Forest Hills-71st Ave.
Station House: Craft beer paired with inspired pub fare like short-rib kimchi empanadas and haddock fish 'n' chips.
Cabana: Nuevo Latino hot spot serving takes on Cuban classics like picadillo and ropa vieja.
The F train zigs and zags both north, south east and west on its way from Queens down to South Brooklyn, with some serious culinary destinations along the way. Check out the map and slide show below for restaurant suggestions within four blocks of each F stop from Forest Hills - 71 Avenue all the way to Coney Island (note: we skipped Roosevelt Island and a few stops in South Brooklyn that are very close together). Meeting a friend from Queens but live in DUMBO? Use this guide to find a spot right in the middle.
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Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Ave.
Sammy's Halal: This Vendy-award-winning cart is always perched on the corner of 73rd and Broadway serving up typical halal fare like chicken with rice, but with an Indian twist.
The Arepa Lady: The famed Arepa Lady is planning a brick-and-mortar spot near her usual spot at 79th and Roosevelt, but until then you can enjoy her handmade ooey-gooey arepas at her iconic street cart.
Penthouse808: With a new menu from chef Seth Levine, this Asian Bistro atop the Ravel Hotel in Long Island City offers killer views of the East River and the 59th Street bridge.
Five Star Punjabi Diner: Cabbie favorite Five Star Diner serves up quality Punjabi fare (next to the banquet hall of the same name) and an all-you-can-eat buffet on weekends.
47th-50th St.-Rockefeller Center
Le Bernardin: Eric Ripert's French seafood temple is not an everyday restaurant unless you've got seriously deep pockets, but when the occasion calls for it, this elegant spot always delivers.
The Halal Guys: Famed street-meat cart that draws lines during lunch hour.
14th St. and Sixth Ave.
Horchata: New Mexican spot in the former BLT Burger space from chef Manuel Trevino serves up namesake horchatas (including spiked varieties) as well as takes on traditional Tex-Mex and regional Mexican specialties.
Rosemary's: West Village Italian with a rooftop garden that's a large-group go-to.
W. 4th St.
Tertulia: Seamus Mullen's ode to the food of Northern Spain is complete with housemade sangrias, tap cider and superb plates of cured meats, paella and more.
Perla: Chef Michael Toscano practices an especially lusty and decadent style of Italian cooking where the pastas are topped with foie gras and there’s a veal head for three on the menu.
Gato: Bobby Flay’s first new Manhattan restaurant in ages is a big, raucous Mediterranean-influenced party, with punchy tapas-style plates and one incredible octopus dish.
Estela: Mediterranean small plates pack in a trendy crowd from chef Ignacio Mattos and sommelier and partner Thomas Carter.
Barrio Chino: Teensy Mexican joint that serves up house-infused tequilas to pair with killer ceviche, guacamole, tacos and more. Go before 6:30 PM or expect to wait two hours.
Russ & Daughters Cafe: The first sit-down cafe from the 100-year-old smoked-fish mecca has opened on the Lower East Side, offering up Jewish classics with new twists.
Superfine: This converted warehouse beneath the Manhattan Bridge caters to an after-work crowd with craft cocktails, Mediterranean bites and a pool table that’s ready for play.
Vinegar Hill House: Charming Vinegar Hill New American whose cozy digs and rustic fare draw long waits among its mostly hipster clientele.
Shake Shack: As bustling as its Manhattan counterparts, Danny Meyer’s first outpost across the East River serves up its famously craveable burgers, shakes and concretes.
Hill Country BBQ: Side-by-side, this pair of Manhattan transplants bring expert Texas-style smoked brisket and fried chicken and biscuits to a busy Downtown Brooklyn corner.
Buttermilk Channel: Down near the end of Court St., this New American bistro elevates simple comfort dishes like chicken and waffles (made with cheddar) and meatloaf (made with duck and raisins).
Court Street Grocers: Adorable, country-style corner store that serves incredible sandwiches from early in the morning until early evening. Must try: the Mother-in-Law, a gonzo Jewish-Korean combo featuring braised brisket and kimchi.
Fourth Ave. and Ninth St.
Bar Tano: A lone outpost on a drab stretch of Third Avenue, this simple Italian spot features a tin ceiling, globe lights and classic menu of pasta, antipasti and pizzas.
Four & Twenty Blackbirds: South Dakota transplants the Elsen sisters bake pies both traditional (salted caramel apple) and modern (pink peppercorn chocolate) at their cozy Gowanus cafe.
Seventh Ave.-Prospect Park
Talde: The first restaurant from Top Chef’s Dale Talde is a smash hit — pan-Asian plates packed with strong flavors and clever ideas, like a roasted fish that comes with DIY moo shu pancakes.
Applewood: The neighborhood farm-to-table pioneer is still one of Park Slope’s best date-night spots, and the Sunday brunch is an institution.
Ess-a-Pickle: Formerly Guss' Pickles, this LES icon moved to Borough Park a few years back and is a pilgrimage for any serious pickle lover.
Sushi K Bar: Kosher sushi spot located in the heavily Hasidic Jewish neighborhood.
La Palina: A short walk south and east from the train you'll find this 84-year-old Italian neighborhood standby on Avenue O.
Vinnie's Pizzeria Luncheonette: This Bensonhurst go-to makes a respectable NYC pie, including grandma-style slices.