Reading Queens

So you love Queens and you love Queens food? Here are some of my favorite local writers who have our great borough as a muse. I’ll be adding new sites too, so check back now and then! This year I also took a moment to reflect on some of what makes Queens writers so awesome. Check out my thoughts here.

30th Avenue – What started out as chronicling a year in the life of 30th Avenue in Astoria has developed into an epic meditation on the way New York neighborhoods develop over time. Author Annabel Short is a compelling guide.

Amuse*Bouche – awesome Astorian Bradley Hawks, who also writes for BORO Magazine and Grub Street, offers elucidating first looks at new restaurants in Western Queens as well as updates on our old favorites.

Cooked Earth – while I just discovered this blog by a great Astoria writer, Mark Rinaldi, which features recipes and in-depth discussion of cuisines of the world, it has become a fast favorite. He was recently highlighted on Eatocracy too, because his blog is just that good.

Chopsticks + Marrow – a new pursuit by former World’s Fare writer Joe DiStefano that gets to the very heart (pun intended – he’ll tell you where to sample the best heart) of the diverse and wonderful food of Queens.

Forgotten Foods of NYC – this collection of audio interviews by remarkable Astoria writer Anne Noyes Saini introduces us to elder New Yorkers as they share the recipes they love with generations to come. Some of the interviews take place in Queens, others elsewhere, but all are worth a listen. This project is so good, it just got its own multimedia feature on Narratively.

Jeffrey Tastes – Jeff Orlick is always thinking of new and exciting ways to introduce us to Queens food. His blog is a testament to a creative mind, an insatiable appetite, and a genuine love of place.

Kublog – the personal blog of Astoria based writer Adam Kuban, an exceptionally talented, seasoned chronicler of New York eats, especially my very favorite foods, pizza and burgers.  Like Adam, the Kublog is preoccupied with all things pizza – eating it, discussing it, and making it.  You want to be along for this ride.

Newtown Literary – this Queens-centric, semi-annual literary journal is a great source of local fiction, creative nonfiction, essays, and poetry as well as a great resource for Queens writers seeking a place to publish their work.

Queens Love – this great Tumblr is generated by a talented crew of Queens writers intent on sharing all that they love about our borough (which frequently involves food).

Real Cheap Eats – New York City’s best and brightest food bloggers submit their suggestions for the city’s best bites under $10. What could be better? Sort by borough and see how just many of these dishes can be found in Queens.

Ridgefood – eating, cooking, and shopping in Ridgewood is the subject of this well balanced blog that shows us the great diversity of what this Queens neighborhood has to offer.

Sunnyside Post – this may seem like an unassuming neighborhood blog, but it has some serious journalistic chops. Devotees know they keep the community well informed about news, food and neighborhood changes – and they have even been known to break a story or two that becomes news city-wide. They also run the highly informational Astoria Post and Long Island City Post sites.

Tamara Reynolds/The Sunday Night Dinner in Astoria – for years, Tamara has hosted a renowned Supper Club in her Astoria apartment. But that is just the tip of the iceberg for this queen of Astoria cooks, who is also a talented author and TV personality. Read all about it on her website, including her latest endeavor, the Astoria-based movable feast, Van Alst Kitchen.

The Arrogant Swine – This Queens-based triple threat can host a fantastic local event, BBQ a whole hog at it, and then recap everything an excellent blog post.  He recently opened The Arrogant Swine in Bushwick, giving us a reason to leave Queens (and then come right back!).

The Global Grocery – Anne Shisler-Hughes is one of the best Queens writers that you’re not reading yet. Follow her (mostly) Queens-centric eating adventures here that occasionally veer into welcome meditations on art and design.

The Glorified Tomato – a Queens food blog focused on cooking, eating, and an authentic, touching love of place – especially Rockaway – featuring a talented roster of intergenerational writers.

We Heart Astoria – this blog was my introduction to Astoria when I moved here years ago and I have always appreciated their comprehensive coverage of the community, their unmatched civic pride, and their great sense of fun. They also recently added the sister sites We Heart LIC and We Heart Sunnyside!


4 thoughts on “Reading Queens

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  3. Book coming out called Death Logs In, by E.J. Simon It that takes place in our fair city and the author is from here and clearly a foodie. In an article he mentions Piccolo Venezia, Trattoria MP Taverna, Christo’s, L’incontro, Artopolis Bakery, and Greek Food Emporium. As well as a bunch of places that closed.

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