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.


02/16/13 2:00pm

We’ve found another map we like, this one from the NYC EDC on coffee and tea in NYC (click to enlarge).


Image source: NYC EDC

As you can see, in Queens, the dark patches are in Ridgewood, Glendale, and JFK (there are plenty of spots to get coffee at the airport). Frankly, the Glendale part threw us a bit, since we don’t think of Glendale as having one of “the highest density of cafés per ZIP code.” That said, it shares a zip with Ridgewood, which has a more pronounced cafe culture (here are some of the cafes in Ridgewood/Glendale)


02/08/13 9:30am


We got this happy news in our inbox and we wanted to share – great news from the Rockaways! This sounds like a fun event – RSVP today.

Please join us on Monday, February 11th for Surfside Bagels Grand Reopening and Eat-and-Greet!

Come meet the firemen who are committed to bringing New York’s comfort food back after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Surfside Bagels is one of the first stores to reopen after the destruction and they want YOU to celebrate the ongoing rehabilitation of Rockaway Beach! Enjoy free delicious bagels and coffee ALL DAY, starting at 8 am. CNN’s Eatocracy and MSNBC will be in the kitchen learning to make Surfside’s famous Cheese bagels and more!

Kindly RSVP at nmazewski@thes3agency.com or 973-257-5533 by Friday.

Surfside Bagels, 95-11 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Rockaway Beach, NY (GMAP), SurfsideBagels.com

02/01/13 9:30am


Last night as we were walking to Bareburger in Astoria (they’re now selling Crabbie’s ginger beer!), we spotted and tried to peer into the windows of the New York City Bagel Coffee House – unfortunately, the windows at eye level are seriously sealed with brown butcher paper (nice job to whoever did that expert job). That said, one of the windows above eye level was also at the level of a raised iPhone, so we snapped the photo above.


RESOBOX (GMAP) is a Japanese art gallery and cultural center located one block from the Queensboro Plaza station. Run by Fumio Tashiro and Takashi Ikezawa, the space – which takes its name from the words “resonate” and “box” – showcases Japanese-inspired art, hosts classes, and serves beverages and desserts in its cafe.



12/06/12 12:00pm

Queens has a lot of wholesale business going on. In western Queens, and in particular Long Island City – it was known for a long time as a manufacturing area, and was full of factories. Parts of LIC are still home to factories, especially bakeries – some of the excellent bakeries in the area include Le Pain Quotidien, Pain d’Avignon, Tom Cat and Amy’s Bread.

In greater Queens there are some big deal commercial factories. Here are five of them.


Image source: andrewmalone on Flickr

Wonton Food Inc. 52-10 37th Street, Long Island City (GMAP). This is the “largest manufacturer of Noodles, Wrappers and Fortune Cookies in the United States.” They make 4 million Golden Bowl brand cookies each day, which go out to 400 distributors, and those cookies are made in the the fortune cookie factory, located in the far eastern edge of LIC near the Calvary Cemetery. Tours are not the norm, unless you’re a bulk-buy customer, but they can be arranged for certain purposes.

If you’ve ever eaten a fortune cookie, you know that on one side there is usually a series of numbers that one could consider using when buying a lottery ticket. One particular series of numbers enabled 110 people to win $100,000 each in a May 2005 Powerball drawing.


11/19/12 12:00pm


On 31st Avenue, just west of 31st Street, lies Cafe Boulis, a little cafe that serves a variety of Greek pastries – bougatsa, glaktaboureko, spinach pies, honey soaked cakes, and a variety of other things. Their loukoumades – a kind of deep fried dough with origins in Greece – are ridiculously good – so light and airy and easy to eat, they really separate themselves from the loukoumades found elsewhere around Astoria.


10/19/12 11:00am


With its cheerful name, proximity to the city, and peaceful residential streets, Sunnyside has a lot going for it. The neighborhood is a mix of old and new, of Irish, Romanian, Turkish, Mexican, Colombian, Tibetan, and more. It may appear quaint at first glance – and that’s one of its charms – but if you know where to go, it’s also a destination for food, shopping, and great walks. Here’s our guide for those who want to spend a day exploring Sunnyside, from breakfast to evening drinks, and everything in between. (more…)

10/15/12 11:00am


COFFEED, the new café that’s outfitted in recycled materials and minimalist design, selling sustainable and local products, and promoting urban agriculture, looks a little out of place on the strip of Northern Boulevard that’s home to car dealerships, auto body shops, self-storage facilities, superstores, and parking lots. But there’s a new sort of vibe growing at the building at 37-18 Northern Boulevard (GMAP), which is also home to rooftop farm Brooklyn Grange, the New York office of the Jim Henson Company, and tech startups such as internet TV company Aereo. (more…)