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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 — and recent reopenings — 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.


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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sayra's Wine Bar

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

2. Crescent Grill

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38-40 Crescent Street
Queens, NY 11101
718-729-4040
[Photo: Facebook]

3. Mar's

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

4. Milkflower

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34-12 31st Ave.
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 204-1300
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5. Caracas, Rippers, Motorboat and the Big Banana, Rockaway Taco, Dicosmo's, and More

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106-01 Shore Front Pkwy
Queens, NY 11694

If you have a day off, a summer Friday, or a few hours to kill on the weekend, consider heading out to the Rockaways to sample the goods at the concessions stands along the beach. The city rebuilt the stands at Beach 86th, Beach 97th and Beach 106th Streets that were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Now, the beach is once again home to fun seasonal restaurants like Rippers, Motorboat and the Big Banana, Rockaway Taco, Caracas Arepa Bar, and Dicosmo's Ices.

6. Thai Rock

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375 Beach 92nd St
Queens, NY 11693
(646) 455-3991
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Although the owners of Thai Rock are still repairing the damage to the dining room caused by Hurricane Sandy, they recently reopened the restaurant's spacious back deck. This is a fine place to enjoy some spicy Thai food and cocktails on a summer evening, and the deck hosts live music several times each month.

7. Grill 43

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

8. 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]

9. Mamak House

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35-20 Farrington Street
Flushing, NY 11355
(718) 886-4828
[Foursquare]

10. 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.

11. 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]

12. Alchemy, Texas

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71-04 35th Avenue
Jackson Heights, NY
(718) 899-9553
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13. Tufino Pizzeria

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36-08 Ditmars Blvd
Astoria, NY 11105
(718) 278-4800
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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.

15. Casa Enrique

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5-48 49th Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
(347) 448-6040

This year-old Long Island City restaurant specializes in dishes from the Chiapas region of Mexico. Standout dishes include the fresh chorizo tacos, the chicken & avocado enchiladas, and the pork shank smothered in earthy mole sauce. And if you just want chips, guac, and margaritas, the space features a long bar up front that's perfect for cocktail sipping and snacking.

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1. Sayra's Wine Bar

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

2. Crescent Grill

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

3. Mar's

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

4. Milkflower

34-12 31st Ave., Astoria, NY 11106
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34-12 31st Ave.
Astoria, NY 11106

5. Caracas, Rippers, Motorboat and the Big Banana, Rockaway Taco, Dicosmo's, and More

106-01 Shore Front Pkwy, Queens, NY 11694

If you have a day off, a summer Friday, or a few hours to kill on the weekend, consider heading out to the Rockaways to sample the goods at the concessions stands along the beach. The city rebuilt the stands at Beach 86th, Beach 97th and Beach 106th Streets that were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Now, the beach is once again home to fun seasonal restaurants like Rippers, Motorboat and the Big Banana, Rockaway Taco, Caracas Arepa Bar, and Dicosmo's Ices.

106-01 Shore Front Pkwy
Queens, NY 11694

6. Thai Rock

375 Beach 92nd St, Queens, NY 11693

Although the owners of Thai Rock are still repairing the damage to the dining room caused by Hurricane Sandy, they recently reopened the restaurant's spacious back deck. This is a fine place to enjoy some spicy Thai food and cocktails on a summer evening, and the deck hosts live music several times each month.

375 Beach 92nd St
Queens, NY 11693

7. Grill 43

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

8. 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

9. Mamak House

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

10. 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

11. 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

12. Alchemy, Texas

71-04 35th Avenue, Jackson Heights, NY
[Photo]
71-04 35th Avenue
Jackson Heights, NY

13. Tufino Pizzeria

36-08 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria, NY 11105
[Photo]
36-08 Ditmars Blvd
Astoria, NY 11105

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

15. Casa Enrique

5-48 49th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101

This year-old Long Island City restaurant specializes in dishes from the Chiapas region of Mexico. Standout dishes include the fresh chorizo tacos, the chicken & avocado enchiladas, and the pork shank smothered in earthy mole sauce. And if you just want chips, guac, and margaritas, the space features a long bar up front that's perfect for cocktail sipping and snacking.

5-48 49th Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101

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