Dining

It’s all Greek to me
It’s all Greek to me
Dining Queens Courier Staff 4/12/2014 at 10:09AM

The Giannakas brothers are the powerhouse duo who have been running one of the most innovative and original Greek restaurants in Astoria for the better part of the past decade. The two men work alongside their mother and father, and the harmony is borderline tangible.

Sofra opens in Sunnyside
Sofra opens in Sunnyside
Dining Queens Courier Staff 3/16/2014 at 12:24PM

Sofra is the newest arrival on the scene in terms of restaurants that are serving a broad variety of authentic Mediterranean cuisine

Alobar springs into spring
Alobar springs into spring
Dining Queens Courier Staff 3/07/2014 at 5:34PM

Not many small, privately owned restaurants in New York City can survive all of the changes that come along with the replacement of an executive chef, especially when those changes mean you will have to rebrand your entire restaurant concept, hoping to retain the former regulars, while acquiring new ones.

Design your own sushi roll
Design your own sushi roll
Dining Queens Courier Staff 2/21/2014 at 5:02PM

The Queens Courier recently got a chance to visit Pink Nori, Astoria’s brand new “make your own sushi bar.”

Supping at Snowdonia
Supping at Snowdonia
Dining Queens Courier Staff 2/14/2014 at 5:49PM

Whatever you choose, the drinks are all some of the most exciting around, and all coming from Snowdonia, a quaint little trappist-style gastropub slightly hidden at the corner of 32nd Street and 35th Avenue in Astoria.

A new party at Pachanga Patterson
A new party at Pachanga Patterson
Dining Queens Courier Staff 2/08/2014 at 10:21AM

Peyton Powell recently took over as executive chef in the kitchen at Astoria’s Pachanga Patterson, the third restaurant of the Mexican trio that also includes Vesta in Astoria and Venturo in Sunnyside.

Build-a-burger at Burger Bistro
Build-a-burger at Burger Bistro
Dining Queens Courier Staff 1/26/2014 at 9:45AM

Last month, the space next door to JJ’s Asian Fusion became a Burger Bistro, the company’s fourth location in the city. The original is in Bay Ridge, with a sophomore effort in Park Slope, a third on the Upper East Side, and now our own outpost here in Astoria, sharing the same 31st Avenue restaurant corridor as Milkflower, Pachanga Patterson, Il Bambino, Enthaice, Zenon, Point Brazil, Brick Café, and Café Boulis—just to name a few in that 10-block stretch.

One door closes and another opens
One door closes and another opens
Dining Queens Courier Staff 1/17/2014 at 4:52PM

Woodbines is an absolutely fantastic addition to the Vernon Boulevard corridor in Long Island City. Serving pub-style Irish dishes alongside American favorites, they really showcase a few plates of note—with some pretty solid drinks, as well.