7 Train Food Crawl: Eating Your Way Across the World’s Borough, Queens
If you’re looking to do a tour of international eats, Queens is where you should head. The 7 train starts at 34 St.- Hudson Yards, Manhattan and ends in Flushing, Queens with a total of 22 stations. It’s an above ground train once you arrive in Queens which is great because you don’t have to be stuck underground between stops. You can be even be looking up the menu at the next destination… or we’ve added dishes at each place for you below!
This is the train you also take to get to Citifield as well as Queens International Night Market.
Where to Start the 7 Train Food Crawl
We recommend taking the 7 train all the way out to Flushing Main St and working your way back towards Manhattan (depending on where you want to end up).
Our 7 Train Food Crawl
Entrance and Exit Location(s)
|1. Flushing Main St||EIGHT JANE FOOD + SHANGHAI YOU GARDEN|
|2. 103 St- Corona Plaza||LEMON ICE KING|
|3. Junction Blvd||RINCON CRIOLLO|
|4. 90 St- Elmhurst Av||MARISCOS EL SUBMARINO + MICHELADA HOUSE|
|5. 74 St- Broadway||NEPALI BHANCHA GHAR|
|6. 61 St Woodside||DONOVAN’S PUB|
|7. 46 St Bliss St||SOUK EL SHATER|
|8. 40 Lowery St||SOTTE LE STELLE|
|9. Vernon Blvd Jackson Av||CASA ENRIQUE|
Stop 1. Flushing Main St.
Eight Jane Food
What we ordered: Jianbing Crunchy (can also get doughy) $5
A small take away window serving Chinese comforts like this popular breakfast street food. Jianbing is known as a Chinese crepe which also has eggs, scallions, chillies and crispy wonton in the middle.
Shanghai You Garden
What we ordered: Pork Xiaolongbao a.k.a soup dumplings $8.50
We’ve tried out a few spots for soup dumplings and really love how juicy these ones are. Definitely not a fancy version like you can find down the road at Nan Xiang but delicious none-the-less. You can order from there take away window and eat them in the street we did or they also do have a dining room. They also do small $2 Peking duck buns, if you want to try something else as well.
Stop 2. 103 St- Corona Plaza
Lemon Ice King
What we ordered: Medium Rainbow Ice + Medium Lemon Ice $4 each
Opened in 1944, this is one of the few Italian businesses left in the area. This is the only stop on the tour that’s more than a couple minutes walk from the subway, but it’s nice to stretch your legs and have a refreshing ice from an old school establishment.
Stop 3. Junction Blvd
What we ordered: A Cubano $10 + Cuban Style Beer $7 + Cafe con Leche + Vaca Frita $24
Rincon criollo was once a restaurant in Cuba before the owners emigrated over to the U.S. in 1976 and reopened it in Corona, Queens. This family run business is known for their classic and authentic dishes.
Vaca Frita is fried flank steak with sautéed onions and garlic, comes with sides of rice+beans and plantains. They also serve the Cuban classic rope veija as well as lechon asado, Cubanos and lots more.
Stop 4. 90 St- Elmhurst Av
Michelada House II
What we ordered: Michelada $8
Since we were starting to fill up at this stage we decided it was time to grab a drink! They have all sorts of crazy drinks here, but you can never go wrong with a classic like the Michelada Regular which is $8. They were very friendly but there was a little bit of a language barrier here, so the other michelada we ordered was mainly savouring food including meat and I don’t think we’d order it again, despite it looking great.
Mariscos El Submarino
What we ordered: Aguachile Negro – Shrimp (mixed available) $19
A super casual spot for some seafood. Order at the counter and grab a seat. The NY Times has highly recommends their aguachile negro and so do we! They also serve tostadas and ceviche, but the aguachile is definitely the stand out dish with the aguachile verde being great also.
Stop 5. 74 St- Broadway
Nepali Bhanchha Ghar
What we ordered: Chicken johl mom0s $7, beef johl momos $8, sel roti $1.50, egg bhara $5
Nepali Bhanchha Gharr is known for their Nepali home cooking and most specifically for their momos. They’ve even won the Queens momo crawl multiple years in a row. We always get the johl ones because then the momos come in an amazing spicy broth!
Stop 6. 61 St Woodside
What we ordered: A Guiness $8 and a cheeseburger + fries $15
An neighbourhood pub that’s been opened since 1966. They serve American and Irish pub fare and has a separate dining room and bar. Their burger has received praise from multiple sources over the years such as Time Out New York and The New York Post.
Stop 7. 46 St Bliss St
Souk El Shater
What we ordered: 1 beef and 1 chicken shawarma $7 each
This small take away establishment is seriously popular at lunchtime, but they get through the line pretty quickly! You can watch as they make your order in front of you.
**You do not have to take the subway between Souk El Shater and Sotte Le Stelle. They are only a block away from each other.
Stop 8. 40 Lowery St
Sotte Le Stelle
What we ordered: Sausage and broccoli pizza $18.50 + Ricotta crust star pizza with prosciutto $21.50
If you enjoy fluffy Neapolitan style pizzas, you’ll love these! The restaurant is also really cute and has a patio in the back as well as a few front window seats.
Stop 9. Vernon Blvd Jackson Av
What we ordered: Ceviche $24, watermelon margarita $14, veggie enchiladas $25 and chicken mole $27
This Michelin star Mexican restaurant is well worth a visit. They don’t take reservations, so you’ll have to try your luck on arrival. We got in straight away to sit at the bar.
We’ve been here a couple of times and our top picks are the chicken mole and the ceviche.
Map of the 7 Train Food Crawl