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A Taste of Queens: Six New Restaurants Worth Checking Out

LongIsland.com

From traditional Greek to fresh made biscuit sandwiches, these six new spots are worth the venture to Queens

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Comfortland: Astoria 

At this counter-service doughnut shop you’ll find the same one-of-a-kind options like their sweet potato cream-filled doughnut with maple glaze and meringue, as well as a rainbow cake with chocolate crumbs, coffee crumbs, and raspberry jam. With a total of 36 seats, the space is comfortable for eating in, especially for their famous biscuit sandwiches.

 

Amylos Taverna: Astoria 

Amylos Taverna in Astoria, has now taken over the former home of the formerly popular Uncle George’s Greek Tavern, which closed in 2013. The Greek spot brings classic Greek taverna fare back to the space, which has also been newly renovated. There are daily specials, like slow-roasted baby lamb on Saturdays, and seafood-centric Greek dishes including fresh raw bar offerings.

 

Kal: Long Island City 

This homey Korean restaurant is already well-received in the neighborhood for its comfort food like spicy rice cakes, braised mackerel, and japchae (stir-fried glass noodles). Stop in for lunch and enjoy traditional bulgogi or spicy tofu stew, which comes paired with rice, kimchi, potato salad, greens, and an omelet. The narrow space has just a few tables to dine in or take your dishes to go. 

 

The Queensboro Restaurant: Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights is filled with cuisine from around the world, and now, it also has a restaurant serving up new American food. The Queensboro comes from chef-owner Tony Liu, who used to be at restaurants such as Tabla, Babbo, and Pulino’s. You’ll find dishes like garlic bread with clams, a summer squash salad with Serrano chiles, pizza topped with prosciutto, and a pasta with kale-sunflower seed pesto. There’s also a tasty cocktail list, as well as wine and beer options. 

 

Rice N Beans: Woodside 

Hell’s Kitchen Brazilian favorite Rice N Beans has opened a new location in Woodside, bringing its tasty fare along with it. Chef Carlos Roberto Inácio is cooking up dishes like his deliciously flavored pork, feijoada (black bean stew), and savory shrimp stroganoff. Head there for happy hour where you'll enjoy $5 caipirinhas and $7 cripsy croquettes.

 

Sup Thai Kitchen: Fresh Meadows 

A Thai restaurant has sprouted in Fresh Meadows. Sup Thai Kitchen combines their exposed brick and concrete walls in an industrial space with a menu that has all the classic curries and noodles you crave, as well as regional specialties like pork noodle soup and chicken curry noodles.