New York is full of amazing places to eat with nearly endless options for any style or taste, due in large part to the variety. You’ll find every nationality around New York, and specifically in the Queens area. It is almost impossible to list the top choices, but here are 10 great places to eat in the Queens area in no particular order:
1. O Lavrador – They feature an excellent bar menu and chalkboard specials featuring all kinds of great seafood. It provides a unique but affordable dining experience. Very casual and fun atmosphere.
2. Rudar Soccer Club – One of the best places to eat if you love soccer, and even if you don’t they have some outstanding food. The upstairs is cozy and comfortable. The basement full of long tables and Istrian soccer players. Get filling meals like bean-and-smoked-meat soup and cevapcici.
3. M & T Restaurant – A great Chinese restaurant, but hardly traditional. You can get bao made with cornmeal, dumplings stuffed with loofah and beef tendon coupled with shrimp. Ask the chef and he will be happy to try a brand new dish out on you.
4. Cheburechnaya – At this Silk Road tea house replica you’ll get large portions of Russian food like lamb ribs grilled over charcoal with turnovers with potatoes, meat and rice pilafs. Wash it down with vodka tumblers.
5. BCD Natural Tofu Restaurant – Get a healthy and hardy meal at this great Korean restaurant. They make their own tofu and have a number of great bean-curd stews. If you like spicy just ask the staff, they can make it just about as spicy as you like.
6. Mustang Thakali Kitchen – If you’ve never experienced a comprehensive Himalayan menu this is the place to go. They have all kinds of interesting and fun breads and meats plus a great vegetarian menu.
7. Leo’s Latticini – A great place to get a cold cut. The sandwiches are large and expertly crafted. Get freshly made mozzarella and mushrooms just pulled from the garden. Walk over to the bakery for indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the garden.
8. Chao Thai – No list of restaurants is complete without a great Thai restaurant. This restaurant is close to the LIRR tracks. They have a pannational menu emphasizing Isaan food. If you are in the mood for a couple of drinks with your meal, they have a great bar and excellent bar snacks available.
9. Dosa Hutt – This is a 100% vegetarian menu, and mostly vegan as well. They specialize in South India cuisines like butter masala dosa with ghee and uppma served with a creamy porridge, nuts, kari leaves and mustard seeds. A very authentic affair.
10. Golden Shopping Mall – A two level mess of fantastic Chinese restaurants. While it is not technically a single restaurant as the others are, you would be doing yourself a favor to sample a few of the booths set up almost haphazardly about the premise. If you love Chinese, but also love a lot of options this is a must see in the Queens area.