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LIC Market, Long Island City, NYC

LIC Market, Long Island City, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$

Must try: Frittata, Soups, Brownie

 

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Milkflower, Astoria, NYC

Milkflower, Astoria, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$

Must try: Meatballs, Queen, Brussels Sprout

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The Butcher Bar, Astoria, NYC

The Butcher Bar, Astoria, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Pulled Pork, Marinated Chicken

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El Anzuelo Fino, Jackson Heights, NYC

El Anzuelo Fino, Jackson Heights, NYC

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Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment for a complimentary meal. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

I was recently invited to El Anzuelo Fino, a family owned Peruvian restaurant, which has locations in Jackson Heights and Woodside in Queens.

What I went in expecting was a Pio- Pio styled Peruvian meal (not that there’s anything wrong with that) but the experience I came away with was something completely different.

Boris Torres, the son and face of the next generation at El Anzuelo Fino, is a professionally trained chef as well as an architect.

Both professions require fashioning an art form and that is exactly what Torres does on the plate. He is a truly gifted chef who is pushing the boundaries of Peruvian food into modernity whilst still staying close its roots and heritage.

Torres schooled me throughout the meal on the complexity, depth and phenomenal ethnic influences that have fashioned Peruvian cuisine. Each dish that was presented to me had a little history lesson on how its flavors borrowed from its cultural past.

Be it African, Chinese – “Chifa”, Japanese –“Nikkei”, Spanish or Italian, Torres’s creations pay true homage to a gastronomic heritage that is so rich. Take the classic favorite “Lomo Saltado” for example, which is made with sautéed beef tips, onions, tomatoes, reduced with soy sauce and served over French fries. What seems like a crazy combination of flavors actually works beautifully! Look at all the cross cultural pollination going on in that dish!

The Anticuchos con Papa or veal hearts drew on African heritage whilst their superb Ceviche draws on Spanish influences.

At El Anzuelo Fino, do not miss trying the Corvina, which is a firm-fleshed South American fish. We sampled a Ceviche and  an “A-la- Plancha” version of this fish and both dishes were spectacular.

El Anzuelo Fino, in my opinion is truly a gem of a find. Located in its unassuming digs one can really find artful creations of seriously tasty, home-style Peruvian food here.

I, for one, am a fan!

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

Canch

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Ceviche de Corvina

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Anticuchos Con Papa Y Choclo

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Pulpo al Olivo

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Corvina A La Plancha

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Lomo Saltado

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* Restaurant Name
El Anzuelo Fino
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Jackson Heights / Peruvian
* Street Address
8601 Northern Blvd., Jackson Heights, NY 11372
* Phone
(718) 426-8660
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Bún-ker, Maspeth, NYC

Bún-ker, Maspeth, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆ ½ 

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½ 

Cost: $$

Must try: Crab Spring Rolls, Ca Ri Ga, Cha Ca La Vong, Bahn Xeo (actually get one of everything on the menu!) 

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Maima’s Liberian Bistro, Jamaica, NYC

Maima’s Liberian Bistro, Jamaica, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆ 3/4

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $

Must try: Pepper Shrimp

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Roka Turkish Cuisine, Kew Gardens, NYC

Roka Turkish Cuisine, Kew Gardens, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Everything!! Acili Ezme, Babaganush , Adana Kebab, Kalamar

(This meal was complimentary which did not affect my review.)

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The Door Restaurant, Jamaica, NYC

The Door Restaurant, Jamaica, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Peppered Shrimp, Curry, Roti

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Lao Dong Bei, Flushing, NYC

Lao Dong Bei, Flushing, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆

Cost: $

Must try: Crispy Sliced Fish with Cumin, Triple Delight Vegetable, Stir Fried Mountain Root Vegetable with Pork

 

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Ovelia Psistaria, Astoria, NY

Ovelia Psistaria, Astoria, NY

 

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Food: ☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆ ½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$

I recommend: Lamb Burger

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Arepas Cafe, Astoria, NYC

Arepas Cafe, Astoria, NYC

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Food: ☆☆ ¾ 

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Reina Arepas

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Linn Japanese Restaurant, Astoria, NYC

Linn Japanese Restaurant, Astoria, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Omakase, Yose Tofu, Pork Belly
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Turkish Grill, Sunnyside, NYC

Turkish Grill, Sunnyside, NYC

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Food: ☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

 

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Sripraphai, Woodside, NYC

Sripraphai, Woodside, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Chicken Satay, Tom Yum, Green Curry with Roasted Duck, Chu-Chee Shrimp

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Biang! Flushing, NYC

Biang! Flushing, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Any lamb and noodle dish

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Cannelle Patisserie, Jackson Heights, NYC

Cannelle Patisserie, Jackson Heights, NYC

 

 

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $

Must try: Croissants,

 

Cannelle Patisserie is perhaps one of the most unusual finds in its location at a strip mall in East Elmhurst.

This venture was brought to fruition by Jean Claude Perennou and Gnanasampanthan Sabaratratnam – both Ex- Waldorf Astoria pastry chefs.

Cannelle Patisserie offers Manhattan quality baked goods at super affordable prices. The display cases are a riot of colors, textures and artful creations such as, napoleons, éclairs, profiteroles, all kinds of baked pastries and cookies. They also offer a range of fresh baked breads, quiches, tarts and so on. Their crowning glory is their super flaky croissants, gâteau Breton, Saint Honoré and Paris-Brest

The most wonderful thing about this Cannelle – other than its ethereal offerings is how it reflects the diversity of its surrounding in both its clientele and its staff. At Cannelle, people from all ethnicities, across all ages have found a great homey neighborhood spot to stop by and linger at over fabulous eats.

 

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* Restaurant Name
Cannelle Patisserie
* Overall
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Jackson Heights / American New
* Street Address
75-59 31st Ave, East Elmhurst, NY 11370
* Phone
(718) 565-6200
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Zabb Elee, Woodside, NYC

Zabb Elee, Woodside, NYC

 

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Kai Yang, Crab Fried Rice, Larb, Spicy Shrimp with Basil, Pad Thai

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Bahari Estiatorio, Astoria, NYC

Bahari Estiatorio, Astoria, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: pita bread, assorted spreads, grilled fish

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M. Wells Dinette at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NYC

M. Wells Dinette at MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NYC

 

 

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$

Must try: Ham and Cheese Croissant, Squash Soup

 

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Queens Comfort: Brunch, Astoria, NYC

Queens Comfort: Brunch, Astoria, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆ ½

Cost: $$

Must try: Disco Tots, Waffle Special

 

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Telly’s Taverna, Astoria, NYC

Telly’s Taverna, Astoria, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆ ½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Taramosalata, Tzatziki & House Bread
 
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Christos Steak House, Astoria, NYC

Christos Steak House, Astoria, NYC

 

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Christos Steak House in Astoria is a great spot for steak and more. Paying homage to its neighborhood, the talented Chef Mina Newman offers signature Greek appetizers and sides to go with an extensive selection of prime-aged meats and seafood.

The style of dishes served is very classic. The menu is rather extensive with many options, which is rather unusual for a steakhouse. I really enjoyed the grilled shrimp, seared scallop and the Christos salad as appetizers. The Lobster mashed potatoes is a huge favorite and comes loaded with chunks of lobster meat.

The service and ambiance at Christos is very pleasant. It’s no wonder that it is a local favorite in Queens.

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

Ribeye Cap

 

Balsamic Roasted Figs

 

Roquefort Broccoli

 

Grilled Shrimp

 

Seared Scallop

 

Christos Salad

 

Almond Crusted Goat Cheese and Endive Salad

 

Surf and Turf

Broccoli Rabe with Roasted Garlic

 

Lobster Mashed Potatoes

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* Restaurant Name
Christos Steak House
* Overall
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Astoria / American Traditional
* Street Address
4108 23rd Ave, Astoria, NY 11105
* Phone
(718) 777-8400
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Zum Stammtisch, Glendale, NYC

Zum Stammtisch, Glendale, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

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Joe’s Shanghai, Flushing, NYC

Joe’s Shanghai, Flushing, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆
Service: ☆☆☆
Ambiance: ☆
Cost: $$
Must try: Soup Dumplings

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Mumbai Xpress, Floral Park, Queens

Mumbai Xpress, Floral Park, Queens


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Food: ☆☆☆ ½

Service: ☆☆ ½

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $

Must try: Tokri Chaat, Samosa Chaat, Onion Rava Dosa

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