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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in Queens

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems in Queens? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Mythos Authentic Greek Cuisine restaurant
4.9
4.9 (29)
$31 to $50
Greek
Bayside
About the restaurant
Mythos Authentic Hellenic Cuisine serves traditional Greek fare in a cozy environment that welcomes friends and family members of all ages. Located in Flushing, New York, the venue features a classic ambiance and allows guests to indulge in the sights, smells and tastes of the ancient world. On the menu at Mythos Authentic Hellenic Cuisine, you will find such items as roast chicken, grilled shrimp, grilled quail, lean pork chops, New York steak, veal chops, saut�ed codfish and halibut steak. If you're interested in sharing a plate with the whole table, try the combination specials at Mythos Authentic Hellenic Cuisine. The fried combination comes with calamari, keftedes and fried vegetables for the whole family to share. The char-gilled combination allows you to taste samplings of octopus and whole calamari.
Top review
Bavan
Dined on May 12, 2024
Great food and wonderful service. Parking in the lot and area is a bit tight but still manageable.
A photo of Bistro Eloise restaurant
4.9
4.9 (404)
$30 and under
Traditional French
Jackson Heights
About the restaurant
Bistro Eloise offers traditional Homemade French food, making you travel all over France. Going from Brittany (Crêpes) to Burgundy (Beef Bourguignon), passing through Toulouse (Cassoulet), etc...
Top review
HeatherM
Dined 6 days ago
The food is always good and service is excellent.
A photo of VIA VAI - Astoria restaurant
4.8
4.8 (261)
$31 to $50
Italian
Astoria
About the restaurant
VIA VAI is a Chef-Owner run restaurant, serving contemporary and authentic Italian food that one would find in the best restaurants and trattorie in today's Italy.

The restaurant is rustic cozy and charming, with a slate and marble top bar serving only select Italian wines, and local and imported tap and bottled beer, that pair perfectly with the artisanal food prepared every day on the premises, and the brick oven roman-style (thin crust) pizza cooked in the imported Italian oven.

Chef-owner Antonio Morichini is Roman born and bred. He did his culinary education and training in Italy, working in some of the best Michelin-starred restaurants in Rome. His food is loyal to tradition, but forward looking.
Top review
DonnaL
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
Delicious authentic Italian meal every time we go. Cozy atmosphere with friendly professional staff. They’re Michelin awarded restaurant, and take pride in the fresh quality ingredients they use in all of their dishes.
A photo of Villaggio Ristorante restaurant
4.8
4.8 (336)
$30 and under
Italian
Whitestone
About the restaurant
Our earliest childhood memories include making homemade tomato sauce in our Nonna’s driveway located in Corona, Queens. Being apart of five children, we all had our jobs. From cleaning bushels of raw tomatoes to jarring the sauce with fresh basil there was always enough made so you never left Sunday dinner hungry. Made at our family owned restaurant, Villaggio, you can now enjoy our family recipes. It’s the closest thing to our Nonnas driveway. “Come to Villaggio, where your treated like family” - Bon Apetito! The Loccisano Family
Top review
Estellevip
Dined 3 days ago
Always delicious!!! Service is amazing!! Angela is great!!! Love this place 😘
A photo of Kantu Peruvian Cuisine restaurant
4.8
4.8 (23)
$31 to $50
Peruvian
Forest Hills
About the restaurant
Situated in Forest Hills, Queens, our cozy venue is inspired by the idea of exhibiting the essential manifestations of pre-Hispanic Peruvian art and offering a culinary experience full of history and flavor. Our goal is to engage with the community and make them proud of our commitment to high-quality food and service, with a diverse menu that ranges from the famous ceviche to different preparations of meats, sauces, and drinks.
Our beverages range from popular Peruvian soft drinks, like the purple corn lemonade, to creative cocktails prepared with exotics fruits from all over the continent and the national liqueur of Peru: El Pisco. This colorless spirit made of grape juice has become the “next big thing” in the US, and we are taking it to the next level by infusing it with fruits such as golden berries, passion fruit, pineapple, and ginger. K’antu’s signature cocktail menu is full of unique tastes. of meats, sauces, and “Pisco” signature drinks, a Peruvian brandy.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 21, 2024
If you want to enjoy great Peruvian food and ambiance, go to Kantu. I really loved it.
A photo of Botte Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (31)
$30 and under
Italian
Astoria
About the restaurant
Welcome to Botte Bar, a cozy small size Italian restaurant specializing in Roman cuisine and traditional Italian cocktails located at 25-07 Broadway in Astoria, Queens. It is our pleasure to serve you delicious, inspired Italian dishes from Rome.

We offer a selection of cicchetti (small plates), and a large selection of pastas, appetizers, salads, seafood and meat dishes and a selection of rotating specials. We handpicked our selections of Italian wine to complement our menu.

We have a full bar with a signature cocktail menu, where you can also enjoy a full dinner.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Great food as always. Particularly loved fried zuc
A photo of Kween restaurant
4.7
4.7 (84)
$30 and under
Dining Bar
Astoria
About the restaurant
Check out our FIERCE drag brunches on Saturday and Sunday!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
Drag Brunch was great. The staff was very friendly and attentive. The show was great. The performers were talented and very professional. My Colombian boyfriend said the chicken empanadas were the best he’s had in the city.
A photo of Jackson's Eatery restaurant
4.6
4.6 (289)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Long Island City
About the restaurant
At Jackson's Neighborhood Eatery & Bar our mission is to bring farm fresh, seasonally-inspired regional American food to Long Island City. With a conscious effort to revitalize much of America’s fare we have playfully recrafted many beloved childhood dishes with a light twist.

We have done so without compromising our strong beliefs in quality service, food, and value. Our promise to our guests – curate only the best local food and beverages to offer LIC residents, friends and family a wonderful neighborhood dining experience.

Please note that we seat complete parties only and cannot hold a table beyond 15 minutes of the appointed time.
Top review
Amyloidbetavip
Dined on May 25, 2024
Good food and attentive service. Added a service charge but not sure what it is for. Been there often and always leave satisfied
A photo of VALDARI RISTORANTE restaurant
4.3
4.3 (93)
$31 to $50
Italian
Bayside
About the restaurant
Valdari is the newest restaurant from Chef and owner David Arias, debuting November 2022 in Bayside Queens just half block away from Bell Blvd.
The food at Valdari has dishes using the best imported ingredients including a focus on local farm ingredients.
Valdari wine list has the best selections of some of the most iconic and up and coming Italian and American wine producers. Cocktails are grounded in classics but with an Italian twist.

Looking forward to hosting you soon!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 18, 2024
love the food. been here multiple times over the course of Valdari’s being open. the waiter we had today failed to write down our orders, remembering most but messed up mine. this isn’t the first time i have had trouble with him. nice guy but probably should write orders down to prevent confusion or mishaps.
A photo of Skinny's Cantina - LIC restaurant
4.1
4.1 (68)
$30 and under
Contemporary Mexican
Long Island City
About the restaurant
Nestled on the corner of Center Blvd and 47th Road in the heart of Long Island City with a view of the Manhattan Skyline, Skinny's Cantina is the perfect home for celebrations, family and Mexican Cuisine with a heart. From our signature Mexican Meatballs and Carne Tacos to our Tequila Marinated New York Strip, all of our beef is Certified USDA organic and grass-fed. With Chef Michael at the helm Skinny's food philosophy is fun and innovative while recognizing the rich tradition of Mexican Cuisine. Not to be outdone, Skinny's Cantina is the home of the Frozen Margarita with array of flavors to choose from! Whether it is a night out with friends, family dinner or date night no celebration is too big or too small for Skinny's Cantina!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
Love the food, ambiance! Just perfect! Will definitely be back!
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