06/07/13 2:00pm

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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

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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…
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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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12/19/12 9:00am

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There’s excitement in beginnings, especially if they happen around Christmas. The Queens Young Professionals broke onto the scene with an inaugural networking event at Austin’s Steak and Ale House in Kew Gardens in the fall. Tonight, December 19, QYP holds its first ever holiday party at Bud’s Ale House in Astoria/Long Island City. All are invited to this supreme networking event, which will feature an unlimited buffet, specially priced drinks and raffles items such as tickets to the Laughing Devil Comedy Club. Spearheaded by the Queens Chamber of Commerce, the group, which is free to join, provides resources and support to members as they invigorate the borough’s business and civic life for years to come.

Queens Young Professionals Holiday Party
Bud’s Ale House
34-02 Steinway Street, Astoria
Wednesday, December 19
6pm – 9pm | $10
12/15/12 9:00am

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Consider it the All Star Game for Queens food entrepreneurs. Today, December 15, Quaint Restaurant will host a Pop-Up Artisan Market featuring products made by local businesses. Expect Guyanese-influenced Chicken Curry with Roti and Spiced Banana Cake, thanks to Veda’s Catering. The Chocolate Swirl will offer edible Christmas baskets with Cake Pops, Truffles, Mini Cupcakes and Boxed Chocolates. Another local favorite, Mel’s Melting Pot, will have traditional Quebecois chutneys, such a Sweet Fruit Ketchup and its spicy cousin. Tamarind balls, Caribbean spicy cheese, gourmet ice cream and chipotle salsa will also be among the many items on sale.

Pop-Up Artisan Market
Quaint Restaurant
46-10 Skillman Avenue, Sunnyside
Saturday, December 15
noon – 4pm | Free to enter