06/21/13 12:48pm

Andrew Zimmern: Queens is ‘King of the American Food Scene’

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Guess who’s the ‘de facto food critic of Queens?’

Back in February I had the pleasure of taking Andrew Zimmern on a whirlwind private tour of Queens’ culinary gems. Our day started in Himalayan (aka Jackson) Heights and wound up at Maima’s Liberian Bistro in Jamaica. I’m stoked to watch the Queens episode of Bizarre Foods America when it airs next month. What I’m even more excited about though is that the bizarre one went on record in Delta Sky Mag, to declare Queens “the king of the American food scene.” Not only that, Zimmern dubbed me the borough’s “de facto food critic.”

Zimmern’s Fork & The Road column for June calls out some of my favorite spots in Queens, including, “Golden Shopping Mall food court, where the food quality is off the charts, the ambiance is gritty and the few dozen stalls represent cuisines from all of China’s provinces.”  Closer to C+M headquarters he highlights Rokhat Kosher Bakery and its excellent Bukharan breads. The last stop on February’s tour was Maima’s whose spicy crab and shrimp Zimmern says is “perhaps the spiciest dish I have ever eaten in America.”

The Queens episode of Bizarre Foods America is slated to air July 22 on the Travel Channel. Can’t wait until then? Look me up I’d be glad to give you a food tour of “the world’s largest concentration of superbly crafted ethnic cuisine.”

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