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Restaurants In Jackson Heights - Arunee Thai Restaurant

Thai Restaurants In Jackson Heights Queens NYC

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Arunee Thai Restaurant

Jackson Heights Neighborhood / Jackson Heights Restaurants / Queens Buzz. Tonight I ventured out to a Thai restaurant in Jackson Heights that I had discovered on pure happenstance. I arrived at the restaurant around 7.30 pm on an cool overcast Saturday evening. More than half of the sixty seats had already been filled and it seemed the waiting staff had fallen a bit behind. As I sat there waiting, I began to doubt my choice.

As I surveyed the restaurant I noted that many of the customers were Thai, which I took to be a good sign, as I was looking for real Thai food, not some Americanized version of it. Within the next five to ten minutes, things completely turned. The waiting staff turned up the energy and within minutes it seemed that everyone who had been waiting now had a drink or appetizer sitting in front of them … myself included. Click here to read the full review of Arunee Thai restaurant including photos.

CLICK here to read the rest of our report on Thai restaurants in Queens / Jackson Heights NYC - Arunee Thai.

Viva La Comida - 82nd Street Partnership Jackson Heights

Viva La Comida - 82nd Street - Jackson Heights

82nd Street Partnership Hosts Festival At Dunningham Triangle

September 24, 2012 / Jackson Heights / Food in Queens / Queens Buzz. On Friday evening the 82nd Street Partnership hosted Viva La Comida at jeff orlick iwantmorefood 82nd st partnership jackson heightsDunningham Triangle on 82nd Street at Baxter in Jackson Heights. The event was a fun, quirky preamble to the Hispanic Month activities that officially began on Sunday with the Hispanic Day Parade [click for Hispanic Day Parade report & photos].

I arrived while it was still light out. City Councilman Danny Dromm, Seth Taylor and City Councilmember Julissa Ferreras were standing for photos sandwiched between two men who’s names I will try to obtain and post at a later date. A performance by the youngsters from the Mestizo Art Center followed, much to the delight of the warm and enthusiastic crowd.

I made my way over to the food trucks where I tasted some delicacies and met interesting people … click here to read the rest of our report on Viva La Comida festival hosted by the 82nd Street Partnership in Jackson Heights. The photo to your left was taken from the inside of the Solber Pupusa food truck at the Viva La Comida festival on 82nd Street in Jackson Heights.

Pool Halls In Jackson Heights Queens

Billiards & Pool Halls In Queens

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Jackson Heights Neighborhood / October 10, 2009. I had the opportunity to meet some of the nation’s top billiards players at BQE Billiards in Jackson Heights. About fifty of the top players including the reigning champion, Mika Immonen, had come to play in the Tony Robles Predator 9 Ball Tournament. The tournament is a traveling tourney through which about 1,000 players in the eastern section of the country have participated over the past year. Returning champion, Mika Immonen, shown warming up at BQE Billiards in Jackson Heights.

Tony Robles Predator Nine Ball Tour In Queens NY

Tony teamed up with William Finnegan to organize the traveling tournament which began in February of 2008, and it has been catching on as it evolves. I spoke with Tony and he mentioned that Predator Nine Ball does about 20 tournaments each year, at some of the best pool halls in the region. I overheard a number of the players commenting favorably about this tournament host location, BQE Biliiards in Jackson Heights. Predator Nine Ball founder, Tony Robles, is shown taking a shot at BQE Billiards prior to the tournament start.

Some of the players are fairly new and some are very, very seasoned. The tournament provides all of them with an opportunity to enhance their game and give them a chance to see how they stack up against some of the greats. Many of thetony robles pool player queens ny players seem to know each other, dating back years of bumping into each other at billiard tournaments. While the tournament is a contest, it becomes a sort of meeting place for an unofficial club of northeastern pool players.

CLICK here for a report about a billiards tournament at BQE Billiards pool hall in Jackson Heights Queens NYC.

Restaurants In Jackson Heights - Jackson Diner Indian Restaurant

Restaurants In Jackson Heights

Jackson Diner - Indian Restaurant

jackson diner restaurant jackson heights ny queensJackson Heights Neighborhood / Jackson Heights Restaurants / Queens Buzz. We arrived on a Sunday evening in the middle of an Indian street fair. The street was buzzing with sounds, smells and sights to behold. As we made our way through the crowd, we considered aborting our mission in favor of trying the food being sold on the streets as the aromas in the air tempted us. We were so engaged in conversation that we walked right by the diner. This wasn't the first time this had happened.

Jackson Diner - Indian Food For The American Palate

The Jackson Diner serves traditional Indian food modified to suit American tastes. This means it's not as spicy, and hence well suited for those who are new to Indian food or for those whose palates are sensitive to spicy food. For those who enjoy a good blast of curry and other Indian spices, other restaurants in the area may be more suitable.

Once inside, the Diner gave an airy feel. It has theatre high ceilings and a completely open dining area. The kitchen and bar are at the back of the restaurant and we were greeted shortly after walking through the door by our host. The crowd was about a third of European descent and about two thirds Indian or Asian. Shortly after being seated we were served water and wafer like bread that has a spicy zing to it. My dining companion was an old friend from the midwest, who had little experience with Indian food.

CLICK here to read the rest of our report on Indian food / Indian restaurants in Jackson Heights Queens NYC.


Late Night Dining in Jackson Heights

BQE Billiards Serves Eclectic Mix of American, Greek & Latin Favorites

late night dining jackson heights queens restaurantsOctober 18, 2016 / Jackson Heights Neighborhood / Jackson Heights Restaurants / Queens Buzz.

I headed over to BQE Billiards and Bar for a photo shoot last week. They were working on developing a new website and I was helping them create the food photos. The side benefit of this excursion was that I was also able to partake in the feast that followed, where we all sat around and enjoyed sampling much of the food that was photographed. In the photo at right is the gyro plate sitting atop a counter space located within the pool area and overlooking the ping pong and arcade sections of BQE Billiards and Bar in Jackson Heights.

This story is going to include a review of some of the food I sampled, as well as delving into the history of one of Jackson Heights intrepid small businesses. BQE Billiards and Bar was founded 25 years ago by four partners, two of whom remain involved in the business today. So get comfy as we begin by traveling back in time, to the not-so-ancient Greece of the 1960's.

One of the founding partners, Nick, told me that as a boy he used to keep a watch in a Grecian winemaker's vineyard. As he grew older he was given the responsibility for tending a flock of sheep on the hills of Greece. Around the time he became a legal adult, Nick talked to his father about leaving the small town he grew up in, to seek out places and opportunities where he might be able to make a better go of things. His father, while reluctant to see his son depart, understood the calling of the young man, and sent him on his way.

late night dining jackson heights queens restaurantsNick sought work aboard a ship, the SS Andreas Panou. The ship ran into technical difficulties in the Greek port of Piraeus, so Nick and his crewmates were sent ashore to get a bite to eat, since the mess hall had no electricity. The foreman wanted the young lads to return before they had been able to get some food and they refused. The foreman and the Captain subsequently discharged Nick and his friend in October 1965.

Nick recalled how he sought and secured passage working aboard another ship. Less than six months later, in March of 1966, while on a transition in Vancouver, Canada; he noticed a newspaper written in Greek. Since he had not read anything in Greek for weeks, he bought the paper where he learned that the SS Andreas Panou had crashed off the coast of Spain.

In the photo at right, from left to right, are Andreas, Nick and Theo of BQE Billiards and Bar in Jackson Heights.

Click here to read the rest of our story about the history and the late night restaurant dining at BQE Blliards and Bar in Jackson Heights.



Viva La Comida en Jackson Heights

Food Trucks and Latin Culture on 82nd Street

viva la comida jackson heightsOctober 5, 2015 / Jackson Heights Neighborhood / Queens Restaurants & Queens Food / Queens Buzz. A couple weeks ago I attended the fourth annual Viva La Comida Festival in Jackson Heights.


The festival began as a showcase for some of the neighborhood food trucks in tandem with dance and music cultural performances. The first year the event was held at Dunningham Triangle with some of the trucks lined up along 82nd Street, but the space was too tight for the venue and busy street. In the subsequent years 82nd Street was blocked to enable pedestrian traffic and picnic tables, and the stage was moved from facing a narrow sliver of Ithaca Street, to facing 82nd Street.


jackson heights viva la comidaOriginally the festival ran through the day and into the evening, but this year it was scheduled to begin at noon and run until 7 pm. I arrived about 2 pm and stayed a couple of hours as things were just getting going. There were folks lined up in front of several food trucks and others seated at the picnic tables. I noted about a half dozen food trucks, some of which were returning from prior years. And before deparating I saw a dance performance by a local group.

'Viva La Comida' means 'Live Food' which is intended to be a cheer of sorts, kind of like "long live the Queens". Salud.

Viva La Comida

Jackson Heights Celebrates Queens Food & Culture

viva la comidaSeptember 22, 2014 / Jackson Heights Neighborhood / Jackson Heights Restaurants / Queens Buzz. Saturday afternoon I headed over to Dunningham Triangle at 82nd Street & Baxter in Jackson Heights. The third annual Viva La Comida Festival had begun earlier in the day and I decided to check it out.

They had blocked off 82nd Street between Roosevelt Avenue and Baxter and had converted the short one block adjacent to Dunningham Triangle into a performance area - complete with elevated stage.

Along 82nd Street there was a musical / dance performance going on with a distinctly Latin flavor, reflecting the indigenous roots of many of Jackson Heights and neighboring Corona residents. My first stop was the D'Angelo food truck for a spicy Italian handmade sausage with sauteed peppers and onions on a fresh semolina bread. It tasted even better than it sounds. We'll have more about D'Angelo's later in the story, including a couple more photos of the sandwich I devoured.

viva la comidaI headed over to the main stage to see what was going on. By late afternoon the Jay Rodriguez Trio had taken the stage and began playing some really good Latin flavored jazz tunes. They played their instruments like jazz magicians, deftly transitioning the melodious rhythm from one musician to another in a string of rhythmic solos that had the audience jamming to the beat.

I started photographing them doing their thing and came up with a separate photo slide show which will show them gettin' down. I visited the Jay Rodriguez website and the music on the site, is a bit more artsy and esoteric than what they played for us at Viva La Comida.

Special thanks goes to outgoing 82nd Street Partnership Executive Director Seth Taylor, as well as iwantmorefood curator Jeff Orlick. We'll have more about both of them and their past and future endeavors in the full report later this day / week.

Buena Salud.

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