Seventh Heaven: Dining Along the 7 Train

by Julie Besonen, 02/26/2013

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  • Queens wears the crown when it comes to ethnic cuisine. People from all over—Ecuador, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Peru, India, Thailand, China and more—have settled in enclaves throughout the borough, the City's largest and most diverse. For a culinary field trip, hop aboard the 7 Flushing Local train, an "International Express" whose stops from Sunnyside to Flushing are designated as a National Millennium Trail (right up there with the Lewis and Clark expedition) for how they reflect America's history and culture. To experience the polyglot corridor for yourself, start in Manhattan at the Times Sq./42nd St. stop for an Eastern European nosh at Cafe Edison. Rumble on to the Grand Central/42nd St. stop and seek out Sakagura, which feels thisclose to Tokyo. After tunneling under the East River, there's M. Wells Dinette, a hip new Quebecois destination inside MoMA PS1 near the 45th Rd./Court House Sq. stop. Our slideshow of eats along the 7 train journeys to Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Corona and Flushing, highlighting new tastes, longtime classics and where to get the best lahmacun, pupusa and llapingacho in NYC—almost all at low prices.

    Service changes on the 7 train are in effect at certain times due to ongoing signal and tunnel maintenance between Times Sq./42nd St. and Queensboro Plaza. Visit mta.info for more information before you travel.

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