Just for the museums and restaurants alone, a short 15-minute trip from Midtown on the 7, E, or M train to Long Island City or a slightly longer ride on the N, Q, M, or R train to Astoria is truly worth it. In Long Island City, major must-sees are MoMA PS1 and the Noguchi Museum. No trip to Astoria—once nicknamed "Little Athens"—is complete without sampling some of the city's finest Greek and Mediterranean fare and a stop at the Museum of the Moving Image.
Jackson Heights boasts a diverse cornucopia of culture and cuisine and is home to one of the city's busiest Indian shopping districts. It's a wonderful place to spend an afternoon browsing shops and dining in one of the many authentic ethnic restaurants.
Top reasons to trek out to Flushing and Corona include seeing a ball game at the New York Mets’ stadium, Citi Field, spending time at the expansive Flushing Meadows Corona Park,especially if traveling with kids, and devouring a wide array of Asian dim sum in Flushing’s Chinatown.