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Where to Eat in Queens, According to Locals

October 25, 2021
Where to eat in Queens on a new map

Our new, fully interactive and user-generated map will guide you to the best local restaurants and street vendors in Queens—according to the people who live and eat there.    Queens is a literal treasure trove of cuisine and culture. And yet so many people miss it, or skim over the surface of it, perhaps because they’re busy or distracted, or maybe intimidated by where to start. Via…

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Project Postre: South American Desserts in Queens, NY

August 4, 2021
Peruvian picarones, sweet potato and squash doughnuts, from a street vendor in Jackson Heights, Queens.

You already know that Queens is incredibly diverse. Its 2.3 million residents from more than 120 countries contribute much from their various cultures, particularly in cuisine. The sheer variety lends itself well to deep dives into specific cuisines—via food, one can be immersed in a certain culture, and more easily pick up on the similarities between cultures. My family is from India, but as my hometown is Queens,…

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The Rise of the Home-Based Kitchen in Queens

May 26, 2021
Selection of delicious diverse foods found in the home-based kitchens of Queens

Whether by necessity or for fun, lots of people have started cooking and selling out of their home kitchens this past year, adding increased variety to Queens’ already super diverse dining scene. Here are 9 to try. [Last update: July 21, 2021] Every other day I seem to learn about another new home-based kitchen or chef in Queens—someone with or without professional cooking experience making something delicious for…

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Eat Something New in Queens Recap

March 9, 2021
A recap of the Eat Something New in Queens challenge

What happens when neighbors inspire neighbors to eat something new. Two weeks ago, we hosted our first Eat Something New in Queens challenge, and it was so incredible to see so many community members inspiring each other regarding what and where to eat. I didn’t announce it very far in advance, so I was concerned about how many people would sign up to participate, but we had well…

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Where to Get Takeout + Delivery in Queens Right Now

January 22, 2021
Thai takeout from Queens, NYC

Eds. note: This article currently covers 120+ restaurants in Jackson Heights and Elmhurst. Last update: Jan. 2021. If you’re like us, preparing three meals a day gets pretty old by Friday, so every weekend we support local restaurants in Queens via takeout or delivery. For us it also injects a bit of normalcy into our week—Friday night has always been delivery night; Saturdays are for takeout. More than…

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Black-Owned Restaurants in Queens, NYC

June 4, 2020
Black-owned restaurants in Queens, NYC

Eds. note: This article currently covers more than 80 Black-owned eateries in Queens, NYC. It is by no means comprehensive. Please consult the spreadsheet referenced below for a more exhaustive list while we continue to add to this! Last update: June 14, 2021. Last year, when considering what we can do specifically on this platform (beyond social media) to support racial equality and Black Lives Matter, we thought…

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Grocery Shopping in Queens: The New Normal

April 1, 2020
A line of masked shoppers outside a Queens Foodtown during the coronavirus pandemic.

In light of these historic times, we want to document some bits of life in Queens during the pandemic. The mundane experience of grocery shopping has changed for billions of people. How has it changed or you? Are you braving the elements or getting groceries delivered for the first time? Let us know in the comments. Everything about it feels wrong. I’m standing on the sidewalk on 37th…