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The Hottest Restaurants in Queens Right Now, January 2015

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Whether it's authentic Tibetan food, dishes from Bhutan, or a whole food court of various Chinese offerings you seek, Queen's is like the U.N. of food, there's a bit of almost everything. Here is our guide to the 12 hottest places to try this month. Even if it's a long subway ride, remember, it's a whole lot quicker than a flight half-way around the world.

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Bhutanese Ema Datsi Restaurant

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Trained monk Lekay Drakpa recently opened what he calls the only Bhutanese restaurant in New York. The menu offers chili dried pork, several rice dishes, and the national food of Bhutan, which is also the restaurant’s namesake, Ema Datsi, a mix of cheese and chiles. Rounding out the offerings are some Indian and Tibetan dishes. [Yelp]

Spicy Tibet

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Owners of Friends Corner Cafe opened Spicy Tibet right down the street late in 2014. At the new, larger space, there’s an expanded menu that includes a number of hearty soups, dropa khatsa (tripe marinated in spices), and something curiously called “American” chop suey. Some favorites like the original restaurant’s momos made their to the new place too. [Wikicommons]

New York Food Court 紐約美食廣場

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The newest food court to hit Flushing is pretty similar to longtime favorite New World Mall, but Queen’s-based food blogger Joe DiStefano still finds a few dishes worth checking out here. He says the spicy cold noodles from Szechuan Taste, No. 25, “might be the best $3.75 I’ve ever spent in Flushing.” Food courts like this are best enjoyed with a group, so you can try lots of things. [Yelp]

Mu Ramen

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Joshua and Heidy Smookler's first brick and mortar ramen-ya changes its menu regularly, but expect stellar and creative renditions of ramen, plus foie gras-stuffed wings, and possibly quite a few truffles. Call the day of for a reservation, or be prepared to wait for a table. [Courtesy of Mu Ramen]

Gakyizompe Restaurant

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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]

End of the Century Bar

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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]

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]

The Bonnie

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

El Coyote

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This Mexican mini-chain with locations in Jackson Heights and Connecticut 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]

Dumpling Galaxy

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Kitchen 79

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Tacuba Mexican Cantina

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Bhutanese Ema Datsi Restaurant

Trained monk Lekay Drakpa recently opened what he calls the only Bhutanese restaurant in New York. The menu offers chili dried pork, several rice dishes, and the national food of Bhutan, which is also the restaurant’s namesake, Ema Datsi, a mix of cheese and chiles. Rounding out the offerings are some Indian and Tibetan dishes. [Yelp]

Spicy Tibet

Owners of Friends Corner Cafe opened Spicy Tibet right down the street late in 2014. At the new, larger space, there’s an expanded menu that includes a number of hearty soups, dropa khatsa (tripe marinated in spices), and something curiously called “American” chop suey. Some favorites like the original restaurant’s momos made their to the new place too. [Wikicommons]

New York Food Court 紐約美食廣場

The newest food court to hit Flushing is pretty similar to longtime favorite New World Mall, but Queen’s-based food blogger Joe DiStefano still finds a few dishes worth checking out here. He says the spicy cold noodles from Szechuan Taste, No. 25, “might be the best $3.75 I’ve ever spent in Flushing.” Food courts like this are best enjoyed with a group, so you can try lots of things. [Yelp]

Mu Ramen

Joshua and Heidy Smookler's first brick and mortar ramen-ya changes its menu regularly, but expect stellar and creative renditions of ramen, plus foie gras-stuffed wings, and possibly quite a few truffles. Call the day of for a reservation, or be prepared to wait for a table. [Courtesy of Mu Ramen]

Gakyizompe Restaurant

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]

End of the Century Bar

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]

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]

The Bonnie

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

El Coyote

This Mexican mini-chain with locations in Jackson Heights and Connecticut 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]

Dumpling Galaxy

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Kitchen 79

[Paul Crispin Quitoriano]

Tacuba Mexican Cantina

[Bess Adler]

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