2013-08-21 / Restaurant of the Week

Joey’s Place Fine Italian Cuisine

Located near LaGuardia Airport and Jackson Heights, Joey’s Place in East Elmhurst draws a faithful clientele to the restaurant for excellent Italian cuisine and to the adjacent bar and lounge that always hosts a lively crowd. Joey’s Place has been serving the community, airport staff and visitors to New York staying in nearby hotels for 21 years now and the secret is in the consistently delicious food. Whether you fancy a plate of comforting spaghetti carbonara or a juicy steak off the grill, the expert chef at Joey’s Place will prepare your meal on the spot and the friendly servers will bring it out swiftly, on shiny white platters.

The spacious dining room has plenty of booths and long tables for group seating and there’s a dance floor too, making Joey’s Place the ideal setting for your next private party or business function. Customized menus are arranged to suit your budget and the service is excellent, so leave the party to them and just relax.

The bartender will mix up your favorite cocktails or you can order a bottle of reasonably priced wine from their list. The blackboard out front boasted the specials of the day that included stuffed artichokes, eggplant rollatini and baked, stuffed clams as appetizers. The dinner specials included veal cutlet with broccoli rabe, penne with chicken and broccoli and fillet of sole oreganata, which I ordered. This fresh, flaky fish was prepared with crisp breadcrumbs, butter and lemon sauce that all just melted in my mouth. My companion’s veal special was fork tender and served with lots of healthy broccoli rabe, bursting with flavor.

The regular menu offers a wide selection of cold and hot appetizers such as the chef’s delicious baked Little Neck clams, mussels in garlic and white wine sauce or crispy fried calamari or mozzarella sticks. The special eggplant rollatini appetizer was made with fresh eggplant and filled with fluffy ricotta, then topped with house made tomato sauce and melted mozzarella.

Entrees include chicken, seafood and meat dishes and, of course, lots of pasta. One of the most popular dishes is angel hair pasta with shrimp, garlic, asparagus, mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes in a flavorful white wine and lemon sauce ($17.95). Toothsome rigatoni pomodoro is made with fresh cut tomatoes, basil and garlic, sprinkled with Reggiano parmigiano cheese ($15.50). Classic fettuccine Alfredo is hard to resist, as is the cheese ravioli Florentine, dressed with tomato cream sauce, served on a bed of spinach. Linguini with red or white clam sauce will empty the bread basket as you soak up every delicious drop.

Chicken scarpariello is served on the bone with garlic, mushrooms, lemon and herbs. If you like fish and seafood, Joey’s Place has fresh sole, served a number of ways, shrimp scampi, and shrimp marinara, served over a mound of al dente pasta.

Juicy pork chops, filet mignon and tender prime rib of beef are served every night or you can try a 32- ounce T-bone steak for just $24.95. All meat and fish entrees come complete with choice of baked potato, homemade fries, rice or pasta and a freshly tossed salad, making Joey’s an economical choice for a meal.

Order some freshly brewed coffee and a hunk of creamy New York style cheesecake, black and white mousse cake, tiramisu or tartufo ice cream treat. Just next door, the lively bar plays music, video games and offers plenty of local conversation as well as a bar menu with tasty snacks from the restaurant’s kitchen. Stop in anytime, before or after dinner.

Joey’s Place is my place and should be your place for delicious Italian food, seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Remember Joey’s Place catering for your next event. Check out their Web site for more information, but more importantly, visit Joey’s Place for lunch or dinner for a fantastic Italian meal, right in the neighborhood. Buon appetito!

84-14 Astoria Boulevard
East Elmhurst/Jackson Heights


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