If you’re looking for things to do in Queens, Ridgewood restaurants should be your go-to. Ridgewood, the neighborhood bordering New York’s two epicenters of cool (Brooklyn and Queens), is known for its markets, pop-ups, adorable bookstores and some of the >best brunch places in Queens. And along the quiet streets of the residential neighborhood are a handful of the best Queens restaurants worth walking a few extra blocks from the L train for.
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Best Ridgewood restaurants in NYC
Known for such innovative Italian-American creations like the ravioli-topped pie and the chicken Caesar salad slice, Rosa’s is your place if you want to get out of your basic New York pizza rut and indulge in some unique and delicious toppings. For those who can somehow pass up a taco-style or fried eggplant pizza, daily soup, pasta and seafood specials are also available.
Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizza gets a fresh—and dare we say magical—Quooklyn makeover at this creative pizza shop loading its pies with ingredients like broccoli rabe and sausage or the gorgonzola and raisins on the Stinky Feet pie.
The smell of slow-roasting meats wafts out the doors of this Ecuadorian rotisserie restaurant—and at $12 for a whole, juicy chicken, it’s hard to pass up! Be sure to douse your drumsticks in the homemade green sauce and save room for empanadas, plantains and a frosty margarita to wash it all down.
For date night in Ridgewood, look no further than this wine bar. Bright red walls, tile floors and chandeliers all set the old-school, romantic vibe as you enjoy moderately priced wine and beer cocktails with a side of local cheese plates.
While it’s primarily a bar known for serving cheap drafts and boozy frozen drinks and milkshakes, Sweet Jane’s is a purveyor of the best bar snacks in town. Drink your heart out and fill up on classics ranging from Frito pie to veggie corn dogs to Ruffles and onion dip supplemented by a 25-cent Slim Jim. Because hey, why not?
When you think of a cozy neighborhood restaurant, you’re probably thinking of something just like the the casual mac and cheese, pan-seared chicken and pork chop with mashed potatoes served at Lthua. The beloved Ridgewood brunch, lunch and dinner destination has all the American restaurant classics done right, and yes, you’ll want to save room for apple crisp and chocolate soufflé after all those good, cheesy carbs.