For a Perfect Day, It’s in Queens New York all the way!

For a Perfect Day, It’s in Queens New York all the way!

Manhattan, where? Many are discovering (what locals already know) the unique adventures, sightseeing, spectacular views, eats, drinks, culture and nightlife that are to be found in Queens New York! Now you can experience it as a local with this guide – create one perfect day, in Queens.

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For a leisure start to the day, chance to read the paper, and of course, enjoy a great cup of coffee, you must visit COFFEED, the coffee shop with a conscience. Located on Northern Boulevard and 37th street, COFFEED is a local and sustainable shop. It uses locally and ethically sourced ingredients and donates a percentage of food and drink sales to local charities. Here you will find great seating and comfortable environment. Everything’s fresh, and they even offer wine (just think, it’s happy hour somewhere!).

coffeed nyc - Long Island City

If you love Thai cuisine, there is a hidden-gem in Woodside named, Thailand Center Point. It is a family-owned business that offers the most authentic Thai food around. Hint: If spicy food does not agree with you, mention it to your server (their “regular” level is medium spicy).

Crispy Papaya Salad - Thailand Center Point - Woodside, Queens, New York

Crispy Papaya Salad / Photo Credit:


Prefer something else? A few other options include:

For French cuisine, a lovely restaurant in Long Island City, where the owner is also the chef, is called Café Triskell. It has an excellent lunch menu (actually, good for brunch and dinner too). Hint: Their special recipe of Chicken and Lamb Bisteeya is not to be missed…. you won’t regret it.

Cafe Triskell - Chicken and Lamb Bisteeya


Chicken bisteeya - Cafe Triskell

Tennis, anyone? If you are planning to go to the largest public tennis facility in the world, the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, to attend the US Open, take the train one stop to Main Street and visit the Happy Family Hotpot (Chinese/Mongolian Cuisine) in Flushing where you can create your own soup! Start by choosing a spicy or cream based soup, and then select items to be added (options include various vegetables and meats). Best part, the pot’s cooking at your table.

AA_stadium_view_from_sky - USTA, US Open

For amazing Korean BBQ in Flushing, go to San Soo Kap San – open 24/7.  These are just a few of my favorites. Obviously, there’s a diverse selection to keep us foodies satisfied.

San Soo Kap San Queens-NewYork

After a good meal, it’s time to work off a few calories by exploring the history and culture of Queens. A visit to the Queens Museum is a must! It houses a 9,335-square-foot scaled-down architectural model panorama of all five boroughs. So you can “visit” all the boroughs at once! And the permanent collection includes a display of Tiffany glass, Salvador Dali paintings, crime scene photographs from the Daily News archives and more than 6,000 artifacts from the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs.

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Prefer the outdoors? Visit the Queens Botanical Garden, with 40 acres of trees, shrubs, herbs and flower patches—Something is always blooming, no matter the season. There’s a Cherry Circle, Fragrance Walk, Perennial Garden, Arboretum, Pinetum and The Victorian Wedding Garden. Hint: Romantic setting that’s perfect for two!

Queens Botanical Garden - Wedding Garden - New York

Sports fans know that Queens is the home of the New York Mets, at CitiField. Visit the Mets Hall of Fame & Museum, adjacent to the Jackie Robinson Rotunda. Mama’s of Corona is a popular Italian restaurant/café located in the shadows of the stadium (including an in-the-park stand, along with other restaurants).

Citifield - Queens - New York

Not a sports fan, never fear. Visit Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which is the second largest public space in all of NYC. With roughly 1,255 acres, it is about 1.5 times larger than Manhattan’s Central Park, and it hosts a wonderful mix of flora, fauna, waterways, paths, athletic facilities, statues and cultural organizations.

Unisphere - Flushing Meadows Corona Park / Photo Credit:

Unisphere – Flushing Meadows Corona Park / Photo Credit:

Queens also offers the best views (it’s not bragging if it’s true), happy hour spots and live entertainment venues. The Z Hotel Rooftop in Long Island City is not only a great place for drinks, music and food, but it also touts breathtaking views of the New York skyline. Café Ole in Astoria mixes the best sangrias, pairing perfectly with their authentic paella. Prefer Beer? Also in Astoria, try the Bohemian Hall Beer Garden which offers a large selection of craft beer. Its competition, Studio square, also offers craft beer but includes a rooftop (Bonus!) with skyline views. Ready to boogie? Visit Mundo at the Paper Factory Hotel – with different theme nights that include flamenco and arabic nights, it’s never boring!


Z hotel Rooftop


Paella at Cafe Ole

Paella at Cafe Ole

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The Loft at Studio Square - Long Island City - Astoria - New York - Queens

The Loft at Studio Square


Mundo Restaurant at the Paper Factory Hotel

The stairs that take you to Mundo inside the Paper Factory Hotel

Last but not least, visiting Queens would not be complete without visiting the Long Island City Waterfront. You can watch the sunset while drinking wine, beer or just tea/coffee. You get the best views of NYC from there. If you still want to keep discovering more of NYC, my friend, Karen Alexis put an amazing list of best places to go in New York. She mentions in her post that if you’re looking for the best food in New York, different neighborhoods, and culture without the crowds, Queens is where to come. We could not agree more.

Now that’s what I call a perfect day. Final Hint: Feel free to rest and repeat your perfect day as often as needed. Manhattan, where? The real magic happens in Queens!

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This post appeared first on the NY Daily News – August 27th, 2015 Publication. This post was in collaboration with Queens Economic Development Corporation. All opinions are my own. 

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By | 2017-12-19T14:27:16+00:00 September 9th, 2015|Destinations, Local Travel Guides, North America|18 Comments

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Olga Maria Czarkowski
Hola! I'm Olga Maria of I am a free spirited New Yorker of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent. I was born with wanderlust, a passion for exotic cuisines and I'm a wine enthusiast. My excursions of culture have led me to Asia, Europe, Latin America, Caribbean Islands, across the United States and to Canada. Join me on my journeys to different destinations while together we explore the cuisine, the lifestyle, the culture and we interact with locals. Subscribe today to my vlogs on


  1. Valerie September 10, 2015 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    Great post! Love your pictures, I love blogs about travel, mine is fashion and travel. I have never been to NYC or the east coast. Since I am fashion obsessed I need to go to NYC city soon!

    Thanks for sharing!


    • Dreams in Heels
      Dreams in Heels September 15, 2015 at 3:20 am - Reply

      Thanks Valerie! You should come to NYC. There is so much to see. Let me know if you come, maybe we can meet up 🙂 Right now I am attending New York Fashion Week. Stay tuned for the recaps.

  2. HilLesha September 10, 2015 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    I have never been to New York before, but I’d love to visit someday. 🙂

    • Dreams in Heels
      Dreams in Heels September 15, 2015 at 3:21 am - Reply

      You should come! There is so much to do and see. Let me know if you plan a trip here. 🙂

  3. carolcolborn September 13, 2015 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    So that’s where Flushing Meadows and the US Open is! I will definitely find myself in Queens, maybe in 2017!

    • Dreams in Heels
      Dreams in Heels September 15, 2015 at 3:22 am - Reply

      That’s right and you should definitely come here! The US Open is super fun. I always attend every year 🙂

  4. Joeography September 15, 2015 at 3:06 am - Reply

    Awesome pictures! I especially love the one of the bridge! Don’t get me started on the food haha!

    • Dreams in Heels
      Dreams in Heels September 15, 2015 at 3:26 am - Reply

      I love that bridge! I have too many selfies in front of it lol.. and the food and drinks are the best part. This is nothing!

  5. Traveling Bytes September 15, 2015 at 3:07 am - Reply

    Over the years, I spent quite a few months in and around NYC. First, commuting between Port Jefferson and Manhattan and later in Brooklyn. Somehow, Queens went under the radar. After reading this article, I realized that the only place there I’ve been to is the Botanical Garden. What a shame!

    • Dreams in Heels
      Dreams in Heels September 15, 2015 at 3:27 am - Reply

      Such a shame for sure! When are you coming to Queens? There is so much to see and do!

  6. 1fungrl September 15, 2015 at 3:08 am - Reply

    Queens looks gorgeous. Hard to beat that view! It always makes me think of Vinny Chase on Entourage. Ohh, I miss that show! The botanical garden looks inviting as well.

    • Dreams in Heels
      Dreams in Heels September 15, 2015 at 3:29 am - Reply

      It is a great borough! So much to do and see. You should visit it. I miss that show too 🙂

  7. essencedionne September 15, 2015 at 3:30 am - Reply

    As soon as I make it back to the states, New York is the first place I want to visit once settled. This post only makes me want to visit sooner!! Great post!

    • Dreams in Heels
      Dreams in Heels September 15, 2015 at 3:32 am - Reply

      Thanks! I am glad that you liked the post. Let me know when you are in town!


      Olga Maria

  8. siniciliya September 15, 2015 at 3:46 am - Reply

    Thank you, saving your post to a special Travel folder

    • Dreams in Heels
      Dreams in Heels September 15, 2015 at 11:43 am - Reply

      I am glad that you liked it! I would love to see what your special travel folder looks like. I am sure that you have compiled amazing articles.

  9. Murielle Marie September 15, 2015 at 11:38 am - Reply

    Olga this is a wonderful article. I love NYC and I have been wondering about how to discover Queens. Well… you answered that question! Thank you <3

    • Dreams in Heels
      Dreams in Heels September 15, 2015 at 11:44 am - Reply

      Thanks Murielle! I am based here in Queens. Let me know if you stop by 🙂

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