Queens is cited as the most diverse county on the planet. This is good news for foodies as the borough offers a veritable smorgasbord of culinary delights that represent the more than 100 countries from which its denizens hail. We asked our readers to vote on their favorite coffee shops, ethnic eateries, diners, delis, pizza joints, butchers, bakers, sweet shops, pubs and places to buy ice cream.
PUBLISHERS’ FAVORITE SPOTS:
Best Coffee Shop:
22-4 33rd St, Astoria
Cozy, intimate neighborhood gathering spot that serves up more than just your typical cup of Joe. It also hosts unique community events.
969 NYC Coffee
3765 80th St, Jackson Heights
116-29 Metropolitan Ave, Kew Gardens
White Noise Coffee Co.
41-02 162nd St, Flushing
Best Ethnic Food: Italian:
9804 Metropolitan Ave, Forest Hills
The food is fabulous and yet simple. They are the nicest people. It is definitely a neighborhood gem.
107-01 Corona Ave, Corona
Food is delicious, service on point. Reservations are strongly suggested.
10-76 Jackson Ave, Long Island City
My personal favorite spot for Italian food in New York City. The dining room is intimately lit and the menu includes a number of delicious Italian dishes. It’s a great spot for special occasions.
189-33 Linden Blvd, Jamaica
It is known for authentic Jamaican cuisine. It is always crowded on Friday and Saturday. Generous portions and oxtails and brown stew chicken are delicious, not to mention escovich fish or mac and cheese and ribs. Something for everyone, polite service with fast takeout amd homestyle flavor. Also, they work to sponsor events, yearly Caribbean music in conjunction with Roy Wilkins Park for the community.
13217 Liberty Ave, Jamaica
Always packed with people looking for great Caribbean and Guyanese food
19-06 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria
Located right on Astoria Park, this restaurant offers indoor dining in a cozy setting and outdoor dining with a great view of the park. The menu is filled with tasty Greek cuisine.
28-13 23rd Ave., Astoria
Telly’s has been in the neighborhood seemingly forever, but that’s because it’s one of the best spots for Greek food in Astoria. The portions are sizable and the food flavorful. It’s a great place for large groups and has a comfy atmosphere.
22-55 31st St., Astoria
Some of the best Indian food in the city.
136-21 37th Ave., Flushing
Joe’s is always very crowded and very busy, but for good reason. You can’t beat its soup dumplings, scallion pancakes and shredded chicken. You might have to wait for a table, but it’ll be worth it.
64-13 39th Ave., Woodside
There are often long lines to get into this Thai restaurant, most likely due to its reputation for having not only the best Thai in Queens, but possibly the best in New York City. Both its hot and spicy dishes are worth sampling.
29-06 23rd Ave., Astoria
Previously known as Bangkok Tasty, this little restaurant has a number of yummy Thai dishes.
Terrace on the Park
52 11 111th St, Flushing
6320 Commonwealth Blvd, Douglaston
Best Diners, Delis and Dives:
Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen Restaurant & Caterers
2492, 211-37 26th Ave, Baysid
Good Eats Diner
69-32 Grand Ave., Maspeth
31-05 Astoria Blvd N, Astoria
Queens has a number of diners, many of them great, but none compare to the Neptune Diner, which has the largest menu I’ve ever seen. Whether you’re in the mood for a burger, pasta, Greek specialties, breakfast food or a steak, the Neptune has it all. Plus, it features a nonstop soundtrack of 1980s music, which gives it a nostalgic vibe.
80-26 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst
Veggie Castle II
132-9 Liberty Ave, South Richmond Hill
80-26 Queens Blvd, Elmhurst
Cara Mia Restaurant
220-20 Hillside Avenue, Queens Village
Monahan & Fitzgerald
214-17 41st Ave, Bayside
9-17 Clintonville St., Whitestone
Michael & Sons Pizza & Italian Food
192-13 47th Ave., Flushing
Sofia’s Pizza Shop
112-15 Linden Blvd, South Ozone Park
Tufino Pizzeria Napoletana
36-08 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria
Relatively new to Astoria, Tufino is great for delivery and dining in. The pizzas, which feature soft crusts, are yummy, but the rest of the menu is very good as well.
73-28 Bell Blvd., Oakland Gardens
Best Ice Cream:
Eddie’s Sweet Shop
105-29 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills
It’s no wonder that Eddie’s is ranked among the nation’s top 10 ice cream parlors in the nation. Eddie’s interior looks straight out of the early 1960s, and it has a wide variety of ice cream flavors, milkshakes and old school candies.
Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices of Whitestone
12-48 Clintonville St., Whitestone
Best Bagels and Bakery:
253 Northern Blvd. #5, Little Neck
23-18 31st St., Astoria
This bakery, hidden away in a shopping plaza on 31st Street, has an amazing variety of Greek pastries, from baklava to galaktoboureko.
32-07 Broadway, Astoria
704 149th St., Flushing
185-26 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows
164-26 Cross Bay Blvd., Howard Beach
14-37 150th St, Whitestone
Bobb Howard’s General Store
581 Lakeville Rd., New Hyde Park
They offer a wide selection of candy and toys that go back 50-plus years. They provide their patrons egg creams for Valentine’s Day. They are very nice and bring back memories of the good old days.
They carry a huge selection of fresh candy and nostalgic novelty items from decades gone by. Visiting here is a wonderful and delicious walk down memory lane. And the shopkeeper, Eileen, is a treasure.
Eddie’s Sweet Shop
105-29 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills
Best food and most friendly staff.
101-17 Metropolitan Ave, Forest Hills
Great location, solid pub fare, friendly staff and a good jukebox.
O’Neill’s of Maspeth
64-21 53rd Drive, Maspeth
This pub, restaurant and catering service has been servicing the area for close to 80 years. Always friendly atmosphere with excellent American fare.
Off the Hook
28-08 34th St., Astoria
The fish and chips platter here is delicious, but so are a number of the other menu items. Off the Hook has a unique interior, a full bar and a chill atmosphere. The place has only been around a few years, but has already garnered a strong following in Astoria.
33-07 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria
Chances are, you’ll have to wait for a seat at Kyclades if you go on a weekend night, but you’ll be glad you did. This is one of the best seafood restaurants I’ve ever been to. The portions are huge and the food is spectacular. And you get a free dessert.