02/22/13 12:00pm

sweetleaf cafe in long island city queens nyc

The current Sweetleaf location in LIC – the future one will be near Gantry Park

Grub Street via NYT Diners Journal told us this week that Sweetleaf is expanding in two ways – a new location and the addition of cocktails, partnering up with Richard Boccato from Dutch Kills. This will be the second location in LIC (there is also another location in Williamsburg) and will be at 46-15 Center Boulevard (GMAP), one of the East Coast buildings. They’ll serve coffee during the day and liquor (cocktails, spirits, wine, beer) at night.


12/07/12 10:00am


On Wednesday we marked the anniversary of Prohibition ending. The 21st Amendment was ratified, repealing the 18th Amendment. So what is your alcoholic beverage of choice – beer, wine, or liquor? Are you a craft beer fan or are you content with Bud and the like? Are you a white, rosé, or red wine drinker (or even port)? And are you a classic cocktail fan (e.g. Manhattan – though there is a Queens cocktail, too) or do you tend toward the fruity tropical drink? Let us know in the comments or via twitter at @queensnycity!

And don’t forget our article on seasonal cocktails in Astoria and LIC, too!

11/13/12 12:00pm


Image source: S-Prime

We had the chance to spend some time at S Prime, a new steakhouse in Astoria on 36th Street near 35th Ave. It’s just next door to 5 Napkin and up the street from Studio Square, an extremely popular beer garden and event space in the area. S Prime is in the location that used to be Island Lounge.

S Prime has redesigned the interior and for those that knew this space as Island may find it hard to believe that this is the same place, it looks so different. Here are a couple of shots of the interior of S Prime, which is classic and beautiful. First, the bar area, which you see when you enter the restaurant.


Image source: S-Prime


10/19/12 11:00am


With its cheerful name, proximity to the city, and peaceful residential streets, Sunnyside has a lot going for it. The neighborhood is a mix of old and new, of Irish, Romanian, Turkish, Mexican, Colombian, Tibetan, and more. It may appear quaint at first glance – and that’s one of its charms – but if you know where to go, it’s also a destination for food, shopping, and great walks. Here’s our guide for those who want to spend a day exploring Sunnyside, from breakfast to evening drinks, and everything in between. (more…)

09/27/12 11:00am


Our friends over at Brooklyn Exposed are putting on what looks to be a really fun party, and we wanted to let you know about it, plus we’ve got a special deal for QueensNYC readers.

The event is Brooklyn Shaken & Stirred, and it is a “walk-around drink-tasting event” where guests can taste Brooklyn’s best specialty cocktails, artisanal spirits, craft beers, and boutique wines. (more…)

09/27/12 10:00am


Image source: boromag.com

Here in NY, wine stores are everywhere. In other places like California, you often will buy it in the supermarket with your bread and eggs. Here, especially in NYC, people find a wine store and stick with it. That said, we’re always interested to learn about new (to us) wine shops. So what is your favorite? Let us know in the comments or via twitter at @queensnycity!

08/20/12 11:15am

Image source: Harris Graber on Flickr

It was nice to see the Wall Street Journal give some love to Grand Wine & Liquor in Astoria. It’s one of the most popular wine shops in the neighborhood, and word of mouth gets it a lot of business. They have a huge selection, but as the article points out, there are “no tasting notes, store commentary or critics’ scores attached to any wines” unlike at most of the other shops in town. It can be a little confusing at times. (more…)