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BlueLou'sBack : 2/10/2019 1:37 pm
My 17 y/o daughter is meeting me at JFK after a long flight from TA with a stopover in Rome. She's landing at 6:45, but I figure 7:15 prolly before she clears customs. I think better that we just have a simple meal near the airport that night, because the next night we are making a serious journey for food to Drew's Bayshore Bistro, which I've been wanting to do for some time..


(Hi Drew!)

Anyway anyone who knows Queens a bit, any tips would be appreciated.

Diner food, Asian, (Ramen in particular, so noodle bar or Japanese...), Greek, even just a good burger joint would be fine.
Don Pepeís  
Earl the goat : 2/10/2019 1:42 pm : link
Great choice
Olive Garden  
spike : 2/10/2019 2:22 pm : link
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MOOPS : 2/10/2019 2:48 pm : link
RE: Don Pepeís  
DonQuixote : 2/10/2019 3:40 pm : link
In comment 14292372 Earl the goat said:
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Great choice


This.
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McNally's_Nuts : 2/10/2019 4:50 pm : link
In comment 14292402 MOOPS said:
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That diner is closed and is actually no where near JFK airport.

In fact, itís not really close to anything besides industrial parks.
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nygnyy274 : 2/10/2019 5:54 pm : link
In comment 14292474 McNally's_Nuts said:
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In comment 14292402 MOOPS said:


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That diner is closed and is actually no where near JFK airport.

In fact, itís not really close to anything besides industrial parks.



That diner is not closed it is called Jackson Hole and it has the best burgers in the city. You are right itís not near JFK but is near LaGuardia airport which is a 10 minute ride from JFK if you donít hit traffic
Don Pepe  
nygnyy274 : 2/10/2019 5:57 pm : link
Thatís my neighborhood. Best Italian food in the city. They do not accept credit cards tho. Also you can always find a place in Howard beach on cross bay blvd I recommend Divinos on Crossbay
RE: Don Pepe  
Earl the goat : 2/10/2019 6:38 pm : link
In comment 14292530 nygnyy274 said:
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Thatís my neighborhood. Best Italian food in the city. They do not accept credit cards tho. Also you can always find a place in Howard beach on cross bay blvd I recommend Divinos on Crossbay


I grew up in Howard Beach 1965-1980
Went to 207
Goddard
John Adams HS

Best pizza is New Park
And the Bow Wow was the best
Try going to Uncle Peter's on Northern Boulevard in Jackson Heghts  
Optimus-NY : 2/10/2019 7:19 pm : link
Good eats there.
Can't do no credit cards.  
BlueLou'sBack : 2/10/2019 9:21 pm : link
Need the easy record for business travel expenses.

Also to be honest, the huge menu at Don Pepe is a turn off to me.

Don't see how anyone can do a 50+ items menu really well.

I see the place is incredibly popular and well respected, but of the two menus Uncle Peter's is more appealing simply because it's smaller.
trattoria incontro  
hassan : 2/10/2019 10:14 pm : link
is a delicious experience but may be too rich given your preference for simple. always the neptune diner in astoria which is a classic and better than jackson hole....
Georgia Diner is good on Queens Blvd. just past the mall  
idinkido : 2/11/2019 4:54 am : link
She may be real tired after a flight like that so she can get a quick and good meal at that Diner.
maspeth diner  
holmancomedown : 2/11/2019 7:46 am : link
great french fries
RE: Georgia Diner is good on Queens Blvd. just past the mall  
BlueLou'sBack : 2/11/2019 3:26 pm : link
In comment 14292891 idinkido said:
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She may be real tired after a flight like that so she can get a quick and good meal at that Diner.


Thanks ID. That's exactly what I was thinking. Her flight itinerary says she's got a 16 plus hour journey all told, including the Rome layover. A diner is prolly the best bet...
Thanks everyone  
BlueLou'sBack : 2/11/2019 3:28 pm : link
For the recommendations.
RE: Don Pepeís  
hitdog42 : 2/11/2019 3:30 pm : link
In comment 14292372 Earl the goat said:
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Great choice


the only answer
Checked on Georgia Diner's location  
idinkido : 2/11/2019 3:57 pm : link
Diner moved to 80-26 Queens Blvd. Elmhurst NY 11373. Georgia took over Nevada Diner Spot. Still in same area. Take Van Wyck north and get off at Queens Blvd. and drive past Forest Hills and Rego Park and Woodhaven Blvd. Should be an easy find. Diner is open 24 hours. Good Luck Lou
RE: RE: Don Pepe  
nygnyy274 : 2/11/2019 4:43 pm : link
In comment 14292553 Earl the goat said:
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In comment 14292530 nygnyy274 said:


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Thatís my neighborhood. Best Italian food in the city. They do not accept credit cards tho. Also you can always find a place in Howard beach on cross bay blvd I recommend Divinos on Crossbay



I grew up in Howard Beach 1965-1980
Went to 207
Goddard
John Adams HS

Best pizza is New Park
And the Bow Wow was the best


I went to 207 in 1990 for 1 year the year the giants won the super bowl. I agree new park the best pizza. I I remember the big bow wow also that location became a fudruckers.
RE: Checked on Georgia Diner's location  
BlueLou'sBack : 2/12/2019 1:39 am : link
In comment 14293594 idinkido said:
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Diner moved to 80-26 Queens Blvd. Elmhurst NY 11373. Georgia took over Nevada Diner Spot. Still in same area. Take Van Wyck north and get off at Queens Blvd. and drive past Forest Hills and Rego Park and Woodhaven Blvd. Should be an easy find. Diner is open 24 hours. Good Luck Lou


Thanks again for all the details ID. It's been a long time since she and I have spent time together; I've missed her 15th, 16th, and recently 17th birthdays, for reasons not ripe for discussion. And we were always close since she was very little and mom woke me up to lullaby her back to sleep in my arms as an infant. It's been hard on me, our sparation, but even harder on her I am afraid.

Well, the time has come to try as best I can to patch things up, and the next night we are making a pilgrimage to a great restaurant owned by our very own BBIer chef...

This first night is gonna be much more talking, and perhaps yawning on her side after that arduous schlep. I am in the process of finding the right fit with Airbnb for a Hoboken or Jersey city apartment. The next morning she'll have papa's frittata. I'll pop into Zabar's for some wicked cheeses and maybe some grocery-produce stores I recall on the UWS for some primo mushrooms, peppers, greens and little potatoes in between when I touch down and her flight arrives. My brother wants us to catch a matinee on Weds in between the two arrivals, and we should be able to cover it all.

Of my two daughters, she was always the more curious one food wise, and would eat things along with me that her mom and little sister wouldn't touch - goat and sheep's milk sharp cheeses, Blue cheeses like Gorgonzola, Bresse, D'auvergne, aged goudas or gruyere.

I'll have a small international bazar of cheeses she might recall from our trips to France and Italy when she was young. It'll be fun to watch her poke around inside the Zabar's bag. I'd better take notes from that bagel thread, too.
RE: RE: Checked on Georgia Diner's location  
DonQuixote : 2/13/2019 8:17 am : link
In comment 14294015 BlueLou'sBack said:
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In comment 14293594 idinkido said:


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Diner moved to 80-26 Queens Blvd. Elmhurst NY 11373. Georgia took over Nevada Diner Spot. Still in same area. Take Van Wyck north and get off at Queens Blvd. and drive past Forest Hills and Rego Park and Woodhaven Blvd. Should be an easy find. Diner is open 24 hours. Good Luck Lou



Thanks again for all the details ID. It's been a long time since she and I have spent time together; I've missed her 15th, 16th, and recently 17th birthdays, for reasons not ripe for discussion. And we were always close since she was very little and mom woke me up to lullaby her back to sleep in my arms as an infant. It's been hard on me, our sparation, but even harder on her I am afraid.

Well, the time has come to try as best I can to patch things up, and the next night we are making a pilgrimage to a great restaurant owned by our very own BBIer chef...

This first night is gonna be much more talking, and perhaps yawning on her side after that arduous schlep. I am in the process of finding the right fit with Airbnb for a Hoboken or Jersey city apartment. The next morning she'll have papa's frittata. I'll pop into Zabar's for some wicked cheeses and maybe some grocery-produce stores I recall on the UWS for some primo mushrooms, peppers, greens and little potatoes in between when I touch down and her flight arrives. My brother wants us to catch a matinee on Weds in between the two arrivals, and we should be able to cover it all.

Of my two daughters, she was always the more curious one food wise, and would eat things along with me that her mom and little sister wouldn't touch - goat and sheep's milk sharp cheeses, Blue cheeses like Gorgonzola, Bresse, D'auvergne, aged goudas or gruyere.

I'll have a small international bazar of cheeses she might recall from our trips to France and Italy when she was young. It'll be fun to watch her poke around inside the Zabar's bag. I'd better take notes from that bagel thread, too.


Blue, this is a very important touching post and I wish you the best. On the food front, There is a Tal's bagel on Broadway and 90th. If you're in that area, go to Motorino on Amsterdam Ave for some pizza. Best, DQ
Georgia Peach is one of my faves  
Optimus-NY : 2/15/2019 8:44 am : link
Great spot to go to. Lots of police officers frequent it.
To all of you who made an effort to help THANKS.  
BlueLou'sBack : 2/21/2019 2:51 am : link
The day went quite differently from how I imagined it at last update.

I worked in Queens all day from 11:45 until 6:45 pm, and had no chance to do any food shopping unfortunately, like I imagined on the UWS. Instead I was pitching wine...

The "fun" really began at about 6:45 PM, when my brother and I arrived at JFK'S Terminal 4 to meet my gal. Even though I'd checked on line earlier in the same day, after a careful review of the Arrivals Board in T4, it became obvious her flight wasn't coming in to T4 like it typically did in good weather. Quickly enough I asked an airport employee about the Alitalia arrival flight from Rome due in 6:45 and she said only Delta Code share Alitalia flights came in at T4 and that true Alitalia flights arrived in T1. So I booked it back to the car where my bro was supposed to be waiting, and he was gone...
Meanwhile my phone's battery was running low.  
BlueLou'sBack : 2/21/2019 6:50 am : link
We scooted over to T1 to wait for her there, check the Arrivals Board, and find her. The big arrivals board had goofy, seemingly conflicting info on it, and when I asked airport employee about it she refered to two small monitors that posted arrivals info, stating these were accurate and the big board that most people were studying was "broken."

In either case we viewed disturbing information that the flight had actually arrived at 6:00 PM sharp, 45 min ahead of schedule and my daughter was nowhere to be found, nor had she texted me. The time was now approaching and past 7:30 - only 45 min post arrival, but late enough for me to start to get nervous, even to really worry.
Anyway, too make a long story short,  
BlueLou'sBack : 2/21/2019 7:03 am : link
I found out from 1-2 people working in the terminal that indeed, even though the fight hand landed over an hour previously, ~100 people on that flight still had not passed through customs. So I waited, charging my phone once it drained out completely and waiting through the agonizing process of restarting it as it ran through the "optimizing 89 Apps," function it has automatically when re-starting from power up- turn on function.

I saw what looked like an Italian flight crew come through, but still not my daughter. The time marched on until well after 8 PM, two full hours and plus from landing and still no sign of my daughter. I discovered where the Alitalia "lost luggage" office was, manned by a single middle aged man, and engaged him about the topic...
By know I was truly freaked out.  
BlueLou'sBack : 2/21/2019 7:11 am : link
More than 30 minutes more had passed since the Italian looking flight crew had come in and still no sign of her and worse yet, far worse, I had not missed ANY message or attempted contact from her since she'd sent me a selfie of her eating pizza at Fuminico, Rome, with the caption "when in Rome..."

Around 9 pm she waltzed in to the Arrivals lounge area, happy to see me, 3 hours after touchdowns.!!!

The schmucks who deseminate information and had displayed the "arrived" notice on the various boards, somehow couldn't tell all of us people waiting for loved ones to arrive in the midst of a winter storm a minor but important fact.
Despite having literally touched down or landed  
BlueLou'sBack : 2/21/2019 7:26 am : link
Alitalia Flight AZ 610 from Rome could not find an available arrivals dock to connect to!

Its passengers waited over two hours IN THE PLANE waiting to actually dock and deboard.

I lost a year of my life worrying sick about what had happened to my daughter that last hour, but everything was fine, totally fine.

Phuckers!!!!

Went to the Georgia diner on the way back to our Airbnb, was just fine for all of us and finished off with a ridiculously large and delicious and fresh slice of chocolate mousse cake.

I had a nice and simple steak salad with Bleu cheese crumbles and by request creamy Bleu cheese dressing, my brother ordered a delicious classic NY area diner specialty, Moussaka, and my daughter nibbled on both our dishes waiting for the desert and a coffee milkshake.

She enjoyed reading the enormous menu and laughed about the American Anomaly that virtually every one of the copious salad selections had "MEAT" as one of its main featured ingredients.

This ain't Israel, Dorothy!

Welcome to Amurica!

Thanks for the reccommendations! I
You are welcome, Lou  
idinkido : 2/26/2019 7:02 am : link
Family and good friends are so important.
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