Welcome to a new 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The deal: Snowdonia is one of Astoria’s newest restaurants, having had its grand opening on October 12th. Located two blocks from the 36th Ave N/Q stop, the pub is situated in a cozy corner space with large windows.
The dish: The signature dishes at Snowdonia are those that take advantage of the quality beers on tap, specifically the Classic Fish & Chips (top) and the Mussels in Beer (below). For the fish and chips, the chefs hand batter the market-fresh fish daily using one of the in-season beers on tap. The mussels are also prepared with locally sourced and Trappist beer, which the pub specializes in.
The pub offers two versions of their signature dish: a smaller version during Happy Hour (4 to 6 pm) and Late Night (12 to 2 am) and an entrée size during dinner (6 pm to 12 am).
The deal: Sayra’s Wine Bar opened this summer in a space that had been decimated by Hurricane Sandy. The two owners, Rashida Jackson and Patrick Flibotte, are Rockaway Beach residents, who conceived and designed the restaurant. The interior uses reclaimed materials. The restaurant pairs wines with small plates and hosts weekly events such as outdoor movies in the summer and jazz nights.
The dish: Sayra’s Wine Bar relies on recipes passed down from the owners’ families and pairs the dishes with reasonably priced wines. Flibotte’s father shared his recipe for pulled pork sliders and Jackson’s mother donated her recipe for spicy meatballs — see photographs of both dishes after the jump. Both hearty dishes pair well with a Malbec, particularly the bar’s Ernesto Catena ‘Tahuan’ Mendoza, Argentina 2010. The dishes “bring out the notes of black cherry and blackberry in the Malbec,” according to Jackson. Although diners can take the wine recommendations with them when they leave, getting these secret family recipes is off the table.
Welcome to a new Q’Stoner food feature, Signature Dish! A few time a month we’ll check in with Queens restaurants and ask the owners about the all-time favorite dishes they serve. To kick things off, we spoke with the folks behind the LIC beer bar Woodbine’s.
The spot: Woodbine’s, 47-10 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City.
The deal: Woodbine’s is a craft beer bar that recently opened on Vernon Boulevard, the heart of the growing Hunter’s Point community. The pub wants to be part of the community by having enough outlets to let people work and stay connected. The bar owners not only want to provide a variety of craft beers but develop exclusive brews with local breweries. Astoria’s Single Cut brewery has debuted a new partner beer, Burke’s Pale Ale, at Woodbine’s and its sister restaurants The Courtyard Ale, The Kent Ale House and Brickyard Gastropub in Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn respectively.
The dish: The Signature Dish at Woodbine’s is the Scotch egg, the perfect complement to the craft beer selection. A Scotch egg is a hard-boiled egg encased in sausage and breadcrumbs and then served sliced on a plate with brown mustard. The $5 snack has quickly become the most popular dish because it is light enough to accompany any drink—beer, wine, cocktail or soda.
The snack menu is available at the bars and booths all day.
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…)
An Italian restaurant called Venturo Osteria & Wine Bar opened last weekend at 44-07 on Queens Blvd. in Sunnyside, reported the Sunnyside Post. The 50-seat restaurant emphasizes dishes made with local ingredients. A backyard patio is still under construction and is expected to open in a few weeks.
DNA Info reports that Bareburger, an organic fast-food spot at 71-49 Austin Street, will be expanding to the space next door. “We are always busy,” said the manager. The move will increase the number of seats to 100 and should be complete by October.
CROM Martial Training, which had been shuttered last year by Hurricane Sandy, reopened earlier this month in the Wave building at 88-08 Rockaway Beach Boulevard but is expected to move to a larger space at some point. The husband-and-wife owned business offers a full CrossFit program. The news was reported on the Rockawayist blog.
Sunnyside Don Pollo opened its second location at 41-06 Greenpoint Avenue over the weekend. This Peruvian restaurant focuses on well-seasoned chicken dishes but also serves seafood entrees as well.
Astoria The Bohemian Beer Garden held its first weeknight market in partnership with Astoria Market. The event, usually held indoors on Sundays, was shifted outdoors last Wednesday. There are plans for the market to be held on August 15 and September 15 as well.
Enigma Bookshop held its soft opening over the weekend with the first of a series of readings. The sci-fi and fantasy focused bookshop at 33-17 Crescent Street will have its grand opening on August 3.
Far Rockaway The revitalization of the neighborhood continues with the opening of the area’s first and only wine bar, Sayra’s. It will serve wine and beer alongside small plates. The backyard, pictured above, has a projection screen for movies.
Long Island City Crescent Grill opened at 38-40 Crescent Street, near Queensborough Plaza. The new restaurant will focus on classic American cuisine.
Forest Hills Buffalo Wild Wings opened one of its largest locations, at 107-16 71st Avenue, site of the former Forest Hills Theatre.
Elsewhere Eater has updated its Queens Heat Map with where to eat now. What do you think of their selections?
Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments what happened in your neighborhood.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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, 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?
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.