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ROCKAWAY by Daniel Maurer, editor, New York Magazine’s Grub Street blog

Brisas del Mar
99-02 Rockaway Beach Blvd., nr. Beach 92nd St.; 718-474-0770
“One of Rockaway’s few Latin canteens. The zesty seviche delivers a veritable dip net of shrimp.”
What to order: Seviche, $6

Elegante Restaurant & Pizzeria
92-01 Rockaway Beach Blvd., nr. Beach 92nd St.; 718-634-3914
“The go-to for Little Italy pig-outs like linguine with calamari, shrimp, scungilli, and clams in a red-pepper sauce. Oh, and they deliver pizza to the beach.”
What to order: Linguine with calamari, shrimp, scungilli, and clams in a Fra Diavolo sauce, $16.50; stuffed vegetable pizza, $29.50

Rockaway Seafood Company
419 Beach 129th St., nr. Newport Ave., Belle Harbour; 718-945-3474
“There’s no way to watch an episode of Lobstermen without ordering a 1.5- or 2.5-pounder from these guys. Thanks to aluminum pans, the crustaceans weather the trip to your bungalow surprisingly well.”
What to order: 2.5-pound-lobster surf and turf, $69


NORTH QUEENS by Christina Lee, pastry chef, Recette

Cherry Valley Deli & Grill
12-29 150th St., at 12th Rd., Whitestone; 718-767-1937
“The sandwiches are wrapped in so many layers of foil and paper that they’re still piping hot.”
What to order: Couch potato, $5.29; Bushman hero sandwich, $7.49; Bomb hero sandwich, $7.79

Pho Bang
41-07 Kissena Blvd, nr. Barclay Ave., Flushing; 718-939-5520
“Great steaming-hot pho noodle soup. They separate the broth, so the noodles don’t get soggy and the raw beef doesn’t get overcooked.”
What to order: Pho noodle soup, $6.75

Cascarino’s Pizzeria
14-60 College Point Blvd., at Fifteenth Ave., College Point; 718-445-9755
“Cascarino’s has great pizza by the slice, with a crunchy thin crust. Also basic hot pasta dishes like penne alla vodka and baked ziti, packaged in heat-sealed containers so the pasta never gets gummy.”
What to order: Penne alla vodka, $12.25; pizza slice, $2.50


JACKSON HEIGHTS by Eric Hara, chef, Oak Room at the Plaza

Pio Pio
84-21 Northern Blvd., nr. 85th St.; 718-426-1010
“Their birds are always perfectly seasoned. As a chef, I try to find out what the spice combination is, but they’ll never tell.”
What to order: Chicken pio, $10

Mama’s Empanadas
85-05 Northern Blvd., nr. 85th St.; 718-505-9937 “I love the variety of fillings of the empanadas. I even had a sausage-and-pepper empanada; they are fun to eat, and my son loves the crispy dough.”
What to order: Sausage-and-pepper empanada, $1.75

El Mesón Colombiano
82-11 Roosevelt Ave., nr. 83rd St.; 718-397-1685
“Colombian food is so flavorful and abundant. When we order from here, we get three days’ worth of dinners.”
What to order: Bandeja tipica combo platter, $11.95


ASTORIA by Darren Lawless, chef-owner, Il Bambino

Zenon Taverna
34-10 31st Ave., at 34th St.; 718-956-0133
“This is my place when I need a Greek-food fix delivered promptly. The fried calamari arrives perfect every time.”
What to order: Calamari, $13.50

Rizzo’s Pizza
30-13 Steinway St., nr. 30th Ave.; 718-721-9862
“Some of the best square slices around. The sauce is robust, and they use just the right amount of cheese.”
What to order: Square pie, $22

JJ’s Asian Fusion
37-05 31st Ave., nr. 37th St.; 718-626-8888
“Their sushi-roll combinations are excellent and fresh, and placing an order is easy—they’ve stored your information in the computer.”
What to order: Fancy dragon roll, $13.95


LONG ISLAND CITY by Julie Powell, author, Julie & Julia

Burger Garage
25-36 Jackson Ave., nr. 44th Dr.; 718-392-0424
“The menu is all about the burgers—In-n-Out style with thinnish patties and crisp, simple accoutrements. My husband and I disagree about fries versus onion rings. ”
What to order: Single cheddar burger, $4.20

Tuk Tuk
49-06 Vernon Blvd., nr. 49th Ave.; 718-472-5598
“They know you whenever you call and get the food to you in nanoseconds. The baked duck and the red curry generally satisfy.”
What to order: Duckaholic, $15

Five Stars Punjabi
13-05 43rd Ave., nr. 21st St.; 718-784-7444
“This place is part Indian greasy spoon, part Hindi-wedding-banquet hall. Delivery is only for a few obscure hours, and the personnel seem unable to find their way around their own neighborhood. But the food is solid. Just have your oven preheated.”
What to order: Butter chicken, $9

Sage General Store
24-20 Jackson Ave., nr. 45th Ave.; 718-361-0707
“Great when you intended to cook but find you aren’t quite up to pulling it off. It almost feels like home cooking.”
What to order: Texas Cowboy steak, $8.50



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