When one restaurant's doors close, another restaurant's doors open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday we'll fill you in on what opened up around town this week. This week: Astoria gets its caffeine fix, po'boys hit Bushwick, and the East Village gets a new Asian-American restaurant.
Astoria is blessed with multiple thoroughfares brimming with restaurants, cafes, and bars, which honor the flavors brought here by the many waves of immigrants from Italy, Greece, North Africa, and Latin America. And as interest in the area surges among young people priced out of Brooklyn, shiny new ... More >>
When married couple Jennifer Lim and Ben Sandler began plotting The Queens Kickshaw (40-17 Broadway, Astoria, 718-777-0913) in Astoria, they wanted simply to arm the neighborhood with good coffee. "Kickshaw derives from rickshaw -- I had my eyes on a Vespa and doing a mobile coffee cart," says Sandl ... More >>
Fernando Peña had been working in restaurants since his early 20s, but when he saw a "For Rent" sign in a vacant shop on the corner of Crescent Street and Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria, he knew he wanted to build a restaurant of his own. He began envisioning Fatty's Cafe (45-17 28th Avenue, Queens).
Though we're currently being treated to a final wintry blast, spring is officially here. As the last piles of exhaust-blackened snow melt away, the city's biggest borough plays host to a number of food-related events. Here, we preview the coming season of eating and drinking in Queens.
The Arctic isn't through with us yet. With significant snowfall predicted for this Thursday night, it may be wise to continue packing on layers of protective winter blubber. Fortunately, multiethnic Astoria boasts warming, fatty foods from every corner of the globe to prepare you for a long hibernat ... More >>
Astoria is known for its eclectic blend of Greek cafes, gastropubs, and lounges -- but what if each of those styles came together under one roof, featuring a menu that showcases two of the most talented rising chefs in the neighborhood?
The trees have been lit, the rinks have been iced, and all the good shopping deals are gone. Get out and enjoy the city; it's a good time of year for it.
When I sat down with Bear chef-owner Natasha Pogrebinsky for this week's chef interview, we talked a lot about her connection to Astoria in Queens. Her first experiences in the U.S. happened not far from where her restaurant sits, and she and her brother Alex have dug into the community with their s ... More >>
Unless you're a teacher, your work week hasn't ended just yet. Not a problem, since happy hour is designed to give you a daily vacation. Here's a look at some of our favorite drink deals around town to get you through Hump Day.
A new Cypriot spot flourishes in Astoria
Welcome to Drinks, Dinner, and Dessert, in which we share three picks in one neighborhood, keeping an eye out for deals, off-the-menu items, and new stuff to check out. This week, get off the M train at 36th Street and use these suggestions to guide you through Long Island City.
[See More Interviews: Restaurateur Carlos Suarez on Rosemary's | Dan Ross-Leutwyler of Bellwether | Chez Jose's Jose Ramirez-Ruiz and Pam Yung] Becoming an authority on the latest New York eateries is for the most part left to food professionals.But if you're a foodie who loves to serve tips on loc ... More >>
Great guesses the second time around. I was eating the steak enchiladas smothered with cheese at El Mariachi, a low-key Mexican restaurant in Astoria.
Bacon cheeseburger at Prospect Heights' Dean Street In honor of National Hamburger Day (why so close to Christmas, meat-masters?), we here present the 11 burgers that stuck most in our minds. And we promise they taste as good as they look.
VoiceYesterday, it was Bare Burger and the Shake Shack, and today, there's more meat movement to report.
Bare Burger/FacebookBrooklyn's getting some new buns.Although Shake Shack's been busy ignoring shameless copycats and sparking idle talk of a Grand Central turf war, it's also been tending to the Brooklyn outpost of its empire.
Photo courtesy of VestaThe dining room of Vesta, Giuseppe Falco's first restaurant in Astoria. Three years ago, Giuseppe Falco partnered with Leo Sacco to open Vesta Trattoria. The seasonally focused Italian restaurant and wine bar quickly earned an enthusiastic following in Astoria, a neighb ... More >>
Salt & FatIt was only a matter of time (and rents) before this happened, but little bits of Queens are starting to look like little bits of Brooklyn.
Watch out for this Astoria rapist!Here's a sketch of a rapist who attacked a 19-year-old woman at about 12:30 a.m. last Thursday, January 20, at 26th Avenue and Second Street in Astoria, just south of Hellgate Park. He approached her from behind, pushed her to the ground and sexually assaulted he ... More >>
The NYPD's now asking for the public's help in finding a burglar who busted through the front door of Nature's Chemist, 23-92 21st Street in Astoria, at about 12:15 a.m. on Friday, January 7, and stole a passel of lottery tickets. The guy was captured on video at another store turning in some of ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema indulges in "Peruvian Viagra" at Lima Limon in Little Latin America; Lauren Shockey discovers classic bistro fare at L'Artiste in Astoria. Sam Sifton awards a mostly enthusiastic two stars to Millesime: "holy cats, is there a beautiful, even exciting b ... More >>
You can run, but you can't hide.Speaking of chains: It seems that Artichoke's recent expansion to Tenth Avenue and to MacDougal Street is but the tip of a very large ice pick. In an interview with Grub Street, Francis Garcia, one of the pizzeria's owners, says that Pizza Hut "had better worr ... More >>
In Astoria, you can do both
Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ... Jess ... More >>
Last weekend, en route to the Red Hook Ballfields, we stopped at Baked and ordered a peanut butter-banana s'mores bar. The bakery was crowded and the lady behind the counter was slightly harried, so instead of the peanut butter-banana thing, we ended up with the almost-identical peanut s'mo ... More >>
We thought this "oldest trick in the book" sort of con only happened in movies with smooth-talking snake-oil preachers and gullible townsfolk, but clearly, we were the gullible ones here! According to ABC, three wayward church-goers implemented a bingo scam in Jackson Heights that netted them ... More >>
Okay, we're calling it a day. Depressed that you're back in the normal grind of things after a lovely three-day weekend? And that the weather sucks? So is everyone else, asshole. Cheer up! How? Funny you ask.
View Larger Map DATE: Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, 1:17 a.m. LOCATION: 4th St and 27 Ave., Astoria, Queens. The police say 22-year-old Kalif Canady, of 27th Avenue, was shot to death at the above intersection which is near the Astoria Houses, a public housing development. He was shot in the head. He ... More >>
llahbocaj/flickrFood in Queens: here, there, everywhere.Roving reporter, serial masticator, and sometimes Fork in the Road contributor Joe DiStefano knows a thing or two about eating his way through Queens, so we can't think of a more fitting author for World's Fare, the blog he's just launch ... More >>
On Sunday around 4 in the morning, this guy came up to a woman as she came out of the 31st Street subway station in Astoria, knocked her down, took her cellphone, and then tried to rape her. Failing in this attempt, and took off. He's described as Hispanic, 5'6", and 165 pounds. If you have ... More >>
The nearly unpronounceable kolokithokeftedes are fried zucchini patties served with an ouzo-laced tomato dipping sauce. This week, Counter Culture triremes into Ovelia, a modernistic boite in Astoria that retains its ancient outlook. The portions are generous, the tariff light. Anything that ... More >>
A storefront in Murray Hill, Flushing, Queens, proclaims poultry insanity. Here we go again, offering yet another picture gallery of our favorite names for restaurants, liquor stores, coffee bars, caterers, and other food- and booze-related establishments.
Vegetarian and even vegan delights abound among the Greek restaurants of Astoria. One that I stumbled on quite recently was at Ovelia, a Hellenic spot that eschews photos of the Parthenon and little windmill models in favor of seeming like a modern cafe. One of my vegetarian favorit ... More >>
A New York Observer article portrays concerns about the coming end of W train service in Queens as essentially the mewling of hipsters. "The nightlife of Astoria's 20-somethings is at risk," writes Leigh Kamping-Carder in "Dude, Where's My W?" The author quotes writers, photographers and filmmakers ... More >>
Every student in Economics 101 learns about the choice of Guns or Butter: A society at its limits can have more of one and less of another, but not more of both at the same time. New York's choices are different but similarly constrained. In Astoria, for example, there's now a dust-up between people ... More >>
Getting beyond Greek salad
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