International Food Map of Queens?!?
Queens is supposed to be this cauldron of global diversity … I am hoping this includes food as well.
Anyone know where one can attain a map of the global culinary outlets of Queens?
It's an ever-changing scene. The link for the Bridge and Tunnel Club is interesting but quite out of date. A map is an interesting concept. Perhaps as a cultural geographer I should work on one. The New York Times published maps about the changing ethnic enclaves in the city in 2011. You can also find threads about the #7 train and the neighborhoods along it: Romanian & Turkish (40th St); Irish (52nd & 61st Sts); Filipino (69th St); Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Nepali, Tibetan (74th St); Colombian, Ecuadorian (82nd St); Mexican, Dominican (90th St); Chinese of all types, Korean (Main St). That's a great simplification.
We are working on building this out at eatyourworld.com: On a smartphone you can "find local foods near you" using the GPS-enabled map; so if you're looking at Queens, you'll find what we've termed "local foods" there--foods traditional in some way to a neighborhood. This means lots of Indian/Himalayan/Colombian in Jackson Heights, Thai in Elmhurst, regional Chinese in Flushing, etc. We have a long way to go, but it's a start!
Just do a walking tour.
Fast for one day before.
Begin somewhere, and use a bus map.
You will have a picture of some of the map you are looking for in your head, after the day.
Repeat this, taking differing routes, about 3 times.
A lot of walking, eating, and seeing.
I myself have a map, in my head.
Otherwise go to a New York Times article that appeared in the paper, about last year (2013, July).
"New York City's Newest Immigrant Enclaves"
It is as if I wrote the article, though adding a few points I had not already discovered.
Hillside south from 169 to Liberty and Ozone Park, is mostly Guyana, Trini, etc. with many Hindi Bangladesh and Pakistani. Great Roti (curry dishes with roti bread), some Dominican and Guyana beer places, and bars, or restaurants that function as drinking places too. Find your halal butchers and food from Bangladesh/Paki up on hillside ave. etc. One should like Soca music, for digging into this area. Cricket on the tube.
Fresh Ponds is a great area with Polish, and more, and as you shoot down toward Seneca you get some Ecuadorians and more. Ecuadorians doing live Bachata and merenge at one place, right on Seneca.
One of my favored Polish delis for meats and cheese is in this area. There is also an old school style Italian cafe, that serves as a community meetup place for men who speak Italian. Good espressos, and Peroni.
About Forest Ave and around Myrtle, and the area still Polish, but some great Serbian places, as well as other former Yugoslav people. This is the place to shop for food items from that region, or drink while listening to Šaban Bajramović sing on the juke box. Think cevapi here.
All the above ethnic groups have expressions also, in other areas of Queens. So, it is not a cut and dry map.
And this is just for starters.