Kew Gardens, Queens, may have only been settled in the late 19th century, but the neighborhood’s true beginnings were approximately 23,000 years ago. Old Kew Gardens explains that back then, a glacier was moving along present-day Queens and stopped there. (It must have decided Kew Gardens seemed nice.) The glacier melted, the water ran east towards the ocean, and it created flat land where people could build Kew Gardens and its nearby neighborhoods.

Now, just over 100 years after it was settled, Kew Gardens is connected to the city by various subway lines as well as the LIRR. It's also home to part of the beautiful Forest Park, and it’s filled with various restaurants, cafes and bakeries.

Here’s our guide to our favorite eight places to feed your appetite in Kew Gardens.

Tu Casa Restaurant

This Peruvian-influenced restaurant self-identifies as being famous for
This Peruvian-influenced restaurant self-identifies as being famous for its rotisserie chickens and sangrias. (Pictured, its ceviche mixto, with calamari, shrimp, garlic, fried corn and sweet potato.) Family-run Tu Casa has four locations throughout the city, and if you visit in the summer, they have a lovely outdoor seating area. Yesss. At 119-05 Metropolitan Ave. (Credit: Christa Lopez)

Dani’s House of Pizza

Any house that's made of pizza can count
Any house that's made of pizza can count us the heck in. OK, so danishouseofpizza.com isn't technically a house made of pizza, but we still definitely support all the deliciousness inside. The cozy, reasonably priced pizza joint has been a Kew Gardens staple since 1959, and in addition to pizza, they also serve yummy salads, soups, pasta, entrees, heroes and more. Roll through 81-28 Lefferts Blvd to enjoy the Italian goodness. (Credit: Diana Colapietro)

Hangar 11 Bar & Grill

Better wear your wings - this bar and
Better wear your wings - this bar and restaurant comes complete with a fun airplane theme. Hangar 11 Bar & Grill offers well-priced drinks, burgers (pictured is the Austin, with onion rings and barbecue sauce), sandwiches, salads and more - and trust us, it's much better than airplane food. Come in for a landing at Hangar 11 by visiting 119-11 Metropolitan Ave. (Credit: Christa Lopez)

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Thyme Natural Market & Cafe

"Isn't it Thyme you went organic?" reads Thyme Natural Market & Cafe's website. Thyme offers organic groceries, a health and beauty section, an organic juice and smoothie bar and more. Stop by 81-22 Lefferts Blvd to get your health fix, whether you're just picking up milk and eggs or going on a lunch date. (Pictured: marinated tofu with soy sauce, garlic, canola oil and sriracha.) (Credit: Christa Lopez)

Tikka Indian Grill

No neighborhood is complete without a savory Indian
No neighborhood is complete without a savory Indian restaurant, and Kew Gardens is no exception. Tikka Indian Grill, at 119-30 Metropolitan Ave. on the cusp of Kew Gardens and Richmond Hill, offers a lovely dine-in (or dine-outside during nice weather) experience. They're also the perfect choice for takeout. Nom nom nom. (Pictured: chicken tikka masala with chicken and the "chef's own sauce.") (Credit: Christa Lopez)

Pink Lily Bakeshop

When a bakery is called a
When a bakery is called a "bakeshop," you know something fancy is going on. Pink Lily Bakeshop, at 81-50 Lefferts Blvd, offers both custom-made and ready-to-eat cakes and cookies, as well as seasonal offerings like fresh lemonade, pies, cupcakes and more. (Credit: Pink Lily Bakeshop via Instagram)

Austin’s Ale House

The most important thing to know about Austin's
The most important thing to know about Austin's Ale House? They have theme nights! To name a few, there's Taco $2uesday & Lobster Night, Wednesday Night Whiskey, Wine & Wings, and specialty nights like Paint Night and 80s-themed parties. The ale house, located at 82-70 Austin St, also features 20 beers on tap and over 40 bottled beers, so beer-lovers are sure to have a great time. (Pictured: the French onion soup) (Credit: Austin's Ale House via Instagram)

Pamplemousse Cafe

Even though pamplemousse is French for grapefruit, the
Even though pamplemousse is French for grapefruit, the Pamplemousse Cafe serves so much more than that. Stop by for breakfast, lunch, smoothies, baked goods and beyond at this friendly and homey neighborhood cafe, located at 125-18 Queens Blvd. (Credit: Pamplemousse Cafe)

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