DNAinfo has a great roundup of the brewery boom that has arrived in Queens. Queens Brewery — slated in open in September — is the seventh brewery for the borough. Others include SingleCut Beersmiths in Astoria, Bridge and Tunnel Brewery which has plans to open in Ridgewood, Rockaway Brewing Company in LIC, Transmitter Brewing in LIC, Big Alice Brewing also in LIC, and finally Finback Brewery in Glendale.
The boom is caused by the overall rise in popularity of craft breweries, combined with the affordable space that is more available in Queens than Brooklyn or Manhattan. And last year marked the first ever Queens Beer Week, which took participants on a brewery crawl throughout Long Island City.
A monthly Indonesian food market — known as the City Blessing Church Indonesian Food Bazaar — has kicked off in Woodside. Chopsticks + Marrow attended the first event, which took place on a Saturday last month. Many of the vendors previously participated in an outdoor bazaar held at Astoria’s Masjid Al-Hikmah, but the mosque was not able to hold the event regularly last summer. According to C+M, “The organizer, Fefe Anggono, owned and managed a restaurant in Long Island for seven years and started this event as a way to not only bring attention to the church and its rental space, but also to provide a consistent outlet for vendors left out in the cold by the mosque’s inconsistent event-holding policies.” There were 10 vendors serving at the inaugural event, and the organizer hopes to bring in more.
C+M offers great reviews of the many dishes available. Pictured above, nasi pecel empal, a Javanese rice dish with steamed vegetables and spicy peanut sauce. The next market will be held at the church on Saturday, March 28th from 12 pm to 5 pm. To keep up with upcoming markets, follow the Facebook page.
Queens Brewery, who announced their first-ever brick and mortar location last week, have something pretty special in the works for Ridgewood. The location of the brewery is 15-39 Covert Street, between Wyckoff and Irving avenues and just a block away from the Halsey Street L train. Nelson Rockefeller, the founder of Queens Brewery, searched for a space for about three years with two things in mind. He wanted the brewery to be located in Queens, and he also wanted it close to the L train. As for settling on this particular warehouse, “It was the right place at the right time,” Jason Grad, a rep for the brewery, told us. “This area of Ridgewood was primed for moving in.”
Construction will kick off in the next couple of months, with an anticipated opening in September. On the first floor of the warehouse they are building out a beer hall; the second floor is where the brewing will take place. The warehouse also comes with a large outdoor space, and there are plans to eventually open that area as a beer garden. Next month, Queens Brewery plans to launch a Kickstarter to help funding for the new equipment and construction costs.
That’s not the only exciting news Queens Brewery has to share. The beer will be served at Citi Field this summer, and there are also plans in the works to widely release the beer in cans. (If you own a bar and are interested in stocking the cans, get in touch with email@example.com.) Check out a photo of the future cans after the jump.
Popular Tibetan restaurant GangJong Kitchen, located on Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights, has opened a second location in Sunnyside. The restaurant’s new spot, called Punda, is now serving Tibetan food at 39-35 47th Avenue between 39th Place and 40th Street. Jackson Heights Life commenter Jeffsayyes offers more details:
SO, this is a big deal because the chef there is finally getting the kitchen he deserves. He has been an executive chef all around the world, probably the most respected in the community here, but at Gangjong he only had a very small space to work with. The new place has a very large kitchen and everything is new. The space is large and they have a backyard – which I definitely want to use for movies or other events. I went there last night for a preview, and he does everything so clean, also had the best version of phingsha i’ve ever had (mushrooms, rice noodles, potatoes soup/stew).
This is actually the third Tibetan restaurant for the neighborhood… Tibetan Dumpling Cafe opened this past August. Maybe Sunnyside is shaping up to be the next Little Tibet? GMAP
Astoria pizza lovers, time to get excited. Popular NYC pizza joint Artichoke Basille is officially opening tomorrow at 22-56 31st Street, between 23rd and Ditmars avenues. We Heart Astoria reported that a soft opening was held yesterday before the big day.
Artichoke, which is known for its humongous, gooey and delicious artichoke slice, will be open seven days a week from 11 am to 2 am.
This week, Neir’s, the venerable tavern in Woodhaven, threw down the gauntlet as the Queens Historical Society anointed it NYC’s oldest continuously operated drinking establishment, challenging the self-proclaimed champion, McSorley’s on East 7th Street in the East Village, which claims 1854 as its opening year. NYC historian Richard McDermott claimed differently in the mid-1990s; according to his research employing old insurance maps, census data and tax-assessment records, indicators pointed to an 1862 opening. McSorley’s certainly gained cachet over the years from Joseph Mitchell’s stories in the New Yorker, collected in his book Up In the Old Hotel. Infamously, McSorley’s stubbornly insisted on settling for half its potential profits by only admitting male customers until a court challenge in 1970.
Both McSorley’s and Neir’s, if nature had not intervened, would lose out to the South Street Seaport’s Bridge Cafe, which under various ownership has been operated as a distillery, grocery and bar since 1794. However, the Bridge Cafe has been shuttered since the area was flooded by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, and it is unknown when it will reopen. Its website says it is “temporarily closed” and it’s hoped that ‘temporary’ is indeed the case.
This leaves us with Neir’s, which, for the time being, at least, is the present champion. At 87-48 78th Street at 88th Avenue (formerly Snedeker, Snediker, or Sneideicker Avenue, depending on what map you consult, and 3rd Avenue, stands one of New York City’s oldest taverns, Neir’s, opened by their account in 1829 as The Pump Room, or Old Blue Pump House, to serve Union Course patrons.
A new cafe has set up shop in Ridgewood — Coffeenesse, at 64-02 68th Avenue. (It’s the old Casey Jones Saloon space.) Here’s some info on the joint from Ridgewood Social: “The goal of Coffeenesse is to offer delicious coffee as well tasty sandwiches. I had a pressed turkey sandwich with brie and it was really, really good. Probably one of the best sandwiches I had in Ridgewood.”
There’s a nice selection of specialty coffee, tea, pastries and food. It looks cozy, too. Hours are from 7 am to 8 pm. GMAP
A teaser site is up for The Queensboro, an American bistro planned for Jackson Heights. It will be located at 80-04 Northern Boulevard between 80th and 81st Streets. Unfortunately we have no details yet on the menu or the vibe of the place. It is safe to assume there will be typical bistro fare, which there is definitely demand for around Jackson Heights. (If you have any more details, leave them in the comment section or shoot us a tip.) It’s supposed to open early this year. Stay tuned for more details… GMAP
On Valentines Day, Armondo’s Italian Restaurant reopened in Jackson Heights. The restaurant is now located at 73-16 Northern Boulevard, the old Trieste Restaurant space. They had to relocate after a five-alarm fire at the Bruson Building displaced the business last spring. A Jackson Heights life commenter offered a positive review of the new digs:
I was seated at a nice, white-clothed table along the wall, giving me a prime view of the well-appointed bar and the patrons coming in and out. My shrimp oreganata appetizer was succulent and flavorful; the veal parmesan that followed was incredible. The cheese and sauce actually had to compete for attention with the meat – so well-prepared. Two nice glasses of Montepulciano, with a complimentary third making an appearance to seal the deal. And the canoli dessert was perfect – needless to say, the pristine white tablecloth was no longer pristine nor white by the end of the proceedings.
All in all, it was a great dining experience with the food I grew up with only steps from my home. So happy they’re back. And to sweeten the deal, these fine folks are offering 20% off on Mondays through Thursdays! So go get reacquainted. They’re open and ready to satisfy the neighborhood craving I know I’ve had. Enjoy!
The menu looks similar to the one offered at the old location, and there’s also lunch and Sunday brunch service.
On Sunday, Sunnyside welcomed a new, authentic Chinese dumpling joint to the neighborhood. Dumplings & Things opened at 45-26 46th Street, right near the Sunnyside arch. According to Sunnyside Shines, this is the second location of the business; the first outpost is located in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Says Sunnyside Shines: “Sibling owners Lorraine Li and Sam Li, along with their family, bring many years of experience preparing the dough, dumplings, noodles and sauces that has made their first venture so successful.”
The menu — which you can see in full after the jump — includes five types of Chinese dumplings with pork, chicken and vegetable varieties. There are also noodles, soups, baos and rice platters, including pork belly noodles, sesame noodles with peanut sauce, and braised beef baos. You can see photos of the food and interior space after the jump.
Dumplings & Things is open Sunday through Thursday, 11:30 am to 10 pm and Friday and Saturday, 11:30 am to 11 pm. Any Sunnyside residents stop by over the long weekend? GMAP