You can taste the world without leaving Queens, New York

Dining out in Queens is like taking an international food
tour.

As the largest and second-most populous borough in
New York City
, you can find virtually any dish you desire here
— on any given day, at almost any hour. And Queens is full of
surprises. The East Coast doesn’t have the best reputation when
it comes to tacos, but there are plenty of restaurants proving that
New York is catching up to California. Craving dim sum or a bowl of
boat noodles that rivals what you’d find on the
streets of Bangkok
? Check and check. The range of restaurants
in Queens proves this may be one of the most diverse and delicious
slices of the Big Apple.

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When New Yorkers think of dining in Astoria, they usually
imagine a traditionally Greek neighborhood. There are plenty of
options, but Astoria Seafood gives you a taste of all the classic
Greek dishes — simply prepared, quality ingredients — from its
fish market. You pick your seafood, and the chefs will do anything
you want: grill, saute, fry, deep-fry, bake, roast … you get the
idea. And when you dine here, you start understanding how the area
has become more diverse, too. You’ll hear enough languages being
spoken that you might mistake the spot for a U.N. summit. But,
it’s also just more reason to venture out and explore Astoria’s
Egyptian (especially off Steinway Street), Brazilian and Colombian
restaurants, among others.

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Elmhurst Pata Paplean. (Photo by Bao Ong)

There are plenty of options for first-rate Asian food in this
neighborhood, but it’s perhaps best known for its authentic
roster of Thai restaurants (there’s even a stretch known as Thai
Town). It’s not surprising once you learn that a large Thai
population lives here, and you’ll see temples and Thai grocery
stores dotting the streets during your visit. The bar Pata Paplean
feels like a watering hole you’d find in
Chiang Mai
, and the very reasonably priced bowls of noodle
soups — only served on the weekends — transports you to
Southeast Asia with just one bite. Or, you can line up for the
chicken-and-rice dish at Eim Khao Mun Kai, where you’ll crowd
around a small table and feast.

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Flushing White Bear. (Photo by Bao Ong)

When you disembark from the 7 train at the last stop, you’ll
find yourself in the middle of what many locals consider “the
Chinese Manhattan.†While Flushing may not be as well known as
Manhattan’s Chinatown, this is where first- and second-generation
immigrants — the population is nearly 70% Asian, according to
2010 census data — have flocked to in recent years as they opened
businesses and formed their own community. The result? Some of the
city’s best Asian restaurants, bakeries and specialty stores can
be found on nearly every corner in the downtown area. You can hunt
for mom-and-pop shops selling stellar plates of dumplings for under
$10 at spots like White Bear or dine at gleaming new restaurants
such as Haidilao, a hugely popular chain of hot pot restaurants.
The culinary options are endless and make the journey well worth
it.

Jackson Heights Fuskahouse. (Photo by Bao Ong)

This neighborhood in north-central Queens can sometimes feel far
removed from the trendiest parts of New
York City
. As you’re strolling down Roosevelt Avenue
searching for tacos or momos, there are people speaking in at least
half a dozen different languages at any given moment — which
isn’t a surprise, really, because Jackson Heights is often
referred to as the most diverse zip code in America. Just as rich
is the array of food you can find here: The New York Times put the
spotlight on the Birrira-Landia food truck, already a neighborhood
icon, which now lands on nearly every best taco list in the city.
But you’ll also discover everything from Himalayan cuisine (check
out Lhasa Fast Food) to fluffy cornmeal cakes from the popular
Arepa Lady. You could easily take yourself or a group of friends on
a global food tour without leaving the area.

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Long Island City Adda. (Photo courtesy of Adda)

If there’s one restaurant that could personify Long Island
City, it’s Adda. This Indian restaurant, which is about the size
of a tiny New York studio apartment, serves unparalleled takes on
the subcontinent’s varied regional cuisines, from dishes like
tandoori gobi to Malvani fish curry. It’s modern, yet
approachable — just like LIC itself with its new developments
surrounded by industrial warehouses. Although this redeveloped area
may feel like it’s been overtaken by luxury towers, there are
long-loved standout restaurants, if you know where to look. Dutch
Kills has been open since 2009 and stands up to the city’s best
craft cocktails bars, and nearby, you’ll find exceptional modern
Mexican fare at Casa Enrique.

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The Rockaways Rockaways Tacoway Beach. (Photo
by Bao Ong)

Rockaway Beach is only a subway (though a long one) or breezy
ferry ride away if you’re coming from Manhattan. But once
you’ve arrived, you’re rewarded with surfers chasing the waves
and plenty of places to eat whether you stay all day or all
weekend. If your agenda is all about lounging in the sand and
soaking up the sun, Caracas Arepa Bar and Rippers are two popular
spots on the boardwalk that will keep you satiated and hydrated.
But if you get away from the beach, you’ll discover the robust
creative community here — OK, a lot of them are from Brooklyn
— at spots like Whit’s End serving top-notch pizzas with
seasonal ingredients or Tacoway Beach for fish tacos served out of
shipping containers.

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College Point

Manhattan’s Koreatown, a roughly two-block stretch of East
32nd Street, gets all the attention when it comes to Korean
restaurants. But College Point, located just east of Flushing (and
reachable in parts by bus or the Long
Island Rail Road
), is where connoisseurs of everything from
kimchi jjigae to barbecue head when they want the best renditions
of the country’s most recognized dishes. Hahm Ji Bach is a
favorite and crowd-pleaser because you’ll find all the popular
homestyle dishes people love in Korean cuisine, but the flavors
aren’t watered down and the quality is on point. One more tip?
Many of the restaurants don’t have English menus, so hopefully
you’re dining with someone who knows their way around a Korean
menu or speaks the language.

Bottom line

Many of us are willing to travel near and far just for food. In
2020, however, traveling and
dining out is a completely different ball game
with all the
various restrictions regulating where we can travel and the
restaurant industry at large.

But in New
York City
, you can still easily take a gastronomic tour of the
world without leaving the Big Apple. And if there’s one borough
to hit, it’s Queens. The sheer number of restaurants and
diversity of cuisines alone makes this lesser-known area worth
visiting when you want to whet your appetite. You’ll find
neighborhood staples, mom-and-pop shops and even trendier
restaurants claiming spots on hottest restaurant lists — and all
these spots need your business now more than ever.

Featured photo by javan/Twenty20.

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You can taste the world without leaving Queens, New
York