I love the 5 boroughs. They are infinite. I’m constantly exploring cultures, talking to people, and eating their food (gonna finish that?). This site is my outlet of personal adventures exploring food, answering questions about eating and culture, and whatever other exploration fantasies I may have. There are no sponsors, no one to please, and I am too self-absorbed to care about whatever’s hot right now. Everything I cover aims towards authentic and accessible and I want you to eat fearlessly and explore endlessly too. This is just the tip of the Queensberg, so put on your outside shoes and let’s get some.

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  1. hey jeff, my name is ron and i work for pointclickeat.com it seems you are passionate about eating out and reviewing local eaterys
    check out my site i think you will love it we are trying to spread to you area so maybe u can help us email me back with ur commentsand suggestions

  2. πŸ™‚

  3. Dear Jeff,
    Hope you are doing well. We highly enjoy your very insightful blog that captures the flavorful cuisines and vibrant spirit of the New York metroarea. Your blog also keep many of us New Yorkers and lucky visitors aware of new food trends and bustling hotspots in the city.
    Asia Society

  4. Jeff – Love the blog. Can you help us find a decent japanese / chinese restaurant in Melville NY. Now that Empire Szechuan has closed there are few choices. Don’t suggest Jani. Thx.

  5. Yo, top of the thread – Empire Szechuan was pretty gross. There is an excellent Japanese restaurant very close by – Robata in Plainview, behind Quiznos. I recommend going Thursday night or Friday afternoons when the owner is there. The other days he is at Kohaku in Huntington Station. the sushi rice is very very good. also the place next to fairway is good but a bit fancy for casual dining.

    as for chinese?… hmm, I used to like golden bowl, but they changed owners. golden express really isnt that bad. the kids are pretty fun that live there. the rest of the chinese takeouts are all pretty similar – just like the rest of america.
    I don’t get chinese around there anymore since I moved so close to elmhurst.

  6. Jeff,

    I am planning a quick getaway to the Binghamton area and was wondering what the best bar/club would be, for drinks and music. Would love a reponce.

  7. Came across your site while looking for information on Village Voice’s Choice Eats and saw that you went to Binghamton. So hi to a fellow alum; I was class of 2002. You hear about Theo’s closing?

  8. Hi Jeff, thank you for your kind words for Lisa, formerly of Wong’s Noodle Town in Plainview. I just wanted to let you know that we will be at Wong’s Noodle House at 98 Mineola Boulevard, Mineola. NY. Grand opening will probably be this coming Monday. Please stop by to say hi.

    Best regards,

  9. Does Wong’s deliver? No menu online either.

  10. we went to Brooklyn Sat the man Giovanni in Luigis pizza kept giving us free slices!!
    He was so nice to us we cold not believe it.
    He talked a blue streak and we know his life story now! The pizza was good but we have a really good place in Williamsburg Brooklyn that is wood stove and even better. We are having so much fun with this and thank you for the idea to go to different places, this is what we love to doI grew up in the Bronx andhave been o the Bronx pizza pick many times.
    We will goto Elmhurst in a few weeks as we are going to Phill next weel ( Great food there too!!) Tell you about our next trek!! Pat

  11. Hi Jeff,

    My name is Nicole and I am the creator of BronxMama.com, a resource site for Bronx parents. I stumbled across your blog and loved reading about places that I have passed by or eaten at myself. Was wondering if you’d like to contribute any info on the kid friendly places in the Bronx you might have dined at. Please contact me and let me know.

    Nicole Perrino

  12. we went to John’s Pizza yesterday. The two women Mother and daughter are so nice!! The crust was really thin which we like very much. All your picks seem to be as much for the nice owners as the pizza itself!! We always bring our grand daughter with us as this is her favorite food. We only have the Manhattan pizza place left to try. Anything we can do to help you on your bike tour just ask. We have been to all states but New Mexico and by far Missouri BBQ was our favorite. We keep saying thank you but this has been so much fun that we must say it again!!!

  13. hi jeff!
    My name is matt and I saw that you went to binghamton univ!! i did too! i think we hung out a few times, but i can’t be sure πŸ™

    i really like your idea of biking across the country and writing for playboy. remember that time that we rode our bikes across LI?? oh now i remember you! yes… you were two years older than me at binghamton and then we became friends and stuff, but then you graduated. SMALL WORLD!

    ANYWAY… love the site, love your vision, love your passion!

    please contact me anytime! i’d love to catch up.

    matt XOXO

  14. Jeff, you know I am a fan of yours. Here are some folks/orgs that may help you further your goals.

    Big Apple Greeters (do a freebie for the greeters who so often deal wth foreigh tourists!)

    Noshwalks: Myra Alperson

    NYC and Co. (Our offical Convention and Visitors Bureau)

    Terri Osborne, QBP, Cultural Affairs person; As the new QBH I can help you there.

    Put yoiur best foot/site/ideas forward.


  15. I teach in Queens and we have a group of 10 teachers that once a month experience different ethnic foods at a variety of restaurants in Queens and in different neighborhoods. We are always looking to learn about different cultures, customs and foods.

  16. Hi. πŸ™‚
    I’ve been reading a few posts, if I ever visit New York I know enough about what to eat there now.
    Your blog is great, I really hope you manage to achieve your goals.

    Thanks, Lauren.

  17. Dude, what do you do for a living?

    • I’m going to answer this in a post in November

  18. It’s been a year since I read the goals tab. I am so proud of you Jeff!

  19. I would like to recommend Mr. Tong’s if it hasn’t been mentioned. 97-20 Queens Blvd, Rego Park, (betw. 64-65th Rd). Tel: 718-897-8202

    Actually, down Queens Blvd there are so many restaurants, but my friend took me to Mr. Tong’s because I LOVE Peking duck. The kind that you wrap up with veggies in a mini-sandwhich. A whole Peking duck meal for only $30! (And the 2 of us couldn’t finish it. We have to remember to bring in reinforcements next time πŸ™‚ ).

    And Mr. Tong is very nice. I’m not a veggie eater, but he always recommends a good veggie dish that is absolutely delish.

  20. Hi Jeff,
    Your blog is great. We love all the ethnic cuisines Queens has to offer especially to neighborhoods like Jackson Heights, Corona and Elmhurst. Keep up the great work and hopefully I can make it to the Roosevelt Ave food crawl. I’ve linked you to my blog.

  21. Go Jeff. The blog is great!

  22. Your blog (and your WONDERFUL yelp reviews!!!) make my poor, native NY stomach rumble soooooooooo sadly every time I check in!! Greetings from the vast chain restaurant wasteland of Springfield, Ohioooooooooooooooo!!

  23. Hi jeff! I’m in queens at the moment with my boyfriend and we’d love to tag along if ur planning a tour tonight 8/16. We’re going to be in flushing–we’re at 9496322336

  24. hi jeff,
    I have a group of 7-8 that’s interested in a food tour of queens on fri, 5/8 (night). can you let me know how much something like this might cost per person? any other details we should know?


  25. Jeff: I would love to book the Queen’s Fiesta tour, but am having difficulty doing, the link just comes up as non-existent. What are your rates for, say, 4 or 6 people? When do you offer the tours?

  26. Hello! I am a fifth and sixth grade teacher in Jackson Heights and I want to do a food tour with a group of 20 students. We are studying the community of Jackson Heights and I thought it’d be a great addition. The project is the last week of October. 60 dollars is a little steep for us — but could do 30ish, and maybe we could make a shorter tour. Let me know your thoughts.

    Call me at 516-532-0663


  27. Jeffrey: Wondering if you are giving the food tour of Queens during the week of Nov. 10-16. Would really like to go.

  28. Hi Jeffrey,

    I’ll be in the city with my girlfriend next Wednesday 12/16 and wonder about the possibility of a Queens food tour with you in the afternoon. That girl can eat!
    phone is 781-686-6711. Thanks!

  29. Hi Jeffrey,

    There will be 5 of us who may want to do a Tastes of the World tour on Saturday, Dec. 12. Is that possible? And if so, how much would it cost per person?


  30. Hi I was wondering if there were any tours being offered tomorrow. We are a group of 4 or 5 looking for a tour in the afternoon/early evening.

  31. Great tours! My sister and I will be in the area on Friday, Jan 15. We are interested in the midnight food crawl tour…are you running it in the winter?
    Kathy St.

  32. Hi Jefferey,

    Do you have the tours Queens Fiesta Tour or Taste of the World available for this Saturday, the 16th? We’re really interested in your tour.


  33. Hi Jeff,

    You’re doing a great service. I’m an independent journalist and would like to do a video story on you. Please call me ASAP (203) 858-9978.

    Thank you so much.


  34. Hi Jeff,

    I bought a gift voucher for my son for xmas for one of your food tours and am having a hard time figuring out how to redeem it. We are interested in the Queens Taste of World tour. To you offer on April 2nd or 3rd? Can we book through you?

  35. Hi-We are looking for an evening tour or whatever you have going on May 21-23 inclusive. Four people. Thanks!

  36. hello
    are your tours still active?
    i’d like to book one.
    please advise

    • Hi, did he ever get back to you?

  37. Are you still doing tours? I’d like to discuss booking one for about 20 college students.

  38. Do you still do the Midnight tour???

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