays,
noon to 10 p.m. on Saturdays, 1 to 9 p.m. on Sundays
and is closed on Mondays. Cara Mia is located
at 220-20 Hillside Ave. For more information,
call (718) 740-9119 or visit www.caramiarestaurant.com.
|Surfers come to sun at Rockaway Beach.
don't need to leave the City to catch waves. The
City's only surf spot is the borough's own Rockaway
Beach. Bring your board and take a short hop
on the A train to the recently designated "surf
only" stretch between Beach 88th and 90th Streets.
Among the great attributes of living in any of
New York's five boroughs, and Queens specifically
is that anywhere you go, you are surrounded by
water. A plethora of bays, inlets, rivers and
streams ubiquitously line the landscape of the
metropolitan area and Queens is home to the best
beaches in the city.
The Rockaway peninsula juts out into the
ocean like a sharp blade filled with sand and
surf. For people cooped up in the city during
the hot, humid summer months, the public beach
at Riis Park offers cheap fun and outdoors amenities
for beach lovers.
|Thalia Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside has performances all year round.
Thalia Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside
has been a neighborhood icon since it opened its
doors over 30 years ago. The theatre is the first
and only bilingual Hispanic theatre in Queens,
and describes its mission as a commitment to "celebrate
the vibrancy and diversity of Spanish and Latin
American culture with unique productions of plays,
musicals an dance." The theatre alternates performances
in English and Spanish during the week so that
the entire community can share in and appreciate
the Hispanic culture come to life on stage each
night. The Thalia Theatre is located at 41-17
Greenpoint Ave. For more information call (718)
729-3880 or visit www.thaliatheatre.org.
Gloria Black, deceased member of Community
Board 12. Black was a sturdy member of the Southeast
Queens community for decades. Her service
to said community spanned the landscape of 30
years. Black died in March, after being elected
in January to reprise her reoccurring role as
chairwoman of Community Board 12.
"That woman was a workaholic," Adjoa Esinam Gzifa,
the new chairwoman said. "She took care of business."
|Donovan’s Pub has some of the borough’s best burgers.
known as a neighborhood favorite, Donovan's
Pub has a reputation for being the go-to place
for an old-time Irish pub experience in Queens.
Renowned by its loyal clientele for serving the
best burgers in Queens, this pub-located just
off the No. 7 line in Woodside-is the perfect
destination to grab dinner and drinks before a
night out on the town. Locals say that the beer
is inexpensive and the service is impeccable.
Check out this bar and restaurant, whose quaint
interior and family friendly atmosphere ensures
it will remain a neighborhood favorite for years
to come. Donovan's Pub is located at 57-24 Roosevelt.
Ave. For more information, call (718) 429-9339.