As the Queens Travel Expert for About.com, Joe DiStefano keeps his finger on the pulse of what’s happening in New York City’s most dynamic, delicious, and diverse borough. With more than 100 languages spoken Queens, N.Y., is truly the world’s borough. It’s also one of the most exciting places to experience other cultures from Argentine and Greek to Italian and Nepalese—whether by eating at one of the hundreds of amazing ethnic restaurants, attending a festival, or visiting a house of worship—Queens has it all. The borough is also home to the U.S. Open and the New York Mets and is steeped in history ranging from Flushing's Quaker Meeting House built in 1694 to the towering steel globe that is the Unisphere constructed for the 1964 World’s Fair.
Joe has been covering all manner food in New York City for more than 10 years, but Queens is his culinary obsession so much so that he offers several culinary walking tours of the borough through Chopsticks+Marrow. Join him as he helps you to explore all about Queens, the crown jewel of New York City.
Joe is a regular contributor to First We Feast, Serious Eats, and Food Republic. His work has also appeared in Yahoo Travel, Yahoo Food, Gourmet, and The New York Times. He founded the web site, Chopsticks+Marrow, where he blogs about food in Queens and beyond, in late 2012. An intrepid eater and explorer he’s widely recognized by such culinary luminaries as Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern as a go-to source on the borough’s rich tapestry of cuisines and cultures. Joe has appeared as an expert on Queens cuisine and culture on Colameco’s Food Show, Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmern, and Fox’s Wining and Dining with Rosanna Scotto.
Joe DiStefano holds a B.A, in English from SUNY Stony Brook, but he firmly believes that his education continues to take place on the streets of Queens.
As someone who’s written about food for a decade I’ve had a chance to eat everything from North Carolina barbecue to the country’s best fried chicken in New Orleans, but my palate, heart, and soul belong to Queens. It never ceases to amaze me, it’s the only place in the world where you can take in a ball game, experience and Indonesian food bazaar, and visit a Thai temple all without a passport.