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?

11/28/12 12:00pm


Image source: Woks and Lox

We had heard rumblings that Woks and Lox – a food event that recognizes the gustatory bond between Asians and Jews on Christmas Eve – would be back this year, and they are! Last year was the first one and it was a huge success, so they’ve decided to do it again. It will be at the same location – The Queens Kickshaw in Astoria – and the same chef will be cooking – Chichi Wang – and it’s organized again by Jeff Orlick (who helped put Viva La Comida! together) and Veronica Chan (former community manager of the food site Gojee).


11/24/12 1:00pm


Image source: The Queens Kickshaw – Layered Potato Cake

This week we had the pleasure of trying out some of the new brunch items at The Queens Kickshaw, a much-beloved, newer Astoria restaurant known for its expertly-made grilled cheese sandwiches, delicious coffee, and extensive craft beer selection. Brunch starts today, Saturday November 24, and will be served on the weekends and holidays between 9am and 4pm. Their brunch items include plenty of eggs, as well as french toast, and a beet salad.

On to the food! First, is the french toast – it’s made with brioche bread, and topped with a hard cider pear compote and a spicy frico, which is a cheese crisp made with a few different cheeses and chili. The french toast has a wonderful custardy texture – something that is hard to find in NYC, to be honest.



11/08/12 9:00am

Image source: The Queens Kickshaw

The Queens Kickshaw was spared from Hurricane Sandy’s devastating effects and actually benefited greatly from increased patronage. To give back some of the luck and good will, the Astoria eatery will hold a Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser. All profits from 7 am this morning until 1am tomorrow will be donated to the American Red Cross. Whether you love coffee, cheese, beer, cider or kombucha (generously donated by Astoria’s very own Beyond Kombucha), come by to show your support for fellow New Yorkers in need.


10/30/12 11:00am


The Queens Chronicle reported on the situation with Astoria CSA that still hasn’t been resolved – they no longer have a home. ARROW, a community center in central Astoria, was their home – and had been for many years – but because of a bureaucratic SNAFU, money, compounded by some communication issues, they were asked to leave the Field House. They are still looking for a place to set up shop permanently.  (more…)

10/26/12 9:00am


Image source: Six Deadly Venoms

Live Music – Six Deadly Venoms – Stop by The Queens Kickshaw tonight at 9 to catch Six Deadly Venoms live. They were a finalist at the 2009 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, and have appeared live the radio many times. So enjoy some thoughtfully composed and inspired bluegrass music tonight and the cozy interior of TQK – their Great Hill Blue sandwich might be the perfect accompaniment to the music, too.

Live Music – Six Deadly Venoms
Friday, October 26, 2012
9-11:30pm | FREE!

10/18/12 9:00am


Image source: Devil Science Theater 3000

DST3K Presents: Manos: The Hands of Fate – Hang out at Laughing Devil Comedy Club for Devil Science Theater 3000 and watch a terrible movie, all the while making fun and playing drinking games. A professional comedian will be there to egg you on. $5 and no drink minimum (though they do have signature cocktails and draft beer). Movie starts at 10:30pm. (more…)

10/07/12 2:00pm


Starting on Friday October 12 and ending on the 21st is the Second Annual Cider Week. During this week, “more than 180 restaurants, bars, shops, and markets in New York City and the Hudson Valley will feature regional, orchard-based hard ciders through special tastings, flights, events, pairings, and classes in order to build awareness and appreciation for this reemerging traditional American beverage.” A few places in Queens are participating, located in Jackson Heights, LIC, and Astoria. (more…)

08/15/12 1:30pm

The countdown for Labor Day is on and we’ve got three weeks to wear white pants and flip flops and cut out of the office early on Friday afternoons. While New Yorkers everywhere mourn the disappearance of Water Taxi Beach at Hunter’s Point, we’ve still got the Rockaways for sand and surf. Anywhere around the borough you happen to be, you can find plenty of casual summer fare, perfect for hot days and nights, to keep that feeling of summer going right up to the end.

Image source: karlnorling on Flickr

There’s been a lot of happy buzz about Motorboat & the Big Banana, located at the Rockaway Beach Club at the Boardwalk. A venture of Brooklyn’s Vinegar Hill House’s Jean Adamson and Lindsay Robinson, who came from Diner (also in Brooklyn), it’s a low-brow fry shack that serves up very high quality grub (and check out this video of their food).   (more…)