Last week I spent the day with Anthony Bourdain at the Red Hook ball fields. Essentially it is an outdoor food fest with a Latin flair, worth checking out any time you are in NYC. I was shooting some of the founding fathers and mothers of Chowhound.com, eGullet.com, and many other popular sites. Here are a few of our/their other favorite "ethnic eateries" in the outer boroughs of NYC. Why is this important? Because in an age when Manhattan reservations are hard to come by, assuming you can afford them, everyone is always looking for the better choices, especially in the farther reaches of the rest of NYC. You should be able to Google any of these names for more info . . .
*Sripraphai . . . Woodside, Queens. The absolute best Thai in NYC, according to many.
*Spicy Minna . . . Incredible Bangaladeshi. A hole in the wall. Always empty. Utterly delicious.
*Kabob Cafe . . . Can't-be-beat Middle-eastern in Astoria, Queens. Restaurant the size of a postage stamp. Rugs hung on the wall. See pics of Tony and I with the chefs.
*Tanoreen . . . Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Middle Eastern. This place is so good no one will take their friends for fear of over-running the place with amateur eaters.