From its unique variety of museums to its numerous nightlife options, Queens provides many opportunities for recreational activities, arts appreciation, entertainment and family fun. In this section of our Best in Queens guide, our readers voted on their favorite museums, movie theaters, bars and nightclubs, parks, performance groups and borough tours.
FEATURED PUBLISHER’S PICK
Resorts World Casino
110-00 Rockaway Blvd., Ozone Park
If you are looking for a fun-filled night of action there is no better place than Resorts World Casino, for gambling, dining, and entertainment. There’s always something fun going on at the Queens’ casino.
MOMA PS 1
22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City
This museum is a local MOMA outpost that offers the latest in installation art. And on summer weekends, the museum hosts a dance party that draws large crowds.
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Glen Oaks
The Queens County Farm is the only one of its kind in New York City. It has great programs for children, some fun farm activities (hay rides and pumpkin patches, a lot of fun things to do around Halloween and it hosts the annual Thunderbird American Pow Wow, which is well worth attending.
Superchief Gallery NY
1628 Jefferson Ave., Ridgewood
Cutting edge art gallery on the Queens-Brooklyn border. Cool exhibits every month. Checkout their Instagram.
Louis Armstrong Museum
34-56 107th St., Corona
The late great Satchmo was born in New Orleans, but made Queens his home. You can tour the house, which was restored to the way it looked when Satch lived there. Visitors can also listen to conversations Louis and his wife recorded while living at the home. The museum also has famous jazz performers give concerts throughout the year, including a big bash on the Fourth of July. During his life, Armstrong would serenade the neighborhood with his trumpet in the late evenings.
Museum of Moving Image
36-01 35th Ave., Astoria
The only one of its kind in New York, the museum hosts a wide variety of film screenings, from popular movies to obscure independent and foreign films, and a fascinating collection of artifacts pertaining to film and TV history and some great exhibitions.
Best Movie Theaters:
Kew Gardens Cinemas
81-05 Lefferts Blvd., Kew Gardens
This independent theater is in a prime spot for a good evening. The popular Austin’s Ale House is across the street and one of the few independent bookstores, Kew and Willow Books, is down the street. The cinema typically screens arthouse movies that you won’t find anywhere else in the borough, its lobby is adorned with photos from classic films and it has an old school concession stand.
106-03 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills
The Cinemart has recently upgraded its seating to lazy boy style seating. The location is perfect for family nights and dates. It is next door to Queens famous 1920s style ice cream parlor Eddie’s Sweet Shop and not too far from Dee’s, a brick oven pizza joint.
College Point Multiplex Cinemas
28-55 Ulmer St., Whitestone
For mainstream moviegoing, this multiplex is the best in Queens. It draws crowds, but it’s never too crowded. The theater recently converted to the comfortable lazy boy type of seats. Also, this theater’s popcorn is the best in Queens.
Best Concert Venue:
Queens Performing Arts Center
222-05 56th Ave, Bayside
65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing
Best Cultural Center:
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing
A hotspot for cultural activity in Queens, this historic site offers everything from musical to cultural performances as well as art exhibits, dance festivals and a diverse variety of concerts.
Bayside Historical Society
208 Totten Ave., Bayside
Flushing Meadows Corona Park Conservancy
Grand Central Parkway, Whitestone Expressway between 111th Street and College Point Boulevard
114-04 14th Road, College Point
Best Bar or Nightclub:
87-48 78th St., Woodhaven
Oldest bar in NYC, location of the Goodfellas movie, Mae West, WC Fields, Ben Stiller, and Anthony Bourdain did episode here for CNN parts unknown. Friendly staff and great neighborhood bar food, drinks and laid back old-school vibe.
73-11 Yellowstone Blvd., Forest Hills
Always friendly service. Staff always remembers their customers. Giant pretzel with beer cheese is highly recommended, as are the desserts.
35-03 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria
Bohemian Beer Garden
29-19 24th Ave., Astoria
One of the most popular nightlife spots in Queens, the beer garden can draw up to 1,000 people on summer nights. It also features live music and Eastern European snacks.
The Pour House
213-11 41st Ave., Bayside
I live near the park, which provides beautiful views of the city, hosts a number of fun events throughout the year, has a gigantic public swimming pool and is an overall laid back and relaxing place to hang out. It perfectly suits the vibe of Astoria.
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Gateway National Park
Brookville Park (Rosedale)
It may not be the most famous in the city or even in Queens, but there are few parks, like Forest Park, that can create the illusion of dense fecundity.
Best Performance Group:
Oratorio Society of Queens
35-20 Broadway, Astoria
I am a longtime member of the Oratorio Society of Queens. Oratorio is the best that Queens, or even the entire city of New York, has to offer its residents and businesses. The concerts that are presented in Queens are of the highest quality, to a large part, due to the fact that we have the very best maestro. David Close has been the artistic director of this fine organization for over 40 years. He is not only supremely gifted, but also has unsurpassed personality and charm as he educates both the membership and the community and certainly all who attend our concerts. I write this for the sole reason that OSQ has added immensely to my quality of life and this organization educates and uplifts me and all members of OSQ and the community. I feel totally comfortable in saying that there is no other.
Adrienne Onofri & Walking Queens
Adrienne is the best Queens tour guide. You can use her book, Walking Queens, to take your own walking tour in almost any Queens neighborhood. She covers the whole borough, even places rarely visited by non-residents, and covers all aspects of life in each neighborhood: architecture, history, ethnic heritage, food and drink, arts and culture, etc. You can learn a lot of fun and noteworthy stuff about Queens with her tours.