11/21/14 2:00pm

athens-cafe-astoria-closedThe owners of Bareburger, the successful mini-chain that started in Astoria, have special plans in the works for the old Athens Cafe space at 32-07 30th Avenue. Athens Cafe closed earlier this month, with lots of rumors surrounding what would replace it. But this week, We Heart Astoria, Astoria Post and DNAinfo have all shared the exciting news that the Bareburger is planning an “exciting new concept” here. Here’s what they told WAH: “The Athens cafe location has been an iconic part of the Astoria community for years. Bareburger group saw an opportunity to inject some new life and an exciting new concept into a space abound with possibilities.”

There are no specific details yet, as they are very early in the planning process. All we know is that this will be a totally new venture for the Bareburger folks in Astoria. GMAP

Photo by Astoria Post


Just last week, the owners of Bia67, on South 6th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, signed a deal for an expansion to Long Island City. Bia67 is taking over the commercial space at 23-10 Jackson Avenue, the old Quiznos located between Pearson and Davis Streets. (The Quiznos closed earlier this year.) The owners of Bia67 plan to build out a Vietnamese restaurant and bar this winter. The Brooklyn menu includes dim sum, noodles, banh mi sandwiches, pho and more.

Oren Friedman, of DY Realty Services, brokered the deal and has this to say about the restaurant’s arrival: “It will add some depth to the cuisine of the neighborhood and should make a nice lunch and after work spot for drinks.” Seems like a better addition to the neighborhood than Quiznos, that’s for sure. GMAP

Photo via Bia67

11/17/14 4:00pm


This Thursday, November 20th, Woodside on the Move is hosting its third annual “Taste of Woodside.” The event will feature food samples from as many as 20 restaurants hailing from Woodside and Western Queens. Food will include American, Spanish, Turkish, Thai and Mediterranean cuisine; participating restaurants include F. Ottomanelli Burgers, La Adelita Restaurant and Takesushi.

The event lasts from 6 to 9 pm at the St. Sebastian School Auditorium. Tickets cost $25.


Armondo’s Italian Restaurant, of Jackson Heights, is planning to reopen after a five-alarm fire at the Bruson Building displaced the business this spring. DNAinfo writes that Armondo’s purchased Trieste, a longtime Italian restaurant located at 73-16 Northern Boulevard. The Armondo’s website shares more details: “We will be taking over the restaurant on January 1 2015. It will be undergoing a quick renovation and will be open for business on February 1, 2015. This is the plan.”

The owner of Trieste is selling the business due to health reasons. He has run it for 36 years.

Armondo’s Planning to Take Over Neighborhood Fixture Trieste [DNAinfo] GMAP

Photo via Twitter


Long Island City is getting its first Bareburger (the mini chain is based in Astoria) in just a few months. We Heart LIC posted an update on the under-construction space, located at 48-19 Vernon Boulevard. Turns out this location will get an updated menu, one that is now being used at the 31st Street Astoria Bareburger. It’s more vegetarian friendly, with a selection of four veggie burgers and six different salads.

Cranky’s/1682 French Louisiana previously occupied the space, and felt a hit to business after a nearby Dunkin Donuts opened. As We Heart LIC says, ” I don’t think Bareburger has anything to worry about when it comes to that.”

Update on LIC’s Bareburger [We Heart LIC] GMAP

Photo via Bareburger

11/11/14 4:00pm


New York Times restaurant review critic Pete Wells spotlighted Dumpling Galaxy this week, awarding it one star. The Flushing eatery is the work of Helen You, who ran the cozy Tianjin Dumpling House for the past eight years. At Dumpling Galaxy, she offers 100 varieties of dumplings, ranging from cilantro with minced lamb, shrimp, scallops and crab meat to pumpkin and black sesame (for dessert). Wells praises many — but not all — of the dumpling varieties, as well as the Northern China, Hunan and Fujian entrees. Here’s a great quote from the review:

I’ve eaten entire meals that delivered less flavor than a single one of Ms. You’s dumplings stuffed with terrific little meatballs of duck and shiitakes. And if those hadn’t cheered me up, the fried dumplings would. Ms. You pours watery cornstarch into the pan, which bubbles and browns into a shatteringly thin, dumpling-studded pancake. Cracking that crust, I felt like the happiest guy in the galaxy.

Restaurant Review: Dumpling Galaxy in Queens [NY Times]

Photo by tejune k. via Yelp

11/07/14 2:00pm


This Friday night, beer and cocktail bar Sekend Sun is opening at 32-11 Broadway, between 32nd and 33rd Streets. We Heart Astoria reports that the owners come from Ba’sik bar in Brooklyn. Here, they’ll offer seasonal cocktails with fresh ingredients as well as beer and cider, with selections from Singlecut Brewery. The food menu includes snacks like hand-cut tater tots, buffalo-fried oysters, and main courses of pumpkin gnocchi and shrimp and grits.

From the photo, the interior design looks great — the owners promise whitewashed walls, exposed brick and lots of wood and metal. The bar’s up front with a dining room in back, and a back garden will open when the weather warms up. We Heart Astoria helpfully explains where the name comes from, saying it “references giving birth to their second bar (and both gentlemen happen to be the second sons in their respective families).”

Sekend Sun Bar Opens Friday [We Heart Astoria] GMAP

Photo by Sekend Sun via We Heart Astoria


Mundo, the popular Astoria restaurant relocating to the Paper Factory Hotel in LIC, announced its grand opening for Friday, November 14th. The black tie event will feature passed hors d’oeuvres, drinks and live entertainment. The event is free, but you must RSVP here by November 10th. Then the weekend follows with a special pre fixe dinner on Saturday and tapas and cocktails in Mundo’s lounge on Sunday.

The space inside the Paper Factory Hotel looks great and the opening (which was initially scheduled for this summer) has been highly anticipated. Here’s a word on the food, from Mundo’s Facebook: “Mundo’s menu highlights the best of earthy Mediterranean and unique global flavors with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients from local vendors and farms, and homemade dishes.”

Photo via Facebook

10/29/14 2:00pm


Coming soon to the border of Ridgewood and Bushwick, at 205 Cypress Avenue: a cafe, bar and vintage store called The Keep. Bushwick Daily writes that it’ll officially open at 8 pm on Halloween. Here’s what the owners have planned: “Café and vintage shop by day offering rustic roman small plates for brunch and dinner; with wi-fi, reading nooks and crannies, backgammon, music, funky mannequins and more.” There will also be a bar open in the evenings serving beer, wine and cocktails, as well as entertainment as varied as DJs, magic shows, tarot/psychic readings, vaudeville, burlesque and dinner parties. Sounds like a pretty unique addition to the nabe, obviously catering toward the hipster set. The Keep’s hours will be from 8 am to 4 am.

House of Curiosities Style Café/Bar, The Keep Is Opening at Bushwick/Ridgewood Border [Bushwick Daily] GMAP

Photo via The Keep


Very popular East Elmhurst bakery Cannelle Patisserie is now serving in Long Island City. Chopsticks + Marrow writes that the LIC outpost opened late last week at 5-11 47th Avenue, between 5th Street and Vernon Boulevard — the bakery owners actually live right across the street. They tell Chopsticks + Marrow that the items for sale will be a little more seasonal than the selection in East Elmhurst. (Hello, pumpkin pie!) Of course, you can still expect croissants, the praline cream-filled Paris-Brest, cakes, tarts, quiches, sandwiches and an excellent coffee selection.

The bakery announced its plans of expansion back in February.

Cannelle Patisserie Now Open in Long Island City [Chopsticks + Marrow]
East Elmhurst’s Cannelle Patisserie is Expanding to Long Island City [Q'Stoner] GMAP

Photo by Chopsticks + Marrow