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.
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!
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!
We know there is a lot to be proud of in Queens – cultural institutions, parks, and restaurants, just to name a few. So what are you proud of? What really gets your Queens pride going? Let us know in the comments or via twitter at @queensnycity!
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)
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.
NYCgo has produced a really lovely video called This is New York City—Long Island City, Queens – and yes, it’s all about LIC. It really shows off how awesome LIC is – this is a gem of a neighborhood (we’ve already shown you why we love to eat, have fun, and live here).
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.
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.