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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 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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Rippers

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86th St Boardwalk
Queens, NY 11693
The seasonal restaurant from Roberta's and The Meat Hook has returned for the summer. In addition to burgers, fries, and dogs, the menu includes a fried fish sandwich, fresh squeezed juices, and breakfast burritos. Rippers is open from 10 a.m. till 8 p.m. daily, and the restaurant also offers delivery in the area. [Photo]

2. Pye Boat Noodle

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35-13 Broadway
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 685-2329
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In addition to soups and dry noodle dishes, this authentic Thai restaurant serves snacks like shrimp dumplings, taro rolls, and fried pork strips. Asian food aficionado Joe DiStefano, and the neighborhood experts at We Heart Astoria both had enjoyable meals here recently. [Facebook]

3. Rockaway Taco

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95-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Queens, NY 11693
(347) 213-7466
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The beloved taco shack near the Rockaway Beach boardwalk is now open for business, with a menu that includes fish tacos, quesadillas, and corn on the cob. This year, Rockaway Taco is using vegetables from nearby Edgemere Farm. Pro tip: Breakfast is served Thursday through Sunday from 9 a.m. till 10:45 a.m. [Rockaway Taco]

4. Khao Man Gai NY @ The Food Box

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3100 47th Ave
Queens, NY 11101
Hungry City critic Ligaya Mishan recently praised chef Emorn Henshaw's nuanced version of Thai chicken over rice at this stand inside the Falchi Building's food court. In addition to that signature dish, Khao Man Gai NY also serves chicken wings and broth-less tom yum noodles. The stand is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. [Facebook]

5. Mapo Korean BBQ

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14924 41st Road
Murray Hill, NY 11355
(718) 886-8292
At this Korean barbecue restaurant in Murray Hill, the meat is cooked at the table over lump charcoal, and the entrees come with a wide assortment of banchan plates. In his three-star review, Sietsema recommends the marinated kalbi, the mandoo gui dumplings, and the mul naeng myun noodles. [Krieger]

6. Fatty's

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45-17 28th Ave
Astoria, NY 11103
(718) 267-7071
10-year-old neighborhood favorite Fatty's recently moved to a bigger, brighter location on 28th Avenue. The restaurant is currently serving the "classic" menu from the old location, which includes sandwiches, salads, and Latin-influenced bar bites, but expect some new additions in the coming months. Most entrees are priced in the mid teens. [Foursquare]

7. Hibino LIC

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10-70 Jackson Ave
Queens, NY 11101
(718) 392-5190
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The owners of Cobble Hill Japanese favorite Hibino recently opened a sunny new location in Long Island City. Just like the Brooklyn original, the new restaurant offers sushi, salads, homemade tofu dishes, and entrees like teriyaki chicken and broiled miso-marinated salmon. The kitchen uses top-notch ingredients, and many of the entrees are priced under $20. [Photo: Hibino]

8. EIM Khao Mun Kai

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8132 Broadway
Elmhurst, NY 11373
(347) 554-4862
The Yelpers love this tiny new Elmhurst restaurant dedicated to Hainanese chicken and rice. For $8.99, you can get a plate of juicy chicken over jasmine rice with soup and a handful of sauces on the side. Head over to Chopstick and Marrow for a close-up look at the specialty dish here. [Photo: Yelp]

9. Front Toward Enemy

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40-11 30th Ave
Astoria, NY 11103
(718) 545-2269
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Astoria restaurateurs Tim Lorito and Matt Dill tapped Pegu Club veteran Scott Teague to draw up the cocktail list for this lodge-like new gastropub in the old Canz space. The food menu at Front Toward Enemy has hearty dishes like cod & chips, braised lamb shoulder, Shepherd's pie, and wild mushroom risotto, plus oysters, charcuterie, cheeses, and bar snacks. Most of the entrees are priced under $16. [Photo: Front Toward Enemy]

10. Maizal Astoria

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32-07 34th Ave
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 406-9431
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The team behind Staten Island Mexican restaurant Maizal recently opened a second outpost on 34th Avenue in Astoria. Maizal serves a slightly upscale version of traditional Mexican cuisine made with top-notch ingredients, some of which are imported directly from Mexico. The menu includes a section devoted to vegan and vegetarian entrees, and the restaurant offers a $19 three-course prix fixe Tuesday through Thursday. [Photo: Maizal/Facebook]

11. Little Lamb

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4024 College Point Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11354
Massive international hot pot chain Little Lamb opened its very first New York location a few months ago. Situated inside the Skyview Shopping Center, the restaurant offers several types of hot pot broths with a long list of add-ins, plus meat pies, noodles, dumplings, and Mongolian barbecue. Little Lamb is on Level B of the shopping center, right between the Chase bank and the Applebee’s. [Photo: Brownstoner Queens]

12. Houdini

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15-63 Decatur St
Ridgewood, NY 11385
Houdini is the new Ridgewood pizzeria from Massimiliano Bartoli and Pilar Rigon, who previously operated Miss Williamsburg Diner. Houdini serves 12'' Neapolitan-style pizzas with simple topping combinations, like pancetta and basil, and tomato with garlic and oregano. The menu also includes two salads and three desserts. [Photo: Facebook]

1. Rippers

86th St Boardwalk, Queens, NY 11693
The seasonal restaurant from Roberta's and The Meat Hook has returned for the summer. In addition to burgers, fries, and dogs, the menu includes a fried fish sandwich, fresh squeezed juices, and breakfast burritos. Rippers is open from 10 a.m. till 8 p.m. daily, and the restaurant also offers delivery in the area. [Photo]
86th St Boardwalk
Queens, NY 11693

2. Pye Boat Noodle

35-13 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11106
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In addition to soups and dry noodle dishes, this authentic Thai restaurant serves snacks like shrimp dumplings, taro rolls, and fried pork strips. Asian food aficionado Joe DiStefano, and the neighborhood experts at We Heart Astoria both had enjoyable meals here recently. [Facebook]
35-13 Broadway
Astoria, NY 11106

3. Rockaway Taco

95-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Queens, NY 11693
The beloved taco shack near the Rockaway Beach boardwalk is now open for business, with a menu that includes fish tacos, quesadillas, and corn on the cob. This year, Rockaway Taco is using vegetables from nearby Edgemere Farm. Pro tip: Breakfast is served Thursday through Sunday from 9 a.m. till 10:45 a.m. [Rockaway Taco]
95-19 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Queens, NY 11693

4. Khao Man Gai NY @ The Food Box

3100 47th Ave, Queens, NY 11101
Hungry City critic Ligaya Mishan recently praised chef Emorn Henshaw's nuanced version of Thai chicken over rice at this stand inside the Falchi Building's food court. In addition to that signature dish, Khao Man Gai NY also serves chicken wings and broth-less tom yum noodles. The stand is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. [Facebook]
3100 47th Ave
Queens, NY 11101

5. Mapo Korean BBQ

14924 41st Road, Murray Hill, NY 11355
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At this Korean barbecue restaurant in Murray Hill, the meat is cooked at the table over lump charcoal, and the entrees come with a wide assortment of banchan plates. In his three-star review, Sietsema recommends the marinated kalbi, the mandoo gui dumplings, and the mul naeng myun noodles. [Krieger]
14924 41st Road
Murray Hill, NY 11355

6. Fatty's

45-17 28th Ave, Astoria, NY 11103
10-year-old neighborhood favorite Fatty's recently moved to a bigger, brighter location on 28th Avenue. The restaurant is currently serving the "classic" menu from the old location, which includes sandwiches, salads, and Latin-influenced bar bites, but expect some new additions in the coming months. Most entrees are priced in the mid teens. [Foursquare]
45-17 28th Ave
Astoria, NY 11103

7. Hibino LIC

10-70 Jackson Ave, Queens, NY 11101
The owners of Cobble Hill Japanese favorite Hibino recently opened a sunny new location in Long Island City. Just like the Brooklyn original, the new restaurant offers sushi, salads, homemade tofu dishes, and entrees like teriyaki chicken and broiled miso-marinated salmon. The kitchen uses top-notch ingredients, and many of the entrees are priced under $20. [Photo: Hibino]
10-70 Jackson Ave
Queens, NY 11101

8. EIM Khao Mun Kai

8132 Broadway, Elmhurst, NY 11373
The Yelpers love this tiny new Elmhurst restaurant dedicated to Hainanese chicken and rice. For $8.99, you can get a plate of juicy chicken over jasmine rice with soup and a handful of sauces on the side. Head over to Chopstick and Marrow for a close-up look at the specialty dish here. [Photo: Yelp]
8132 Broadway
Elmhurst, NY 11373

9. Front Toward Enemy

40-11 30th Ave, Astoria, NY 11103
Astoria restaurateurs Tim Lorito and Matt Dill tapped Pegu Club veteran Scott Teague to draw up the cocktail list for this lodge-like new gastropub in the old Canz space. The food menu at Front Toward Enemy has hearty dishes like cod & chips, braised lamb shoulder, Shepherd's pie, and wild mushroom risotto, plus oysters, charcuterie, cheeses, and bar snacks. Most of the entrees are priced under $16. [Photo: Front Toward Enemy]
40-11 30th Ave
Astoria, NY 11103

10. Maizal Astoria

32-07 34th Ave, Astoria, NY 11106
The team behind Staten Island Mexican restaurant Maizal recently opened a second outpost on 34th Avenue in Astoria. Maizal serves a slightly upscale version of traditional Mexican cuisine made with top-notch ingredients, some of which are imported directly from Mexico. The menu includes a section devoted to vegan and vegetarian entrees, and the restaurant offers a $19 three-course prix fixe Tuesday through Thursday. [Photo: Maizal/Facebook]
32-07 34th Ave
Astoria, NY 11106

11. Little Lamb

4024 College Point Blvd., Flushing, NY 11354
Massive international hot pot chain Little Lamb opened its very first New York location a few months ago. Situated inside the Skyview Shopping Center, the restaurant offers several types of hot pot broths with a long list of add-ins, plus meat pies, noodles, dumplings, and Mongolian barbecue. Little Lamb is on Level B of the shopping center, right between the Chase bank and the Applebee’s. [Photo: Brownstoner Queens]
4024 College Point Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11354

12. Houdini

15-63 Decatur St, Ridgewood, NY 11385
Houdini is the new Ridgewood pizzeria from Massimiliano Bartoli and Pilar Rigon, who previously operated Miss Williamsburg Diner. Houdini serves 12'' Neapolitan-style pizzas with simple topping combinations, like pancetta and basil, and tomato with garlic and oregano. The menu also includes two salads and three desserts. [Photo: Facebook]
15-63 Decatur St
Ridgewood, NY 11385

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