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Best Australian New York 2013 - The Thirsty Koala

The Thirsty Koala

35-12 Ditmars Blvd.

Long Island City, NY 11105

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With boomerangs and a didgeridoo displayed among vibrantly lit blond onyx and pinewood-planked walls, The Thirsty Koala is the collaboration of three neighborhood mates: Katherine Fuchs (former FDNY chief turned executive chef), Alex Styponias (Astoria-born mixologist, raised in Greece), and Christine Chellos (Aussie transplant and financial advisor). The menu is polka-dotted with dishes, cocktails, and desserts either native to Australia or named in its honor, but the most buzzed-about bite is the kangaroo burger with "the lot." This fork-and-knife monster is an eight-ounce patty of tender kangaroo meat flown in from Queensland, stacked with a grilled pineapple ring, pickled beets, crispy bacon, a slathering of house-made goat cheese, and a soft-centered fried egg.

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