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10 Classic Queens Restaurants You Should Visit

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10 Classic Queens Restaurants You Should Visit

PHOTOS: Wally Gobetz via Flickr

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

1

Don Peppe's

135-58 Lefferts Blvd
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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.

2

Taverna Kyclades

33-07 Ditmars Blvd
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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.

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

4

Donovan's Pub

57-24 Roosevelt Ave
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Zum Stammtisch

6946 Myrtle Ave
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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.

8

Jackson Diner

37-47 74th St
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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.

9

Mapo BBQ

14924 41st Ave
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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.

10

King Yum

18108 Union Tpke
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When we say old school Chinese, we mean really old school. Like tiki drinks and pupu platter kind of old school. This is where we’d imagine the copywriters on Mad Men would go for a “fun night out.”

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