Queens Restaurant Week Is Upon UsThe idea of Queens Restaurant Week, we maintain, isn’t as ridiculous as it sounds. Sure, the borough is defined by great restaurants that cost next to nothing, so a $20.07 dinner special may not sound worth schlepping to Elmhurst for. But in fact, anything that brings people to Queens is worthwhile; its restaurants are the source material for so much of what is happening in Manhattan, and most chefs, at least privately, will admit that the ethnic kitchens of Bayside and Jackson Heights are usually better than their midtown emulators.
Doctors and Teachers Tuck Into Asian and More Around Elmhurst’s Broadway andThe micro-micro-neighborhood centered around Broadway and Whitney Avenue in Elmhurst is one of the most diverse areas in the entire world, but Asian cuisine provides the best lunch options. The staffs of nearby Newtown High School and Elmhurst Hospital Center, as well as local real-estate agents and China Trust Bank workers, have no shortage of interesting places to nosh.
Five Nights in QueensThere was a time when just the words “Queens Restaurant Week” would have provoked laughter. But those days are no more: Beyond its cornucopia of dirt-cheap ethnic eats, the Big Borough hosts a range of good restaurants, many of which are offering three-course dinner specials for $19.86, starting tonight.
There’s a full list of participating eateries here, but there are only five nights to take advantage of the deal. Our choices are as follows.