Putting together a "Best of the 7 Train" food crawl
I'd like to put together a best of the 7 train tour for some co-workers coming to town on an upcoming Monday night.
Was thinking along the lines of northern Chinese in Flushing, then some sort of Latin-American cuisine, followed by Indian in Jackson Heights. (And then of course some Guinness in Woodside/Sunnyside.)
Anyways, I'm kind of at a loss. Because of the nature of the trip, I'd prefer informal restaurants to proper sit-down meals, which is where I'm having issues. All I can think of is Xi'an in Flushing (which is now a mini-chain) and Rajhbog in JH (which is fine, but there's better).
Can anyone help -- it's been way too long since I've gone exploring in these nabes and -- even when I have -- they've been sit-down sorts of places.
Instead of a crawl, I'd suggest you pick one area and just hit a few spots. Flushing works a little better for the "informal". You could start with Peking duck sandwiches at Corner 28, then get a coupe of lamb or beef skewers on 41st Road, and the hit as many stalls as you need to at the Golden Mall. You could finish with dessert over at the New World Mall. That seems to be the only thing they consistently get good reviews for.
Or you could do the 74th St station. Start at the taco truck on 74th and Roosevelt, maybe get some Tibetan noodles at Phayul, then some Bangladeshi dishes from Khaabar-Baari on 73rd St. To finish it off you could do a dessert crawl with your choice of Indian sweets, a Mexican bakery, and halo-halo at Renee's
Golden Shopping Mall
41-28 Main St, Queens, NY 11355
40-28 Main St, Queens, NY 11354
69-14 Roosevelt Ave, Queens, NY 11377
37-22 73rd St, Queens, NY 11372
37-65 74th St, Queens, NY 11372
I actually did something similar with some friends last summer. We started off at two of the Flushing malls, then walked under the 7 to Corona, where we did tacos/etc at Nixtimal. Then we walked to Jackson Heights and were too full for food, but maybe this would be a good stop for sweets? Then Guinness in Woodside. It took many hours and I think a better tour would take even more, because there are so many great eats along that route.
The big problem is going to be editing and control -- it's far too easy to burn out on awesome food after the second place if you have no self-control and eat everything that looks good.
Seems that skewers and dumplings in Flushing, followed by a taco or two in Corona/JH, then some chaat or similar in JH. (Is anyone better than Rajhbog for that kind of stuff?) Ending it with a halo-halo could be interesting, though ...
I would love to do Nixtamal. Unfortunately, they close at 6 on weekday nights.
Quite a crawl it shall be...I can only suggest one thing: Whatever neighborhood you end up in last, "crawl the meal off" with a brisk walk over to Canelle Patisserie for coffee and dessert (on 77th Street and 31st Avenue in Jackson Heights).
75-59 31st Ave, Queens, NY 11370