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One of borough’s best burgers is in Ozone Park

by David Russell, associate editor | Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2019 10:30 am

The Local Press on Rockaway Boulevard in Ozone Park has an impressive menu from top to bottom but it’s the burgers that steal the show.

In fact, The Local Press Burger is highlighted on the menu: double cheddar cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and Local Press secret sauce.

“Everybody thinks the burger is like something you would find in Downtown Brooklyn or Manhattan,” said owner Kenneth Mohan, who opened the restaurant in December 2017.

According to Mohan, customers even say the modern-looking restaurant itself looks like it “is not something that belongs to Queens.”

It was Mohan’s daughter, Kimberly, an interior decorator, who designed the place herself. She is into cooking and her boyfriend is a professional chef. Mohan, who has been in the real estate and mortgage business for more than 30 years, believed the restaurant was a great idea to get them started.

“I thought the area needs something that’s totally different,” Mohan said.

Big 7 Travel, a site focusing on food, hotels and travel, recently listed The Local Press in its story about “The 7 Best Burgers in Queens,” saying, “This uber-trendy eatery in Ozone Park is quickly becoming one of the hottest places for foodies in Queens and beyond.”

For those customers walking in with a big appetite, and perhaps not in the mood for a burger, quesadillas, chicken and waffles, chicken tenders and fries, or fish and chips are recommended.

Patrons looking for something smaller will enjoy the mac and cheese, shrimp tempura, mozzarella sticks, cheeseburger sliders or Asian chicken tacos, which consist of three wonton tacos filled with chicken, topped with Asian slaw. There are also street tacos, shrimp tacos, mushroom tacos and fish tacos.

The sandwiches, which should fill most customers up due to the generous portions, include a fried chicken sandwich, chicken panini, chicken club and buffalo chicken sandwich. The Cuban sandwich is an excellent blend of slow-cooked pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and Dijon mustard.

The Press Platter, including mozzarella sticks, chicken tenders, onion rings and crispy shrimp, is a good choice for customers who want a taste of everything.

For those counting calories, the restaurant offers several salads. One is The Local Cobb, which has Romaine, bacon, hardboiled egg, cucumber, tomato, onions, avocado, corn, cheddar cheese and ranch dressing.

Lunch specials, from noon to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays, come with a choice of fries, soup or a side salad for only $9. Options include a classic burger, Cuban sandwich, veggie burger or chicken quesadillas.

The Local Press is located at 92-15 Rockaway Blvd. and is open from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Deliveries are made to residents living within two miles of the restaurant. People can save 15 percent by ordering online.

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