Where to shop, eat and more in southwest Queens


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Dee’s
107-23 Metropolitan Avenue, Middle Village
718-793-7553

Whether you’re looking to grab a brick oven pizza to go or sit and enjoy a glass of wine and a pasta dish, Dee’s on Metropolitan Avenue is just the right spot. The cozy dining room has an antique fireplace, the ideal setting for a first date or a relaxing meal with friends. The restaurant also hosts private events if you’re entertaining a crowd or celebrating a special occasion.

The Shops at Atlas Park
8000 Cooper Avenue, Glendale
718-326-3300

With all of your favorite stores and restaurants in one place, you can spend a whole day exploring The Shops at Altas Park. Women’s retailers include Chico’s, White House Black Market, Gossip Apple and J.Jill, among many others, while mens’ shops include Jos. A. Bank. Eateries such as the California Pizza Kitchen, Chili’s and Cold Stone Creamery are lined up in between stores, so there’s always a place to grab a bite to eat. The shopping center is also home to the Regal Cinema movie theater, where weary shoppers can catch a flick when they’re ready to kick back and relax.

Force Fitness Club
63-03 Fresh Pond Road, Ridgewood
718-497-9090

Serving residents of Ridgewood, Middle Village, Maspeth, Glendale and the surrounding communities, Force Fitness Club offers members an affordable and fun way to get in shape. For just $1 per day for a full-year membership, fitness gurus and newcomers alike have access to state-of-the-art machines and equipment and a full schedule of classes including yoga, spinning, step, and Zumba. For an additional fee, members can purchase personal training packages where knowledgeable trainers will help each trainee to meet their individual fitness goals.

Creative Flower Shop
84-48 Elliot Avenue, Middle Village
718-898-1919

Since 1985, this local Middle Village florist has been providing residents with the freshest floral arrangements to suite any occasion or budget. The talented and experienced designers can create an arrangement to fit any style. Open seven days a week, Creative Flower Shop offers a selection of green plants, blooming plants, dish gardens, fruit and gourmet baskets, silk flowers, greeting cards, stuffed animals and much more. The company even makes daily deliveries to all local hospitals and funeral homes. Visit the website to place an order online at www.creativeflowershopny.com.

The Avenue Bar & Grill
7122 Myrtle Avenue, Glendale
347-725-3853

A great spot for a girls’ night out or watching the big game, The Avenue Bar & Grill has something for every taste. The bar attracts a crowd with daily specials, such as Wing Night Wednesdays, where 25-cent wings are served weekly, Happy Hour Fridays, where drink specials start at only $2, and Family Night Saturdays, where kids eat free from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Don’t leave without trying the restaurant’s signature Spicy BBQ Burger, topped with crispy bacon, sautéed onions, cheese and special sauce.

Godinger Silver Art Co.
63-17 Traffic Avenue, Ridgewood
718-418-1000

Founded in 1972 by Arnold Godinger and William Lefowitz, this family-owned company has specialized in handcrafted silver and crystal giftware for over 30 years. Today, the customer remains the top priority of the owners and the staff, and Godinger Silver Art Co. strives to offer high-quality products at affordable prices. Their products, which range from casual to formal, include dining sets, flatwear, home décor, picture frames and albums. A popular destination for housewarming and new baby gifts, a wide range of the company’s products are available online at www.godinger.com.

Woodhaven House
63-98 Woodhaven Boulevard, Rego Park
718-894-5400

This local Irish pub serves up brunch, lunch, dinner, and bar snacks in a beautiful, newly-renovated setting. The polished, dark wood bar, leather seats, and black-and-white tile floors create a lovely atmosphere. Popular menu selections include the charred bacon-wrapped scallops and the oven-roasted baby back ribs. Its close proximity to the Queens Center Mall makes the Woodhaven House a popular stop for both shoppers and locals.