C R Y D E R P O I N T 12 APRIl Welcome to a new feature in the Cryder Point Courier by Helene Oelerich, aka The Dining Diva. Helene is a Whitestone resident, bona fide foodie and restaurant maven who will be sharing her reviews of restaurants in and the around the area. Enjoy! The Dining Diva: Maiella – Italian Dining on the water By Helene Oelerich Maiella is a beautiful, spacious and classy restaurant that sits at the base of the iconic Pepsi sign and features spectacular city views. Inside, amazing ambiance awaits you. This lovely trendy trattoria includes a large, circular bar known for its wonderful cocktails and wine. The dining room is cozy and comfortable, accommodating approximately 180 guests, and the magnificent Empire State Building and the New York City lights watch over you as you dine. In nice weather, diners may prefer the outdoor terrace, which seats approximately 100. The food prepared by chef and owner Rocco Sacramone is fresh and delicious, adding a modern twist to classic Italian food. Rocco has teamed up with the owner of the restaurant Cavo, another super chef, and there are so many wonderful dishes to choose from. Some examples include: stuffed eggplant with spinach & mozzarella; wild boar meatballs in porcini mushroom sauce; steak with broccoli rabe; great pastas of all kinds; fabulous lobster salad; excellent fish (I love the branzino); chocolate mousse and panacotta… and so much more. The service is excellent from the time you enter the restaurant until your car is returned to you by the valet, and the wait staff and managers know everything and treat everyone in a special manner! You will be quite pleased, and we can’t wait to go back to Maiella! Mailella is located at 4610 Center Blvd., Long Island City. Phone 718-606-1770 for reservations. Helene and friends Robyn and Dianne get a special hello from Chef Rocco Sacramone Helene and Phil Oelerich enjoy the city views at Maiella Lots of rumors, but no facts, about what will replace a closed supermarket in Whitestone By Robert Pozarycki Rumors are flying on social media regarding the future of the defunct Waldbaum’s supermarket in the Whitestone neighborhood of Queens. The challenge has been finding any truth to all the speculation. The We Love Whitestone Facebook page has been buzzing in recent days about the possibility of a Trader Joe’s supermarket coming to the site located in Whitestone Plaza at 153-01 10th Ave. Trader Joe’s, the nationally renowned organic food retailer, has just one location in Queens on Metropolitan Avenue on the Glendale/Forest Hills border. A Trader Joe’s spokesperson, however, told QNS it was not pursuing the location. The latest rumor centers around possibly bringing Shop Rite, which recently opened up shop in neighboring College Point, to Whitestone Plaza. QNS reached out to Shop Rite’s corporate office for a comment and is awaiting a response. Whitestone Plaza is owned and operated by The Feil Organization, a Manhattan-based real estate company, which lists on its website the former Waldbaum’s supermarket The former Waldbaum’s supermarket in Whitestone remains vacant, its future is still a mystery to many. QNS/File photo as being available. When contacted by QNS, a Feil representative said that the space was “kind of available” but declined to comment any further. According to the advertisement, the 41,705-square-foot of space could be divided. Feil touted the site’s prime location, as it is located in close proximity to the Cross Island Parkway, Whitestone and Clearview Expressways and the Throgs Neck and Whitestone bridges. Whitestone Plaza has a parking lot accommodating 290 spaces. 12 cryder point courier | APRIL 2016 | WWW.QNS.COM The Waldbaum’s at Whitestone Plaza closed its doors in November after the regional supermarket chain’s parent company, The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A&P), filed for bankruptcy last summer. A&P sold a number of Waldbaum’s and PathMark locations in Queens to competitors such as Stop & Shop and Key Food, but the Whitestone Waldbaum’s was ultimately shuttered.
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