The 10 Best Restaurants in Flushing

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It's no secret that the outer boroughs are home to some of the meltiest parts of New York's vast cultural and culinary crockpot. Like socarrat -- the crunchy bits of rice at the bottom of the paella pan -- the tastiest morsels are on the edges, hidden beneath layers of bomba rice, or in Flushing's case, the 7 train. The Queens neighborhood boasts an impressive array of cuisines, with a notable East and Southeast Asian presence, many of which are among our favorite restaurants of their kind in the city. In fact, as one of the eating-est neighborhoods in town, it was next to impossible to whittle the list down to just 10 -- so here are our "10" best restaurants in Flushing, a list you'll note contains a number of ties.


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The 10 Best Greenmarket Restaurants in NYC

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Zachary Feldman
Blue Hill Stone Barns, sister restaurant to Blue Hill
Nothing makes us happier than traipsing through a Greenmarket in full swing (we've been known to skip as well) checking out the rhubarb, fresh lettuces, asparagus, and, of course, ramps peppering vendors' tented tables. And while our frolicking inevitably leads to some great purchases, we'd much prefer to leave it to the professionals when it comes to fully expressing the flavors of a fiddlehead fern. Here are the 10 best Greenmarket restaurants in NYC, our favorite restaurants for celebrating the bounty of a fruitful harvest.

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The 10 Best Frozen Drinks in NYC

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Kelvin Slush via Facebook

Break out the acid wash denim jorts -- it's downright summery outside. And no better way to celebrate a warm day (or pretend that it's swimsuit season) than with a frozen drink. Here are our 10 favorites around town.


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10 Great Handheld Foods in NYC

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Photo by Rob Menzer for the Village Voice.
This samosa from Lahore Deli in SoHo had chickpeas with salad and chutney.
Although we'd much rather stay put with a comforting pot of stew, for folks forced to brave the elements while those clumsy weather gods accidentally drop their frozen cocaine stash all over our fair city, hot, portable snacks can act like edible hand warmers (ed. note -- do not use on feet). Short of popping into a bathhouse for a schvitz, ingesting a steamy treat while walking these streets is the best defense city denizens can take against Old Man Winter. When a cup of coffee just won't cut it, here are ten great options for staying toasty while eating something toasted, baked or fried.

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The 11 Best Classic Diners and Luncheonettes in NYC

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Lexington Candy Shop

For a time, diner culture was dining culture in New York. And although those halcyon days have long since passed, the city's need for greasy spoons endures even if wistfulness is often an establishment's most potent spice. Convenience and reliability are the hallmarks of truly great diners, and the most resilient among them usually last thanks to a combination of nostalgia and an occasionally excellent stable of American, Eastern European, Greek, or Italian dishes. Where some see grit and grime, others recognize the smell of a well-seasoned flat top. So brush past the seemingly endless sea of kale salads and join Adam and Eve on that raft ('Adam and Eve on a raft' is diner slang for two poached eggs on toast) in search of these, our 11 best greasy spoons.


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10 Great NYC Dishes For Two

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Cape Cod clam bake at Extra Fancy
When your dinner party sees a bigger dish variety and a smaller tab, it's hard to argue against shared plates (sorry, solo dish devotees). And while you'll have to be on board with your dining partner's food tastes, these medium-format offerings carry perks -- especially romantic ones. The one-dish-two-fork alternative might alleviate menu decision time (leaving more minutes for that vital first date banter), and the math associated with going Dutch is easier. Plus -- has Lady and the Tramp taught us anything?Here are 10 great dishes built for two.

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NYC's Ten Best Savory Pies

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chicken "pop" pie from the now-defunct Popover Cafe
Baked in a dish or swaddled by a crust, savory pies are essentially just self-contained stews -- and you already know our feelings about those. So indulge your inner carnivore.

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The 10 Best Mocktails in NYC

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French Vanilla Soda at Center Bar
After a month-long bender through unending holiday parties that culminated in a blow-out year-end fete, you might feel like January is the longest hangover -- ever. Luckily, in the city where debauchery seeps well beyond December and into the other 11 months of the year, NYC bartenders have caught on to the occasionally required break from booze and are proving it by way of inventive, alcohol-free creations. Call them what you will -- mocktails, soft cocktails, prohibition-style sippers -- just don't confuse "sans alcohol" with "sans skill." With one less ingredient (a big, beloved one at that) at play, barkeeps are required to get extra savvy in building complexity and balance for these 0 percent ABV concoctions. Here, we present 10 reasons -- all at $9 or less -- to keep just one of this month's health-conscious resolutions.

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10 Great Stews for Weathering this Polar Vortex

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Jambalaya at Catfish in Crown Heights
Whatever Mother Nature has cooking, being in the midst of this polar vortex doesn't feel nearly as Death Metal as we would have hoped. Mostly we just want a comforting meal, and during winter, that means stew. The process of fortifying slow-cooked broths and sauces with meats, vegetables, and legumes is thankfully one that stretches across the vast majority of cuisines. Though humble in their creation, stews also span socioeconomic classes, from deep cauldrons heaped with luxury seafood to off-cuts made tender after hours of simmering. Until the erratic weather subsides, or in case it never does, here are 10 stews to keep you going while the earth does some meteorological soul-searching.

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10 Great Hangover-Busting Meals for New Year's Day

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Mighty Quinn's
Hey you! Yes, you there -- with the Ruinart Rosé Brut splashed across your front, vision blurred from tinted 2014 novelty glasses since smeared with, gosh, was that blue cheese foam? You look like you could use a good meal. Maybe you should get on that, once the ringing in your ears subsides, anyway. Whether it's a festive gathering or a solitary indulgence, it just feels right to greet the new year with a gustatory bang. Here are 10 solid options for ringing in 2014 with a belly full of hope, promise, and calories to undo what you did last night.

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