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

10/24/14 11:00am


If you ride the Long Island Rail Road Port Washington line as I have every day for the past couple of decades, no doubt you have noticed the four-story brick factory on the south side of the tracks the train roars past on 94th Street, about midway between the Woodside and Shea Stadium (now Mets Willets Point) stations. Well, I did, anyway, because I had noted the long-unused train siding, one of the last remaining vestiges of a time when the LIRR was used to move freight. I’m happy to report that the old factory has, instead of being razed for more “Fedders specials,” has been reinvented for the 21st Century as a building housing three high schools.



10/20/14 2:00pm


Forest Hills, you’re officially on the NYC hipster map! Edge of the City reports that the neighborhood’s got its first indie, organic coffee shop. It’s called Red Pipe Cafe and it’s located at 71-60 Austin Street, the former Stoa Jewelry store. The space is open from 7 am to 10 pm and serves coffee, tea, sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts — everything is organic. There’s a decent amount of seating, and Edge of the City says the baristas make a mean cappuccino. Seems like a no brainer that a spot like this will do well along Austin Street.

Forest Hills Gets an Indie Coffee Shop [Edge of the City] GMAP

Photo via Red Pipe Cafe

10/15/14 2:00pm


Kennedy’s Restaurant, shuttered nearly two years due to Hurricane Sandy, is planning to reopen later this month in Breezy Point. (The original hope was to reopen this summer.) Rockawayist noticed that the building scaffolding just came down, “revealing a beautiful new clapboard façade that blends in effortlessly on the shore.” The owners also added a new glassy space to accommodate 50 more seats.

The historic restaurant, located right on the waterfront with views of Manhattan, opened in 1910 and was originally a casino.

Elbow Bend: Kennedy’s Set to Reopen [Rockawayist]
Checking in at Kennedy’s Restaurant, Still Rebuilding After Hurricane Sandy [Q'Stoner]

10/08/14 2:00pm


Don Korean Cuisine has set up shop in Astoria, at 42-06 30th Avenue off 42nd Street. We Heart Astoria spotted signage up but couldn’t find any sign of the business on the internet. No word of the opening date, but WAH expects it to be ready for business soon.

Don Korean Cuisine joins another Korean restaurant under construction in the neighborhood, Mokja. It’s moving into the old 1-800 Flowers space at 35-19 Broadway.

Don Korean Cuisine Opening On 30th Avenue [We Heart Astoria] GMAP

Photo by Andrea Lynn via We Heart Astoria

10/07/14 12:30pm

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The Spot: William Hallet, 36-10 30th Avenue, Astoria.

The Deal: No one knows better what a neighborhood needs than the people who live there. So when Astorians Gary Anza and George Rallis noticed the lack of late-night American fare deep in Astoria, they started planning, and in July 2011 the restaurant William Hallet opened.

“The great thing about American food is you can take a little from each culture and create new dishes, which is where we wanted to take the menu when we conceived Hallet,” says Rallis.

The bar and restaurant focuses on late-night bites, perfect for sharing with a crowd, and over the last three years the crowd has been changing.

“There is a greater concentration of young single people, as opposed to ethnic family-centric households,” Rallis explains. “And although we try to cater to the new Astorians, when we create a new menu we still take cues from the ethnic diversity that is still prevalent in the neighborhood.”

And William Hallet will be there, with a selection of shareable dishes, whiskey, and draft beers.

Read about William Hallet’s Signature Dish after the jump… (more…)

10/03/14 11:00am


The Big Six Towers, Queens Boulevard between 59th and 61st Streets, were developed, like Electchester in Flushing, by a trade union. In 1961 the New York Typographical Union (Local 6) completed the project in 1963 and one-third of its current tenants are active or retired union members. The AFL-CIO invested heavily in the towers in 2008 to help keep its apartments affordable for middle-class families. There are still some retired lithographers and printers among the residents.


While other large residential developments have joined the Big Six Towers on this stretch of Queens Boulevard, the small terra cotta former Childs’ restaurant outlet holds firm on the NW corner of 60th Street. The building hosts a laundromat, bodega, Irish bar and pizza parlor on the ground floor.


10/02/14 9:00am


On Wednesday, the Michelin Guide released its 2015 list for New York City restaurants. The Michelin folks awarded stars to 874 restaurants throughout the city, and four restaurants in Queens were granted one star each — even though everybody knows Queens trumps pretty much any borough when it comes to eating. (One star, according to the Michelin Guide, marks “a very good restaurant in its category, offering cuisine prepared to a consistently high standard.”)

Queens Courier notes the four restaurants now in the ranks: Casa Enrique and M. Wells Steakhouse in Long Island City, Danny Brown Wine Bar and Kitchen (pictured) in Forest Hills and Zabb Elee in Jackson Heights. It’s the first star for Casa Enrique, a Mexican restaurant, M. Wells Steakhouse and Zabb Elee, a Thai spot. Danny Brown, a European-inspired restaurant, received its first Michelin star back in 2011.

Four Queens Restaurants Awarded Michelin Stars [Queens Courier]

Photo via Facebook

10/01/14 2:00pm


You’ve got lots of eating to look forward to this month, with two different restaurant weeks happening in the borough. The first takes place in Sunnyside, from October 20th to the 24th. There are 32 restaurants participating — twice as many as last year — including Venturo, Salt & Fat, Tibetan Dumpling Cafe and Murphy’s Lobster Grill. Check out the full list of participating restaurants at Sunnyside Shines. Each restaurant will serve a three-course dinner menu for $25; other spots will offer a special lunch menu. The arts collaborative No Longer Empty will also bring site-specific art installations to five of the participating restaurants, and three will feature local artists in Sunnyside. The five restaurants participating are Bucharest Restaurant, Los Verdes, PJ Horgan’s, Salt and Fat and Venturo.

Then from October 13th until October 31st, it’s full-on Queens Restaurant Week. More than 100 different restaurants in 30 different neighborhoods will offer special prix fixe meals — most places will set up a three-course dinner for $25 and lunch for $14. Check out the long list of participants at the It’s In Queens! website.