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The Queens Heatmap: Where to Eat Right Now

The 12 hottest restaurants in Queens.

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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. This edition of the map also includes a few seasonal restaurants that just returned for the summer. 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

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Tacuba Mexican Cantina

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

2. Dumpling Galaxy

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

3. Kitchen 79

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

4. 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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5. L'inizio

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

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84-22 84th Ave
Jackson Heights, NY
(718) 898-2768
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7. Bella Puebla

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9411 Roosevelt Ave
Jackson Heights, NY 11372
(718) 639-7300

Robert Sietsema is a big fan of this place and says it has the "most complete Pueblan menu in the city." He recommends tacos arabes, or Arab tacos, which are made with grilled flour tortillas and pork al pastor. [Paul Crispin Quitoriano]

8. Khao Kang ข้าวแกง

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76-20 Woodside Ave
Elmhurst, NY 11373
(718) 662-8721
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9. Tommy Thai

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85-32 Grand Avenue
Elmhurst, NY 11373
(917) 632-6881
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10. Spicy Lanka

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159-23 Hillside Ave
Queens, NY 11432
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11. Areperia Arepa Lady

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77-02a Roosevelt Ave
Queens, NY
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12. Pastes Kiko's

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89-16 Roosevelt Ave.
Jackson Heights, NY 11372

Robert Siestema recently discovered that popular Mexican chain Pastes Kiko's expanded to Elmhurst not too long ago. The menu at the only New York location of the chain has about 20 sweet and savory hand pies. Robert's verdict: "The quality of the pastries and filling varies, but for Mexican food enthusiasts who track every new regional cuisine that arrives here for the first time, Pastes Kiko's is a place you should visit". [Robert Sietsema]

1. Tacuba Mexican Cantina

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

2. Dumpling Galaxy

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

3. 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

4. Grandma's Dim Sum

40-24 College Point Blvd Store B-O, Flushing, NY 11354
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40-24 College Point Blvd Store B-O
Flushing, NY 11354

5. L'inizio

47-23 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, NY 11101
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47-23 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11101

6. saw shack

84-22 84th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY
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84-22 84th Ave
Jackson Heights, NY

7. Bella Puebla

9411 Roosevelt Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372

Robert Sietsema is a big fan of this place and says it has the "most complete Pueblan menu in the city." He recommends tacos arabes, or Arab tacos, which are made with grilled flour tortillas and pork al pastor. [Paul Crispin Quitoriano]

9411 Roosevelt Ave
Jackson Heights, NY 11372

8. Khao Kang ข้าวแกง

76-20 Woodside Ave, Elmhurst, NY 11373
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76-20 Woodside Ave
Elmhurst, NY 11373

9. Tommy Thai

85-32 Grand Avenue, Elmhurst, NY 11373
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85-32 Grand Avenue
Elmhurst, NY 11373

10. Spicy Lanka

159-23 Hillside Ave, Queens, NY 11432
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159-23 Hillside Ave
Queens, NY 11432

11. Areperia Arepa Lady

77-02a Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY
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77-02a Roosevelt Ave
Queens, NY

12. Pastes Kiko's

89-16 Roosevelt Ave., Jackson Heights, NY 11372

Robert Siestema recently discovered that popular Mexican chain Pastes Kiko's expanded to Elmhurst not too long ago. The menu at the only New York location of the chain has about 20 sweet and savory hand pies. Robert's verdict: "The quality of the pastries and filling varies, but for Mexican food enthusiasts who track every new regional cuisine that arrives here for the first time, Pastes Kiko's is a place you should visit". [Robert Sietsema]

89-16 Roosevelt Ave.
Jackson Heights, NY 11372

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