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Whatever meal you’re looking for, you can find it on the boulevard

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Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:53 am, Thu Aug 1, 2013.

No matter what meal you’re in the mood for, you can find it on Cross Bay Boulevard.

One of southern Queens’ premier commercial strips, “the boulevard” has its share of shopping and commerce, but the key ingredient to what makes the boulevard work is its wide array of food choices that will satisfy just about every palate whatever time of day it is.

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and many restaurateurs on Cross Bay Boulevard know that.

If your morning is a quiet one, sit down for a stack of freshly made pancakes, fluffy eggs, a delectable muffin and freshly-brewed coffee at the newly-renovated Cross Bay Diner overlooking Shellbank Basin at 160-31 Cross Bay Blvd.

If you’re on the run, grab a cup of joe and some hand-rolled fresh bagels at Bagel Cafe at 162-54 Cross Bay Blvd. A neighborhood favorite at the Bagel Cafe is the french toast bagel, which often goes quickly.

If morning bagels aren’t your thing, why not try one for lunch at the Bagel Cafe, where BLTs, Reuben sandwiches and tuna melts are made in between two slices of a bagel instead of bread for a unique sandwich experience.

Lunch is also a busy time at Sapienza’s at 164-26 Cross Bay Blvd., which bills itself as the “The Pastrami King of Queens,” because of its popular pastrami sandwiches.

Sapienza’s pastrami may be a local legend, but don’t miss the deli’s selection of brisket and corned beef. For those looking for something lighter, Sapienza has an extensive salad selection as well.

There is never a shortage of places to enjoy a nice dinner along Cross Bay Boulevard.

If you’re in the mood for Asian fusion, Frenasia has a wide selection of Far East favorites. The restaurant sits on Shellbank Basin and offers waterfront dining so patrons can watch Howard Beach residents’ private boats sail in and out of Jamaica Bay. Frenasia’s sushi bar is a neighborhood favorite, but the bistro lounge also offers up delectable dishes from chicken satay to pineapple fried rice.

Howard Beach’s iconic Lenny’s Clam Bar at 161-03 Cross Bay Blvd. also offers dining by the water. Owing to it’s name, Lenny’s is a popular place for seafood, but the eatery also offers an extensive menu featuring Italian favorites and popular summer BBQ items like ribs and shell steak.

For a true Italian feast, make a reservation at Matteo’s at 155-10 Cross Bay Blvd. Situated at the very northern end of Howard Beach, Matteo’s is the perfect place for a family gathering where fratelli, sorelli and amici (brothers, sisters and friends) can pass around plates of chicken Sorrentino and fried portobello mushrooms, sip on a good wine and engage in good conversation.

For many restaurants in Howard Beach, this summer is a time to get themselves on solid footing. Cross Bay Boulevard was devastated by Hurricane Sandy last October and a two-week power outage in the neighborhood left whatever eateries weren’t flooded closed for business.

Now with the busy summer season in full swing, the doors are open, the stoves are on, the tables are set and Cross Bay Boulevard is ready to serve it’s most delicious meals.

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