Dining

Osteria Italiana: For a real Italian experience
Osteria Italiana: For a real Italian experience
Dining Liam La Guerre 12/15/2013 at 10:39AM

Looking for real Italian food, but can’t go to Italy? Then how about Maspeth? Osteria Italiana, which loosely translates to “Italian restaurant,” opened up over the summer on 61st Street near Grand Avenue with a familiar face. Head chef and part-owner Michael Zampitelli, who is an Italian native turned Maspeth resident, brings nearly 40 years of Italian cooking experience to the neighborhood.

Cavo: A little bit of something for everyone
Cavo: A little bit of something for everyone
Dining Queens Courier Staff 12/08/2013 at 3:04PM

For years, Cavo has been serving elevated Mediterranean cuisine in one of the most sophisticated dining rooms this side of the Hudson—and the current menu is certainly no exception. The Astoria restaurant showcases a lovely blend of favorite dishes primarily from Greece and Italy intermixed with accents from all over the world.

C’est magnifique
C’est magnifique
Dining Queens Courier Staff 11/30/2013 at 8:26AM

French cuisine is oddly one of the most difficult cuisines to find in Astoria, especially when it comes to table service. As a matter of fact, it could be argued that until last month, one solitary restaurant served a croque madame. Luckily the opening of Francis Café marks the second bistro in Astoria, presently open [...]

Ben’s Best: A New York classic
Ben’s Best: A New York classic
Dining Liam La Guerre 11/24/2013 at 11:30AM

While many kosher delicatessens around the country have come and gone, Ben’s Best in Rego Park has remained a staple in the neighborhood for nearly 70 years, using one simple rule. Owner Jay Parker, a Rockaway native, makes certain the restaurant is a master of one trade. The menu at the eatery has not changed [...]

O’Neill’s: Classy, right outside your door
O’Neill’s: Classy, right outside your door
Dining Liam La Guerre 11/15/2013 at 6:11PM

Revitalized O’Neill’s restaurant and bar is ready to serve all lads and lassies looking to O’verindulge. After reopening in September following a devastating fire two years ago, the Maspeth neighborhood favorite has increased its fine dining options, and brought in world-renowned chef Richard Burns. Restaurant owners rebuilt the beloved bar section, but expanded areas for [...]

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 [...]