A lifelong local's list of the restaurants, markets, and vendors you won't want to miss when you visit NYC's most diverse borough, and possibly its most delicious.
It's no reach to call Jackson Heights, and its neighbor Elmhurst, one of the most fascinating food destinations in the city. But it's also one of the most misunderstood.
It's been ten years since I last visited Park Side, the mob-run temple to red sauce fine dining in Queens. By no stretch of the imagination does it make New York's greatest Italian food, Americanized red sauce or otherwise. But here I am, ten years later, eating this dinner locked in amber. The meal converges with all my other meals at Park Side, and it's more than a homecoming—it's a return back to a moment in time that repeats and repeats and repeats.
Fifteen of our favorite cheap eats in New York City, from good ol’ American sliders to a richly savory Chinese noodle soup to one revelatory Mexican torta, and so much more.
Welcome to Astoria, home of the city's greatest Greek food and shawarma. It's where neighborhood sausage shops and Italian delis are still part of daily life, and where cafes line the streets with games of backgammon and strong mint tea, or tiny cups of even stronger coffee with flaky phyllo pastries. Here's how to eat it all.
What's on The Bomb ($7) at Sal, Kris, and Charlie's Deli in Astoria? Like the sign behind the counter says, everything. No, seriously. Every. Damn. Thing.
Manhattan's Chinatown has its share of dumplings: potstickers aplenty, Shanghainese xiao long bao, some wontons here and there. But if you want real dumpling diversity, and an overall upgrade in quality, you have to hop the 7 train to Flushing. Here are the essentials to get the most out of your dumpling crawl.
A quick glance at the pubs that line Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside may have you thinking that the neighborhood is solely Irish territory. But there's some great Middle Eastern food if you know where to look.
You could spend months of hungover mornings sampling the burek offerings of Queens, which hail from Turkey, the Balkans, and beyond, but Djerdan's should be on your short list. Their traditional Bosnian burek are made with yufka, a flatbread of Turkish extraction layered like phyllo but with more satisfying heft. Your choice of fillings—meat and potato, spinach and farmer's cheese, or farmer's cheese alone—are pleasantly direct, unmarred by dalliances that would overwhelm the crackly crisp pastry.
If you're on the way home from the airport and your curiosity gets the best of you, I wouldn't blame you for stopping to see a minor location in a great Scorsese film. Or to even take some photos — it's crazy photogenic in the hands of a better photographer than I. But don't bother with the burger. Bigger is not better here.
This membership warehouse club is the largest such chain of its kind in the U.S., with 416 domestic locations as of 2010. Most of these locations have a food court, and most of those food courts sell pizza. This would make the warehouse club the 15th largest pizza chain in the U.S.
Here are our very favorite coffee establishments in Brooklyn and Queens.
The Turks know what breakfast is all about, food that's nourishing and comforting but all about getting your day started right. So these days I haul myself on the 7 train to Sunnyside, Queens, home to Grill 43.
Astoria and Long Island City are by and large not cocktail destinations. But amid all the vodka and neon mixers, there are a few places where you can get a genuine mixed drink.
Summer days may be waning, but there's still plenty of excellent weather ahead to embrace while you enjoy a few pints outdoors—in fact, this might be the perfect time to head to a beer garden. Here are our favorite spots to enjoy craft beer outdoors in Queens.
The cheek-to-jowl streets of Flushing, Queens may not seem like the place to find a serene idyll, but slipping into a cup of tea—especially with the right guide—can be just that.
Herself raised in the Anxi region of China where Tieguanyin (or "Iron Goddess of Mercy") oolong tea originates, storekeeper Sue is excited to guide visitors through the process of gong-fu oolong preparation, offering as much depth in her knowledge as exists in the flavors of the tea itself.
$10 can buy you an afternoon-long tasting of some world class Chinese and Taiwanese tea in Flushing, Queens—tea that's brewed by experts with years of experience and monastic dedication. Tea that would otherwise cost you hundreds of dollars a pound for the privilege of a sip.
The burger at Corner Bistro's second location in Long Island City is a taste of Greenwich Village history in a different borough.
An update on the Gothamist-AHT burger party tomorrow at Water Taxi Beach in Queens... The Weather ForecastDespite the forecast, the event is rain or shine. If it rains, we'll be under a large tent. So don't let the drizzle...
New York Daily News OK. She's not really a burger waitress. She'll just be playing one on TV. The New York Daily News has photos of the starlet on location in Long Island City, Queens, shooting a scene for...
Some burger intel we received this week in the AHT inbox. Hey AHT, I will be kicked out of Queens for revealing this secret, but IMNSHO, Dirty Pierre's is a hidden gem with one of the best burgers in NYC....
The Gothamist-AHT/SE QBQ BBQ II Photograph courtesy of Jason Perlow After the success of our Gothamist-A Hamburger Today QBQ BBQ last year (that's Quality Before Quantity), we've decided to team up with Gothamist again this year for another burger bash...
jollibee.com.ph The Philippines' most popular fast food chain, Jollibee, is opening its first East Coast location this Saturday in Woodside, Queens. Serious Eats contributor Joe DiStefano mentioned the Jollibee opening on our New York site but didn't say too...
IMG_42041, blogged to AHT from the Flickr photostream of bayshore Despite today's intermittent showers, the Gothamist-AHT QBQ Beach Burger Bash is still on. There are tent(s) on the beach to take shelter in, and, who knows, maybe we'll get...
Corey Kilgannon of the New York Times attended the grand opening of Hollis Famous Burgers and the Hollis Hip Hop Museum. The museum is a new addition to the burger joint, which opened last year. While waiting for their...
If you're visiting MoMA's PS1 or 5 Pointz in its final days, you may be looking for a bite, and rest assured there's nowhere closer to the 7 train as...err...shiny as the Court Square Diner.
It's late, I'm tired and still not feeling right after last night's party, and I need to get to bed. I'll finish the wrap-up of the Gothamist-AHT QBQ Beach Burger Bash tomorrow night after I get home from work. Until...
I have to admit that I came to 5 Napkin Burger prejudice against it, so much so that I willfully avoided eating it until this week. It's not just the size of the burger—a full 10-ounce patty, which is at least twice my ideal patty size—but also the amount and indeed the very nature of the toppings that are served with it. Not surprisingly, considering that the burger was born at Upper West Side bistro Nice Matin, the restaurant's namesake dish is all frogged up, the hamburger equivalent of French onion soup.
If anyone would serve a burger with a giant bone sticking out of it, it'd be M. Wells.
A burger, of course. From his Diner's Journal blog: I didn’t want a lobster roll, which was apparently available. I wanted a hamburger. And the one I got, advertised as a half-pound Angus cheeseburger, pleased me more than it had...