New York Magazine's annual Cheap Eats issue hits stands today, offering its usual list of the best new inexpensive (Arancini Bros.) to moderate (Porsena with its $17 pasta, Queens Kickshaw and its $10 grilled cheeses) restaurants to open this year and a new look at the culinary landscape of Queens. In this Queens section, the mag offers the Robs' list of the borough's top 20 restaurants, a mini-profile on food world hotspot M. Wells, suggests a Flushing Mall food crawl, discusses the emergence of Henanese fare, highlights five old school res sauce joints, and mentions a new sticky Chinese dessert called ba si. Perhaps after the food truck feature last year, there's not much to be said about affordable eating in Manhattan.
They also publish a consumer price index, comparing the prices for common foodstuffs (Shake Shack burgers, Gray's Papaya dogs, a slice at Di Fara) in 2009 and 2011—Keste's margherita pie is the only item to hold steady—a slideshow of turkey sandwiches, and guide to good outdoor eats.
· Cheap Eats 2011 [NYM]