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Ever Have Dinner For Breakfast? YOTVETA 187-20 Union Turnpike Fresh Meadows, NY

Carolyn Tann-Starr 2009

YOTVETA 187-20 Union Turnpike Fresh Meadows, NY 11365 (718) 454-1636/37

Yotveta is one of my fave foodie paradise spots. I talk about them a lot because I really like them (LOL). They even have a Facebook Business Fan Page where you can check out their hours of operation and see shots of food from the fans who frequent their establishment.

I have lots of food shots and posted a few. Let me put you in remembrance: Neerpat @ Yotveta  Food Candy  Yotveta for Ice Cream   Life Is Short. Have Desert First...

There's more, but I want you to get through your day without your eyes crossing or thinking that I am about to engage in food porn (LOL). My gal pal Susana Isakharova and I went there for breakfast the other day because our schedules changed and we both suddenly found ourselves with some extra time on our hands to catch up. We are totally into the concept of having multiple outside offices because our work requires a lot of writing. When possible, we criss cross during our day between assignments so we can check in, catch up and write, write, write.

Ever have dinner for breakfast? You should try doing that at some of your fave spots. It might turn into more of a treat than you think (LOL).

I had the Sea Bass for breakfast (ROTFL). I know, I know, that's a dinner dish and some of you are traditionalists (LOL). The sea bass at Yotveta is just so good I didn't want to wait for dinner (LMAO). Who made that rule anyway? That rule needs to be broken... frequently (but only if the food is tasty - LOL). To seem not so strange I even ordered an Israeli Coffee and Orange Juice to make it feel more breakfast-like. I was in the mood for mashed potatoes, a medley of veggies and sea bass (with that tasty sauce they make) so I asked for what I really wanted rather than settle for something less. BTW, some of you need to do that more often. Start with food and work your way up to the really big stuff (LOL). :-)

Susana had the Indian Omelet and Tea. Hmm... she's a traditionalist but I am working on her (LOL). I enjoyed sampling her selection. That was very, very good. Sometimes the simple things bring the most pleasure when you are hungry. I sat there eating like a starving person... maybe because I was running late and starving? (LOL) Nope... truth is I gobbled up my food because I was enjoying it. ;-)

My friends and I frequently order different things so we can split up the plates and try everything together. Susana and I have been working our way through this menu for a while now. I love blogging with my girlfriend about food and Jewish customs because she is teaching me all things Israeli. It's a fabulous, quiet and fun personal quest and we enjoy finding excellent spots to trigger and engage my imagination. I suck at Hebrew, but I am still learning the language. I'm even starting to pick up some Russian (LOL). Will see how I do when I post the Isaiah post later. :-)

You have to experience cultures to appreciate them. Seeing the play and eating the food is always so much more fun than reading about it (LOL). You might not like what I like... I might not like what you like... We wont know if we agree or disagree unless we both try it so go out and do something different today. Have dessert first, dinner for breakfast and play in the Rain. :-)

The cool thing about Yotveta is the place is small and cozy, the music is soothing, the people are nice, the waiters are attentive and the warm, inviting atmosphere is the right kind of atmosphere for writing. My friends and I do a lot of writing together. Sometimes, it's like we are children engaged in parallel play: very happy to be side by side but ignoring each other because we're very busy (LMAO). We chat when we get a thought, but go back to being happy and quiet while we work.

I like passing Susana my laptop and asking her to read blogs. Susana is mad funny and very smart and frequently puts up with me writing in the car. Sometimes, when we're out to lunch, she makes me put my laptop away (LOL). I am addicted to blogging. She helps me manage my addiction (LMAO). My gal pal is mad smart so I listen to her. Chicka already had a double Masters, then went out and got another Masters degree. If you want to have fun you should surround yourself with people who are smarter than you. They make life very interesting (LOL).

Today's outside office is Yotveta. I think I may be going again later on because their ravioli has been on my mind and Ravioli for breakfast or lunch would really make my day. Seriously. :-)

Psssst... the best day to eat at a Queen's restaurant in the early morning is always on a Wednesday. Why? Because the majority of alternate side of the street parking happens on Mon/Tue and Thur/Fri. Union Turnpike has metered parking so I think I'll be just fine today.

Another reason why I love eating here? There is plenty of street parking available. The bank is right across the street and it is also surrounded by very nice places to shop. I have never parked more than half a block away from their front door. Even in the snow. How cool is that? Very. ;-)

Carolyn Tann-Starr 2009

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Comment balloon 30 commentsC Tann-Starr • December 18 2009 06:50AM


HA!  You wisely named my #1 criterion for just about any service/product/eatery/ etc. 

"There is plenty of street parking available."

Street or parking lot are both fine, but there must be parking.

BTW, fish and eggs are a time honored breakfast dish in many areas.  Smoked fish is very popular.  Grilled fresh fish and eggs will always please folks who love both fish and eggs.  Just about any kind of omlette is going to appeal to many. 

Great Localism. 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Thank you, Lenn. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 11 years ago


I think that we have something in common, we both like FOOD, don't mind have something out of the norm like dinner for breakfast, and visiting different cultures.

All of these are sooooo fun everyone sohould try it at least once in their lifetime.......Break tradition.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) almost 11 years ago


I simply must travel to new York one day just to enjoy the restaurants there. It is obviously a food paradise.

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) almost 11 years ago

Thanks for posting this. As a former foodservice professional, I love talking about food and of course eating !!  Not too long ago, I started a restaurant blog for places in NJ. If you are interested, you can check it out.... NJ Restaurant Blog

I also think there is nothing wrong with eating dinner in the morning

Posted by Eric J, Dream Home Financing (Eric J - Dream Home Financing) almost 11 years ago

Now C, breakfast for dinner, but it is pure mad to have dinner for breakfast. You are way out there in that league.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 11 years ago


Fresh Meadows also recently opened a Hooters. I was going to blog about that but I guess it will have to wait. 

Seriously, I have to remind myself when I'm stuck in traffic or freezing that THIS is what makes New York the greatest place in the world- you can get the best food, of any kind, somewhere in this crazy area. 

And parking too!!! 

Posted by J. Philip Faranda, Broker-Owner (J. Philip Faranda (J. Philip R.E. LLC) Westchester County NY) almost 11 years ago

Yummy! I should not have read this before breakfast. I make a maple salmon that I love having the next day for breakfast, cold, not reheated. But mostly I am a traditional breakfast eater!

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) almost 11 years ago

If I could only do one thing for the rest of my life it would be to eat. Different things, in different places. I love food. I had my leftover grilled pimento cheese with bacon and tomato sandwich for breakfast. Yep dinner or lunch food for breakfast works. :)

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) almost 11 years ago

Carolyn - My first job required me to work 3rd shift in Washington D.C. (just a few years ago). Our group would seek out "dinner" when we got off at 6:00am ...There were few choices. To this day the bug is still with me and occaisionally order non breakfast foods considered dinner for breakfast. I thought I was the only one with this affliction.

Posted by Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale (Homes By Cross, Inc. ) almost 11 years ago

Fresh Meadows! That is near my family's house. I think I will have to drive by next time to check out this place! Thank you for this local business post! Yes, LOVE TO HAVE PLENTY OF PARKING TOO!

Posted by Eileen Hsu, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Carolyn that is AWESOME.

I was a nightimer for 20 years in radio and live in a 24 hour casino town. Dinner for breakfast works!

Guilty Pleasure: toasting leftover pizza in oven till it's crunchy and having for breakfast with red pepper and parmesan...hahaha


Posted by Candice A. Donofrio, 928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text (Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker) almost 11 years ago

Love the way you think. New York is on my bucket list. Will you show me around? Not till spring though. I am cozy here in AZ for now.

Posted by Deanne Olivas, Your Home Matters (eXp Realty) almost 11 years ago

Oh great, instance hunger now.  Great blog!

Posted by Trisha P Realty Group, "Holding the Keys to Your Dream Home" (Realty Executives) almost 11 years ago


I'm gonna try to stick my head in the door around 1:30 to see if I can at least see you to say "hi", since I'll be in the area.  Let me know if that works for you.

Posted by Jesse Skolkin (Independent New York State Certified Real Estate Appraiser) almost 11 years ago

Great foodie post Carolyn!

Breakfast for dinner?

Sure, why not?

Hey, we're all adults here. If we want to have a totally chocolate dinner we can!

Sorry kids, go and eat your veggies. Mom and Dad are having chocolate for dinner tonight!!!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) almost 11 years ago

Only cold pizza. That's the only dinner I've ever eaten for breakfast--also probably the only breakfast I've ever eaten for breakfast. I love breakfast. It's just a little too early for me.

Posted by Melissa Zavala, Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County (Broadpoint Properties) almost 11 years ago

My favorite breakfast foods are chicken & steak, so no you're not the only one. I just wish there were more places around here to get normal food in the morning, because I'm not big on most breaksfast dishes [seems like they're all some form of pork]. My husband used to pick on me when we were in Charlotte, because my favorite brekfast place their specialized in chicken & waffles - I think it's one of those wierd southern things, but the combo is good any time of day.

Posted by Raine Carraway almost 11 years ago

CT - great place you wrote about. I can see why you love it so. And, hey, food is food. You eat what you want when you want, especially if it's good. Those photos make me hungry, even though I just finished dinner! LOL


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Love it. Looks great. While a fan of dinner for breakfast, I draw the line at breakfast for dinner.

Posted by Nancy Milton Holtzscher, Edwardsville/Glen Carbon, Illinois Broker, REALTOR (RE/MAX Alliance in St.Louis' Illinois suburbs) almost 11 years ago

That looks delicious! I'd love to try it!!!

Posted by Todd & Devona Garrigus, Broker / REALTORS® (Garrigus Real Estate) almost 11 years ago

Don, a break in tradition sounds lovely. I'm with you. :-)

Richard, let me know when you're coming and I shall wine and dine you. :-)

Eric J, thanks for the link. I love talking about food too. :-)

LOL @ Gary. When I get to TX you and Melodious are gonna have to so show me how it's done in the Lone Star State. :-)

J. Phillip, I think it's near the theater. I have to take a run down the LIE and see if we're talking about the same place. We should have a play date with our kids and check it out together. :-)

Barb, that sounds wonderful... :-)

Connie, I'm thinking you and I would have a field day if we took a road trip together. Shopping, eating and blogging... I am soooooo down for this. ;-)

Claude, at one point I was working the 3-11:30 PM shift so I know what you mean about wanting to have dinner at odd hours. 2 AM I'd be sitting in a diner having a steak (LOL).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Eileen, I would love to treat you. Let me know when you're playing in my neck of the woods. Yotveta is off the intersection of 188th and Union Turnpike across the street from the bank. :-)

Candice, I just tried your guilty pleasure. I think I'm in love (LOL). ;-)

Deanne, I would love to show you around. It would be my pleasure, sweetie pie. :-)

LOL @ Trisha. I've had those moments (usually on Poppy Dinsey's blog. She shoots shots of her food too - LOL)

Jesse, looking forward to catching up with you next week. We'll play phone tag. :-)

Craig a totally choc dinner sounds like fun. My kids will thank you (LOL). ;-)

Melissa my wee people munch on cold pizza all the time. It makes me crazy. I wake up in the morning to a empty Dominos box and Disney cups with straws in them. The juice is usually left open on the kitchen counter and my boys are discovered sleeping with the sauce still on their faces. This is my life with wee people  (LMAO).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

Raine, I have never had chicken and waffles. This is a must do when I go see my parents. I hope it is a southern thing. Sounds fabulous! :-)

Jeff, the best thing about having friends from all over the world is they take you to their fave spots when they relocate here. There are neighborhoods I never knew any details about simply because I had no reason to be there. Now I pick random places to go jogging just to get a feel of what its like to live, shop and eat there. I am always asking people about their fave places to eat. It's great when you take a client out and can fill them in on the hot spots. Even better when you can learn to love a menu. My hubby is Jewish and never fully explained Dairy Kosher Orthodox to me. I missed out on a lot of great meals (LOL). I'm making up for lost time. :-)

LOL @ Nancy. I have a simple food rule: if it is good I will come (LMAO). ;-)

Todd and Devona, you should. It's a great menu and I enjoy hanging out with my friends at nice spots. Sometimes the smaller establishments have more time to surprise you. They have tweaked the menu a couple of times because my gal pal had allergies. That's awesome. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

I often have dinner for breakfast, primarily because I sometimes don't finish dinner the night before. There is nothing wrong with leftover dinner for breakfast, but it's probably even better if the dinner for breakfast is prepared fresh, LOL. Heck, I even eat my chocolate cake dessert before my appetizer. There are no rules when it comes to food. Looks like you've found yourself a good place to dine, C.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) almost 11 years ago

Elizabeth, a very good place to dine, indeed. :-) I love the idea of having dessert before the appetizer. I am always saying life is short have dessert first (LOL).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

I have always thought it to be far more popular to have breakfast for dinner, but I have to admit that food does look tasty.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) almost 11 years ago

C, Great blog! Made me very hungry for breakfast for dinner! Being a Brooklyn boy I especially appreciate the tip about alternate side parking! Now that's what I call: Street Smarts! :-)


Posted by Tom Re (Mold Doctor ) almost 11 years ago

Even though I'm still full from a big lunch, these pictures are making my mouth water!  I gotta try this place!

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) almost 11 years ago

JL, very tasty. I am thinking of going out in the snow for lunch with the boys. We were playing in the window because its 27 degrees. Too cold to make a snowman.

LOL @ Tom. I hate coming out from a good meal and finding a parking ticket (LOL).

Ann, when you come for Inman we are definitely going to Yotveta!!! Kyoto too. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) almost 11 years ago

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