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The Hottest Restaurants in Queens Right Now, November 2014

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It's time to update the Queens Heatmap, a guide to new restaurants and recently-reviewed establishments in the mighty borough of Queens. Here are the places that the critics, bloggers, and restaurant obsessives are buzzing about right now. This edition of the map also includes a few seasonal restaurants that just returned for the summer. Check it out:

Added 05/05/2013: MP Taverna, The Shady Lady, Lao Cheng Du.
Added 06/08/2013: Bunker, Mamak House, Forno Pizzeria & Trattoria.
Added 07/13/2013: Milkflower, the Rockaways concessions, Thai Rock, Grill 43.
Added 08/04/2013: Sayra's Wine Bar, Crescent Grill, Mar's.
Added 09/08/2013: Snowdonia, Tamashii Ramen, Woodbines, Pata Paplean.
Added: 10/06/2013: Dutch Kills Centraal, Mezze Place, Papa's Kitchen.
Added: 11/10/2013: Venturo Osteria, Crazy Crab 888, Houdini.
Added: 12/08/2013: M. Wells Steakhouse, Mu Ramen, The Food Box.
Added: 01/04/2013: El Bombon, New York Dog House, Blend on the Water
Added 02/09/2014: The Little Lamb, Arunee Thai, Marani, Pink Nori
Added 03/09/2014: Front Toward Enemy, Maizal Astoria, Dhaulagiri Kitchen
Added 03/09/2014: Hibino, EIM Khao Mun Kai, The Bao Shoppe.
Added 05/04/2014: Mapo Korean BBQ, Fatty's, Dish
Added 06/08/2014: Rippers, Pye Boat Noodles, Rockaway Taco, Khao Man Gai NY.
Added 07/03/2014: Pastes Kiko's, Arepa Lady, Spicy Lanka
Added 08/08/2014: Bella Puebla, Khao Kang, Tommy Thai
Added 09/05/2014: Grandma's Dim Sum, L'inizio, Saw Shack
Added 10/05/2014: Kitchen 79, Dumpling Galaxy, Tacuba
Added 11/09/2014: El Coyote, Paet Rio, The Bonnie

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

The Bonnie

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The team behind several popular local spots, including Sweet Afton and the Penrose just opened this restaurant/cocktail bar. The menu includes pub fare like fried pickles, seafood pie, and a burger. [Facebook]

Paet Rio

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Phimploy Likitsansook, the woman behind Wondee Siam in Hell's Kitchen, opened this Thai restaurant in August. In a recent review, Ligaya Mishan notes that much of the menu here is the spicier food found on the "secret menu" at Wondee. Favorites include the khua kling (a dry pork belly curry), the khao soi (noodles in coconut broth), and the miang kha-na (a salad of Chinese broccoli leaves, pork, peanuts, and chilies). [Facebook]

El Coyote

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This Mexican mini-chain with locations in Jackson Heights and Connecticut just opened its newest outpost in Forest Hills. The menu is mostly standard American Mexican fare like fajitas and chimichangas, plus larger meat entrees like mole poblano chicken and cochinita pibil (pork slow-cooked in banana leaves). There's also one novelty cocktail: the lime boat margarita, which is a regular margarita with an extra shot of tequila floating in half a hollowed out lime. [Facebook]

Kitchen 79

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Tacuba Mexican Cantina

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Dumpling Galaxy

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Grandma's Dim Sum

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L'inizio

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saw shack

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Bella Puebla

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Robert Sietsema is a big fan of this place and says it has the "most complete Pueblan menu in the city." He recommends tacos arabes, or Arab tacos, which are made with grilled flour tortillas and pork al pastor. [Paul Crispin Quitoriano]

Khao Kang ข้าวแกง

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Tommy Thai

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The Bonnie

The team behind several popular local spots, including Sweet Afton and the Penrose just opened this restaurant/cocktail bar. The menu includes pub fare like fried pickles, seafood pie, and a burger. [Facebook]

Paet Rio

Phimploy Likitsansook, the woman behind Wondee Siam in Hell's Kitchen, opened this Thai restaurant in August. In a recent review, Ligaya Mishan notes that much of the menu here is the spicier food found on the "secret menu" at Wondee. Favorites include the khua kling (a dry pork belly curry), the khao soi (noodles in coconut broth), and the miang kha-na (a salad of Chinese broccoli leaves, pork, peanuts, and chilies). [Facebook]

El Coyote

This Mexican mini-chain with locations in Jackson Heights and Connecticut just opened its newest outpost in Forest Hills. The menu is mostly standard American Mexican fare like fajitas and chimichangas, plus larger meat entrees like mole poblano chicken and cochinita pibil (pork slow-cooked in banana leaves). There's also one novelty cocktail: the lime boat margarita, which is a regular margarita with an extra shot of tequila floating in half a hollowed out lime. [Facebook]

Kitchen 79

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[Paul Crispin Quitoriano]

Tacuba Mexican Cantina

[Bess Adler]

Dumpling Galaxy

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Grandma's Dim Sum

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L'inizio

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saw shack

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Bella Puebla

Robert Sietsema is a big fan of this place and says it has the "most complete Pueblan menu in the city." He recommends tacos arabes, or Arab tacos, which are made with grilled flour tortillas and pork al pastor. [Paul Crispin Quitoriano]

Khao Kang ข้าวแกง

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Tommy Thai

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