12/17/12 11:00am

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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!

Restaurants

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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)

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12/11/12 3:00pm

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Interior of the Z Hotel, one of LIC’s boutique hotels

The Wall Street Journal published an article recently on the hotel scene in Dutch Kills. This part of LIC has gained a reputation as a center for hotel development, with anywhere from ten to twenty (depending on who you talk to) hotels in place in the area. There has been resistance to all this development from some neighbors but others recognize that the neighborhood is getting better, in part because of the hotels. The incoming president of the Dutch Kills Civic Association says that “hotels have been good for the area because they bring life to it at night.”

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12/07/12 11:00am

Whether your endgoal is providing gifts for nieces and nephews at Hanukkah (which starts the night of Dec. 8!), co-workers for Christmas, or dear friends for Kwanzaa, we’ve all got serious shopping to do. You may not be aware of the wealth of independently owned shops around Queens where you can find something unique and interesting while at the same time supporting your neighbors, so we’ve rounded a few up.

In Boutiques and Specialty Shops

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SITE, located at 35-11 34th Avenue (GMAP), brings together the energy of Astoria with good taste in design. It’s a hub of the locally made and the otherwise carefully sourced and an all-around great spot for gifts sure to delight recipients and brighten rooms. Right now the store’s collection of holiday ornaments is inspired – colorful seated Buddhas, glittery clip-on mushrooms and running dinosaurs – but the shop carries a full array of items for the home, kitchen tools, exotic aromatic lotions, device cases, decorative prints, tasty goodies and fun wearables.

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Today we have a couple of events for your perusal. They couldn’t be more different, either.

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Image source: SITE

Sweet Treats - Stop by Astoria’s own SITE (on 34th Ave near 36th Street) on the occasion of Sweetest Day for sweets, champagne, and a James & Lily Trunk show. You’ll also get 20% all items in the store during the party, which goes from 1-5pm. (more…)