12 Days of Giveaways
Dec 13, 2012

12 Days of Giveaways, Day 4 – Food Lovers’ Guide to Queens + Malu

Welcome to Day 4 of our 12 Days of Giveaways! Today we have two items – a copy of the book Food Lovers’ Guide to Queens, written by yours truly, (…)

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Welcome to Day 4 of our 12 Days of Giveaways! Today we have two items – a copy of the book Food Lovers’ Guide to Queens, written by yours truly, and ice cream for four (a $20 gift certificate) from the amazing Malu in LIC.


This book was a labor of love for me, plus I had a blast writing it. I ate a lot of food, traveled all over Queens, and really got to know the borough. The book includes reviews of restaurants, specialty shops, food markets, and there are even recipes from your neighbors (including one for a cherry cake by our very own Judith!).


And Malu makes some of the most delicious ice cream in Queens. Pictured above are their seasonal flavors – gingerbread, peppermint, and eggnog. Yum. Of course, there are other flavors (grab the chocolate orange hazelnut if it’s in stock).

How to enter: Leave us a comment telling us about your favorite restaurant in Queens. You can enter between now and Sunday, 12/16. We will draw a winner on Monday, 12/17. Good luck!

About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.


kristin miller

I agree with my husband! Queens Comfort is the best. Donnie figures out the best recipes, seasonal options and fresh additions to weekend brunch!!!

brian miller

My favorite restaurant is Queens Comfort, they have the most creative/evolving menu!


Agnanti, plain and simple. Taverna Kyclades is up there too, but Agnanti wins out of sheer convenience for me. So many other worthy locations, though—I’m learning to branch out & discover more!

Wan Hang Lee

Astoria has so many great options… I think Zenon Taverna never fails me =)

Laura F.

i haven’t had the chance to try malu yet, but have really wanted to! my fave resto in qns!? too hard to choose one! but kickshaw and il bambino are both on the very top of that list. mmmMMMMmm!!! cheese!


My favorite Queens restaurant is Ornella in Astoria. I went there for my birthday and we were one of the only couples in the restaurant, the owner gave us very special attention, and the food was divine. Close second for L’Incontro, a less intimate but equally delicious and special experience.


My fave is in Woodside, Thailand Center Point, just a block away from Sriprapai (which is awesome too!).


Loved Bai Sushi for years. We eat there as often as possible. Love Bahari, too.


My fave is sanford’s…great for late night and i daydream about that bread basket!!

Amy Ellison

My family loves Fatty’s Cafe! The food is great and the owners are some of the nicest people we’ve ever met!

Ruby Chua

It’s hard to choose one, but I’m picking Zenon Taverna because their pastitsio is the best I’ve ever had.


Il Bambino! I have never had, or been with someone who has had, a meal and drink that they didn’t love.


If you are looking for something sweet, you have to go to Malu. This little shop in LIC has the best ice cream in NY,not just Queens. Their mini cupcakes are inspired by their ice cream flavors which are as unique and kid friendly as you can imagine. They also do fun things with chocolates like their chocolate covered fritos or their pretzels rods which are to die for… But don’t take my word for it, just go and have your own experience.

Daniel Rios

It would have to be a Locale or Cafe Triskell. Locale has been flawless the last 5 times we’ve been there and the last meal there was quite possible, one of my top 5 meals ever. Order the specials, so worth it!


Queens Kickshaw is my favorite, not only do they have the best grilled cheese but the rest of the menu is amazing and they have a great cider selection!


I am new to the area but so far my favorite is Mezzeplace. The owner was so nice, and the food was delicious!


It is really difficult to pick a favorite. Because I have two young kids we tend to pick places with variety and simpler items. We also tend to stay in Astoria and not branch too far afield.

I think if I had to pick just one I would need to pick two. The Queens Kickshaw and Sac’s Place. Gooey cheesy goodness and Mama’s meatballs.

Owning this book will help us expand our horizons.


Queens has so many great options that it’s hard to choose! I’d have to say my favorite go to is Leng Thai on Broadway.


La Flor on Woodside Avenue! I love that’s it’s equally good for brunch or dinner.


Hands down, Il Bambino is my favorite restaurant in Queens. My boyfriend and I are obsessed with their panini and crostini to the point where we have tried to hunt down their bread distributor (the bakery makes it exclusively for them! blast!) and tried to replicate their delicious meals at home (to no avail). As an added bonus, they are happy to substitute any of their amazing meats for veggies (or more delicious cheese) to make it vegetarian. Also, their wine and beer selection is pretty killer. YUM.


Mundo is my absolute favorite!! Healthy, inventive and amazingly delicious treats. And the best customer service around.


My fave is Ovelia because I’ve never had a bad meal there. They continue to surprise me with how good everything is.

Lilian M.

I’m also in love with the Kickshaw, followed by Locale. There are so many great restaurants in the neighborhood!


Since Mundo closed, I think I have to go with Il Bambino… But there are so many, it’s really hard to pick!

Heather A

Mundo’s used to be my favorite but it closed. Now I would say Sweet Afton. Amazing mac & cheese.

Steph M.

How can I pick a favorite restaurant in Queens? There are soooo many good ones. I think I am going to go with Brick Cafe. In the summer you can’t beat the people watching on the corner of 34th Ave and 33rd Street. The food is all around AWESOME too! :)


I’d say I have a quandry… Vesta vs. Bareburger vs. Sparrow… I hope that’s a testament to how great food in Queens is getting!


I’m in love with The Kickshaw, but my favorite has to be Taverna Kyclades… Amazing Greek seafood.


My favorite restaurant in queens is Salt and Fat because they have a unique menu & the food is fantastic. Can you say bacon flavored popcorn?!?!


Still looking for my favorite restaurant in Queens since I moved here recently. But I’ve had a lot of fun and good food at the Queens Kickshaw!

Jen Makulowich

My favorite restaurant in Queens is The Sparrow because it is local and I can’t get enough of their burgers. It’s neat atmosphere always impresses my friends (although it’s a dive bar… go figure).

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