Woodside, Queens

Recently

Thai Grocery Shopping in Queens with Pok Pok Chef Andy Ricker

Popping out of the 74th Street-Broadway station in Jackson Heights, chef Andy Ricker of Pok Pok was ready to take us on a Thai market tour around the neighborhood. We traipsed up and down the aisles of a few markets specializing in Thai products as he pointed out the ones he likes (frozen coconut milk) and those he really doesn't care for (canned curry pastes; "don't ever buy them, please."). More

Market Tours: Irish Ham, Boiling Bacon, and Black Pudding at The Butcher's Block in Sunnyside, Queens

On a quiet side street off Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside, Queens, there's a cartoony wooden cutout of a maniacally gleeful butcher (with unnaturally blue eyes), grasping a red cow. Then you notice the shamrocks painted on the window behind him. And the bold red letters hinting at other treats inside: boiling bacon, corned beef, black and white pudding, rashers. Welcome to The Butcher's Block, one of NYC's few Irish grocery stores. More

Good Bread: Stork's Bakery

Stork's Bakery is a vestige of a dispersed community. Queens was once home to a thriving German-American population dating back to the mid 19th century. But Stork's still stands, a tribute to the stubbornness of its owner, Anton Duke, who bought the business from the Stork family back in 1990. More

St. Paddy's Report: Irish Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner in Queens

Storefronts on Queens Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue from Sunnyside to Woodside, traditionally Irish neighborhoods, are fully decorated in green and orange this week for St. Patrick's Day. Of the many pubs, diners, and restaurants flaunting four leaf clovers, I chose three for a full day of foods from the Emerald Isle—breakfast at the Stop Inn Diner, lunch at The Butcher Block, and dinner at PJ Horgan's. Black and white puddings, sausage rolls and shepherd's pie were just a few items in this fun and filling feast. Check out my day of eating Irish in the slideshow! More

Flushing: Sannakji (Live Octopus) at Sik Gaek

Dinner invariably starts with an audible gasp, a muffled squeal, and nervous giggles. You may have seen it on television—perhaps the Korean film, Oldboy, or the Outer Boroughs episode of No Reservations, featuring Anthony Bourdain and David Chang. On the small screen it was a flamboyantly audacious novelty. But if you're at Sik Gaek, located only 20 minutes outside of Manhattan, you're likely here for a reason. Sannakji, or young octopus—dispatched within minutes of consumption, with a cephalopodan nervous system too spirited to calmly accept its demise—arrives at the table still thrashing about. The facial expressions around the table say it all. More

Great Eats on the Way to the US Open

Looking for something great to eat at the US Open this year? While you could partake in the concession stands, the stadium is right in the middle of one of the most culinarily exciting regions of New York. You can travel the world on your way to (or from) the stadium, just by following the 7 Train—a direct line to the stadium from Manhattan. From 40th Street to Flushing, there are great international eats at every stop, from full meals to snack stops. Here are some of our favorites. More

Fast Food International: Jollibee

Editor's note: In "Fast Food International," Krista Garcia will take us around New York to the many international fast food chains that have landed in the five boroughs. She blogs at goodiesfirst.com. Country of Origin: The Philippines Locations Worldwide: Around... More

More Posts