Summer-long global food festival Queens Night Market returns to Flushing Meadows Corona Park in a few weeks, though a sneak preview begins this Saturday.
This year, diners can again expect a widely international roster of food vendors; new dishes will include Singaporean radish cakes, Egyptian meat pies, Brazilian chocolate truffles, and Austrian paprika chicken. Returning vendors will also span several continents, with jerk chicken from Jamaica to egg tarts from Portugal on tap. See a full list of what’s new below, and all vendors here.
The Saturday night market is now selling tickets for two preview events on April 20 and 27, the point being to help alleviate traffic and capacity issues on the actual opening day, which will be May 4. Tickets for the previews are $5 and should be purchased in advance (children under 12 are free), though starting in May the market will be free and open to the public, as always.
As in previous years, most dishes will cost $5, with a few $6 exceptions. Market-goers will also be able to walk around with a beer in hand this year: The partition around the beer and wine garden will be gone, and people will be allowed to drink alcoholic beverages throughout the entire event.
This will be the Queens market’s fifth season, and overall, its vendors have represented more than 80 countries, founder John Wang says. The night market began in 2015 and introduced a $5 price cap on all food, with the goal of bringing in a wider audience.
Other seasonal markets like Smorgasburg and Hester Street Fair are also back, marking the return of warmer weather to the city. Smorgasburg kicked off its outdoor food fest in Brooklyn as well as in the Financial District, and Hester Street Fair debuted in Seward Park this past weekend.
Next up is the Queens Night Market, which will be open to the public every Saturday starting May 5 from 5 p.m. to midnight.
New 2019 vendors:
Wembie: Bashkir cheese doughnuts
Oy Benne!: Matzo brei and chopped liver
Dottie’s Norwegian Kitchen: Norwegian fårikål (lamb and cabbage stew) and fiskegrot (fish pudding)
American Pharaohs: Egyptian Hawawshi (meat pie)
Lion City Coffee: Singaporean mee pok (flat egg noodles) and chai tow kway (fried radish cake)
Taste of Ukraine: Ukrainian blintzes (stuffed pancakes)
Cilantro and Mint: Indian masala noodles
Delicacy Brigadeiros Craft: Brazilian pão de queijo (cheese pastries) and brigadeiros (chocolate truffles)
Sunflower Kitchen: Austrian Paprikahendl (paprika chicken)
Cocotaso: Puerto Rican pasteles (tamales) and rellenos de papa (meat-stuffed potato croquettes)
Jaa Dijo Dom: South African vetkoek (fried dough sometimes stuffed with minced meat), bunny chow (hollowed-out loaf of bread filled with meat), and kota (sandwich)
Tania’s Kitchen: Haitian diri ak djon djon (black mushroom rice) and pikliz (pickled cabbage, carrots, and bell peppers)
Em: Vietnamese hu tieu (pork and seafood noodle soup) and bun rieu (rice noodle soup with a crab base)
La Carnada: Mexican huaraches (masa flat bread with toppings like chorizo)
Warung Jancook: Indonesian ote-ote (stuffed fritter)
Bohemian Trade: Czech langosh (fried flat bread)
ChefBoyarNetty: Mac and cheese and savory cupcakes