08/26/13 2:00pm


A new bar named The Baroness is coming to 41-26 Crescent Street, near Queens Plaza in Long Island City. The yellow legal paper taped in the window promises a new locally owned and operated establishment serving “wine, craft beer, flatbreads, cheese, charcuterie, and more.” The new watering hole will be a welcome addition to the blocks north of Queens Plaza, an area that is growing rapidly but currently lacks a neighborhood joint. Tucked in an older building next to two new luxury apartment buildings, the bar seems well-positioned for success. (Packard Square is located next door, and the Crescent Club is across the street.) Queens Plaza South is also seeing a new diner and bar opening soon. Peeking through the windows, work has barely started on the interior, so it could be a while before The Baroness begins pouring drinks for residents and JetBlue employees. Click through for one more photo. GMAP (more…)

05/29/13 11:00am


Long Island City

Sage General Store is installing a bar and will close  until the end of June when it will reopen with a full liquor license and new dinner menu. Owner Leslie Nilsson will also be opening a macaroon bar down the street by the end of August. Sunnyside pub owner, Pat Burke, plans on opening his fourth bar on Vernon Blvd by the end of August. His newest pub, Woodbine’s – named after the cigarettes his grandfather smoked in Ireland – will pour 16 craft beers and serve high-end pub food.


Katch Bar & Grill opened at 3119 Newtown Ave with 50 beers on tap and more than 50 TVs. The beer garden will open soon.


Jack’s Ale House reopened last Saturday at 39-46 Skillman Avenue with festivities that were chased indoors by the storm. The pub, owned by three firefighter brokers, closed two years ago for renovations.


The Nevada Diner opened at 80-26 Queens Boulevard and offer free delivery of its gourmet dinners and baked-on-premises desserts.

The Rockaways

With Memorial Day just over and summer just beginning, Eater did a wrap up of the restaurants open near the now-open Rockaway beach: Rockaway Taco is open and now serving breakfast. Ripper’s on Beach 86 will be open. Caracas Arepas Bar served from a pop-up location at Beach 97th Street and Rockaway freeway and will post updates to their instagram account.


Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments what opened in your neighborhood!

Photo from Mighty Sweet

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?

02/22/13 12:00pm

sweetleaf cafe in long island city queens nyc

The current Sweetleaf location in LIC – the future one will be near Gantry Park

Grub Street via NYT Diners Journal told us this week that Sweetleaf is expanding in two ways – a new location and the addition of cocktails, partnering up with Richard Boccato from Dutch Kills. This will be the second location in LIC (there is also another location in Williamsburg) and will be at 46-15 Center Boulevard (GMAP), one of the East Coast buildings. They’ll serve coffee during the day and liquor (cocktails, spirits, wine, beer) at night.


02/04/13 10:00am


Image source: RMTip21 on Flickr

Yesterday was one of America’s biggest cultural holidays, the Super Bowl. It’s a huge day for many sports fans, and an excuse to gather together and eat and drink lots of rich party food. So did you partake? Did you watch the game? And did you eat lots of tasty treats? We’d love to know more, especially if you had something particularly delicious that was homemade, or went out to a spot that served some seriously good food. Let us know here in the comments or via twitter at @queensnycity!

12/07/12 10:00am


On Wednesday we marked the anniversary of Prohibition ending. The 21st Amendment was ratified, repealing the 18th Amendment. So what is your alcoholic beverage of choice – beer, wine, or liquor? Are you a craft beer fan or are you content with Bud and the like? Are you a white, rosé, or red wine drinker (or even port)? And are you a classic cocktail fan (e.g. Manhattan – though there is a Queens cocktail, too) or do you tend toward the fruity tropical drink? Let us know in the comments or via twitter at @queensnycity!

And don’t forget our article on seasonal cocktails in Astoria and LIC, too!

Image source: Laughing Devil Comedy Club

The Big Thing –The Laughing Devil Comedy Club (GMAP) hosts a night of laughs with the excitement of watching the next Big Thing. Funny people from around the Tri-State Area (and beyond) flock to the only comedy club in the outer boroughs on Wednesdays to impress the audience and club bookers. Those who kill on Big Thing night become club regulars. Expect special guests such as Adam Sank and Joyelle Johnson.

The Big Thing
Laughing Devil Comedy Club, 47-38 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
8 p.m.  |  $10

11/15/12 10:00am


Image source: Courtyard Ale House

Yesterday we published a great piece on where to find seasonal beer in Queens. Do you have a favorite seasonal beer? Maybe something dark or something with pumpkin? Something with spices? This is a great time of year for beer (but let’s face it, most times are a good time for beer). We’d love to know some of your favorites for this time of year. Let us know in the comments or via twitter at @queensnycity.

10/24/12 12:00pm


Image source: Snowdonia Pub

On the radar for a little while has been Snowdownia, a new spot in Astoria – not yet open, but they hope to be in the new year – that will be something a little different for the area. Many of their dishes will be beer-based, with some integrating the brew fully into the food. (more…)