8. Little Neck, Douglaston, and Bayside

Pork chop at Mama Lee
Pork chop over rice at Mama Lee in Bayside

These three neighboring areas have seen a significant rise in Chinese population over the past few years, with 43% of the population consisting of Asian residents. Located near Northern Boulevard, many Chinese restaurants and stores from different regions of China have attracted praise from both the local community and tourists.

Little Neck, one of Queens’ up-and-coming Chinatowns, is home to Cantonese restaurants like Moo Shu Duck, a tiny hole-in-the-wall eatery notable for its Peking duck, noodle soup with thin egg noodles, and fried flounder. LN1380, one of Little Neck’s newest eateries, serves modern Cantonese fare like dim sum, conch with oyster mushroom, and soy sauce chicken, while nearby Northern Manor offers more traditional fare like steamed scallop and frogs legs. Shanghainese cuisine is also popular in Little Neck, with favorite Little Dumpling offering classics like crab soup dumplings, stir-fried eggplant, and Lion’s Head meatballs.

Bayside also has a thriving Chinese community with newcomer You Garden Xiao Long Bao offering innovative Shanghainese dishes like a giant soup dumpling, stir-fried eel, and sweet and sour shrimp casserole. Also popular is Mama Lee, a hidden Taiwanese eatery known for classics like salt and pepper chicken, minced pork with tea egg, and Hakkanese pork with bean curd. Bayside also houses multiple Korean-Chinese restaurants like Guh Song, which offers a menu combining Chinese and Korean classics.