Dining

A taste of Portugal
A taste of Portugal
Dining Queens Courier Staff 11/09/2013 at 9:14AM

A few blocks east of the Cross Island Parkway, Mateus offers a taste of Portugal. Entry is through the bar, which I noticed was well stocked with more than 100 different bottles of wine from all over the world but most from Portugal. Hosted by Ilidio Chaves, the dining room is modest in size with [...]

The menu is a ‘Katch’
The menu is a ‘Katch’
Dining Angy Altamirano 11/02/2013 at 2:04PM

Step away from your average sports bar food, music and experience — and take a trip to an Astoria spot that will truly “Katch” your attention. Since opening in May, Katch Brewery & Grill has settled into the heart of the community and is now in the middle of becoming an entertainment bar that will [...]

First Sunnyside Restaurant Week to be held Nov. 4-8
First Sunnyside Restaurant Week to be held Nov. 4-8
Dining Angy Altamirano 10/29/2013 at 11:11AM

Get ready to dine in Sunnyside. The Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District (BID) is holding its first-ever Sunnyside Restaurant Week from November 4 to 8. The five-day celebration will offer participants a “culinary journey through Sunnyside,” featuring special three course dinner menus for $25 at 17 participating local restaurants. Six of the 17 will also [...]

Amy’s Bread opens retail outlet in LIC
Amy’s Bread opens retail outlet in LIC
Dining Cristabelle Tumola 10/22/2013 at 12:27PM

Any way you slice it, Amy’s Bread has found success in Long Island City. But with its newest venture — a retail outlet run out of the entrance of its baking facility — it hopes to find even more. Just over a year ago, the company decided to move its bakery and company offices from [...]

The ultimate soup, salad and sammie
The ultimate soup, salad and sammie
Dining Queens Courier Staff 10/18/2013 at 7:10PM

If you have been, then you already know what makes Il Bambino great. Think paninoteca wuzzled with a tapas bar that also offers a fantastic selection of affordable wines.  The outdoor space is cozy (enjoy it while the weather permits), and long hours allow for everything from a hearty brunch with lots of friends to a [...]

When offal is far from awful
When offal is far from awful
Dining Queens Courier Staff 10/12/2013 at 1:43PM

Mombar is settled in the middle of a segment of Steinway Street known as Little Egypt.  Twenty years ago it was just a copy shop, on a stretch of road filled primarily with Greek and Italian businesses.  Its transition to one of the most talked about destinations for Southern Egyptian cuisine probably played no small [...]

Soup dumplings: The best things come in small packages
Soup dumplings: The best things come in small packages
Dining Queens Courier Staff 10/05/2013 at 11:40AM

As the autumn chill gradually grows in the air, so too does the desire for warm comfort foods.  While a whole steaming bowl of soup may still be just a bit too much, why not try a slider version?  Sound absurd?  Then you definitely need to stop by the Nan Xiang Dumpling House in Flushing, [...]

Vivaldi: Life begins anew
Vivaldi: Life begins anew
Dining Queens Courier Staff 9/27/2013 at 8:25PM

It’s had several reincarnations but Vivaldi has got it right. The beloved Cafe on the Green was a go-to place for fine food, wonderful ambiance and a warm welcome from operator Joe Franco. Now, it’s Billy Pappas at the door and around the room mingling with patrons. The site overlooking the Throgs Neck Bridge is [...]

Greek Donut = Gronut?
Greek Donut = Gronut?
Dining Queens Courier Staff 9/21/2013 at 9:08AM

Manhattan may have the famed cronut, Williamsburg may be rapidly catching up with the newly hyped ramen burger, but Queens has its own fare. Loukoumades have already been dubbed the unofficial donut of Queens. She doesn’t call it the Gronut, but Katarina Davoultzis makes her own version of loukoumades—a traditional Greek donut — every single [...]

Roka rocks!
Roka rocks!
Dining Liam La Guerre 9/14/2013 at 6:21PM

Stepping inside Roka Turkish Cuisine feels like drifting across the Atlantic Ocean, far from bustling Metropolitan Avenue to the Mediterranean. Co-owner Anet Dulger, who grew up in Istanbul, inherited her cooking style from her mother and sisters. She created a menu based on her upbringing and uses imported Turkish ingredients to draw out authentic tastes. [...]