Under the NYC 7 Train: NYCVP’s Guide to Visiting the World

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New York City's 7 train connects residents and tourists with a world of unique possibilities. This guide from New York City Vacation Packages outlines some of the fantastic ethnic restaurants and stores along the 7 train line.

Heard of Around the World in 80 Days? How about cutting that down to just a couple subway stops? For those with a stricter schedule, visiting the world has never been easier. It sounds too good to be true, but under the elevated tracks of the NYC 7 train (running from Times Square to Main Street in Flushing) is a major thoroughfare with some of the most ethnic stores and restaurants you can’t find anywhere else except by actually traveling the world. And let’s face it, the U.S. Department of State constantly issuing travel warnings and alerts on countries that are considered potentially dangerous environments for travelers could make that pretty difficult.

To get an idea of what the 7 train has to offer, this area in Queens counts residents speaking 138 different languages, representing over 100 different countries. With so many cultures to consider, NYCVP thought to offer some help on what to expect at some the 7 train’s stops.

Times Square: Before hopping on the 7 and head over to Queens, make sure to take the time to start this ethnic food tour off right. Manhattan has super trendy neighborhoods, full of quaint streets, and a variety of ethnic food. Try the Eat a Bite of Ethnic NY Tour first or any other food tours, and then compare which is better.

Vernon Blvd-Jackson Ave Subway Station is the main entry point for Long Island City. Not only does this area have great views of Manhattan, but it’s also the place to find some of the best Italian food. Forget Long Island Iced Teas—think mouthwatering brick-oven pizza.

Trying to sample as much ethnic food possible? Hop off at the Queensboro Plaza station and switch to the N or the W to go to Astoria. It’s not directly off the 7 train, but Astoria boasts great Greek, Italian, Arabic, and Eastern European delicacies. For something different, there are also a lot of Czech bars and restaurants.

61st St-Woodward Station: Woodward has a large Irish population, which means… Irish bars! Get off at this station, have a drink or two, and then walk a little further under the line for some spicy Thai food.

74th St-Broadway Station (Jackson Heights): This neighborhood has so many delicious places to eat that a true foodie will die for. Heavy clusters of Central and South American cultures, Indians, Bengalis, Pakistanis, Tibetans, and Nepalese populate this area, promising extra tasty chicken and rice, samosas filled with curry potatoes, lamb vindaloo and momos (Tibetan dumplings)—just to name a few dishes.

90 St-Elmhurst Ave Station: Feeling really adventurous? A mostly Asian area, there are tons of those quaint “little hole-in-the-wall” places with excellent Malaysian and Thai food.

Mets-Willets Point: The 7 runs right next to Citi Field, making a great opportunity to catch a Mets game during baseball season. If the mood strikes for something other than Cracker Jacks and hot dogs, try some of the more ethnic concession stands available.

103rd St-Corona Plaza Station: Get off at this station and be in the heart of the Hispanic neighborhood of Corona. Frozen custard, tortillas and tacos, oh my!

Flushing-Main St. is where the line comes to an end. This is another heavily Asian area where Korean and Chinese are the dominant ethnic groups. To end this food tour, how about some hand-pulled noodles, dim sum, and Korean Barbeque. Mouth watering yet?

NYCVP - New York City Vacation Packages (http://www.NYCTrip.com) - is an NYC travel information authority and the only major independent tour company in the USA devoted exclusively to NYC travel, offering services to make sure your vacation is safe and secure. NYCVP is a member in good standing of NYC & Company (New York City's convention and visitors’ bureau), National Tour Association and the American Society of Travel Agents.

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