We told you about Viva La Comida!, the Latin American (and beyond) food festival that hit Queens this past Friday. Take a look at some highlights from the event.
Take a look at some of the new food offerings at this year's US Open.
Nearly 50 Long Island City-based restaurants and vendors assembled on the waterfront at Gantry Plaza State Park last night for the 7th Annual Taste of LIC.
Shepherd's Pie from Bliss Street Station. [Photos: Sara Markel-Gonzalez It's St. Patrick's Day tomorrow! Green beer and corned beef and cabbage are fine options, but if you're in the mood for something a little more authentically Irish, try some...
Avenue J in Midwood has a good amount of kosher bakeries, and this time of year, the week leading up to Purim, those bakeries are filled with mishloach manot gift baskets and hamentashen. Poppy and apricot are my personal favorite, so when available, that's what I ordered at each stop. I didn't find a bad hamentashen in the bunch, but there were a few standouts. Here are the goods, from acceptable to outstanding.
Valentine's Day doesn't need to be just about a date at an expensive restaurant or a fancy box of chocolates. In fact, it doesn't necessarily have to be about romance at all. I have always looked at it as...
There are two Crispy Chinese Watercress Salads on the menu at Sripraphai in Woodside. I'm not saying that A-6, the salad on the regular menu, piled high with shrimp, chicken and squid isn't a great choice; but VA-2, Crispy Chinese Watercress Salad on the special vegetarian menu ($9.50) is even better, and it's a dish that I order again and again.
It's that time of year again—Mexican Independence Day, September 16! It may be chilly out today, but it's perfect weather to wander the neighborhood for a full day of food, Mexican-style. And in Queens, there's a lot to find.
Going to the US Open this week? Looking for some adventure before or after the matches? Here's a list of fun foods that can be found in nearby Corona (as well as Flushing), on the way to or just outside the stadium—and all for under $5.00!
Volcano ice cream—frame of creamy Thai ice cream—$5.00. That's what it says on the dessert menu at Spicy Shallot, a Thai/Japanese restaurant in Elmhurst. What's a frame of ice cream? I don't know. Why is it a volcano? Because they light the whole thing on fire.
The flavors change daily, but I was lucky enough to go on a pistachio day. I tried other flavors too—lemon and pineapplem&mdashand they were great. But the pistachio blew me away.
Halo halo! An icy dessert with all sorts of sweet tidbits, this time from the Philippines. Halo halo is typically shaved ice that is placed in a cup or bowl that has already been filled with various fresh or jellied fruits and beans, then topped with ice cream.
Maybe not the best ice cream in all of Queens, but definitely one of the cheapest, and certainly the most amusing, is Randy's Ice Cream, in front of Boon Chu Thai in Elmhurst.
Kulfi falooda is a milky, sweet, but subtle icy treat. Served in many South Asian countries, falooda is particularly popular in India and Pakistan, as a dessert dish that combines sweetened milk with cooked vermicelli noodles, basil seeds (sometimes tapioca pearls as well), and rose syrup.
The best part about summer is the search for new icy treats to try, and a good reason to venture out into this kind of heat. Last summer we went for raspados, paletas, and nieves; this year, a completely different (and slightly crazy) icy option has appeared in Flushing's New World Mall. Welcome Snopo to the Queens ice scene—shaved ice on another level.
Purim is this weekend, and Jewish bakeries all over the city are hard at work churning out hundreds of the delicious, triangle-shaped cookies known as hamentashen. Of course, many bakeries sell them year round, but Purim is when they are meant to be eaten. I traveled around Queens, home to so many Jewish bakeries, to find the best of the best.
Storefronts on Queens Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue from Sunnyside to Woodside, traditionally Irish neighborhoods, are fully decorated in green and orange this week for St. Patrick's Day. Of the many pubs, diners, and restaurants flaunting four leaf clovers, I chose three for a full day of foods from the Emerald Isle—breakfast at the Stop Inn Diner, lunch at The Butcher Block, and dinner at PJ Horgan's. Black and white puddings, sausage rolls and shepherd's pie were just a few items in this fun and filling feast. Check out my day of eating Irish in the slideshow!
Taco carts abound in Queens, and there are many to choose on Roosevelt Avenue alone, particularly on the 10 blocks between 74th and 84th Streets on Roosevelt Avenue. Conveniently, most carts are located close to subway exits, perfect for a late-night bite on the way home.
Today, Mexican bakeries across Queens are full of boxes, stacked high, of all different sizes, marked with the words rosca de reyes. January 6th is Three Kings Day, and many different cultures celebrate with the traditional kings cake. La Rosca de Reyes is the Mexican version and it is, aside from being traditional, quite delicious.
Here's a look back at some of my favorite bites of the year in Queens. From chaat to falafel, pupusas to pandebono, there's good eats in every corner of the borough.
Tortitas de queso—they're no relation to the torta, or sandwich, that you may know and love. Tortitas are little fritters that can be made from cheese, potato, dried shrimp, shredded chicken or beef: basically any leftover hanging around the house that's mixed with rice or egg, formed into patties, fried, and then simmered in a rich salsa.
Tender pork ribs, the meat nearly falling off the bone, swimming in a spicy tomatillo salsa, complemented by the slightly sour, fresh, green flavor of purslane. It's the kind of dish a grandmother would make—simple, hearty, and comforting.
Every day, at many Mexican restaurants that cater to a mostly Mexican clientele (particularly in the outer boroughs), there is a rotating list of off-the-menu specials. The specials are generally closer to home-cooked fare—meats braised in rich sauces, hearty soups, stewed vegetables. Mostly messy, not always beautiful, sometimes unfamiliar; but flavorful and satisfying food.
I have not been let down by these tamales; they're consistently delicious, and without question the best I have found in Queens. And at $1.00 each, a bargain.
[Photo: Sara Markel-Gonzalez] Searching for a kind of taco that I have not yet covered in my weekly taco posts, when I saw tacos de birria de res on the menu at Coatzingo on 82nd Street in Elmhurst, Queens,...
Looking for something great to eat at the US Open this year? While you could partake in the concession stands, the stadium is right in the middle of one of the most culinarily exciting regions of New York. You can travel the world on your way to (or from) the stadium, just by following the 7 Train—a direct line to the stadium from Manhattan. From 40th Street to Flushing, there are great international eats at every stop, from full meals to snack stops. Here are some of our favorites.
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