The Queens International Night Market is an excellent opportunity to try a variety of different foods, all without leaving NYC. There are more than 150 countries represented in Queens and over 138 languages spoken, and the Queens Night Market does a wonderful job celebrating the beautiful diversity of this borough. One of my favorite parts of the market is that prices are capped at $6, so that means that you get to try more things without completely blowing your budget! *happy dance!!*
Ryan and I first experienced the night market last year and instantly fell in love. We both love trying new foods, and the setup of the Queens Night Market makes it so simple to taste test a variety of options.
Last Saturday was our first trip to the night market this summer, and it did not disappoint. I am going to share all of the different dishes that we tried on Saturday to help give you an idea of what offerings are available each Saturday night! The vendor list does vary slightly depending on the week, but the majority of the vendors stay the same week after week. You can always check out their website where the list of vendors for each week is posted.
Now let’s get to the good stuff…the FOOD!
First up was Chicken Kachori (India) from Cilantro and Mint. This was a chicken and potato stuffed pastry served with pickled vegetables and a cilantro lime sauce. YUM!
Ryan had been diligently looking over the vendor list and researching different foods to try all day on Saturday and decided that he needed to give the burger from The Malaysian Project a try. Now this wasn’t any ordinary burger…this was a burger wrapped in a fried egg with curry and a spicy horseradish mayo.
We decided that our next choice needed to be free of heat and spice since the previous two dishes were full of that, so we ended up at C Bao and ordered a Peking Duck Bao. Bao is a type of Chinese bread that is steamed which gives it a very interesting texture. We both had been wanting to try duck for a while, so we thought, “Why not now?!”
Finally, we made it to my favorite part of the market…DESSERTS! We went to the market with some of our friends, and they could not stop talking about these Portuguese Tarts (Pasteis de Nata) from Joey Bats Sweets. We decided to give them a try, and we are SO glad we did!
Last, but certainly not least, is the Twister Cone from TwisterCake (Romanian-Hungarian). The Twister Cone is a Romanian-Hungarian Chimney Cake filled with ice cream. It is heavenly.
The Queens International Night Market is open every Saturday in the summer from 6pm – Midnight. Make this a part of your plans next time you are in NYC; you won’t be sorry!