Approximately 138 languages are spoken in Queens and its residents hail from 190 countries. So it should come as no surprise that the borough offers a wide variety of cuisine options in its ethnic enclaves.
For years, Astoria has had the world’s largest Greek population outside of Greece and, as a result, there are a number of great restaurants serving that country’s cuisine—including the popular seafood eatery Taverna Kyclades, Telly’s Taverna, Agnanti and Stamatis. But the neighborhood also has a Middle Eastern restaurant strip along Steinway Street—including Lebanon, Kabab Café and Little Morocco.
Flushing is the place to go for Chinese and Korean food. For Chinese food, Joe’s Shanghai is a mainstay of the neighborhood, while Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao is known for its soup dumplings. The food court at the New World Mall offers a variety of Asian cuisine options, while yummy Korean barbecue is available at Hahm Ji Bach and Sik Gaek. But visitors to Flushing can also try Vietnamese food (Phobang Restaurant) and Japanese and Thai food (Kyoto Sushi Japanese & Thai Restaurant).
For those craving Indian food, Jackson Heights is the way to go, especially the Jackson Diner, Samudra Pure Vegetarian Restaurant and Haat Bazar. Corona is the spot for restaurants from Spanish-speaking countries—including Rincón Criollo (Latin and Cuban), Tortillería Nixtamal (Mexican) and Empanadas Café (Spanish).
And those seeking a variety of options should try Long Island City, where they’ll find Peruvian (Jora), Italian (Manetta’s Ristorante), Cuban (Mandera Cuban Grill & Steakhouse), French (Café Henri and Tournesol) food—and much more.