clock menu more-arrow no yes
A golden bowl of vegetables, peas, and croutons glistens with condensation on a marble countertop.
The sweet tofu pudding with boba at Porcelain.
Molly Tavoletti/Porcelain

The Hottest New Restaurants in Queens, October 2021

An all-day cafe in Ridgewood and an all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue restaurant join this list this month

View as Map
The sweet tofu pudding with boba at Porcelain.
| Molly Tavoletti/Porcelain

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 October: Belo (a neighborhood restaurant powered by Brazilian classics); Wonder Pig K-BBQ (an all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue spot in Sunnyside); Yoshidaya by Kazuo (a Japanese-style izakaya from an acclaimed sushi master); and Porcelain (a revamped version of the two-year-old Ridgewood restaurant).

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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.

Read More
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Cha Menya

Copy Link
251-20 Northern Blvd
Queens, NY 11362
(347) 235-4775
Visit Website

It’s not unusual for noodle shops to dole out food and drink pairings, but at the sleek Cha Menya, the ingredients come together in the bowl itself. There’s a rare matcha ramen, possibly the only one of its kind in New York City, that incorporates the tea into a rich chicken paitan broth. Fresh greens, organic ajitama, and chunks of chicken chasu float in a vibrant green broth. This new Little Neck spot also offers an appetizer of enoki mushrooms that are fried to golden, unrecognizable crispy stalks and a wagyu mazeman with black truffle shaved tableside. Both are delightful dishes worth ordering.

2. The Lazy Cow

Copy Link
42-07 Bell Blvd
Queens, NY 11361
(917) 444-1790
Visit Website

This gastropub opened its doors in July, serving gastropub fare from a space outfitted with dark marble tables, custom light fixtures, and exposed brick walls lined with photographs of notable artists like Jimi Hendrix to Arthur Rimbaud. The food is worth checking out, too. The wagyu beef carpaccio with shiitake mushroom tempura and black truffle salsa and the namesake burger, a seven-ounce black angus beef burger packed with smoked pork belly, chipotle onion jam, and Roquefort cheese are hits here.

3. Monkey Noodle Bar

Copy Link
41-27 162nd St
Queens, NY 11358
(718) 737-7956
Visit Website

Since April, Monkey Noodle Bar has been serving hearty portions of Korean comfort foods: kongguksu (chilled soy bean milk noodle soup), gamjatang (a spicy meat-heavy pork bone soup), junbokjuk (abalone rice porridge typically cooked at home to nourish sick family members), seafood kalguksu (knife-cut noodles topped with squid and mussels), five kimbap rolls including squid and fish cake, and dripping heads of Napa cabbage kimchi cut tableside by a server. The house special is a kimchi pancake.

An overhead photograph of a Korean pancake made with scallion and seafood.
The seafood and green onion pancake at Monkey Noodle Bar.
Bao Ong/Eater NY

4. Dulce Cultura

Copy Link
42-20 31st Ave
Queens, NY 11103
(914) 829-8801

Calling itself a “sweet n salado Mexican eatery,” this restaurant offers a playful menu with creative takes on Mexican street foods. On the salty side, Dulce Cultura dishes out cauliflower nachos, birria tamales, and cheesy shrimp-topped fries. For customers with a sweet tooth, there are hot churros prepared four ways: stuffed; split with ice cream; looped and encrusted with toppings like s’mores and Fruity Pebbles; and served as a cupcake. The freshly baked conchas come in an array of flavors, and they’re stuffed with fixings like cheesecake or repurposed for ice cream sandwiches.

5. Betong Hainan Chicken

Copy Link
135-38 39th Ave
Queens, NY 11354
(929) 564-2824
Visit Website

Downtown Flushing is home to a new Hainanese chicken spot that offers family meals and assorted chicken preparations. A two-person meal includes roti canai with chicken curry, boneless Hainanese chicken, stir-fried string beans, rice cooked with chicken fat and stock, and a light wintermelon soup for $20. There are two types of fried chicken here, too: spiced with mala and Hainanese-style. Bring cash to this seven-table joint.

6. Followsoshi

Copy Link
135-24 40th Rd
Queens, NY 11354
(347) 654-6466
Visit Website

Jian bing, a crepe-like dish that’s a staple street food in China, is the focus at this Downtown Flushing restaurant. Followsoshi offers nearly a dozen different kinds jian bing with fillings like spicy ramen, peking duck, and spiced beef. The menu extends beyond jian bing, however, and offers items like roasted cold noodles, crispy beef patties, and a variety of bao. The restaurant is a takeout-only operation.

7. Carla

Copy Link
2503 40th Ave
Queens, NY 11101
(929) 204-6264
Visit Website

While this Long Island City restaurant only opened in June, locals are already lining up at Carla for its quality gastropub fare — the cauliflower pesto, chicken thigh sandwich, and clam chowder are hits — and playful craft cocktail menu. Enjoy Capris Sun cocktail sipped straight out of the pouch or a glass of watermelon frosé in a tropical-chic dining room with emerald green-and-brass stools, hanging Edison light bulbs, and floral wallpaper.

8. Lhasa Tibetan Restaurant & Bar

Copy Link
76-03 37th Ave
Queens, NY 11372
(347) 527-2043

After the original Lhasa Fast Food was destroyed in a four-alarm fire in March, owner Sang Jien Ben re-opened his momo counter just a few blocks away at 76th Street and 37th Avenue with the support of a $22,000 GoFundMe campaign. The cult-favorite momos and thentuk soups have stayed the same at this expanded space with an outdoor dining area and liquor license.

Beef chive momos at Lhasa Fresh Foods
Momos are of course on the menu at the newest location of Lhasa.
Bao Ong/Eater NY

9. Mariscos El Submarino

Copy Link
8805 Roosevelt Ave
Queens, NY 11372
(718) 685-2780
Visit Website

Championed by a mustached submarine mascot, Mariscos El Submarino has been serving ceviches, tostadas, and other Mexican seafood dishes from this narrow Jackson Heights storefront since last summer. The restaurant excels at its aguachiles, a cousin of ceviche that comes served in a dramatically large molcajete with tostadas and saltine crackers on the side ($18 to $21). Order the negro version, prepared with shrimp, octopus, tilapia, and a touch of soy sauce.

The exterior of a restaurant in New York City, emblazoned with the words “Mariscos El Submarino” and anthropomorphized submarine with a mustache.
Outside Mariscos El Submarino in Jackson Heights.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

10. Belo

Copy Link
48-06 Skillman Ave
Queens, NY 11104
(718) 255-7587

Jonathan Cordeiro, co-owner of beloved neighborhood spot the Alcove, has teamed up with his father Gilson Cordeiro, also an industry veteran, at this hit restaurant in Sunnyside. Locals have been packing Belo’s dining room for its friendly service and menu full of Brazilian classics with eyebrow-raising details. Highlights include torresmo de barriga (fried pork belly with pineapple chunks and a spicy pineapple dipping sauce); dadinhos de tapioca (deep-fried tapioca cubes with bacon and guava sauce); and feijoada, the national dish of Brazil. Order from an extensive list of craft beers that hail from São Paulo to Long Island City in a cool space outfitted with graffiti murals, hanging plants, and dark brown and blonde wooden slats.

11. Wonder Pig K-BBQ

Copy Link
37-08 Queens Blvd
Queens, NY 11101
(845) 592-5554

Somewhere between Flushing and Koreatown, this new all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue spot has popped up. From an industrial dining room — concrete floors, stainless steel tables, black stools cum storage bins — customers can order unlimited seasoned meats including beef brisket, bulgogi, kalbi steak, pork belly, and soy butter squid sizzled on cast iron plates for $34 per person. (Naturally, there’s a 100-minute time limit.) Doenjang chige (soy bean paste stew), tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes), and japchae (stir-fried glass noodles) round out Wonder Pig’s menu.

12. Yoshidaya by Kazuo

Copy Link
8120 Broadway
Queens, NY 11373

Acclaimed sushi star Kazuo Yoshida, of Chinatown omakase restaurant Juku, has turned to Elmhurst for his next project, a thoughtful, Japanese-style izakaya. The short menu includes a chilled tomato salad with dashi, bacon and caramelized onion (it comes chef-recommended); a Japanese pancake loaded with lobster chunks; and a roasted green tea panna cotta, among other hit dishes.

13. Gula

Copy Link
70-17 Austin St
Queens, NY 11375

Gula Southern Comfort Bistro spiced up Forest Hill’s restaurant row along Austin Street when it opened in June. The menu of seafood-forward Cajun dishes features charred octopus ceviche in aji amarillo citrus sauce, baked catfish with spicy corn gravy, and a pairing of lobster tail and shrimp atop a bed of mashed potato. Mango barbecue baby back ribs and chicken fried steak round out the menu.

14. Porcelain

Copy Link
880 Woodward Ave
Queens, NY 11385
(347) 464-5267
Visit Website

Porcelain first opened in 2019 with an Austrian-leaning menu and a charming dining room outfitted with a grand piano, mid-century modern wallpaper, and vintage chandeliers. What’s it doing on this list of newly opened Queens restaurants, then? During the pandemic, chef Kate Telfeyan took over the kitchen with a revamped menu that largely looks to Korean, Taiwanese, and Sichuanese flavors for inspiration. Given the casual, order-at-the-counter set-up here, the cafe is just as ideal for pulling up with a book and a cup of coffee as it is for a low-key dinner of nori-dusted pork chops and wine.

The outside of Porcelain, whose blinds are drawn ahead of service, in a residential stretch of Ridgewood, Queens.
Outside of Porcelain in Ridgewood.
Molly Tavoletti/Porcelain

15. Real Veggie Cafe

Copy Link
106-13 Guy R Brewer Blvd
Queens, NY 11433
(929) 255-0595
Visit Website

There are more and more vegan options these days but this restaurant from chef Hulando Shaw focuses on a rare mashup of southern Black American soul food and dishes from the Caribbean islands, including fried mushroom nuggets and jerk cauliflower wings. It fills a niche that Shaw discovered while helping feed the neighborhood’s predominantly Black American community. “So that’s how I mixed my Caribbean roots with a soul food concept,” the chef said shortly after opening. “Let’s actually open a restaurant and meet a community where they are.”

A green awning advertises vegan Caribbean soul food at the newly opened Real Veggie Cafe.
Outside Real Veggie Cafe in Jamaica.
Caroline Shin/Eater NY

Loading comments...

1. Cha Menya

251-20 Northern Blvd, Queens, NY 11362

It’s not unusual for noodle shops to dole out food and drink pairings, but at the sleek Cha Menya, the ingredients come together in the bowl itself. There’s a rare matcha ramen, possibly the only one of its kind in New York City, that incorporates the tea into a rich chicken paitan broth. Fresh greens, organic ajitama, and chunks of chicken chasu float in a vibrant green broth. This new Little Neck spot also offers an appetizer of enoki mushrooms that are fried to golden, unrecognizable crispy stalks and a wagyu mazeman with black truffle shaved tableside. Both are delightful dishes worth ordering.

251-20 Northern Blvd
Queens, NY 11362

2. The Lazy Cow

42-07 Bell Blvd, Queens, NY 11361

This gastropub opened its doors in July, serving gastropub fare from a space outfitted with dark marble tables, custom light fixtures, and exposed brick walls lined with photographs of notable artists like Jimi Hendrix to Arthur Rimbaud. The food is worth checking out, too. The wagyu beef carpaccio with shiitake mushroom tempura and black truffle salsa and the namesake burger, a seven-ounce black angus beef burger packed with smoked pork belly, chipotle onion jam, and Roquefort cheese are hits here.

42-07 Bell Blvd
Queens, NY 11361

3. Monkey Noodle Bar

41-27 162nd St, Queens, NY 11358
An overhead photograph of a Korean pancake made with scallion and seafood.
The seafood and green onion pancake at Monkey Noodle Bar.
Bao Ong/Eater NY

Since April, Monkey Noodle Bar has been serving hearty portions of Korean comfort foods: kongguksu (chilled soy bean milk noodle soup), gamjatang (a spicy meat-heavy pork bone soup), junbokjuk (abalone rice porridge typically cooked at home to nourish sick family members), seafood kalguksu (knife-cut noodles topped with squid and mussels), five kimbap rolls including squid and fish cake, and dripping heads of Napa cabbage kimchi cut tableside by a server. The house special is a kimchi pancake.

41-27 162nd St
Queens, NY 11358

4. Dulce Cultura

42-20 31st Ave, Queens, NY 11103

Calling itself a “sweet n salado Mexican eatery,” this restaurant offers a playful menu with creative takes on Mexican street foods. On the salty side, Dulce Cultura dishes out cauliflower nachos, birria tamales, and cheesy shrimp-topped fries. For customers with a sweet tooth, there are hot churros prepared four ways: stuffed; split with ice cream; looped and encrusted with toppings like s’mores and Fruity Pebbles; and served as a cupcake. The freshly baked conchas come in an array of flavors, and they’re stuffed with fixings like cheesecake or repurposed for ice cream sandwiches.

42-20 31st Ave
Queens, NY 11103

5. Betong Hainan Chicken

135-38 39th Ave, Queens, NY 11354

Downtown Flushing is home to a new Hainanese chicken spot that offers family meals and assorted chicken preparations. A two-person meal includes roti canai with chicken curry, boneless Hainanese chicken, stir-fried string beans, rice cooked with chicken fat and stock, and a light wintermelon soup for $20. There are two types of fried chicken here, too: spiced with mala and Hainanese-style. Bring cash to this seven-table joint.

135-38 39th Ave
Queens, NY 11354

6. Followsoshi

135-24 40th Rd, Queens, NY 11354

Jian bing, a crepe-like dish that’s a staple street food in China, is the focus at this Downtown Flushing restaurant. Followsoshi offers nearly a dozen different kinds jian bing with fillings like spicy ramen, peking duck, and spiced beef. The menu extends beyond jian bing, however, and offers items like roasted cold noodles, crispy beef patties, and a variety of bao. The restaurant is a takeout-only operation.

135-24 40th Rd
Queens, NY 11354

7. Carla

2503 40th Ave, Queens, NY 11101

While this Long Island City restaurant only opened in June, locals are already lining up at Carla for its quality gastropub fare — the cauliflower pesto, chicken thigh sandwich, and clam chowder are hits — and playful craft cocktail menu. Enjoy Capris Sun cocktail sipped straight out of the pouch or a glass of watermelon frosé in a tropical-chic dining room with emerald green-and-brass stools, hanging Edison light bulbs, and floral wallpaper.

2503 40th Ave
Queens, NY 11101

8. Lhasa Tibetan Restaurant & Bar

76-03 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11372
Beef chive momos at Lhasa Fresh Foods
Momos are of course on the menu at the newest location of Lhasa.
Bao Ong/Eater NY

After the original Lhasa Fast Food was destroyed in a four-alarm fire in March, owner Sang Jien Ben re-opened his momo counter just a few blocks away at 76th Street and 37th Avenue with the support of a $22,000 GoFundMe campaign. The cult-favorite momos and thentuk soups have stayed the same at this expanded space with an outdoor dining area and liquor license.

76-03 37th Ave
Queens, NY 11372

9. Mariscos El Submarino

8805 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11372
The exterior of a restaurant in New York City, emblazoned with the words “Mariscos El Submarino” and anthropomorphized submarine with a mustache.
Outside Mariscos El Submarino in Jackson Heights.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

Championed by a mustached submarine mascot, Mariscos El Submarino has been serving ceviches, tostadas, and other Mexican seafood dishes from this narrow Jackson Heights storefront since last summer. The restaurant excels at its aguachiles, a cousin of ceviche that comes served in a dramatically large molcajete with tostadas and saltine crackers on the side ($18 to $21). Order the negro version, prepared with shrimp, octopus, tilapia, and a touch of soy sauce.

8805 Roosevelt Ave
Queens, NY 11372

10. Belo

48-06 Skillman Ave, Queens, NY 11104

Jonathan Cordeiro, co-owner of beloved neighborhood spot the Alcove, has teamed up with his father Gilson Cordeiro, also an industry veteran, at this hit restaurant in Sunnyside. Locals have been packing Belo’s dining room for its friendly service and menu full of Brazilian classics with eyebrow-raising details. Highlights include torresmo de barriga (fried pork belly with pineapple chunks and a spicy pineapple dipping sauce); dadinhos de tapioca (deep-fried tapioca cubes with bacon and guava sauce); and feijoada, the national dish of Brazil. Order from an extensive list of craft beers that hail from São Paulo to Long Island City in a cool space outfitted with graffiti murals, hanging plants, and dark brown and blonde wooden slats.

48-06 Skillman Ave
Queens, NY 11104

11. Wonder Pig K-BBQ

37-08 Queens Blvd, Queens, NY 11101

Somewhere between Flushing and Koreatown, this new all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue spot has popped up. From an industrial dining room — concrete floors, stainless steel tables, black stools cum storage bins — customers can order unlimited seasoned meats including beef brisket, bulgogi, kalbi steak, pork belly, and soy butter squid sizzled on cast iron plates for $34 per person. (Naturally, there’s a 100-minute time limit.) Doenjang chige (soy bean paste stew), tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes), and japchae (stir-fried glass noodles) round out Wonder Pig’s menu.

37-08 Queens Blvd
Queens, NY 11101

12. Yoshidaya by Kazuo

8120 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

Acclaimed sushi star Kazuo Yoshida, of Chinatown omakase restaurant Juku, has turned to Elmhurst for his next project, a thoughtful, Japanese-style izakaya. The short menu includes a chilled tomato salad with dashi, bacon and caramelized onion (it comes chef-recommended); a Japanese pancake loaded with lobster chunks; and a roasted green tea panna cotta, among other hit dishes.

8120 Broadway
Queens, NY 11373

13. Gula

70-17 Austin St, Queens, NY 11375

Gula Southern Comfort Bistro spiced up Forest Hill’s restaurant row along Austin Street when it opened in June. The menu of seafood-forward Cajun dishes features charred octopus ceviche in aji amarillo citrus sauce, baked catfish with spicy corn gravy, and a pairing of lobster tail and shrimp atop a bed of mashed potato. Mango barbecue baby back ribs and chicken fried steak round out the menu.

70-17 Austin St
Queens, NY 11375

14. Porcelain

880 Woodward Ave, Queens, NY 11385
The outside of Porcelain, whose blinds are drawn ahead of service, in a residential stretch of Ridgewood, Queens.
Outside of Porcelain in Ridgewood.
Molly Tavoletti/Porcelain

Porcelain first opened in 2019 with an Austrian-leaning menu and a charming dining room outfitted with a grand piano, mid-century modern wallpaper, and vintage chandeliers. What’s it doing on this list of newly opened Queens restaurants, then? During the pandemic, chef Kate Telfeyan took over the kitchen with a revamped menu that largely looks to Korean, Taiwanese, and Sichuanese flavors for inspiration. Given the casual, order-at-the-counter set-up here, the cafe is just as ideal for pulling up with a book and a cup of coffee as it is for a low-key dinner of nori-dusted pork chops and wine.

880 Woodward Ave
Queens, NY 11385

15. Real Veggie Cafe

106-13 Guy R Brewer Blvd, Queens, NY 11433
A green awning advertises vegan Caribbean soul food at the newly opened Real Veggie Cafe.
Outside Real Veggie Cafe in Jamaica.
Caroline Shin/Eater NY

There are more and more vegan options these days but this restaurant from chef Hulando Shaw focuses on a rare mashup of southern Black American soul food and dishes from the Caribbean islands, including fried mushroom nuggets and jerk cauliflower wings. It fills a niche that Shaw discovered while helping feed the neighborhood’s predominantly Black American community. “So that’s how I mixed my Caribbean roots with a soul food concept,” the chef said shortly after opening. “Let’s actually open a restaurant and meet a community where they are.”

106-13 Guy R Brewer Blvd
Queens, NY 11433

Related Maps