“Denizens of Jackson Heights are all very proud that our Queens neighborhood is voted the World’s Most Diverse by the Guinness Book of Records,” says resident Vivien Goldman, a world music scholar, author and noted recording artist (John Lydon of the Sex Pistols produced her first single back in the day) and the “Punk Professor” at New York University. From the South Asian enclave of Jackson Heights to Long Island City’s cultural milieu, you’ll find restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and other businesses that don’t exist anywhere else in the country in Queens.
Sometimes called the belly of New York, the borough is rich with options for those who travel for food, from Peruvian and Colombian to local distinctive hybrids like Manchurian-Chinese and Tibetan-Japanese.
In October, treat your tastebuds to Eeeeeatscon NY, a two-day food experience built in the spirit of a music festival but with restaurants as the headliners, hosted at Forest Hills Stadium the past two years. The event, presented by Chase Sapphire, features restaurants from New York and beyond. Sapphire cardmembers get special perks to the festival each year along with access to the Sapphire Reserve Lounge.