The Crawl

“Put your money where your mouth is” by eating locally and dining globally. Queens Together presents a very special food crawl adventure from food guru and tour guide Joe Distefano.

Joe has assembled a globetrotting roster of a dozen places in Elmhurst and Jackson Heights for you to savor during the weekend of July 11th. You can start your journey anywhere you like—Thailand, Indonesia, India, Colombia, Mexico or even China—but we humbly suggest fanning out from Diversity Plaza. Joe’s guide lists the best dishes at these one-of-a-kind establishments.

This “PYMWYMIQ” online adventure guide is $20 per person. Your purchase will help Queens Together’s efforts to nourish our restaurants and communities.

The guide will be sent to your email address on Saturday, July 11th at 11am. Happy eating!

About Joe

Queens-based food writer, culinary tour guide and consultant Joe DiStefano has been exploring the borough’s diverse global cuisines for more than a decade. He has long been a champion of the bustling Chinatown that is downtown Flushing and is fond of referring to it as “America’s Greatest Chinatown.” He is the founder and publisher of the Queenscentric food blog CHOPSTICKS & MARROW, and author of 111 Places in Queens That You Must Not Miss.

His tours have been featured in The New York Times, Serious Eats, The Daily News, and The Wall Street Journal. His clients include Starbucks, the Boys Club of New York, Hormel, The Food Group, and Next Restaurant.

Follow him on Twitter @JoeDiStefano and on Instagram @joedistefanoqns, just make sure to eat lunch beforehand!

The Contest

To make things interesting we’re adding an Instagram food photo contest.

  • 1st place $100 gift certificate. 2nd place $50 gift certificate. 3rd place $25 gift certificate.
  • Gift certificates from your choice of listed restaurants.
  • Winners’ photos featured on our website and social media.
  • To be eligible, you must purchase this guide before 11am, July 11th, 2020. Entire rules below.
  • Contest starts at 11am July 11th, 2020. Ends 6pm Sunday July 12th, 2020.
  • Post IG photos of yourself eating in front of restaurants from the list.
  • Photos must include both tags: #qns_together and #PYMWYMIQ.
  • Contestants with the most IG photos of the restaurants will be entered into the contest.
  • Photos should feature you, restaurant, and food.
  • No inappropriate photos will be accepted.
  • Judged by a secret panel of Queens Together experts.

Food Guide & Contest Entry


Your purchase goes to support Queens Together's efforts benefitting local businesses and feeding food insecure communities during the COVID-19 crisis.

You will be e-mailed Joe's curated list of restaurants (along with recommended dishes) at 11am on Saturday, July 11th!


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