As any true New York foodie will tell you: the most vibrant, authentic and prolific of the city's food scenes can be found in Queens. Whether you're up for hand-made noodles pulled right before your eyes, whole Indian spices you can't find anywhere else, or traditional Greek meze, the borough knows how to deliver on soul-warming epicurean experiences.
Still, Queens is a mystery to many of us. One woman hopes to uncover its secrets and publish them for all to read. Leah McLaughlin is the owner and publisher of Edible Queens, which launches this fall. Like its sister publications, Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan, the Queens magazine will tell the story of the borough's chefs, bartenders, restaurateurs, farmers, food purveyors, and various mongers. But Edible Queens will differentiate itself by looking at the home cooks living in the borough because, as McLaughlin says, "people in Queens cook at home for their families."
We had a chance to chat with McLaughlin, who hopes the magazine will entice New Yorkers from other boroughs to visit Queens. (And isn't afraid that the influx of Manhattanites seeking out "authentic ethnic" experiences will ruin it.)
You're a relatively new transplant to Queens. Why did you move there?
I've spent time in Manhattan on the Lower East Side, East Harlem, and in Brooklyn. After awhile in New York, it starts to become like a small town. Everything starts to look the same. I had never set food in Queens--maybe once in Jackson Heights to buy spices. But two-and-a-half years ago, I moved to Long Island City. It's a huge, awesome borough.More »