06/17/14 1:00pm


It’s going to knock your block off. This Saturday, the Queens Council on the Arts will open the gates of the newly designated Kaufman Arts District for a block party with art, dance, food, live music, workshops and other creative activities. Let’s begin with the food. George Rallis from William Hallet will roast a suckling pig and have a spit going with pork butt. Kim Chi Smoke representatives will offer low-and-slow Korean BBQ food, and Mike Anzalone from Singlecut Beersmiths will serve locally brewed suds. Other participants include SnowdoniaManducatis RusticaBareBurgerMamu ThaiUNO PizzeriaOvelia, and Rockaway Brewery. Entertainment will feature local wordsmith Audrey Dimola, who will recite her own prose and host a special presentation of writers and poets. There will also be plenty to look at as the Queens World Film Festival will screen the award-winning short Recursion and Sal Milazzo from The Sparrow Film Project will present one of his own films. 

Details: Queens Council on the Arts Block Party, Kaufman Astoria Studios lot (35th Avenue and 36th Street), Astoria, June 21st, 4 pm to 10 pm, $35 for a ticket, which includes soda or bottled water, signature festival cup, all-day access to artist activities, eateries and breweries, admission to the film screenings, caricatures by art students and raffle prizes.

Bonus detail: The event raises funds for Queens Council’s High School to Art School program, which guides students through the art college application process and helps them with their portfolios.


Photos: Queens Council on the Arts

02/11/14 12:30pm


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: Bareburger, 17 locations throughout the tri-state region, the first opened at 33-21 31st Avenue, Astoria.

The Deal: Most New York residents are familiar with Bareburger’s menu of organic burgers. The restaurant in Astoria that started it all has slowly been expanding its offerings. The five-year-old restaurant recently remodeled and added a full-service bar that stays true to the organic and sustainable ethos of the chain. For example, brunch will have organic Mimosas and all-natural Bloody Marys. The new cocktail menu will feature the best burger to pair with the drink. The cocktail menu is currently available at seven Bareburger locations (including Forest Hills and Astoria) and will soon expand to them all.

A new partnership with Coolhaus ice cream sandwiches will expand Bareburger’s dessert offerings, and new lighter salads will be featured alongside the restaurant’s traditional burgers, sides, and shakes.


The Dish: With so many meat options in the burgers, the folks at Bareburger recommend the sliders meal. Each order of sliders comes with three 2-ounce patties.

“It showcases the choices we offer for every palate.,” says Euripides Pelekanos, the CEO and founder of Bareburger. “You can order elk, bison, quinoa veggie burger, lamb, wild boar, beef or turkey. It comes with our dill pickle chips and our BBQ special sauce.”

Any of the burgers on the menu can be made with any of the available free-range, organic meats, but by choosing the sliders, guests are able to sample the non-traditional flavors. Perhaps on the next visit, the elk burger will become a top contender.

08/15/12 1:30pm

The countdown for Labor Day is on and we’ve got three weeks to wear white pants and flip flops and cut out of the office early on Friday afternoons. While New Yorkers everywhere mourn the disappearance of Water Taxi Beach at Hunter’s Point, we’ve still got the Rockaways for sand and surf. Anywhere around the borough you happen to be, you can find plenty of casual summer fare, perfect for hot days and nights, to keep that feeling of summer going right up to the end.

Image source: karlnorling on Flickr

There’s been a lot of happy buzz about Motorboat & the Big Banana, located at the Rockaway Beach Club at the Boardwalk. A venture of Brooklyn’s Vinegar Hill House’s Jean Adamson and Lindsay Robinson, who came from Diner (also in Brooklyn), it’s a low-brow fry shack that serves up very high quality grub (and check out this video of their food).   (more…)