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?

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.


03/19/13 10:00am

White Bear Dumplings

White Bear wontons are amazing

So, we’ve asked about Mexican food and Thai food, and now we’re moving on to Chinese food, which of course is a big deal in Queens, especially Flushing. There are a lot of places to choose from. Where do you like to eat Chinese food? Any region is welcome. And do you prefer Chinese street food, fancy sit down, or hole in the wall? Or are you more of a Golden or New World Mall kind of person? We’d love to know – leave us a comment here or via twitter at @queensnycity!

03/13/13 10:00am


Image source: Dead Amble on Facebook – live music at Strand Smokehouse in Astoria

Another great element besides the food and service at an establishment, is the music. Sometimes the music playing in the background can really elevate an experience (or cause it to come tumbling down if the music is bad). So where do you like to go where they have great music? And do you prefer it live or recorded? Leave us a comment here or via twitter at @queensnycity.

03/08/13 10:00am


Ayada’s crispy catfish salad, total yum

A few weeks back we asked, “Where do you find good Mexican food?” and we got some great answers and suggestions for places to check out around the borough (especially in Jackson Heights, Corona, and Astoria). Now we’re moving onto Thai, as Thai restaurants are pervasive throughout Queens. So where do you like to eat Thai food? And what’s your favorite dish? Bonus points for Queens restaurants, of course. Leave us a comment here or via twitter at @queensnycity!

02/26/13 10:00am

huarache el rey del taco astoria queens

Huarache from El Rey Del Taco in Astoria

Over the years we’ve heard from various CA expats that there is no good Mexican food in NYC. That may be true if you are looking for a Mission style burrito, but there is good regional Mexican food in the city. Many of the Mexicans in NYC come from Puebla, which is thousands of miles away from the CA/Mexico border, and the food is a bit different in that region compared to the Cal-Mex many Americans are used to. So tell us – where do you like to eat Mexican food in the city? Bonus points for Queens restaurants, food carts, or food trucks. Leave us a comment here or via twitter at @queensnycity!

12/17/12 11:00am


Recently, this pretty article from USA Today (.pdf) on The Best of Queens was published, listing some of the best in Queens. While we agree with a number of the choices, we have some differences of opinion. So, we thought we’d put together our own list. There are five categories – restaurants, attractions, shopping, nightlife, and hidden gems – with three items per category. Here we go!



Image source:  Danny Brown Wine Bar

Danny Brown Kitchen & Wine Bar. At this writing, Danny Brown is the only restaurant in Queens to have a Michelin star, which is a big deal. They really do deserve it – everything we’ve tasted there has been excellent. They have dishes that stay on the menu over time (a burger, chicken under a brick), but they do a lot of seasonal cooking, too. Their cheese and charcuterie plates are really good, too. Their wine selection is fabulous, too. So grab a table or sit at the bar – it’s a great experience no matter what. 104-02 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills, NY 11375 (GMAP)


12/14/12 12:00pm


Image source: MenuPages

Exciting news for Queens: our borough is now included on MenuPages, the website that publishes restaurant menus online and provides a place for restaurant goers to review their experiences. MenuPages only served Manhattan for a while, and eventually launched in Brooklyn; now it covers every single neighborhood of Queens, finally capturing the diverse yumminess in these parts.