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Where to Drink Outdoors in New York City, 2014 Edition

The Serious Eats Team 6 comments

Rooftop bars, low-key gardens, people-watching patios—whatever your inclination (and whatever your drink), we've got you covered in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. More

Cannelle Patisserie in Jackson Heights Still Has It

New York Niko Triantafillou 3 comments

In a nondescript shopping mall, just past a plastic bottle recycling station, in Jackson Heights, Queens, lies one of the best French bakeries in New York. Case in point: this all-chocolate, all-the-time dessert. More

Epic Wait at Taverna Kyclades? Where to Eat Instead

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Taverna Kyclades is the easier-to-get-into Rao's of Astoria's Greek restaurant scene. You'll find some good grilled fish there, but the real draw is the clubby community that leads to two hour waits for a table on peak nights. Fortunately, if you're looking for good traditional Greek, Kyclades is far from your only option. More

The Local's Guide to Eating Well in Forest Hills, Queens's Sleeper Food Neighborhood

New York Max Falkowitz 6 comments

Forest Hills, the sleepy Queens neighborhood where I grew up, isn't considered a must-eat food destination. But what it lacks in a flashy restaurant scene it makes up for with some great businesses that have stood the test of time. There's certainly enough in the neighborhood to warrant a day of eating around; here's where you should go. More

How to Eat at Crazy Crab, Flushing's Yunnan-Burmese-Cajun Crab Shack

New York Jamie Feldmar 4 comments

The key to a successful experience at Crazy Crab is twofold: flexibility and knowledge. If you're looking for a full-blown Burmese or Yunnanese experience, you will be disappointed, as the menu offers only a handful of dishes from each cuisine. And if you're in the market for a legit Cajun seafood fiesta, then I have to ask what exactly you're doing in Flushing. But if you enter Crazy Crab with a plan of attack, an open mind, and a willingness to make a cross-cultural mess on your plate, you won't leave disappointed. More

Your Friendly Reminder That the Lemon Ice King of Corona is Here for Warm Weather

New York Max Falkowitz 1 comment

As the weather starts to warm there should be one thing on your mind: Italian ices. More

Koliba's Hibernation Fare, Czech-Style

New York Max Falkowitz 1 comment

Astoria's Koliba specializes in oversized plates of comfort food. Chief among them: spaetzle with sauerkraut and bacon. More

So a Comedian Opens a Korean Barbecue Restaurant

New York Chris Hansen 6 comments

This Seoul-based chain is founded by comedian, MC, and former professional wrestler Kang Ho Dong, which may lead you to believe that Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong is something of a gag. But on my visit that couldn't be further from the case. More

Go Crazy for Burmese Salad

New York Max Falkowitz 2 comments

Of all the Burmese specialties at Flushing's Crazy Crab, this salad of shredded young ginger and fried crunchy bits is the most compelling. More

In Search of Georgian Cheese Bread in Rego Park

New York Noah Arenstein 8 comments

Marani, a recently opened Glatt kosher Georgian restaurant in Rego Park, prides itself on being only the second kosher Georgian restaurant in the world featuring two separate kitchens. Of the two, the dairy-only bakery downstairs is the star. More

Smoked Meat-Stuffed Balkan 'Burgers' at Astoria's Djerdan

New York Max Falkowitz 12 comments

You can find these record-sized wheels of beef at Balkan grill joints and restaurants around the city, from Ukus to Kafana to Bosna Express, but at Astoria's Djerdan, they go the extra mile, stuffing the patty with bacon and crumbled feta. More

What Makes Duzan's Foul Madammas So Damn Good?

New York Max Falkowitz 4 comments

Palestinian sandwich shop Duzan makes some of the city's best shawarma, but these days I'm all about their bean dip. More

We Try the Falafel Pie From Benjy's Kosher Pizza Dairy Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Queens

Slice Ben Jay 9 comments

The five boroughs are dotted with numerous cuisine-unspecific kosher restaurants, serving everything from shawarma to pizza to sushi, all rabbinically approved for Orthodox Jewish consumption. Benjy's Kosher Pizza Dairy Restaurant & Sushi Bar in Flushing is one notable example. According to the restaurant's extended name, a woman I spoke to while having lunch there, and this blog post (picked up by Gothamist), the pizza is the thing to order at Benjy's. And having read that post, there was no way I'd be ordering anything other than the Falafel Pizza. More

The Sainted Arepa Lady is Opening a Restaurant in Jackson Heights

New York Max Falkowitz 5 comments

Great news for fans of the Sainted Arepa Lady—street food legend Maria Cano and her family will be opening a year-round brick and mortar restaurant at 77-02AA Roosevelt Avenue later this year, close to her normal 79th and Roosevelt street corner. More

My Favorite Lunar New Year Dish: Fish Salad for a Crowd

New York Lily Chin 1 comment

Yee sangis a large-format salad of raw fish, shredded vegetables, and crunchy bits eaten exclusively during Lunar New Year. It originated in mainland China, but these days it's most commonly found in Chinese communities in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. And in Flushing at Malay Restaurant, which serves my favorite version of the dish—Malaysia included. More

Vegetarian-Friendly Mezze With a Warm Welcome at Gregory's 26 Corner

New York Lauren Rothman 6 comments

The specialty at Gregory's 26 Corner is, resoundingly, its warm hospitality. The food doesn't disappoint, either. More

Gramercy Tavern's Miroslav Uskokovic Shares His Favorite Astoria Eats

New York Bao Ong 8 comments

When Miroslav Uskokovic, the head pastry chef at Gramercy Tavern, moved to Astoria in 2009, he felt right at home. As he puts it, "I try to eat in Queens a lot. Everyone comes to Manhattan. Why not support your local places?" More

Steakcraft: Uncle Jack's Kicks It Old School

New York Nick Solares 11 comments

Uncle Jack's Steakhouse has three bustling locations in New York—two in Manhattan and the original location in Bayside, Queens. As is befitting of a true New York steakhouse, each location dry ages its own beef, and in that tradition Uncle Jack's has a purchaser that still heads down to the Meatpacking District at an ungodly hour to personally select the restaurants' beef. More

Namoodol at H-Mart in Flushing Serves up a Quality Korean Lunch

New York Ben Jay 8 comments

As one of the city's Asian food meccas, Flushing has no shortage of good food courts. But one of the best receives little attention from Yelp or small food blogs, likely for one simple reason: it's a 25-minute walk from the 7 train on Flushing's Union Street in a Korean supermarket chain called H-Mart. Unless you have a car (it's five minutes from the Whitestone bridge that way), Namoodol, the H-Mart's lunch counter, is a trek, but the Korean barbecue and free tea alone are well worth the trip. More

Homestyle Indian Way Out in Queens at Taste of Kerala Kitchen

New York Max Falkowitz 2 comments

Though the food at Taste of Kerala Kitchen is mostly true to traditional form, some of it is better than others. Here's what should you order on your first visit. More

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