What: The Queens International Night Market
Where: New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
When: Saturdays, 6pm to midnight, April 23rd-August 20th
Why: Queens is culinary catnip. Its smorgasbord of global goodies makes even a ride on the 7 train an enticing proposal, blending ambrosial aromas from nearby eateries with a dash of subway stink. Upping the delectability quotient is the Queens International Night Market, which debuted last year. Modeled after the popular open-air night markets of Asia, it features street food, art and free performances that represent the incomparable ethnic and cultural diversity of the borough.
A distinguishing factor is the wallet-friendly $5 price cap on food items. Feast on mouth-watering morsels from stalls selling Haitian, Korean, Indonesian, Chilean, Trinidadian, Brazilian, Romanian, Bangladeshi, Burmese, West African, Tibetan, Filipino, Jamaican and many more types of international cuisine. Dabble in Korean dumplings, Trinidadian shark sandwiches and Japanese takoyaki before ending your evening with Romanian twister cake or fried ice cream. It’s 100% family-friendly so bring the kids.
Get There: Take the 7 Train to 111th Street Station and walk 4 blocks south. The market is on your left.
Photo credit: Wally Gobetz
Allison is a native New Yorker, who has lived in Rome, Tuscany, Melbourne, Toronto and Los Angeles. She frequently contributes travel pieces to Family Travel Forum, using her own children as guinea pigs as they travel the globe. She is fluent in Italian and Spanish and laughably adequate in French. Her background as an Early Childhood Educator gives her an added understanding of what it takes to travel with kids in tow. She firmly believes that the most important part of education takes place outside of the classroom, on the road, around the world. She never misses a chance to sample local delicacies, as her love for travel goes hand-in-hand with her love for food and wine. Follow Allison at @gourmetrav.