Check out some of the newest businesses on Bayside’s Bell Boulevard
BY JENNA BAGCAL
Several new businesses have popped
up in Bayside on Bell Boulevard, known
for its vibrant food and shopping options.
Whether it’s cheese-covered bubble tea,
Cuban food or steaming bowl of pho,
there’s sure to be a business to fi t every
taste. Check out the new shops below.
Pho Grand, 38-40 Bell Blvd.
In the mood for some Vietnamese fare?
Th en head down to Pho Grand.
Th e extensive menu features a variety
of pho, a traditional Vietnamese soup
with broth, rice noodles, herbs and meat.
Th e soup base at Pho Grand is beef broth,
which is made to order with toppings like
beef brisket, grilled chicken, pork chops
Other dishes include a choice of meat
or seafood over white rice or rice noodles
and bánh mì, a sandwich served on a
baguette and fi lled with meat and pickled
vegetables. Th e restaurant is open seven
days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. To
learn more visit phograndbayside.com.
The Cuban, 39-17 Bell
Blvd. (Coming soon)
While Th e Cuban isn’t open yet in
Bayside, the restaurant has made a reputation
for itself at several locations on
Th e restaurant operates under the philosophy
of owner William Martinez:
“Good Food, Exotic Drinks and Great
Music.” Th eir menu features classic Cuban
and Caribbean dishes from fresh ceviche
and ropa vieja — fl ank steak with tomatoes,
peppers, onions, green olives and
black beans — to paella and hand-rolled
One-of-a-kind drinks and live Cuban
and Latin entertainment complement the
dishes at Th e Cuban. Visit thecubanny.
com to learn more.
eye&I, 39-25 Bell Blvd.
Th is eyecare business was started
by Bayside native and optometrist Dr.
Crystal Han in partnership with her husband
Th e patient-forward business focuses
on giving patrons the best quality eyecare
while tailoring each product to an
individual’s needs. Dr. Han also wanted
to use her passion for optometry to
showcase her love of the arts. Th e brick
and mortar store on Bell Boulevard features
the handcraft ed work of local artisans,
which sets them apart from other
eye care businesses.
Services include comprehensive eye
exams, contact lens exams, medical eye
exams and full optical service.
Th e Eye&I grand opening is on
Saturday, Sept. 21. Hours of operation
are on Monday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.,
Tuesday through Th ursday from 11 a.m.
to 7 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit
eyeandiny.com for more information.
Mi Tea, 40-09 Bell Blvd.
In a sea of traditional bubble tea joints
is Mi Tea, which introduces cheese-covered
tea to the masses. Th e business fi rst
opened in 2016 in Hangzhou, China and
has since expanded to North America
and over 1,000 locations worldwide.
Th e cold tea is topped with a layer of
cheese foam, which is usually a cream
cheese combined with condensed milk.
Th e end result is a salty, sweet combination
that sits atop familiar tea fl avors
like black, green, oolong and peach.
Other toppings include tapioca pearls,
jelly, pudding, tofu, aloe and taro balls.
Hours of operation are Sunday to
Th ursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and
Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to
midnight. Head to the Mi Tea website at
I Heart Mac & Cheese, 41-19 Bell Blvd.
Th e Florida-based I Heart Mac &
Cheese opened its doors in Bayside back
in May. Despite its name, the business
serves up more than just the cheesy comfort
food and is known for its customizable
macaroni and cheese bowls, grilled
cheese sandwiches and salads.
Diners have the option of choosing
a base, including pasta, bread, quinoa
and caulifl ower, a cheese, one protein
and an unlimited amount of vegetables
for endless meal possibilities. Gluten-free
options are also available upon request.
The eatery is open Sunday to
Photo by Jenna Bagcal/QNS
Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and
Th ursday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11
p.m. Check out iheartmacandcheese.com
to learn more.
Lim’s Kitchen, 42-14 Bell Blvd.
For a taste of Korean cuisine, head to
Th e restaurant serves up Korean fried
chicken with several sauce options
including soy garlic, spicy soy garlic and
honey garlic. Patrons also have a choice
of kimbap, similar to Japanese sushi, with
fi llings like spicy tuna, kimchi and bulgogi.
From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, the restaurant
off ers $12 bento box specials which
includes a choice of protein served with
miso soup, salad, japchae (stir-fried glass
noodles and vegetables) and rice.
Lim’s Kitchen is open seven days a week
from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Mi Tea is among the several new businesses along Bell Boulevard in Bayside