Ridgewood, Queens is one of the most sought after neighborhoods in New York City. Though it feels like you live far from Manhattan, the delightful and safe neighborhood offers unique experiences and close proximity to everything New York City is about. This residential area shares borders with Bushwick, Middle Village, Maspeth, and even East Williamsburg, so exploring all that the city has to offer won’t be a challenge.
4 things to see and do in Ridgewood, Queens
Consider this area home to some essential mainstays and new favorites. Besides being a stone’s throw from Manhattan, there’s plenty to explore, taste, and see in one of the most charming neighborhoods in Queens.
Where to drink
Ridgewood has several lively places to grab a stiff cocktail, great beer, or casual glass of wine. The Bad Old Days — on Cypress Avenue — has you covered by way of your go-to pub. We love Julia’s Beer and Wine Bar on Woodward Avenue, close to all of our coliving homes in Ridgewood, where you can enjoy an excellent glass of wine over brunch or date night.
Restaurants in Ridgewood, Queens
You can find just about every regional cuisine you’d like to eat in this area. Residents here enjoy Mexican food at the just-opened Burrito Republic, Chinese at General Debs, burgers at Onderdonk & Sons, Egyptian food at Little Egypt, or Italian at Joe’s. The list of restaurants you have to try goes on and on. With new restaurants popping up all the time, alongside family-owned favorites, it will take you ages to eat your way through the best of Ridgewood.
What to see
Of course, Manhattan is just a short subway train ride away, and you’re neighboring Williamsburg in Brooklyn as well, but Ridgewood itself has plenty to see along all its streets and avenues. We love stopping into Topos Bookstore, which also doubles as a cafe so you can enjoy your next best read with a delicious cup of coffee. Speaking of books, pop into the Ridgewood Library, check out a book and walk on down to Rudy’s Bakery and Cafe, your local pastry stop, on Seneca Avenue that opened its doors in 1934 (it’s over 85 years old!).
Coffee shops in Ridgewood, Queens
What is a neighborhood without a great place to grab a cup of coffee? Our local favorite is Milk & Pull, just a few streets from Common Fairview, with an intimate community feel. The Spot is another local great cup of coffee, with a more extensive menu if you’re hungry.
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There’s always the option to make coffee on your own. Pick up some beans at your local grocery store — we love Valentino Food Market, which is one of Queens’ oldest, family-owned markets — and head back home to brew a cup.
At Common’s coliving homes in New York City, we provide French presses in all of our homes, so be sure to grind your coffee beans to coarse, sit back, and enjoy your beautiful, fully furnished home and private bedroom. Your rent also covers onsite laundry, professional cleanings, and utilities. It’s the most convenient way to live in Ridgewood.