10 Must-Try Eateries In Whitestone, New York

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Whitestone is known as an upper middle-class residential neighborhood located in Queens at the northern part of New York City and had a population of 30,773 in the 2010 census. With such a significant number of residents in the neighborhood, below is the list of recommended places to dine and relax in.

1. The Clinton Restaurant

Constructed in 1901 and owned by the Babich family since 1939, this cosy eatery is one of the oldest commercial sites in town. This neighborhood restaurant is renowned for its impeccable service and exceptional food. It features old-school Italian cuisine such as baked ziti pasta covered in mozzarella cheese, and thinly sliced veal or chicken in their scaloppini dishes. Patrons can also opt for steak or burgers which come with a choice of pasta or vegetables. In addition to that, their bar serves tap beer, bottled beer, house wines and premium wines.

The Clinton Restaurant

Address: 9-17 Clintonville St, Whitestone, NY 11357-1231

Opening Hours: Sunday to Tuesday (12pm – 10pm), Wednesday to Saturday (12pm – 11pm)

Contact: +1 7187464800

Website: The Clinton Restaurant

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2. Utopia Bagels

For the ultimate New York experience, munch on a tasty New York-style bagel at Utopia Bagels that is famous for its delicious freshly made bagels and has been known for its long queues by the locals and tourists alike. This bakery business started around 1981 and was renovated and expanded in 2016. The deli has since garnered a following of loyal patrons for their beloved superior bagels. This is because the bakery sets high standards in the production of their bagels by incorporating old-fashioned methods such as hand-rolling each bagel and letting it set in a cooling chamber. This highly detailed process takes up to 36 hours and results in perfectly crispy yet fluffy batches of bagels.

Utopia Bagels

Address: 19-09 Utopia Pkwy, Whitestone, NY 11357-4131

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday (4am – 7pm)

Contact: +1 7183522586

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3. Riviera Ristorante

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Located just a stone’s throw away from Utopia Bagels, this restaurant offers an authentic combination of both northern and southern Italian gastronomy. Northern Italian cuisine is distinguished by a heavier dependence on butter, rice, corn and cheeses for cream sauces whereas southern Italian fare is characterized for their pride in olive oil, pasta and tanginess of the tomato sauce. In Riviera Ristorante, patrons can experience the best of both worlds in Italian cuisine and can even indulge in their fusion dishes such as farfalle bowtie pasta with smoked salmon and shiitake mushrooms served in tomato sauce with a touch of cream, and penne pasta served with vodka in a pink cream sauce.

Riviera Ristorante

Address: 17-12 Utopia Pkwy, Whitestone, NY 11357-3320

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, Sunday (12pm – 10pm), Friday and Saturday (12pm – 11pm)

Contact: +1 7183522225 / +1 7183522235

Website: Riviera Ristorante

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4. Cascarino’s Pizzeria

This eatery is well-known for their brick oven wood-fired pizza and their menu also comprises of a selection of Italian entrees, appetizers, salads, burgers, focaccia, wraps, seafood and a variety of exclusive pasta dishes such as cavatelli shell pasta sautéed with the prized Prosciutto di Parma and served in plum tomato sauce with mascarpone cheese. In Cascarino’s, customers can satisfy their sweet tooth by sinking a bite into the Italian dessert of crispy fried cannoli shell pastry with ricotta filling.

Cascarino’s Pizzeria

Address: 152-59 10th Ave, Flushing, NY 11357-1233

Opening Hours: Monday (12pm – 10pm), Tuesday to Thursday (10am – 10pm), Friday to Sunday (11am – 10pm)

Contact: +1 7187464370

Website: Cascarino’s Pizzeria

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5. The BLVD Restaurant

The BLVD Restaurant is referred to as one of the newest restaurants and lounges for Queens’s finest food and drinks. Their menu features a medley of traditional American fare and conventional Italian choices such as gourmet wood-fired pizzas, artisan burgers, panini, soup, salad, and fresh seafood. The assortment of special pizza options include wild mushrooms and white truffle oil in Funghi, sausage and broccoli rabe in Carrettiera, and prosciutto, pepperoni, mushrooms, and olives in Quattro Gusto. Patrons can look forward to indulging in the Tartuffo, an Italian ice-cream dessert with a frozen fruit in the centre and typically covered in a chocolate shell and sometimes dusted with cinnamon or sprinkled with nuts.

The BLVD Restaurant

Address: 19-11 Francis Lewis Blvd, Whitestone, NY 11357-3826

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday (12pm – 11pm), Sunday (12pm – 9pm)

Contact: +1 7187472583

Website: The BLVD Restaurant

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6. Jägerhaus Gastropub & Biergarten

This modish restaurant in the Whitestone community is renowned for their collaborative effort in bringing a modern twist to authentic German and Austrian cuisine and features some of the best drafts. This distinctive eatery is complete with comfortable lounges, rich drapery and contemporary light fixtures; all of which exude a warm and inviting ambience. Their one-of-a-kind menu features exquisite German and Austrian fares such as schnitzels and wursts, in addition to an array of Sunday brunch choices, appetizers, lunch specials, burgers, and desserts.

Some of the highlights in their menu include pork and veal bockwurst, jumbo lump crab cakes served on a bed of cucumber slaw and topped with red pepper puree and crispy onions, highland potato pancake with apple sauce and rosemary cream, beech wood-smoked pepper crusted bacon, and herring in mustard cream sauce with pickled onions on toasted rye.

Jägerhaus Gastropub & Biergarten

Address: 15-16 149th St, Whitestone, NY 11357-2521

Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday (12pm – 2am), Friday and Saturday (12pm – 4am), Sunday (11.30am – 1am)

Contact: +1 7187673486

Website: Jägerhaus Gastropub & Biergarten

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7. Cherry Valley Deli & Grill

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It started out some 32 years ago by brothers Max, Tony, Danny and Joe with just a chicken sandwich item and they have never looked back since. Today, this 24-hour deli offers up to 200 varieties of appetizers, wraps, salads, and sandwiches as well as basic grocery items. This deli is famous for their chicken heros or rolls which consist of a variety of chicken cutlets with brown gravy and different types of cheese on various toasted hero bread or rolls.

Cherry Valley Deli & Grill

Address: 12-29 150th St, Flushing, NY 11357-1747

Contact: +1 7187671937

Website: Cherry Valley Deli & Grill

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8. Casa Asia

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This restaurant is perfect for those who are seeking the cuisine of the East and taste of Asia. Chinese, Japanese and Thai cuisines are available in their astounding menu such as Cantonese egg noodle soup, sushi entrees or dinner bentos served with miso soup, and Thai basil chicken with rice and soup. This diner is renowned for the modernization of classic dishes and also offers takeout and delivery to Whitestone, New York.

Casa Asia

Address: 149-45 14th Ave, Whitestone, NY 11357-1729

Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday (11am – 9.45pm), Friday and Saturday (11am – 10.45pm), Sunday (12pm – 9.45pm)

Contact: +1 7187676868 / +1 7187676137

Website: Casa Asia

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9. Verdi’s of Whitestone

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Verdi’s of Whitestone is one of the two establishments that is family owned and has been operating for over 25 years. It is prominent for its premier catering halls and beautiful banquet venues which can accommodate up to 200 guests for special events and occasions. Their menu consists of classic Italian favorites such as Stracciatella Alla Romana consisting of egg, spinach and Romano cheese, homemade gnocchi pasta prepared in pesto sauce, and Scaloppine Pizzaiola which is thinly-sliced veal prepared with peppers, onions, capers and mushrooms in marinara sauce.

Verdi’s of Whitestone

Address: 149-58 Cross Island Pkwy, Whitestone, NY 11357-2532

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday (12pm – 9pm), Closed on Mondays

Contact: +1 7187466000

Website: Verdi’s of Whitestone

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10. Villaggio

Another favorite place for Italian fare such as wood-fired pizzas, it is safe to say that Villaggio differs from the rest. Owned by the Loccisano family, they serve Italian cuisine made with their famous homemade pasta sauces. In addition, the Loccisanos have a mission to bring the best authentic taste of their pasta sauce to the world. Their famous homemade Marinara with Basil Sauce, Vodka Sauce and the spicy Fra Diavolo Sauce are jarred and are sold to the public alongside the finest collection of Durum wheat flour pasta such as rigatoni, fusilli, and penne.


Address: 150-07 14th Rd, Whitestone, NY 11357-2610

Opening Hours: Sunday to Thursday (12pm – 10pm), Friday and Saturday (12pm – 11pm)

Contact: +1 7187471111

Website: Villaggio

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Please your palate at Whitestone, New York

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Whitestone never ceases to amaze in providing an exceptional gastronomical experience. Plan a trip to this residential area and get a bagel fix at Utopia Bagels, acquire a taste of the East at Casa Asia, try Italian desserts at The BLVD Restaurant or Cascarino’s Pizzeria, and satiate your palate for bockwurst at Jägerhaus Gastropub & Biergarten. The choices are endless.

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