These Queens restaurants were featured on the New York Times’ ‘100 Best Restaurants in New York City’ list

Queens Night Market
Photo by Sarah Choi / Queens Night Market)

The Queens Chamber of Commerce is offering its congratulations to the 19 Queens restaurants that were featured on the New York Times’ “100 Best Restaurants in NYC” list.

Based on his decade of writing reviews, restaurant critic Pete Wells compiled the restaurant list and ranked the city’s top restaurants. Though the No. 1 spot went to Manhattan’s Tatiana by Kwame Onwuachi, two Queens restaurants cracked the top 10: Flushing’s CheLi, which was No. 8 on the list, and Queens Night Market, which was ranked No. 9.

“Queens is the most diverse place on earth, and there is no better way to experience that diversity than through the wonderful restaurants that you can find in every neighborhood throughout the borough,” said Tom Grech, president and CEO of the Queens Chamber of Commerce. “We are proud to be home to some of the best cuisine in New York City, and congratulate the 19 Queens-based eateries included on this year’s ‘Best 100’ list. These small businesses are the lifeblood of our borough, creating jobs and opportunity, and we wish them continued success.”

Making their way into the top 20 restaurants were Elmhurst’s Zaab Zaab (No. 14) and Birria-Landia (No. 18) in Jackson Heights.

Further down on the list was Tacos El Borrego in Corona (No. 30), Adda Indian Canteen in Long Island City (No. 35),  Chongqing Lao Zao in Flushing (No. 46), Corona Plaza Vendors in Corona (No. 48), and M. Wells in Long Island City (No. 50).

Also included on the top 100 list was Don Peppe in Ozone Park (No. 56), Forever Jerk in Springfield Gardens (No. 62), Mariscos El Submarino in Jackson Heights (No. 71), AbuQir Seafood in Astoria (No. 75), Pata Paplean Bar in Elmhurst (No. 78), Mapo Korean Barbeque in Flushing (No. 81), Szechuan Mountain House in Flushing (No. 90),  Temple Canteen in Flushing (No. 96), Caleta 111 in Richmond Hill (No. 99), and Zum Stammtisch in Glendale (No. 100).

“When it comes to amazing food and incredible restaurants, there is no place like Queens. We know that better than anyone,” said Queens Borough President Donovan Richards. “Congratulations to these 19 stellar eateries from all corners of our borough on their well-deserved time in the spotlight. It’s never been more important to patronize our small businesses, and I encourage all Queens residents to come out and enjoy a meal at one of these can’t-miss neighborhood spots. No borough tastes better than ours!”

“With more than 20,000 amazing restaurants throughout the five boroughs serving every cuisine and atmosphere a foodie can dream of, being listed on The New York Times “Best Restaurants in New York City List” in 2023 is a remarkable accomplishment and wonderful recognition for a local business. Now I need to loosen my belt and add to my bucket list dining at the 19 restaurants selected from the World’s Borough with my friends over at the Queens Chamber of Commerce.” Andrew Rigie, Executive Director of the NYC Hospitality Alliance.

In addition to the 19 Queens-based restaurants, the list features 65 restaurants in Manhattan, 19 in Brooklyn, four in the Bronx and two on Staten Island. The full list of restaurants can be found on The New York Times website.