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Queens Restaurants

Elias Corner
24-02 31st St., at 24th Ave., Astoria
This Astoria Greek spot is known for its fresh seafood. So fresh, in fact, that it stares back at you from open cases at the restaurant’s entrance. No menus, no credit cards; just friendly, casual service. Plan to have dessert elsewhere, as there’s usually a push to turn the tables and keep the long lines moving. (I–M)

Green Field Churrascaria
108-01 Northern Blvd., at 108th St., Corona
Green and red discs cue waiters to bring skewers of meat to your table until you signal “stop” at this all-you-can-eat Brazilian barbecue party. The salad bar runs the entire length of the room, and a massive selection of shrimp, sushi, and other sea creatures is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. (M)

Jackson Diner
37-47 74th St., near Roosevelt Ave., Jackson Heights
Even the pickiest eaters will find something at this Indian spot. Go for the $6.95 weekday buffet or sample some naan with raita—Indian-style bread served with a cucumber and yogurt sauce for dipping. Family-friendly pricing means family-filled lines, despite a cash-only policy. (I–M)

Master Grill International
34-09 College Point Blvd., near 34th Ave., Flushing
A carnivore’s nirvana, the 600-plus-seat Master Grill entertains families with nightly live music. The international food and salad bar are always a hit. (M)

Piccola Venezia
42-01 28th Ave., at 42nd St., Astoria
Kids are welcomed with open arms at this Astoria Italian eatery, where half-portions, portions without sauce, or portions with just a little sauce are never a problem. The bruschetta is a star starter. (M–VE)

From the Fall 2004 edition of the New York Family Guide