Outdoor, nighttime marketplaces are very popular throughout the Asian world, so it only makes sense that one is about to open in Flushing Meadows Corona Park this Saturday. The Queens International Night Market will launch in the New York Hall of Science’s parking lot (above) at 6 pm with special music and dance performances. Vendors will sell a diverse array of culturally authentic street food (arepas, crepes, dumplings), art, and merchandise. This is the grand opening, but the founder, John Wang, plans to operate the bazaar on Saturdays throughout the spring and summer.

Photo: Queens International Night Market


Taiwan’s biggest bubble tea maker has chosen Flushing as an entry point into the Western market. This morning, La Kaffa Group signed a contract with F & T Group to open a flagship store at One Fulton Square, a mixed-used development at the intersection of Roosevelt Avenue and Prince Street that is currently under construction. Specializing in tea, coffee, desserts, and entrees, La Kaffa currently has more than 450 locations with distinct popularity in Asia and the Middle East. Meanwhile, One Fulton Square, which will have a floor area of approximately 330,000 square feet, will include retail space, 22 office units and 43 residential units. A rendition of the planned venue is below.


Top photo: It’s in Queens; bottom photo: One Fulton Square

06/07/13 2:00pm


Queens, and Astoria in particular, is famed for its restaurant culture.Ethnic fare is what most people speak about, whether Indian in Jackson Heights, or Latino in Roosevelt Corona, or Italian in Maspeth. Usually, when Astoria is mentioned, people immediately think Greek- but the demographics have changed here and you’re more likely to find Croatian, Brazilian, or American Casual Dining these days than anything truly Hellenic.

Comfort food with a gourmet twist, The Queens Kickshaw needs little introduction to gourmands… (more…)

06/05/13 1:00pm


There are native New Yorkers and then there are those who think Domino’s or Papa John’s are OK choices for Pizza. The former subscribe to a qualitative list for rating this staple of the NYC diet, waxing rhapsodic about crust, sauce, and cheese. Recommendations are passed from person to person in hushed whispers, and enthusiasts will travel to far flung locales in search of a perfect slice. Luckily, you don’t have to venture far from the N line in Astoria to find it. Sac’s Place, found on Broadway and 29th street in Astoria (25-41 Broadway, to be specific) offers a slice that borders on the sublime. Now for some history and photos of pies…

06/05/13 11:20am

Astoria Farmers' Market

Long Island City: On June 3, Big!Compost began collecting compost at the Vernon-Jackson 7 train stop. Compost can be dropped off on the northwest corner of 50th Ave and Vernon Blvd Monday mornings from 8 to 11 am.

Astoria: The Sandwich Bar at 33-01 Ditmars Boulevard opened serving, not surprising, specialty sandwiches with slow-roasted meats. The well-named bar and restaurant will also have a full bar and serve salads and burgers. The restaurant is currently open for lunch and dinner and plans to offer brunch soon. Meanwhile, Salon de Coffee opened at  37-14 34th Avenue and serves fair-trade coffee and pastries all day.

Greenmarkets: Farmer’s Market season has returned and many area markets are opening including the Astoria market at Socrates Sculpture Park (above, seen last year) and the Sunnyside market on Skillman Avenue between 42nd and 43rd Streets, both of which opened June 1.


Fortunately, none of these are new closures but Eater did post a round-up of the restaurants that remain closed after Hurricane Sandy.


Did something new open on your block and we miss it? Share your newest neighborhood haunts in the comments or email us at queens@brownstoner.com.

04/29/13 11:00am


Image Source: Ozlem’s Turkish Table

It’s time for our weekly Queens food blog roundup, where we show you what the local food press has in store. For this meal, we’ve selected an Turkish cuisine, half-shell treats, homestyle meatballs, and cookies. Please have a seat and your server will be right with you.


04/26/13 12:00pm

It’s time to plan for brunch again. Although the food choice is important, sometimes the drinks need to take center stage. The Mimosa is a classic. The Bellini is refreshing. The Bloody Mary is an excellent pick-me-up after a long night. This weekend, try picking your location based on a new cocktail like one of the ones from a couple of Astoria’s most popular brunch locales.

Sweet Afton

It’s happy hour during Sweet Afton’s brunch, so it’s the perfect time to try out one of their refreshing cocktails. Their list of brunch cocktails includes the Witte Screwdriver, which starts with Ommegang Witte and adds Citron Vodka, OJ, lemon, and ginger syrup.

Queens Kickshaw

Queens Kickshaw, Astoria’s go-to place for grilled cheese, also offers a delicious brunch, with a variety of slight variations on traditional brunch cocktails. The restaurant prides itself on its beer, mead, and cider list, so try its Mimosa substitute: Agua de Astoria, a sparkling cider with fresh squeezed OJ.


What is your favorite brunch cocktail? Do you prefer a classic drink or do you prefer one with a modern twist?

04/22/13 11:00am

Strawberry salad. Source: Lauren's Latest

Image Source: Lauren’s Latest

It’s time for our weekly Queens food blog roundup, where we show you what the local food press has in store. For this meal, we have selected a pair of international dishes, a home-grown favorite, and a simple, unique dessert. Please have a seat and your server will be right with you.


04/05/13 3:00pm

“What’s a-matter with you?” Robert De Niro asks a money-flashing wiseguy in the famous Goodfellas scene shot at Neir’s Tavern in Woodhaven. “Are you stupid or what?”

Cadwallader R. Coldon certainly wasn’t.

He is the improbably named, politically connected racetrack manager who founded Neir’s Tavern in 1829. Neir’s has been in business almost without interruption ever since, making it arguably the oldest bar in Queens and one of the oldest in all of New York.

Neirs Tavern
Photo Courtesy of Queens Ledger

De Niro’s character Jimmy Conway didn’t want fancy visitors, and neither do Neir’s regulars. The narrow, low-ceilinged bar is a no-frills trip down memory lane. It has cheap drinks ($3 Budweiser; $4 Jameson’s) and live music from local acts a few nights per week. Well-worn armchairs make do for décor; a 2009 renovation restored the original mahogany bar and some fixtures.