Queens is that borough of New York City that many people don’t go to or know about. ( so is Staten Island, but that’s another story )
But Queens,NY is a giant polyglot multicultural crossroads, with a very confusing street naming protocol. All this means is that there is a lot of great food.
John Baronian, a Queens resident and appreciator of food is on this episode of GardenFork Radio to tell us where to go in Queens to eat good food.
John wrote out the show notes for you all, we could not find the exact number of neighborhoods in Queens, but lets just say there are a lot :
Queens is the most diverse immigrant community in New York City and has been for a long, long time. It is a true melting pot. Remember a melting pot is not homogenous, it is blobs of matter in this case cultures, and in the X number of neighborhoods that make up Queens each has its unique set of immigrant cultures. Watching the popular Food related tv shows you will typically see a tour of just one or two of those X number of neighborhoods surrounding Jackson Heights, where you will typically see Indian, Korean, and Chinese and a smattering of other cultures. In this episode John Baronian aka johnbaloney is going to talk abut his nook of Queens: Corona, Rego Park, and Forest Hills.
First Stop Corona.
Make your way to CityField to watch the Mets win or if you think they might not do so well better yet check out the Queens Museum and see the Panorama of New York built for the 1964 World’s Fair then for some tasty treats nearby try:
Timmy O’s Frozen Custard
Timmy yo’s frozen custard a Review that does it justice: http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2008/10/timmy-os-frozen-custard-queens-corona-nyc.html
49-07 104th Street, Corona NY 11368 (at 49th Avenue; map)
Lemon Ice King of Corona
Try the Fresh Fruit Ice
Look for some of the awesome Empanada stores and stands in Corona. My guess is each has its merits.
24/6 Kosher food Vending Machine in The Queens Zoo *It doesn’t distribute on Shabatt (Thats what keeps it Kosher)
Rego Park / Forest Hills
An Easy Subway trip from Manhattan to see Rego Park and Forest Hills Foodery on Queens Blvd Starting at 63rd Drive. Take the R or V train (Change from the F or E train at Jackson Heights) to 63rd Drive
Istanbul Restaurant – Dolmas, Sarma, rice, Kebabs, Doner it’s all around awesome Turkish Food located in Rego Park, 95-36 Queens Boulevard, Rego Park, NY 11374
Cheburechnaya Inc. – Russian meat and vegetable pies, borekas *note: They observe Shabbat and are closed about 2hrs before sundown Friday to 1 after sundown Saturday so check the website for when that is. http://www.cheburechnaya.com
Bens’s Best -Brisket, Corned Beef, Chopped liver – intense and delightful http://www.bensbest.com/
Carmel Grocery Ararat jams – sour cherry pits and all, Date Jam, Fig Jam, lamajun frozenpizza, humus and Locum (Turkish Delight) that is better than you will ever get. A good set of Yelp Reviews are found Here: http://www.yelp.com/biz/carmel-grocery-forest-hills its located at, 64-27 108th St in Forest Hills, NY 11375 (* Hint an address like 64-27 in Queensspeak alludes to it is near 64th rd, drive or avenue but doesn’t typically indicate which)
My local Deli At 99-63 99th Street (it doesn’t really have a name..) pickels, breads, Boreakas, Lox and cured fish and Russian candy *They observe Shabbat
Andre’s Hungarian Strudel & Pastries Strudelby the yard! They also sell prepared Hungarian savories like Goulash etc. http://www.andresbakery.com
Knish Nosh knish, giant pig in a blanket Motzah ball soup found at: http://knishnosh.com/
Metropolitan Avenue – Forest Hills
Aigner Chocolates – “Jellied” Fruit Slices, Marzipan and other handmade Chocolates. Krause’s Candy Kitchen / Aigner Chocolates, 103-02 Metropolitan Ave, Forest Hills, NY 11375 http://www.aignerchocolates.com/aboutus.asp
johnbaloney’s Favorite Foodies
David Lebovitz @davidlebovitz or www.davidlebovitz.com