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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 — all of them less than 18 months old — that the critics, bloggers, and restaurant obsessives are buzzing about right now. Here's a guide to the hot newcomers in Queens:

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 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.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. MP Taverna

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

Earlier this month, 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.

2. The Shady Lady

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34-19 30th Avenue
Queens, NY 11103
(718) 440-9081

Astoria just got a fun new gastropub by the name of The Shady Lady. The menu includes quirky pub grub like "carbonara" mac and cheese, baked potato soup, pork wellington, and meatloaf meatballs. To drink, the bar offers> a small list of original cocktails, plus beer and wine (carafes are just $35). So far, the bloggers and Yelpers have lots of good things to say about the food and the vibe here.

3. Láo Chéng Dū

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37-17 Prince St
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 886-5595
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4. Alchemy, Texas

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

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36-08 Ditmars Blvd
Astoria, NY 11105
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6. The Strand Smokehouse

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2527 Broadway
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 545-2120
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7. 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.

8. Little Pepper Hot Pot

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133-43 Roosevelt Ave.
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 690-2206
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9. Lao Dong Bei Restaurant

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44-09 Kissena Blvd
Queens, NY 11335
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10. HinoMaru Ramen

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33-18 Ditmars Blvd.
Astoria, NY 11105
(718) 777-0228
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11. Biang!

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41-10 Main St
Queens, NY 11355
(718) 888-7713
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The first sit-down restaurant from the father and son team behind Xi'an Famous Foods has a modern dining room and a menu full of specialties from the western Chinese city of Xi'an. Make sure to order the buckwheat pudding, the pork sausages with fried quail eggs, the chicken wing skewer, and the grilled quail. You can get a lot of food for about $15 per person.

12. 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. MP Taverna

31-29 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria, NY 11105

Earlier this month, 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

2. The Shady Lady

34-19 30th Avenue, Queens, NY 11103

Astoria just got a fun new gastropub by the name of The Shady Lady. The menu includes quirky pub grub like "carbonara" mac and cheese, baked potato soup, pork wellington, and meatloaf meatballs. To drink, the bar offers> a small list of original cocktails, plus beer and wine (carafes are just $35). So far, the bloggers and Yelpers have lots of good things to say about the food and the vibe here.

34-19 30th Avenue
Queens, NY 11103

3. Láo Chéng Dū

37-17 Prince St, Flushing, NY 11354
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37-17 Prince St
Flushing, NY 11354

4. Alchemy, Texas

71-04 35th Avenue, Jackson Heights, NY
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71-04 35th Avenue
Jackson Heights, NY

5. Tufino Pizzeria

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

6. The Strand Smokehouse

2527 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11106
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2527 Broadway
Astoria, NY 11106

7. 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

8. Little Pepper Hot Pot

133-43 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing, NY 11354
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133-43 Roosevelt Ave.
Flushing, NY 11354

9. Lao Dong Bei Restaurant

44-09 Kissena Blvd, Queens, NY 11335
[Photo]
44-09 Kissena Blvd
Queens, NY 11335

10. HinoMaru Ramen

33-18 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria, NY 11105
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33-18 Ditmars Blvd.
Astoria, NY 11105

11. Biang!

41-10 Main St, Queens, NY 11355

The first sit-down restaurant from the father and son team behind Xi'an Famous Foods has a modern dining room and a menu full of specialties from the western Chinese city of Xi'an. Make sure to order the buckwheat pudding, the pork sausages with fried quail eggs, the chicken wing skewer, and the grilled quail. You can get a lot of food for about $15 per person.

41-10 Main St
Queens, NY 11355

12. 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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