Author Archives: Joanna M. Adduci

Flo Lounge Restaurant


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The menu at Flo Lounge Restaurant of Astoria is eclectic, including everything from spinach pie to sushi to marinated skirt steak, from the Mediterranean branzino to the 16-ounce rib-eye steak. And there is a pasta menu which includes classics such as penne a la vodka and simple customer favorites, such as the cappelini. The drink […]

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Christos Steak House: It’s all about the flavor


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Christos Steak House in Astoria is the essence of traditional American cuisine, complemented by an assortment of Mediterranean influences. Prime aged steaks, succulent lobster, an impressive wine list and surplus of inventive sides make this eatery a “must try.” Begin your meal with the octopus – charred, served with sweet roasted red peppers and capers. […]

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Cavo: A Gem in Astoria


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Cavo is a food-lover’s dream. Situated in Astoria, this modern Greek eatery has an inventive, daring menu – inspiring foodies everywhere to expand their culinary horizons. Cavo succeeds at fusing classic Greek ingredients within elegant, adventurous appetizers and savory entrees. The grilled octopus — charcoal grilled, drizzled in Greek extra virgin olive oil with a […]

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Cuba comes to LIC with Madera


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A sincere passion for food is the driving force at Madera in Long Island City. Staying true to her family’s Cuban roots, owner Miriam Porto has established a significant customer base through her genuine appreciation of her culture, culinary roots and an eye for detail.  Each dish at Madera is carefully designed and created for […]

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‘Blend’ to perfection


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The menu at Blend in Long Island City has something for everyone. Latin fusion cuisine, inventive tapas, and homemade sangria – the list is never-ending. Combine this stellar menu with a chic atmosphere and brilliant location, and you’ve found a true culinary gem. Whether you’re looking for a quick after-work bite or a luxurious Sunday […]

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Baby Ray’s: Classic comfort food


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Baby Ray’s is a quaint, old-fashioned establishment popular with locals that serves homemade classics. The dining area at Baby Ray’s is divided in two, with a bar area which becomes busy at night with locals and sports enthusiasts. The dining room is covered in wood and classic floral prints, complete with a fireplace and antique […]

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Vetro: Superior quality all around


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For a truly elegant dining experience, visit Vetro of Howard Beach. Exceptional service, an enormous menu, vintage wines and champagnes – all come together in a chic, modern atmosphere on the water. Our waiter, Lance, was much more than a server, acting as a culinary “tour guide” through the menu that has established Vetro as […]

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Portuguese at its finest


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Finding an authentic Portuguese restaurant in Queens isn’t easy. But those in the know find themselves in Jamaica, at the culinary shrine O Lavrador. This restaurant’s genuine dedication to quality seafood and a long lasting customer base has kept locals coming back for more, and first-timers thrilled. At O Lavrador, simplicity is everything. Its name […]

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Tapas for everyone


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At Saffron, a restaurant/tapas bar in Howard Beach, the menu focuses on traditional Spanish dishes and homemade delicacies while incorporating a surplus of heart-healthy ingredients. Traditional Spanish omlettes, homemade paella, a beautiful assortment of olives and cheeses – this establishment has a little bit of everything. The menu at Saffron highlights traditional Spanish tapas – […]

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Cara Mia: Family makes it special


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At Cara Mia on Hillside Avenue, it’s all in the family. From the opening of the first restaurant in 1970 to present day, family has provided a concrete base for success and an authentic dining experience. With a menu constructed around typical Italian dishes, Cara Mia utilizes fresh ingredients, aged vinegars and tantalizing sauces. An […]

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Erawan: Great Thai on Bell Boulevard


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With the ideal combination of spicy herbs, sweet pastes and fresh ingredients, Erawan of Bayside has succeeded in bringing authentic Thai cuisine to Bell Boulevard. Thai food is a “vacation” from the heavy Chinese takeout we’re all so accustomed to, as it combines aromatic sauces, tender noodles, fruits and vegetables with tender meats and fresh […]

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A ‘Plum’ dining experience


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When a restaurant has the ability to provide exceptional service, a savory seasonal menu and intimate atmosphere, it should be recognized. Plum, situated in Bayside, is the perfect date-night spot. Décor colored in deep purples, rich wood, intimate drapery – this is just the beginning of a night filled with quirky cocktails, homemade entrees and […]

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Sweet Afton: ‘bar for all seasons’


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Sweet Afton is “a bar for all seasons.” Serving classic draft beers, inventive house cocktails and renowned wines from all over the world, this pub has withstood the test of time. Much more than a local bar, Sweet Afton prides itself on a solid menu built on local ingredients: meats, cheeses, breads and their famously […]

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BBQ unlike any other


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MexiBBQ is unlike any other BBQ joint. Mexican-fusion BBQ is the foundation for a menu filled with original appetizers, classic entrees and impressive desserts. Combine this with a modern atmosphere, a knowledgeable wait staff and prime location — and you’ve found your new neighborhood hotspot. A full bar with a killer happy hour is available […]

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‘Best Asian of New York’


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It’s been said that “location is everything.” BANY of Long Island City has captured locals with its prime waterfront setting. It has kept them coming back with an assortment of intriguing Asian dishes. Whether you’re in the mood for sushi or ceviche, this modern Asian haven has something for everyone. Begin your meal with the […]

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