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Casa Del Chef

39-06 64th St., Queens, NY 11377 40.746197 -73.899956
nr. Roosevelt Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-457-9000 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: American Nouveau, Bistro, South American
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Official Website

casadelchefny.com

Hours

Tue-Thu, 4pm-10pm; Fri-Sat, 4pm-midnight; Sun, 4pm-10pm; Mon, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

7 at 61st St.-Woodside; 7 at 69th St.

Prices

$18-$24

Payment Methods

Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Notable Chef
  • Prix-Fixe

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

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Profile

Tucked under clanging elevated-train tracks is this cozy New American bistro with farm-to-table cuisine from a former head catering chef at Blue Hill at Stone Barns. The place is quietly dignified, with tiny wooden tables and glass votives casting soft candlelight on the olive walls. A burlap curtain hangs at the back, partially obscuring the bright kitchen, and small signs rim the casual, narrow space with earnest mantras like “Cooking Is Love” and “Happiness Is Homemade.” The small menu rotates a few times each season, based on weekly visits to the Jackson Heights Greenmarket for roots and vegetables that anchor entrées like the ginger-glazed duck breast’s tangy carrot-curry stew. The chef often flavors dishes with white balsamic vinegar and vegetable purée sauces, but he delights in crafting the three-course tasting menu – a rarity among Woodside’s culinary set – with ingredients so fresh they’re only available for a few days, like summertime avocado squash. Sip from the red-heavy wine list or, from fall to spring, savor complimentary shots of cinnamon-spiced canelazo. The traditional Ecuadorean tea is made with passion fruit, infused with star anise and cinnamon, given a touch of lemon juice, then mixed with Ecuadorean sugarcane liquor, evoking the mountainside sugar plantation where the chef grew up.

Recommended Dishes

Ginger-glazed duck breast, $22; Casa Del Chef seafood stew, $21

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