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The Hottest Restaurants in Queens Right Now, December 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. 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

Added 12/06/2015: Mu Ramen, End of the Century Bar, Gakyizompe

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mu Ramen

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1209 Jackson Ave
Queens, NY 11101
(917) 868-8903
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Joshua and Heidy Smookler's first brick and mortar ramen-ya changes its menu daily, but expect stellar and creative renditions of ramen, plus foie gras-stuffed wings, and possibly quite a few truffles. [Courtesy of Mu Ramen]

2. Gakyizompe Restaurant

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47-11 47th Ave
Sunnyside, NY

The menu at this Robert Sietsema recommended spot "offers not only standard Tibetan fare, but Nepalese and Bhutanese dishes." Try the mutton thali, several curries, and vegetarian momo. Many of the dishes come in at a cool $6. [Paul Crispin Quitoriano]

3. End of the Century Bar

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104-08 Metropolitan Avenue
Flushing, NY 11375
718-544-1624

Ian Present, Sofia Present, and Valentin Gonzalez, vets of Pegu Club, PKNY, and Maison Premiere are hoping to bring the cocktail revolution to Queens with this new tiki bar/cocktail lounge. [Google Street View]

4. Paet Rio

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81-10 Broadway
Queens, NY 11373
(917) 832-6672

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]

5. The Bonnie

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29-12 23rd Ave
Astoria, NY 11105

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]

6. El Coyote

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70-09 Austin St
Forest Hills, NY 11375

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]

7. Dumpling Galaxy

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42-35 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355
(718) 461-0808
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[Yelp]

8. Kitchen 79

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37-70 79th St
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
(718) 803-6227
[Paul Crispin Quitoriano]

9. Tacuba Mexican Cantina

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35-01 36th St
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 786-2727
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[Bess Adler]

10. Grandma's Dim Sum

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40-24 College Point Blvd Store B-O
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 888-3326
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11. L'inizio

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47-23 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11101
(516) 713-1965
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12. saw shack

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84-22 37th Avenue
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
(718) 898-2768
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1. Mu Ramen

1209 Jackson Ave, Queens, NY 11101

Joshua and Heidy Smookler's first brick and mortar ramen-ya changes its menu daily, but expect stellar and creative renditions of ramen, plus foie gras-stuffed wings, and possibly quite a few truffles. [Courtesy of Mu Ramen]

1209 Jackson Ave
Queens, NY 11101

2. Gakyizompe Restaurant

47-11 47th Ave, Sunnyside, NY
Read Review |

The menu at this Robert Sietsema recommended spot "offers not only standard Tibetan fare, but Nepalese and Bhutanese dishes." Try the mutton thali, several curries, and vegetarian momo. Many of the dishes come in at a cool $6. [Paul Crispin Quitoriano]

47-11 47th Ave
Sunnyside, NY

3. End of the Century Bar

104-08 Metropolitan Avenue, Flushing, NY 11375

Ian Present, Sofia Present, and Valentin Gonzalez, vets of Pegu Club, PKNY, and Maison Premiere are hoping to bring the cocktail revolution to Queens with this new tiki bar/cocktail lounge. [Google Street View]

104-08 Metropolitan Avenue
Flushing, NY 11375

4. Paet Rio

81-10 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

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]

81-10 Broadway
Queens, NY 11373

5. The Bonnie

29-12 23rd Ave, Astoria, NY 11105

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]

29-12 23rd Ave
Astoria, NY 11105

6. El Coyote

70-09 Austin St, Forest Hills, NY 11375

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]

70-09 Austin St
Forest Hills, NY 11375

7. Dumpling Galaxy

42-35 Main Street, Flushing, NY 11355
[Yelp]
42-35 Main Street
Flushing, NY 11355

8. Kitchen 79

37-70 79th St, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
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[Paul Crispin Quitoriano]
37-70 79th St
Jackson Heights, NY 11372

9. Tacuba Mexican Cantina

35-01 36th St, Astoria, NY 11106
[Bess Adler]
35-01 36th St
Astoria, NY 11106

10. Grandma's Dim Sum

40-24 College Point Blvd Store B-O, Flushing, NY 11354
[Photo Credit]
40-24 College Point Blvd Store B-O
Flushing, NY 11354

11. L'inizio

47-23 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, NY 11101
[Photo Credit]
47-23 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11101

12. saw shack

84-22 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
[Photo Credit]
84-22 37th Avenue
Jackson Heights, NY 11372

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