Dining

Eat your veggies
Eat your veggies
Dining Queens Courier Staff 5/24/2014 at 3:09PM

If I had a dollar for every time my mother told me to eat my vegetables before I could have dessert, I would be a wealthy man. If I had simply eaten the vegetables and forgone the dessert altogether, well, I can only imagine… But the truth of the matter is that vegetables aren’t just good for you. They can be just plain good. Even fantastic.

The best of the wurst
The best of the wurst
Dining Queens Courier Staff 5/17/2014 at 11:28AM

While Astoria holds bragging rights on two of the city’s most popular beer gardens, 30th Avenue’s Max Bratwurst Und Bier introduces traditional German biergarten fare to the neighborhood on a deliciously new level.

Inside the Astor Room
Inside the Astor Room
Dining Queens Courier Staff 5/10/2014 at 2:58PM

Last month we saw the launch of the very first Arts District in Queens, appropriately named the Kaufman Arts District, designated as the area between 31st Street and Steinway, and between 34th Avenue and 37th Avenue. Right in the very heart of that district sits one of Astoria’s most historic dining spaces, located beneath Kaufman Astoria Studios.

French Louisiana 1682
French Louisiana 1682
Dining Queens Courier Staff 5/03/2014 at 8:53AM

What do you do when an outrageously popular national doughnut chain opens across the street from your N’awlins-inspired café? Do you keep selling powdered-sugar-dusted beignets and steaming mugs of java? Or do you incorporate the arsenal of skills you know best to rename and rebrand the café into a full-service restaurant?

An old world organic kitchen
An old world organic kitchen
Dining Queens Courier Staff 4/27/2014 at 10:36AM

Alexander Dimitrov, the Chef-Owner of Trakia, which recently opened in Astoria, is hoping guests will come for the organic pizza, but then return for one of his authentic Mediterranean dishes roasted in the brick oven — or for the pizza again

On a roll with these buns
On a roll with these buns
Dining Queens Courier Staff 4/19/2014 at 9:15AM

Perhaps one of the most delicious and affordable Asian contributions to the culinary scene is the steamed bun. In Astoria alone, there are several droolworthy versions of these Pac-Man-shaped nibbles available, and all for under five bucks.

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.