23. Visit Bukharian Broadway
Along with the aforementioned Gottschees, the Bukharian Jews also immigrated to NYC last century. 108th St, nicknamed “Bukharian Broadway,” is a thriving commercial strip lined with shops, bakeries, and restaurants that cater to the kosher dietary needs of the local population; with that in mind, the place is a ghost town from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday in honor of the Jewish sabbath. In particular, stop by Carmel Grocery for dry goods and Salute Kosher Restaurant for a delicious Central Asian meal.
24. Eat kanafeh at Al-Sham Sweets in Little Egypt
Bright-orange kanafeh -- a mild white cheese sandwiched between two layers of thin pastry and soaked in sugar syrup -- at Al-Sham Sweets on Steinway St is one of the best you’ll find anywhere. Located in the heart of Little Egypt, one of Astoria’s important immigrant communities, this Middle Eastern bakery also offers a variety of baklava and other MidEast cookies like ma’amoul (filled with dates) and ghorayebah (butter cookies). During Ramadan, the area is particularly lively at night, and at the same bakery you can get katayef, a typical post-fasting sweet that fills little pancakes with nuts or cheese, is deep-fried, and gets sweetened with sugar syrup. (Bonus item: while you’re there, head to nearby Little Morocco for an incredible merguez sandwich, then walk along the street and smell the sweet hookah smoke wafting out the door.)