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Thai-style chicken over ginger rice at Chick It Out.
Caroline Shin

The Hottest New Restaurants in Queens, June 2022

A restaurant specializing in Thai-style chicken debuts in Astoria and a casual Mexican spot with a brewery next door in Long Island City join the list this month

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Thai-style chicken over ginger rice at Chick It Out.
| Caroline Shin

Eater editors get asked one question more than any other: Where should I eat right now? While many people still consider Manhattan the locus of New York’s dining scene, some neighborhoods in Queens have become dining destinations in their own right. Here, see a map of the latest Queens debuts drawing NYC’s dining obsessives.

New to the list in June: Sobremesa (a casual Mexican spot in Long Island City that shares a patio with a neighboring brewery), Chick It Out (a Thai restaurant in Astoria specializing in chicken), and Seoul Ttukbaegi (a Korean establishment focused on comforting soups located on the border of Murray Hill and Flushing).

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

For more New York dining recommendations, check out the new hotspots in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Hamptons and our guides to brunch, food halls and Michelin-starred restaurants, many offering outdoor dining.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sweet Wonton House

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253-25 Northern Blvd
Queens, NY 11362
(718) 819-8391

Little Neck is now home to a cozy, fast-casual Hong Kong-style restaurant, saving locals a long drive over to Flushing or Manhattan’s Chinatown for some stick-to-your ribs Cantonese comfort foods. Yum cha snobs swear by Sweet Wonton House’s wonton soups (delicate dumplings filled with juicy chunks of shrimp bobbing in an unctuous bone broth), and dim sum options, where the siu mai and beef rice rolls are also popular.

2. Dar Yemma

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25-21 Steinway St
Queens, NY 11103
(347) 608-8253
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Dar Yemma translates to “Mom’s House,” and this Astoria newcomer’s vast Moroccan menu of homestyle halal dishes has already garnered a local following. The restaurant specializes in tagines — there are six kinds, including lamb and kofta — and stuffed pies called bastilas. The chicken bastila is a sweet, savory, and textured parcel of saffron-seasoned chicken and spicy eggs, wrapped in a crispy warqa pastry shell and topped with fried almonds sweetened with orange flower water. As soon as diners sit down, there’s complimentary bread and an assortment of lentils and pickled vegetables.

3. Wang Wang Queens

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37-34 Union St
Queens, NY 11354

This is the kind of place where glistening Cantonese roast meats hang by the window and beckon onlookers. Among the most popular items are the crispy, juicy roast pork and duck. Locals, especially those who want to avoid the crowded mains streets in downtown Flushing, go to Wang Wang Queens for the Chinese barbecued meats.

4. Mahsil

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4007 150th St
Queens, NY 11354
(718) 461-5959

Mahsil is a new Flushing destination for a fun, inventive Korean take on gastropub fare. Filling the gap left behind by the closing of the popular Korea-based chain, Pizza Maru, the specialty here is Korean-style pizza. Hits include the bulgogi pizza (with the typical mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, mushroom, and bell pepper toppings) and mahsil pizza (a combination of ham, pepperoni, pork, and beef to appease any meat lover) with a choice of mozzarella-stuffed crust or the “gold crust” topped with sweet potato purée. Other standouts are the black calamari fries — fried calamari topped with black squid ink and sour cream — and fried Spam spears that are served in a Spam tin. Grab some beers from the self-serve refrigerators amid the stylish navy blue and white tiled walls and floors.

5. Off the Bone

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213-02 42nd Ave
Queens, NY 11361
(929) 381-1014
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The 100 percent halal menu at Off the Bone in Bayside is a bit of a free-for-all that sprawls from crepes to boba, but stick to its specialty: the chapli, minced beef or chicken patty with Pakistani spices. It’s the foundation of their bestselling chapli platter with Afghan rice and the saucy double-decker burger teetering with two chapli patties and mozzarella sticks.

6. When in Bangkok

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161-16 Northern Blvd
Queens, NY 11358
(929) 362-2000
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When in Bangkok is a destination for modern Thai food among a predominantly Korean strip of restaurants. Polly, the main server, steers diners toward the bundle of pad thai noodles wrapped in a light omelet; the crispy wontons stuffed with quail eggs; the fiery Zabb wings steeped in Thai chiles and herbs; and all the super tender iterations of pork. Make room for dessert. The mango sticky rice here is infused with pandan, and the coconut ice cream includesjackfruit, corn, and taro.

A metal pot with the coconut based Thai soup known as tom kha.
Tom kha at When in Bangkok includes chicken and mushrooms in a coconut broth.
When in Bangkok

7. Seoul Ttukbaegi

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149-14 41st Ave
Queens, NY 11355
(718) 799-0994

Named after the ancient black earthenware pots that are still used to this day for their superb heat retention, Seoul Ttukbaegi specializes in traditional soups that come to the table still bubbling. Popular soups include the ggoggaltang (galbi and oxtail), a rare find in the city; pork trotter and soondae (blood sausage); and seollongtang (an ox bone soup). All come with a large bowl of radish kimchi prepared on site. This spot is a new addition to the busy enclave of Korean restaurants in Flushing’s Murray Hill.

8. Sin Kee

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136-20 38th Avenue, Unit #4 Crossing Food Hall Unit
Queens, NY 11354
(718) 878-3108
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Chef Richard Chan has already made his mark on Flushing with his Singaporean restaurant Yummy Tummy Bistro (which closed during the pandemic) and the pan-Asian rice rolls spot Rolls Rice. Now he’s putting a modern spin on Singaporean hawker fare out of a new stand at Queens Crossing Mall’s food court. The menu includes Hainanese chicken and rice, Teochew braised duck, and oyster omelet alongside creations like deep-fried jiao-zi dumplings filled with spicy Malaysian curry chicken. Chan also plans to debut a breakfast menu soon.

A Singapore style radish cake stir fried with eggs and pork served in paper.
Chai tow kueh at Sin Kee.
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9. Chick It Out

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32-06 35th St
Queens, NY 11106
(917) 832-6013

Astoria locals can now get their hands on khao man gai, and Chick It Out serves its Thai-style chicken in three ways — poached, roasted and fried. Whichever poultry customers choose, the meat is layered on top of soft, ginger rice with a side of clear chicken soup. The counter restaurant accommodates a small indoor dining section surrounded by an Instagram-able mural of a blue-and-pink elephant in the back and vibrant yellow walls.

A person in a yellow shirt with clear gloves places slices of fried chicken on layer of white rice and holds a cleaver in another hand.
An employee serves up Thai-style fried chicken over rice.
Caroline Shin

10. Cafe Turkiye

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37-05 Broadway
Queens, NY 11103
(718) 777-0200
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The fresh baked Turkish pastries are the go-to move at this new, cozy Turkish spot in Astoria filled with comfy pillows and intricate mosaic tiles. Order long, canoe-shaped pide flatbreads (with a choice of six fillings like ground meat), sesame simit, bagel-like acma, spinach-and-cheese borek, and pogaca cheese buns. Enjoy them as part of the Turkish breakfast platter or on the side of a lamb adana kebab dinner. Sunny days call for outdoor dining in the backyard.

11. Evelia's Tamales

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96-09 Northern Blvd
Queens, NY 11368
(718) 255-1189
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Colorful tamales, some with raisins and others with pineapple, are only part of the draw at this East Elmhurst Mexican restaurant. The new spot comes from Evelia Coyotzi, a street vendor who’s operated a tamales cart on the corner of Junction Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue since 2001. She opened this brick-and-mortar restaurant in March, selling a full menu of Mexican breakfast dishes — chilaquiles, eggs with red and green salsas — and barbacoa and carnitas by the pound on weekends.

Yellow and red tamales, made with pineapple and raisin, respectively, bask on a stainless steel tray.
Pineapple (top) and raisin tamales from Evelia’s.
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12. Cerasella

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36-27 31st St
Queens, NY 11106
(718) 440-3488
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At Cerasella (cherry in Italian), Salerno-born executive pastry chef Caterina Pepe, previously of Caravaggio in Manhattan, is rolling out classics you’d find in an Italian pasticceria. Her bestselling specialties include sfogliatella (a delicate, hundred layer pastry dusted in confectioner’s sugar with hot custard that’s delicately flavored with candied orange) and a pear ricotta torta (featuring sponge cake made from pistachios and hazelnuts). The other sweets on sale here are also available at her husband Luca Schiano’s savory southern Italian street food-focused Cerasiello (meaning pepper), located a straight one-and-half-mile shot east.

13. Sobremesa

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43-56 12th St, Queens
Long Island City, NY 11101
(917) 832-6131
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A casual Mexican spot is now doling out nachos, tacos, burritos and quesadillas in Long Island City. Taco bestsellers include the birria, mushrooms al pastor, and fried cauliflower with salsa macha (a heady combination of chile de arbol, chile Guajillo, peanuts, and sesame) from Mexico City-trained chef Carlos Salazar. Sobremesa shares an outdoor patio with the adjacent Iconyc brewery, where customers can easily pair their tacos with just-brewed beers. Take advantage of their weekday lunch specials — two tacos and a drink for $10 — from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

14. Zaab Zaab

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76-04 Woodside Ave
Queens, NY 11373

Zaab Zaab opened in Elmhurst with northeast Thai Isaan dishes from chef Aniwat Khotsopha. Eater critic Robert Sietsema paid an early visit and recommends the duck larb and mieng pla plow (a whole stuff and grilled tilapia). Isaan food is typically served with lettuce leaves and herbs like cilantro and dill, but Zaab Zaab is offering rarely seen ingredients like sadao, or Siamese neem, and phe kaa, or blue tongue. Both are bitter and act as a foil to the spicy and sour fish sauce-forward flavors of Isaan.

A plate of ground dark meat surmounted by lettuce and fresh herbs.
Larb from Zaab Zaab.
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15. Jai Sang Ma

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8140 Broadway
Elmhurst, NY 11373
(917) 745-1168
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The owners behind Thai favorite Lamoon closed their Elmhurst restaurant last summer, but in March, they decided to revive the space as a skewer shop. Jai Sang Ma’s menu, which features about 20 items, is focused mostly on grilled skewers, from whole squid to pork that marinates in condensed milk and honey for 24 hours. Update June 7, 2022: The restaurant is currently closed as owner Jugkrwut Borin tells Eater he is spending time in his native Thailand.

A hand holding up three skewers against a colorful painted wall.
Thai skewers at Jai Sang Ma.
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1. Sweet Wonton House

253-25 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11362

Little Neck is now home to a cozy, fast-casual Hong Kong-style restaurant, saving locals a long drive over to Flushing or Manhattan’s Chinatown for some stick-to-your ribs Cantonese comfort foods. Yum cha snobs swear by Sweet Wonton House’s wonton soups (delicate dumplings filled with juicy chunks of shrimp bobbing in an unctuous bone broth), and dim sum options, where the siu mai and beef rice rolls are also popular.

253-25 Northern Blvd
Queens, NY 11362

2. Dar Yemma

25-21 Steinway St, Queens, NY 11103

Dar Yemma translates to “Mom’s House,” and this Astoria newcomer’s vast Moroccan menu of homestyle halal dishes has already garnered a local following. The restaurant specializes in tagines — there are six kinds, including lamb and kofta — and stuffed pies called bastilas. The chicken bastila is a sweet, savory, and textured parcel of saffron-seasoned chicken and spicy eggs, wrapped in a crispy warqa pastry shell and topped with fried almonds sweetened with orange flower water. As soon as diners sit down, there’s complimentary bread and an assortment of lentils and pickled vegetables.

25-21 Steinway St
Queens, NY 11103

3. Wang Wang Queens

37-34 Union St, Queens, NY 11354

This is the kind of place where glistening Cantonese roast meats hang by the window and beckon onlookers. Among the most popular items are the crispy, juicy roast pork and duck. Locals, especially those who want to avoid the crowded mains streets in downtown Flushing, go to Wang Wang Queens for the Chinese barbecued meats.

37-34 Union St
Queens, NY 11354

4. Mahsil

4007 150th St, Queens, NY 11354

Mahsil is a new Flushing destination for a fun, inventive Korean take on gastropub fare. Filling the gap left behind by the closing of the popular Korea-based chain, Pizza Maru, the specialty here is Korean-style pizza. Hits include the bulgogi pizza (with the typical mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, mushroom, and bell pepper toppings) and mahsil pizza (a combination of ham, pepperoni, pork, and beef to appease any meat lover) with a choice of mozzarella-stuffed crust or the “gold crust” topped with sweet potato purée. Other standouts are the black calamari fries — fried calamari topped with black squid ink and sour cream — and fried Spam spears that are served in a Spam tin. Grab some beers from the self-serve refrigerators amid the stylish navy blue and white tiled walls and floors.

4007 150th St
Queens, NY 11354

5. Off the Bone

213-02 42nd Ave, Queens, NY 11361

The 100 percent halal menu at Off the Bone in Bayside is a bit of a free-for-all that sprawls from crepes to boba, but stick to its specialty: the chapli, minced beef or chicken patty with Pakistani spices. It’s the foundation of their bestselling chapli platter with Afghan rice and the saucy double-decker burger teetering with two chapli patties and mozzarella sticks.

213-02 42nd Ave
Queens, NY 11361

6. When in Bangkok

161-16 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11358
A metal pot with the coconut based Thai soup known as tom kha.
Tom kha at When in Bangkok includes chicken and mushrooms in a coconut broth.
When in Bangkok

When in Bangkok is a destination for modern Thai food among a predominantly Korean strip of restaurants. Polly, the main server, steers diners toward the bundle of pad thai noodles wrapped in a light omelet; the crispy wontons stuffed with quail eggs; the fiery Zabb wings steeped in Thai chiles and herbs; and all the super tender iterations of pork. Make room for dessert. The mango sticky rice here is infused with pandan, and the coconut ice cream includesjackfruit, corn, and taro.

161-16 Northern Blvd
Queens, NY 11358

7. Seoul Ttukbaegi

149-14 41st Ave, Queens, NY 11355

Named after the ancient black earthenware pots that are still used to this day for their superb heat retention, Seoul Ttukbaegi specializes in traditional soups that come to the table still bubbling. Popular soups include the ggoggaltang (galbi and oxtail), a rare find in the city; pork trotter and soondae (blood sausage); and seollongtang (an ox bone soup). All come with a large bowl of radish kimchi prepared on site. This spot is a new addition to the busy enclave of Korean restaurants in Flushing’s Murray Hill.

149-14 41st Ave
Queens, NY 11355

8. Sin Kee

136-20 38th Avenue, Unit #4 Crossing Food Hall Unit, Queens, NY 11354
A Singapore style radish cake stir fried with eggs and pork served in paper.
Chai tow kueh at Sin Kee.
Bao Ong/Eater NY

Chef Richard Chan has already made his mark on Flushing with his Singaporean restaurant Yummy Tummy Bistro (which closed during the pandemic) and the pan-Asian rice rolls spot Rolls Rice. Now he’s putting a modern spin on Singaporean hawker fare out of a new stand at Queens Crossing Mall’s food court. The menu includes Hainanese chicken and rice, Teochew braised duck, and oyster omelet alongside creations like deep-fried jiao-zi dumplings filled with spicy Malaysian curry chicken. Chan also plans to debut a breakfast menu soon.

136-20 38th Avenue, Unit #4 Crossing Food Hall Unit
Queens, NY 11354

9. Chick It Out

32-06 35th St, Queens, NY 11106
A person in a yellow shirt with clear gloves places slices of fried chicken on layer of white rice and holds a cleaver in another hand.
An employee serves up Thai-style fried chicken over rice.
Caroline Shin

Astoria locals can now get their hands on khao man gai, and Chick It Out serves its Thai-style chicken in three ways — poached, roasted and fried. Whichever poultry customers choose, the meat is layered on top of soft, ginger rice with a side of clear chicken soup. The counter restaurant accommodates a small indoor dining section surrounded by an Instagram-able mural of a blue-and-pink elephant in the back and vibrant yellow walls.

32-06 35th St
Queens, NY 11106

10. Cafe Turkiye

37-05 Broadway, Queens, NY 11103

The fresh baked Turkish pastries are the go-to move at this new, cozy Turkish spot in Astoria filled with comfy pillows and intricate mosaic tiles. Order long, canoe-shaped pide flatbreads (with a choice of six fillings like ground meat), sesame simit, bagel-like acma, spinach-and-cheese borek, and pogaca cheese buns. Enjoy them as part of the Turkish breakfast platter or on the side of a lamb adana kebab dinner. Sunny days call for outdoor dining in the backyard.

37-05 Broadway
Queens, NY 11103

11. Evelia's Tamales

96-09 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11368
Yellow and red tamales, made with pineapple and raisin, respectively, bask on a stainless steel tray.
Pineapple (top) and raisin tamales from Evelia’s.
Clay Williams/Eater NY

Colorful tamales, some with raisins and others with pineapple, are only part of the draw at this East Elmhurst Mexican restaurant. The new spot comes from Evelia Coyotzi, a street vendor who’s operated a tamales cart on the corner of Junction Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue since 2001. She opened this brick-and-mortar restaurant in March, selling a full menu of Mexican breakfast dishes — chilaquiles, eggs with red and green salsas — and barbacoa and carnitas by the pound on weekends.

96-09 Northern Blvd
Queens, NY 11368

12. Cerasella

36-27 31st St, Queens, NY 11106

At Cerasella (cherry in Italian), Salerno-born executive pastry chef Caterina Pepe, previously of Caravaggio in Manhattan, is rolling out classics you’d find in an Italian pasticceria. Her bestselling specialties include sfogliatella (a delicate, hundred layer pastry dusted in confectioner’s sugar with hot custard that’s delicately flavored with candied orange) and a pear ricotta torta (featuring sponge cake made from pistachios and hazelnuts). The other sweets on sale here are also available at her husband Luca Schiano’s savory southern Italian street food-focused Cerasiello (meaning pepper), located a straight one-and-half-mile shot east.

36-27 31st St
Queens, NY 11106

13. Sobremesa

43-56 12th St, Queens, Long Island City, NY 11101

A casual Mexican spot is now doling out nachos, tacos, burritos and quesadillas in Long Island City. Taco bestsellers include the birria, mushrooms al pastor, and fried cauliflower with salsa macha (a heady combination of chile de arbol, chile Guajillo, peanuts, and sesame) from Mexico City-trained chef Carlos Salazar. Sobremesa shares an outdoor patio with the adjacent Iconyc brewery, where customers can easily pair their tacos with just-brewed beers. Take advantage of their weekday lunch specials — two tacos and a drink for $10 — from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

43-56 12th St, Queens
Long Island City, NY 11101

14. Zaab Zaab

76-04 Woodside Ave, Queens, NY 11373
A plate of ground dark meat surmounted by lettuce and fresh herbs.
Larb from Zaab Zaab.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Zaab Zaab opened in Elmhurst with northeast Thai Isaan dishes from chef Aniwat Khotsopha. Eater critic Robert Sietsema paid an early visit and recommends the duck larb and mieng pla plow (a whole stuff and grilled tilapia). Isaan food is typically served with lettuce leaves and herbs like cilantro and dill, but Zaab Zaab is offering rarely seen ingredients like sadao, or Siamese neem, and phe kaa, or blue tongue. Both are bitter and act as a foil to the spicy and sour fish sauce-forward flavors of Isaan.

76-04 Woodside Ave
Queens, NY 11373

15. Jai Sang Ma

8140 Broadway, Elmhurst, NY 11373
A hand holding up three skewers against a colorful painted wall.
Thai skewers at Jai Sang Ma.
Caroline Shin/Eater NY

The owners behind Thai favorite Lamoon closed their Elmhurst restaurant last summer, but in March, they decided to revive the space as a skewer shop. Jai Sang Ma’s menu, which features about 20 items, is focused mostly on grilled skewers, from whole squid to pork that marinates in condensed milk and honey for 24 hours. Update June 7, 2022: The restaurant is currently closed as owner Jugkrwut Borin tells Eater he is spending time in his native Thailand.

8140 Broadway
Elmhurst, NY 11373

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