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10 Classic Queens Restaurants You Should Visit

From old school Italian to a Chinese restaurant straight out of Mad Men, all the Queens spots that’ll make you feel like it’s 1980 or earlier.

9 Spots
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9 Spots
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You’ll find plenty of packed nouveau ramen shops and pizza “laboratories” in Queens, but the heart of the borough is in its classic establishments – from the red sauce joints and the no-menu freshest-fish-around Astoria Greek restaurants, to the German beer hall and straight-out-of-Mad Men tiki-themed Chinese restaurant. Here are some of the ones we think you should check out.

The Spots

Don Peppe's

$$$$ 135-58 Lefferts Blvd

This Ozone Park institution is a world leader in the art of linguine with clams. The interior decor is somewhere between nonexistent and run down country club, but that’s kind of the point.

Taverna Kyclades

$$$$ 33-07 Ditmars Blvd

The fairy godparent of Astoria Greek restaurants. They’ve expanded to the East Village, but the original – complete with wine while you wait, free dessert, and more food than you’ll know what to do with – is worth the trip.


Thai  in  QueensWoodside
$$$$ 176 N 9th St

If there were a Thai food Olympics, SriPraPhai would win gold every time. Imagine Michael Phelps, if he made incredible green curry.

Donovan's Pub

$$$$ 57-24 Roosevelt Ave

If you dream of living inside of an It’s Always Sunny episode, this is your kind of spot. A classic Irish pub hangout, with a pretty legendary burger.

Elias Corner

Greek  in  AstoriaQueens
$$$$ 24-02 31st St.

The motto here is: NO MENUS ONLY FISH, which is an accurate description of what you’ll get. Some of the best fish in the city, though. Get that octopus.

Trattoria L'incontro

Italian  in  AstoriaQueens
$$$$ 21-76 31st St.

At Trattoria L’incontro in Astoria, the walls are sponge-painted, the waiters wear earpieces, and the tomato sauce is incredible. Come with a group for a truly excellent time.

Zum Stammtisch

$$$$ 6946 Myrtle Ave

Zum Stammtisch in Glendale is a classic Queens spot, but it could also be a classic Munich spot. Order a jagerschnitzel, because it sounds cool, and also because it’s one of the best things here.

Jackson Diner

$$$$ 37-47 74th St

Jackson Diner is less “diner” and more “total smorgasbord of Indian food” that’s been around for 35 years. They know what they’re doing.

Mapo BBQ

$$$$ 14924 41st Ave

As far as Korean BBQ goes, Mapo’s got landmark status. You’re gonna have to get on the LIRR to get here, but… #BEEEEEF. It’s worth it.

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