Things to do in Queens

Find the best restaurants, bars, attractions and things to do in Queens

A mix of classic NYC attractions (Citi Field, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park) and burgeoning art and dining scenes, Queens truly has something for everyone. Whether you're looking for Queens' top restaurants, bars and nightlife, or the most fascinating attractions and things to do, we've got it covered in our comprehensive guide to Queens.

Things to do

Best of Astoria

Eat, drink and sightsee your way through this diverse cultural center

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Best of Long Island City

Explore a destination culture hub, Obie-winning theater and a new writers’ and artists’ salon

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Museums

MoMA PS1

See cutting-edge art in every corner of a former school building

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Attractions

Flushing Meadows–Corona Park

The Unisphere, NY Hall of Science, City Field and Free WiFi? Yes, really.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Restaurants in Queens

Restaurants

The Arepa Lady

Between the taco trucks and skewer carts lining Roosevelt Avenue, you’ll find plenty of women doling out arepas. Only one of them is the official Arepa Lady, a sweet little Colombian woman with a huge following.

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Biang!

The owners of cult Chinese chainlet Xi'an Famous Foods expand their offerings at this small-plates restaurant, which is named for the reverberating sound emitted when a noodle maker slaps dough across a table (biang!). Like their takeout shops, this sit-down eatery showcases the cuisine of Xi'an, an ancient city in North-Central China, with a focus on hand-pulled noodles, like the signature liáng pí (cold, chewy wheat ribbons with seitan, cucumber, sprouts and a chili dressing) and qí shān shào zi biáng biang miàn (spicy-and-sour pork belly with star anise).

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Bunker

With its blaring hip-hop and skater dudes manning the woks, this thatch-trimmed bungalow, which debuted in January, may seem more Brooklyn than Queens. The second you bite into the Saigon Special ($6.75), you might wish it resided there, too, instead of way-out-there Ridgewood.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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MP Taverna

Greek-American chef Michael Psilakis made his name repping his Hellenic roots, diving into the country's coastal fare at his uptown joints, Kefi and Fish Tag. So it's no wonder the TV toque (star of BBC America's No Kitchen Required) headed to Little Greece for this modern Mediterranean tavern.

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Bars in Queens

Bars

Alewife Queens

For Long Island City, the transformation from underserved 'hood to serious food-and-drink destination has been percolating for the past several years. Dutch Kills led the charge, coaxing booze aficionados to a barren stretch of Jackson Avenue for sultry jazz and impeccable classic cocktails.

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  • 3 out of 5 stars
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Big Alice Brewing

Joining Rockaway Brewing and SingleCut Beersmiths, this Long Island City nanobrewery bolsters the thriving Queens beer scene. After winning Heartland's 2011 home-brewing contest, amateurs Kyle Hurst, Robby Crafton and Scott Berger bought a 1,000-square-foot former Bible warehouse to turn their shared hobby into a career.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
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Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden

This authentic Czech beer garden, opened in 1910, offers plenty of mingle-friendly picnic tables, where you can sit while you sample cheap platters of sausage and a solid lineup of European and domestic beers (pints $6, pitchers $16). Though the huge, tree-canopied garden is open year-round, summer is the prime time to soak up some rays over a pint. Prost!

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Donovan’s Pub

Woodside, Queens, bustles on, but this worn Irish pub stays the same. Well-lubricated old-timers line the front bar, while the wood-paneled dining room—made all the more classic with stained-glass adornment—recalls an honest age of prechain family dining.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Attractions in Queens

Museums

Museum of the Moving Image

Only 15 minutes from midtown, the Museum of the Moving Image is one of the city’s most dynamic institutions. Rubbing elbows with Kaufman Astoria Studios, it includes a three-story extension that features a state-of-the-art 267-seat cinema and expanded gallery spaces. Meanwhile, the museum’s “Behind the Screen” exhibit examines every step of the filmmaking process, with artifacts from more than 1,000 different productions, and 14 classic (playable!) video games, including Asteroids, Ms. Pac-Man and Space Invaders.

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Flushing Meadows–Corona Park

Give the city’s second-biggest park a day and it’ll show you the world: Its most enduring icon is the Unisphere, the mammoth steel globe created for the 1964 World’s Fair. But there’s also first-rate culture and sports at the New York Hall of Science, Arthur Ashe Stadium and Citi Field (depending on how the Mets are doing). The rolling green fields also encompass a zoo, a boating lake, a skate park, a barbecue area, playfields, and a $66 million aquatic and hockey center. Last summer, wetland plants such as swamp azalea and swamp milkweed were added to better handle the park’s water runoff, improving the catch-and-release fishing in Meadow Lake.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk

Encompassing more than 170 acres of sand, this family-friendly beach attracts New Yorkers from all five boroughs. Seven playgrounds keep kids happy while wave riders enjoy the city's only surfing areas. Fishing, skating, volleyball, sunning and, of course, swimming are also favorite activities. Rockaway Beach is also an excellent place to test your surfing prowess. If you're a novice, summer is the ideal time to start riding low waves, while more experienced boarders should savor hurricane season (September and October).

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Socrates Sculpture Park

Taken over by Mark DiSuvero in 1986, this is one of the few locations in the city specifically designated for artists to create outdoor works. The splendid Queens space looks out over the Manhattan skyline and is open 365 days a year.

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