This summer, I acquired a Key to the City, part of an art project organized by Creative Time. It's a pretty neat project that basically gave me an excuse to venture to places I would otherwise never have explored. So on a recent blazing summer Saturday, my dining companion and I decided to set out for an adventure in Queens. But we started the morning by fueling up with a mega-breakfast (the only kind you can get) at Shopsin's. It was tough to narrow down the most expansive brunch menu in the city, but here's what we settled on:
Properly prepared for our day, we headed to the Louis Armstrong Museum in Corona and took a tour of Satchmo's old house. This was the only time we gave ourselves to really digest. After that, we stopped in at Tortilleria Nixtamal, which Serious Eats wrote about as off the beaten path. But it's worth visiting. We tried out the spicy pork tamal.
The Lemon Ice King of Corona, which is one of those classic, old-time New York places everyone should visit at some point or another. The menu listed lots of flavors, some of which I find it hard to imagine would taste good as Italian ice because I associate ice with fruit flavors.
Eddie's Sweet Shop in Forest Hills. It's an old-fashioned soda and ice cream shop.
my grandmother used to make dumpling wrappers) and turn into a tortilla that we got to eat. They were hearty, pure corn tortillas.