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.


04/11/13 2:00pm

The Long Island City/Astoria Journal reports that Queens native chef, Michael Giannakis is throwing his hat into the management ring. He is the newest partner of the Metro Kitchen Café-Restaurant in Woodside where Giannakis also prepares the meals.

Michael Giannakis, chef and partner at Metro Cafe-Restaurant.

According to the LIC / Astoria Journal:

Giannakis studied finance and marketing in college until he went to the Syosset Culinary Academy in Long Island. “I brought with me all this business knowledge about how to properly market menus, ideas and even market myself,” said Giannakis.

Metro Kitchen is located at 6112 Roosevelt Avenue in Woodside (GMAP). They open their doors at 6 a.m. everyday and close at midnight.


12/27/12 12:00pm

Now that Christmas is over and Kwanzaa is in full swing, it’s time to think about New Year’s Eve. Some of you may be throwing a party, so we thought we’d tell you about some of our favorite spots for goodies (AKA food!) that could be considered for a tasty spread at your shindig.


Butcher Block. 43-46 41st St., Sunnyside, NY 11104 (GMAP). If you are craving treats from Ireland and the UK, this is the place to go in Queens. It’s located just a couple of blocks from the 7 train in Sunnyside. Here is a wondrous display of sweet and savory imports like Cadbury bars (regular size and minis), Taytos (we like the salt & vinegar but there are many flavors), candy, and biscuits. They also prepare food at the shop, including roast meats, stews, sausages, and chicken curry. Pick up some beer while you’re there, too. You can even pick up a package of Irish potato farls (a flat bread that you fry in fat) and homemade black pudding for your recovery breakfast the next morning.


12/24/12 10:00am


Today is Christmas Eve Day, with Christmas tomorrow. If you celebrate, how are you marking these couple of days? Are you taking the day off to relax? Preparing a big meal for friends or family? Going to church and/or waiting up with your kids for as long as their eyes stay open? Going to see a movie tomorrow? Hanging with loved ones? Let us know what you’re up to! Leave us a comment here or via twitter at @queensnycity. And Merry Christmas!

11/18/12 9:00am

Image Source: R.U.S.H

Restaurants Unite for Sandy Help (R.U.S.H) and Sunnyside Cares join together to offer an extravaganza featuring music, food, libation, children’s activities and a monster raffle at Sunnyside Community Services (GMAP). All money raised will go directly to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. Consider the following: $10 all-you-can-eat bracelet; $10 bar bracelet; $15 combo bar-food bracelet; and $5 children’s bracelet.

Can’t make it today but would like to donate? Make an online contribution here.

The R.U.S.H
Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012
Sunnyside Community Services, 43-31 39th Street
4 pm-8pm | $5 – $15

11/13/12 10:00am


Image source: dakine kane on Flickr

Hurricane Sandy continues to make news, and the images we keep seeing from the Rockaways and other places wrecked by the hurricane are heartbreaking. Have you helped out with any hurricane relief? Volunteered? Donated clothing/goods/food? Helped out a neighbor? We’d love to hear your experiences. Leave us a comment here or via twitter at @queensnycity.

11/07/12 9:00am

Woodside on the Move invites you to savor samplings from about 20 local restaurants, including Claret Wine Bar, The Dog and Duck,  The Kettle, De Mole, F. Ottomanelli, Payag, La Marjolaine, Bliss 46 Bistro, The Turkish Cultural Center and La Flor.

Purchase a Friend of Woodside Ticket ($40) and be among local supporters and elected officials at 6 p.m. or join in with a Regular Ticket ($25) at 7:30 p.m.

Held at Saint Sebastian’s Parish Center (GMAP), this event will also feature live music and artwork from local artists.

A Taste of Woodside
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012
Saint Sebastian’s Parish Center
6-9pm | $25 or $40

10/12/12 9:00am


Image source: robnguyen01 on Flickr

TGIF! The inaugural Astoria/LIC First Annual 30th Avenue Restaurant Week starts today. Discounted specials will be offered by various establishments on 30th Avenue from 21st Street to 49th Street. Find the directory of participating restaurants here and here. Taste something new for less!

Astoria/LIC First Annual 30th Avenue Restaurant Week
30th Avenue, Astoria (from 21st Street to 49th Street)
Friday, October 12 to Sunday October 21
Price and offer varies depending on establishment

10/07/12 9:00am


Image Source: Jeff Walker/Dolce Donum

Eating our Emotions: The History of Food in Funerary Traditions – Ms. Sarah Lohman of FourPoundsFlour.com, dubbed as a “historic gastronomist” will be presenting a special talk about the history of funeral food at the Queens Historical Society (GMAP) as part of OHNY. In this lecture, she will look at the culinary traditions surrounding funerals throughout American history as well as taste some of the food that has offered solace through history. The event is free, but registration is ensures you get to sample plenty of traditional foods during the demonstration.

Eating our Emotions: The History of Food in Funerary Traditions
Sunday, October 7, 2012
2:30-4:30pm | FREE!