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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.

Restaurant review

Tony Pecora knows Italian cuisine like the back of his hand.Growing up in Sicily, he was always working with food. And when he moved to New York City in 1970, Pecora started out washing dishes and worked his way up in the industry until he ow…

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Just ask Taylor Swift, Edgardo Alfonzo or Burt Young, a few of the big names who have dined there.Trattoria 35 does Italian cuisine right.In the 14 years since it opened, the Bayside restaurant has built up a strong base of regulars. Driving …

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It has been a distressing trend that kosher delicatessens have been closing up around the country in recent years but Ben’s, located in the Bay Terrace Shopping Center, has just celebrated its 25th anniversary and is going as strong as ever.A…

Alba Pizzeria & Ristorante has been serving the community since 1962. If you have only passed it while driving or walking, you might think it is just a neighborhood pizzeria in Briarwood. What you wouldn’t realize is that just behind the …

Kin’d, a Thai restaurant on Union Turnpike at 192nd Street in Fresh Meadows, is new in town. But after only about two months of operating, it already has a following.“We have a lot of regular customers coming back,” Siriwan Srisawadi, one of …

Fast food is a guilty pleasure for many, something people buy on the go while trying to bury the notion that it’s not exactly the healthiest lunch or dinner they will eat all week.But at Tom Clarke’s two Arby’s locations — one at 175-15 Horac…

All too often, Chinese restaurants in New York City are places where people order their food to go. It’s rare to see tables with people actually sitting at them and enjoying their food.That’s not the case, however, at Golden Way in Ozone Park.

Today, December 8th, will mark the ten year anniversary of Manor Oktoberfest restaurant located at 80-28 Cooper Avenue in The Shops At Atlas Park in Glendale. The anniversary is somewhat of a milestone for the mall as well as the restaurant b…

If Queens was not a borough of New York, chef Andrew Zimmern says, it would be the best “food city” in the world. However bold the claim is, Fontana, a Greek neighborhood staple in Bayside, is one of those places that should put any doubt abo…

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Not only does Broad Channel offer some of Queens’ best views of aquatic life, it’s home to one of the best tastes of the sea as well.Bayview Grille and Marina, located at 25 Van Brunt Road, offers a wide-ranging menu of seafood, burgers and s…

The Sourgoutsis family are no strangers to the diner business.For years, they’ve brought the charm of a classic diner accompanied with friendly service and good food to Nassau County residents in Valley Stream and the Five Towns.

If you’re looking to devour some great-tasting food made with the freshest ingredients while feeling like you never left the comfort of your own home, then look no farther than the Flagship Diner in Briarwood, according to eatery co-owner Vin…

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Even upon first walking into the inviting, rustic-chic atmosphere of Testaccio Ristorante, located at 47-30 Vernon Blvd. in Long Island City, the icy Queens landscape melts into memory. Having a feeling of grandeur some may have felt was rese…

When one thinks about food options in Howard Beach, Greek cuisine is typically not on the top of that list.But residents of the neighborhood have been flocking to Greek Grill at 156-40 Cross Bay Blvd. for about two years now.

It’s always wonderful to go back to a favorite restaurant and discover all over again why you like it. That’s definitely the case with Villaggio Ristorante in Whitestone, an Italian dining experience that will never let you down.Opened almost…

There are few things more authentic in New York City than the pizzeria and in South Queens, there is no shortage of them.In a one-square-mile area, including all of Ozone Park and parts of Richmond Hill, South Ozone Park and Howard Beach, the…

The best gaming spots in the world all have more in common than slot machines, poker tables and glitzy shows. Travel to Atlantic City or Las Vegas or Monte Carlo and you’ll hear a lot about the food.In fact, food and gaming go together like, …

“We sell a lot of fish normally but during the summer people tend to eat more sushi,” Peter Faccibene, owner of Shiro of Japan said. “Hibachi is really an all-year thing, but in the summer we definitely notice an increase in seafood and some …

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 w…

Sunnysiders like bacon and patios and many times the two go hand in hand.At the beginning of the month, the business review website, Yelp, released heat maps that show with varying shades of red how much certain words such as hipster, yuppie,…

The Mediterranean isn’t known for its particularly perilous waters — but its seemingly simple cuisine can be a trap. Fortunately, Whitestone’s Mediterranean Grill, 160-24 Willets Point Blvd., admirably navigates the region’s culinary waters t…

To the great relief and joy of pastrami lovers all across Queens and New York, Sapienza in Howard Beach is open for business. Although Sapienza opened on Sept. 24, it is only the latest iteration of a restaurant that Angelo Mugnolo, who co-ow…

If you’ve had a hard day at the office or the kids have run you ragged, there’s no better place to relax and dine than Zen Fusion Cuisine at 79-28 Parsons Blvd. in Flushing. Actually, you don’t need an excuse to visit this newcomer that is wo…

Dining at Haveli restaurant in Forest Hills is a truly exotic experience, with Indian cuisine that isn’t typically found at other restaurants, whether authentically subcontinental or American-influenced. The menu reflects a wide range of nich…

There is finally a worthy culinary — and generally relaxing — destination away from the chaos of Astoria’s 30th Avenue restaurant row, but still close enough to catch a ride home.

April was anniversary month as Prima Pasta & Cafe of Howard Beach celebrated 20 years of serving the community with a special thank you to all their loyal customers throughout the years. The festivities culminated with an abundance of fab…

Danny’s Szechuan Garden welcomed an enthusiastic crowd at its grand opening celebration last Saturday, when the populary eatery cut the ribbon on its spot that recently opened for business at 156-40B Crossbay Blvd. in Howard Beach, about eigh…

Even through all the spice, calm is found at Namaste restaurant in Astoria. This Indian restaurant’s new decor has introduced an entirely new feel to the romantic space, complementing the precision involved in the traditional Indian cuisine.

Dining at Villaggio Ristorante in Whitestone is like relaxing in a charming Italian home and being served a fine meal. Located at 150-07 14th Road, near the Cross Island Parkway, you feel welcome the moment you enter the door and pass by a lo…

As the mid-afternoon sunlight poured into Frenasia in Howard Beach last Thursday, everyone from elderly couples to groups of businessmen gathered at wooden tables with views of the Shellbank Basin and hovered over menus offering seemingly end…

Befitting its name, Il Triangolo is uniquely positioned on the corner of Corona Avenue and Junction Boulevard, in Corona. This triangular building was built in the 1800s and is very rich in history. Angelo Gigliotti, an immigrant from Calabri…

For a gourmet Italian eatery that opened this past July, La Bottega has quickly made a home in Howard Beach. Travel down Cross Bay Boulevard — there’s no doubt any Queens visitor or resident has a lot of dining choices. If you’re not just loo…

Tucked in behind the already renowned Alba Ristorante and Pizzeria, I found a treasure.Stepping into the dining room on a Thursday night reminded me of my own Italian family gatherings: a room filled with music, laughter and an abundance of f…

Celebrating its first successful year in business, Mizumi sushi and seafood buffet in Douglaston keeps making improvements that entice customers to return again and again. You will never be disappointed at this mile-long buffet filled with tr…

There are lots of songs about Maria — like the ones from “The Sound of Music” and “West Side Story” — so consider this restaurant review another paean to a different Maria, this one from Bayside. Maria’s Seafood, a Greek fusion restaurant at …

Holding their hands to their stomachs and sighing contendedly, a stream of customers clamored to pat Anthony Amoroso on the back last Friday night, gushing to the co-owner of Matteo’s of Howard Beach about such entrees as shrimp alla Wendy, v…

Stressed out and looking for a calm setting for a perfect dinner? Try Bruno-Ristorante Italiano in Howard Beach. Escape from the madding crowd to this fine Italian eatery located at 158-22A Crossbay Blvd. All your senses will be pampered from…

If you’re seeking a peaceful respite with terrific sushi, look no further than Whitestone, the home of Atami Japanese Sushi Buffet. Atami is named after a city in Japan known for its hot springs, a soothing place to go to relax and regroup. T…

Queens is home to a largenumberof ethnic restaurants of widely varying quality. Many have authentic fare, while some offer decent lunch or dinner entrees at a reasonable price. Quite a few put enough food on your plate to choke a horse so tha…

Over 60 years ago, 71st Place in Glendale was called Edison Place and it seems there has always been a top-notch neighborhood restaurant located on the corner, where it intersects with Cooper Avenue. Predecessors to the latest dining hotspot,…

   When Hollywood was just a twinkle in directors’ eyes, Kaufman Astoria Studios, home of the Astor Room, was the place to be when it came to the movie business.    Stars from Rudolph Valentino to Gloria Swanson, from the Marx Brothers to the…

   Despite its proximity to the ocean, Queens does not have that many outstanding seafood eateries. I discovered one of the best this week with a visit to Marbella Restaurant in Bayside.    The 40-year-old dining establishment is located at 2…

   The Guidici family knows food.    Husband and wife duo Frank and Francesca Guidici grew up in Sicilian households in Howard Beach, and learning to cook came almost as naturally to them as breathing. So, when they started discussing opening…

   It is around noon on Sunday last week, and the crowds don’t stop maneuvering their way into Barosa in Rego Park. Everyone from young couples on dates to large boisterous families are coming to feast on brioche french toast with fresh raspb…

It is around noon on Sunday last week, and the crowds don’t stop maneuvering their way into Barosa in Rego Park. Everyone from young couples on dates to large boisterous families are coming to feast on brioche french toast with fresh raspberr…