2012-12-19 / Features

Food Guide Unlocks Borough’s Culinary Door


Food Lovers’ Guide To Queens: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings
Meg Cotner
Paperback, 416 pp.
Globe Pequot Press

In the introduction to Food Lovers’ Guide To Queens, author Meg Cotner encapsulates the secret behind what makes the borough a food mecca; “Scientists have found that Queens is populated by people carrying genetic markers for almost all migrations that happened historically among the peoples of earth. As you would expect, the food here is pretty diverse…not to mention awesome.”

Cotner, an Astoria resident who is the editor of QueensNYC.com, cofounder of the blog We Heart Astoria and HarmoniousBelly.com, has written the definitive guide covering the borough’s plethora of culinary delicacies and delights.

Divided into neighborhoods, Food Lovers’ Guide To Queens, officially opens the door to the wide range of both ethnic and hometown grub known to the almost 2.5 million residents of Queens, but unknown by the rest of the city who believe that the only way to get a decent meal is in the trendy hipster joints in Brooklyn or the expensive, high profile restaurants in Manhattan.

The guide takes readers through exotic areas like Downtown Flushing, where residents and visitors alike can discover savory dishes served in restaurants like the Golden Palace, one of the many signature eateries that can be found in what is now essentially, the city’s new Chinatown.

The book also explores farm-to-table restaurants like Alobar in Long Island City, Teveran Kyclades in Astoria, Sripraphai in Woodside and Rincon Criolla in Corona.

Also featured in this complete and total resource, is a guide to festivals and culinary events held year round from the Greek Festival at St. Demetrios to the Burmese Food Fair as well as an appendix for specialty food shops from Jackson Heights to Douglaston.

Written with expert knowledge and experience, Food Lovers’ Guide To Queens, released earlier this month, is an instant standard that should be on the bookshelf of every household right next to grandma’s recipe book.

Available at amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and globepequot.com.

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