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Branzino at MP Taverna
Photograph: Jessica Lin Branzino at MP Taverna

The best Restaurant Week Summer 2016 restaurants in Queens

Dine at these Queens restaurants during Restaurant Week Summer 2016 for Italian pizza or seafood-focused Greek fare

By Abby Carney and Time Out contributors
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Queens is laden with diverse cuisines from around the world, from Chinese teahouses and some of the best dumplings in NYC to old-school Greek taverns that master the tzatziki. One of the best things to do in Queens is to sample from all the dining options the expansive borough has to offer. Sample some of the best Queens restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2016. Menu items are subject to change. For more information, click here for the full list of participants for NYC Restaurant Week.

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Greek Shellfish Paella at MP Taverna
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1. 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. An Astoria offshoot of his popular restaurants in Nassau and Westchester Counties, the 150-seat bi-level eatery whips up the same menu as its sister locations. The NYC Restaurant Week menu is not yet released, but is sure to offer up dishes like fried calamari with tomato-yogurt sauce; Greek paella packed with shellfish and spicy lamb sausage; and garlic-imbued branzino with fingerling potatoes and cherry tomatoes.

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2. London Lennie’s

If you can ignore the look—a classier Applebee’s—you’ll find a personable neighborhood eatery offering some of the borough’s best seafood. The service is friendly, the portions generous. While the NYC Restaurant Week menu is not yet released, you can expect something along the lines of London Lennie’s year-round dishes. Regular appetizers include steamers, mussels and savory steamed-crab dumplings, which come in a bamboo basket with a dipping sauce and chopsticks. Lobsters are served steamed, broiled or stuffed; a list of specials reflects the day’s catch.

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3. Trattoria L’Incontro

When you reserve a table, bear in mind that this wood-beamed restaurant is a rare Queens spot where diners are known to dress for dinner. Service is appropriately suave, though the waiter’s absurdly long recitation of specials veers into Monty Python territory. Still, whatever he brings out is likely to be good. Salads, pizzas and pastas are nicely put together; zuppa di pesce and lamb shank are richly flavorful. The house-made hazelnut gelato makes a lovely nightcap. A full menu for NYC Restaurant Week has not yet been released.

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4. Vivaldi

Vivaldi's Mediterranean-inspired menu offers a delicious selection of daily made pastas, fresh fish, shellfish, prime aged meats and free-range chicken. Based on its year-round offerings, NYC Restaurant Week items might include tuna tatare with mustard oil and sea salt, rigatoni with sauteed eggplant and ricotta, and stuffed sole with spinach and lemon brown butter.

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