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The Queens Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

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121212_bk12_bk1212123123112008_10_hasmaps%20%281%29.jpegIt's time to update the Queens Heatmap, a guide to the noteworthy new restaurants in the mighty borough of Queens. This list showcases the recent arrivals that the critics, bloggers, and restaurant obsessives are buzzing about right now. Check it out:

Like all of the Eater Heatmaps, this list focuses on new restaurants, not the established, beloved neighborhood standbys and legendary dining destinations. The restaurants are listed on this map based on opening/reopening date. Have a recommendation for a new restaurant in the borough of Queens? By all means, drop your recs in the comments or send them to the tipline.

UPDATE: Alcehmy, Texas has been removed from this map, because the owner just announced that the restaurant is closed.


Added 05/05: MP Taverna, The Shady Lady, Lao Cheng Du.
Added 06/08: Bunker, Mamak House, Forno Pizzeria & Trattoria.
Added 07/13: Milkflower, the Rockaways concessions, Thai Rock, Grill 43.
Added 08/04: Sayra's Wine Bar, Crescent Grill, Mar's.
Added 09/08: Snowdonia, Tamashii Ramen, Woodbines, Pata Paplean.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. snowdonia

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34-55 32nd St
Astoria, NY 11106
(347) 730-5783
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2. Tamashii Ramen

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29-05 Broadway
Astoria, NY 11106

This cozy new Astoria Japanese restaurant serves 14 varieties of ramen, plus rice bowls, salads, and snacks. Several Yelpers and Foursquare users recommend the cold ramen dishes.

3. Woodbines

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47-10 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 361-8488
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4. Pata Paplean

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76-21 Woodside Ave
Elmhurst, NY
(718) 651-2076
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5. Sayra's Wine Bar

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91-11 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Queens, NY
(718) 945-9463
[Photo: Foursquare]

6. Crescent Grill

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38-40 Crescent Street
Queens, NY 11101
718-729-4040
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7. Mar's

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34-21 34th Ave
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 685-2480
[Photo: Foursquare]

8. Milkflower

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34-12 31st Ave.
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 204-1300
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9. Grill 43

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43-02 43rd Ave
Sunnyside, NY 11104
(718) 706-0600
[Yelp]

10. Bunker

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46-63 Metropolitan Ave
Ridgewood, NY 11385
(718) 386-4282

Bunker is one of the biggest dining surprises of the year. This is the new, no-frills Ridgewood Vietnamese restaurant from Eleven Madison Park veteran Jimmy Tu. He originally opened this storefront as a seafood supply company, but after the space was damaged by Hurricane Sandy, Tu decided to turn it into a restaurant. The menu includes Vietnamese favorites like banh mi, pho, and banh xeo, as well as dishes that you won't find at many of the city's more popular Vietnamese establishments. In her Hungry City review, Ligaya Mishan notes that Tu is serving "some of the best Vietnamese street-style food in New York." Make sure to try the shrimp chips. Note: The restaurant is not close to any subway trains (the nearest station is in Bushwick), so plan your travel accordingly. [Photo: Facebook]

11. Mamak House

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35-20 Farrington Street
Flushing, NY 11355
(718) 886-4828
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12. MP Taverna

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31-29 Ditmars Blvd
Astoria, NY 11105
(718) 777-2187

In April, chef Michael Psilakis expanded his Greek hit MP Taverna to Astoria. The chef recently told the Times that he wanted to open in the neighborhood because, "It’s the center of Greek culture in New York.” The menu includes mezze, salads, burgers, and a number of lightly-prepared proteins, as well as things like a mixed grill plate and "Greek paella." The space has a tavern room downstairs with a long bar, plus a more formal upstairs dining room with plenty of tables for large parties.

13. Láo Chéng Dū

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37-17 Prince St
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 886-5595

The owners of Prince Noodle House in Flushing recently transformed the space into a Sichuan restaurant with a menu from Big Sister Zhu, a chef who earned something of a following among the Chinese food aficionados from her stints at food stalls in the area. In a recent positive review on Serious Eats, editor Max Falkowitz wrote: "Lao Cheng Du might be one of those restaurants where you have to order 'right' for best results, but it doesn't seem that hard to get something good." Falkowitz recommends the diced rabbit with red chili sauce and the spicy radish with peanuts and tofu. [Photo: Yelp]

14. M. Wells Dinette

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22-25 Jackson Ave
Queens, NY 11101
(718) 784-2084

At M. Wells Dinette, chef Hugue Dufour serves versions of classic bistro and diner dishes, as well as creations that don't easily fit into any category. The menu changes daily, but Dufour frequently offers a bone marrow & escargot tart, homemade terrines, and a version of Korean bibimbap topped with an oyster and raw egg. Make sure to order one of Bethany Costello's excellent pastries for dessert.

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1. snowdonia

34-55 32nd St, Astoria, NY 11106
[Photo]
34-55 32nd St
Astoria, NY 11106

2. Tamashii Ramen

29-05 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11106

This cozy new Astoria Japanese restaurant serves 14 varieties of ramen, plus rice bowls, salads, and snacks. Several Yelpers and Foursquare users recommend the cold ramen dishes.

29-05 Broadway
Astoria, NY 11106

3. Woodbines

47-10 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, NY 11101
[Photo]
47-10 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11101

4. Pata Paplean

76-21 Woodside Ave, Elmhurst, NY
[Facebook]
76-21 Woodside Ave
Elmhurst, NY

5. Sayra's Wine Bar

91-11 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Queens, NY
[Photo: Foursquare]
91-11 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Queens, NY

6. Crescent Grill

38-40 Crescent Street, Queens, NY 11101
[Photo: Facebook]
38-40 Crescent Street
Queens, NY 11101

7. Mar's

34-21 34th Ave, Astoria, NY 11106
[Photo: Foursquare]
34-21 34th Ave
Astoria, NY 11106

8. Milkflower

34-12 31st Ave., Astoria, NY 11106
[Photo]
34-12 31st Ave.
Astoria, NY 11106

9. Grill 43

43-02 43rd Ave, Sunnyside, NY 11104
[Yelp]
43-02 43rd Ave
Sunnyside, NY 11104

10. Bunker

46-63 Metropolitan Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385

Bunker is one of the biggest dining surprises of the year. This is the new, no-frills Ridgewood Vietnamese restaurant from Eleven Madison Park veteran Jimmy Tu. He originally opened this storefront as a seafood supply company, but after the space was damaged by Hurricane Sandy, Tu decided to turn it into a restaurant. The menu includes Vietnamese favorites like banh mi, pho, and banh xeo, as well as dishes that you won't find at many of the city's more popular Vietnamese establishments. In her Hungry City review, Ligaya Mishan notes that Tu is serving "some of the best Vietnamese street-style food in New York." Make sure to try the shrimp chips. Note: The restaurant is not close to any subway trains (the nearest station is in Bushwick), so plan your travel accordingly. [Photo: Facebook]

46-63 Metropolitan Ave
Ridgewood, NY 11385

11. Mamak House

35-20 Farrington Street, Flushing, NY 11355
[Foursquare]
35-20 Farrington Street
Flushing, NY 11355

12. MP Taverna

31-29 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria, NY 11105

In April, chef Michael Psilakis expanded his Greek hit MP Taverna to Astoria. The chef recently told the Times that he wanted to open in the neighborhood because, "It’s the center of Greek culture in New York.” The menu includes mezze, salads, burgers, and a number of lightly-prepared proteins, as well as things like a mixed grill plate and "Greek paella." The space has a tavern room downstairs with a long bar, plus a more formal upstairs dining room with plenty of tables for large parties.

31-29 Ditmars Blvd
Astoria, NY 11105

13. Láo Chéng Dū

37-17 Prince St, Flushing, NY 11354

The owners of Prince Noodle House in Flushing recently transformed the space into a Sichuan restaurant with a menu from Big Sister Zhu, a chef who earned something of a following among the Chinese food aficionados from her stints at food stalls in the area. In a recent positive review on Serious Eats, editor Max Falkowitz wrote: "Lao Cheng Du might be one of those restaurants where you have to order 'right' for best results, but it doesn't seem that hard to get something good." Falkowitz recommends the diced rabbit with red chili sauce and the spicy radish with peanuts and tofu. [Photo: Yelp]

37-17 Prince St
Flushing, NY 11354

14. M. Wells Dinette

22-25 Jackson Ave, Queens, NY 11101

At M. Wells Dinette, chef Hugue Dufour serves versions of classic bistro and diner dishes, as well as creations that don't easily fit into any category. The menu changes daily, but Dufour frequently offers a bone marrow & escargot tart, homemade terrines, and a version of Korean bibimbap topped with an oyster and raw egg. Make sure to order one of Bethany Costello's excellent pastries for dessert.

22-25 Jackson Ave
Queens, NY 11101

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