Finally made the very worthwhile trip to Ridgewood to taste this Pho Ga at Bun-ker Vietnamese. The smoked shallot broth with Bo Bo chicken takes almost eight hours to prepare, and I would find it hard to believe there is a better ‘chicken noodle soup’ anywhere else around. The banh mi (with 5 spice house smoked pate), banh xeo (crispy egg crepe with bacon and veggies), crab spring rolls, creamed taro leaves, tomato garlic fried rice… well, everything was beyond exceptional. Even the artichoke iced tea. But this noodle soup I will dream about. www.bunkervietnamese.com
The Knockdown Center in Maspeth, Queens, is like DIA:Beacon + Roberta’s + The Foundry + post-apocalyptic landscape. Gallery here on papermag.com. It’s a 3-acre complex that used to serve as a glass factory but now hosts events and happenings and projects.
Millionaire Realty on Astoria Boulevard (near Crescent) still sports the old alphanumeric telephone exchange. Here, AS for Astoria — AStoria4-5500. Millionaire has been here for a long time—but then again, you can tell that simply by looking at it.
My favorite part of Spring arriving in Queens, making impromptu trips to Gantry State Park. Located a couple of blocks away from the Vernon Boulevard stop on the 7, the park is a great place to sit and reflect or bring a date to in the warmer months.