America's Best Neighborhoods for Ethnic Food
Rego Park, Queens, NY
German and Dutch farmers once cultivated produce here, and the neighborhood was the setting of TV sitcom King of Queens. But here’s a more intriguing reason to visit: the population of Bukharians, a Jewish community originally from the Central Asian ’stans. About 40,000 have settled in New York since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, most notably in Rego Park, a.k.a. Regostan, whose streets are flanked by colorful awnings and façades screaming out words like samsa, a cumin-spiked relative of the Indian samosa, and cheburek, a fried savory pie. Follow up a meal at salt-of-the-earth restaurant Cheburechnaya (92-09 63rd Dr.; 718-897-9080) with a visit to the Bhukarian Jewish Museum (60-05 Woodhaven Blvd.; 718-897-4124). Bonus: continue feasting in Queens’ better-known foodie destination of Jackson Heights, home to South Asians and South Americans.