04/22/14 2:00pm

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Twist and Smash’d Sports — an offshoot of the Twist and Smash’d burger joint located in Forest Hills — has an official opening date. The new sports bar will open on May 1st at 34-02 Steinway Street in Astoria. Here are a few details on the expansion from a press release: “Twist and Smash’d Sports will elevate the concept of the “sports bar” by incorporating their unique fast casual dining experience with innovative technology, green space practices and fun for people of all ages. Sports enthusiasts will be able to take part in their nightly events, Bocce Ball tournaments, and casual socializing.”

It’ll be open from 11 am to 4 am serving lunch, dinner, 50 beers on tap and a variety of wine and liquor. It’s worth noting that this outpost is going to be huge, with 5,000 square feet total, two Bocce Ball courts and 54 flat screen TVs. Great news for Astoria sports lovers, eh? UPDATE: Check out a few sneak preview pics after the jump.

Twist and Smash’d Burger Joint will Expand to Astoria This Spring [Q'Stoner] GMAP

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04/22/14 12:30pm

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Welcome to the Q’Stoner food feature, Signature Dish! Once a week we check in with Queens restaurants and ask the owners about the all-time favorite dishes they serve. If you know of a dish you’d like to see featured here, please email emily@brownstoner.com.

The Spot: Hibino LIC, 10-70 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City.

The Deal: This year the successful Cobble Hill restaurant Hibino opened its second location in Long Island City. The Japanese restaurant specializes in a rotating menu of daily specials as well as sushi.

After seven years in Brooklyn, Hibano searched for a new location, eventually settling on the 26-seat spot near the Vernon stop on the 7. Because the Queens location is still so new, the liquor license is still in the works, but the owners expect sake to be served by no later than the end of May.

The Dish: With a rotating menu of rotating daily specials, Obanzi, choosing a representative dish at Hibino LIC can be difficult. There is one consistent menu item though: the homemade tofu, served in a custom yogurt jar printed in Japan.

“Our fresh made tofu, served either cold or warm, is a really simple dish that demonstrates the delicate texture and subtle fresh soy flavors of the tofu,” says Hinata, the restaurant’s manager, who has worked at both locations.

This isn’t store-bought tofu — it’s enough to make a believer out of the most enthusiastic carnivore.

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Transmitter Brewing is now open on weekends, selling bottles out of 53-02 11th Street in Long Island City. The business hours are from noon to 4pm. The Village Voice ran a profile on the brand new brewery, run by homebrew buddies Anthony Accardi and Rob Kolb. The two are making beer with multiple strains of Brettanomyces, which, according to the Voice, is “the yeast that gives many sour beers, saisons, and other ales their funkiness.” Transmitter plans to begin kegging soon, as well as start up a community-supported beer (CSB) plan. Keep up with the progress on the Transmitter Facebook page.

Transmitter Brewing debuted its beers last Friday in honor of Queens Beer Week (happening now!). They served up four different brews at Crescent and Vine, in Astoria: a Farmhouse Ale, Mahogany Saison, Saison Noir and Belgian Quad.

Photo via Facebook

04/17/14 2:00pm

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Saigon Cafe is now serving up Vietnamese food at 25-90 41st Street, off 28th Avenue. We Heart Astoria shares the news, saying that there are iPads at the restaurant to surf the web. As for the food, the menu includes sandwiches, soup, pho, meat and rice plates, Vietnamese coffee, bubble tea, and salty plum soda. So far, the Yelp reviews for the food are quite good.

Vietnamese Food Alert! Saigon Cafe Opens in Astoria [We Heart Astoria] GMAP

04/16/14 4:00pm

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It’s almost here. Queens Beer Week begins this Friday, April 19th and lasts for nine days until Sunday, April 27th. The week offers more than 40 awesome beer events at venues and bars around the borough. Check out the full schedule at the website. This Friday, expect brews from Transmitter Brewing at Crescent and Vine in Astoria, as well as whiskey and beer pairings at Alobar. There will also be a “Taste of Queens” kickoff party at Singlecut Beersmiths from 7 to 11 pm. So, can the week be over yet?

04/16/14 11:30am

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Thanks to the Jackson Heights Journal Twitter for pointing out the above picture inside the Arepa Lady’s new 300-square-foot restaurant under construction in Jackson Heights. The location in question is 77-02AA Roosevelt Avenue, between 77th and 78th Streets.

According to the Arepa Lady herself — also known as Maria Cano — the hope is to open the spot by the end of this month! She will serve an expanded menu of her food truck offerings, with new meat and vegetable toppings for the arepas. The food truck will be out on the corner of Roosevelt Avenue and 79th Street this Friday.

Arepa Lady Will Open Brick and Mortar Restaurant in Jackson Heights [Q'Stoner]

04/15/14 12:30pm

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Welcome to the Q’Stoner food feature, Signature Dish! Once a week we check in with Queens restaurants and ask the owners about the all-time favorite dishes they serve. If you know of a dish you’d like to see featured here, please email emily@brownstoner.com.

The Spot: Dutch Kills Centraal, 38-40 29th Street, Long Island City.

The Deal: Dutch Kills Centraal is still a relative newcomer to the poorly underserved area north of Queens Plaza, having just opened last year after two years of planning and construction.

The owner, Dominic Stiller, found the space abandoned two blocks from his home and, as a longtime community activist and Queens resident, wanted to create a place for the neighborhood to gather. So began the renovations: He added additional windows, repaired the walls, and installed reclaimed furniture, including a long communal table down the center of the room. Throughout it all, Stiller kept the original flooring and, of course, the bar that originally drew him in.

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The Dish: Dutch Kills Centraal is a bar, and like any quality bar, the star on the menu is the burger. As Ken Holiday, in charge of marketing for the restaurant, says, “Every gastro-pub should have a burger on the menu. Our food is defiantly more upscale than a bar, but we want a place comfortable to everyone.” Centraal sources its meats and produce from local purveyors, and serves the burger on a butter-glazed brioche bun, topped with a homemade siracha sauce.

“To have a familiar item, in a cozy place, in an area called Dutch Kills makes it taste all the better,” says Holiday. “Elevated comfort, charm, a hospitality is what we aim for.”

04/11/14 4:00pm

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It took more than three years of extremely hard work to renovate the venue and get the proper city permits, but Pa-Nash Restaurant & Lounge officially opened on April 11 with a joyous atmosphere and free samples of spicy Moroccan meatballs, babaghanoush and the house specialty beverage. Located in Rosedale, between Idelwild Park and the Valley Stream border, this new eatery offers a “Euro Soul” menu that fuses Mediterranean and North African cuisine with Caribbean and Soul Food influences. The menu features everything from herb-crusted lump crab cakes with chive garlic aioli and toasted coconut to almond-crusted salmon and pistachio crumbed lamb chops with rosemary syrup and couscous.

In addition to a sit-down area in an upscale-but-relaxed atmosphere, Pa-Nash also has a 25-foot long bar with two flat-screen televisions, an exhibition space for local artists (below) and a downstairs lounge for live entertainment, including belly-dancing and comedy. Located at 144-14 243rd Street, Pa-Nash is very much a labor of love for the owners, Jamaica natives Annette and Noel Runcie, who have operated a Golden Krust branch in Queens Village for more than a decade.

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Photos: It’s In Queens

04/10/14 2:00pm

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Earlier today, We Heart Astoria published two very juicy rumors concerning new businesses coming to Astoria. First off, it looks like the bar Sweet Afton (pictured above) plans to open a new gastropub at the old Stamatis Restaurant space, 29-12 23rd Avenue between 29th and 31st streets. The ETA is for this September. Secondly, there’s word that the team behind both Sparrow Tavern (on 29th Street) and Mar’s (on 34th Avenue) signed a lease at 27-20 23rd Avenue, off 28th Street. There’s no news of the concept or the opening date, but We Heart Astoria reports that whatever it is, it’ll be something different that Sparrow Tavern.

Astoria Gossip- Big Changes Coming to 23rd Avenue [We Heart Astoria] GMAP

Photo via Facebook

04/09/14 3:00pm

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Bourbon Street, the Cajun-style eatery located at 40-12 Bell Boulevard in Bayside, hopes to build out a rooftop bar for the summertime. The Daily News reports that “patrons would dine and drink al fresco in the 2,500-square-foot outdoor seating space, lit with Louisiana lantern-style street lights… there would also be an open-face barbecue pit and raw seafood bar on the roof.” Sounds lovely! There aren’t any other rooftop bars like it in the neighborhood. The owner of Bourbon Street hopes to open the space by the restaurant’s 15th anniversary, which is this summer. They still do not have approval from the New York State Liquor Authority or the Department of Buildings.

First Rooftop Bar Planned for Bustling Bayside Boulevard [NY Daily News] GMAP

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