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Queens Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Tuesday: Sunny to partly cloudy. High 56. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday night: A few clouds. Low 39. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Samuel Field Y Fundraiser Dinner at Bourbon Street to Support Programs for Children with Autism

The Samuel Field Y invites you to show your support of our programs for children with autism by having dinner at Bourbon Street Cafe on Tuesday, April 1, between 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.. A generous portion of your bill will be donated back to the Samuel Field Y and used towards funding for programs for children with autism. Make your reservations today by calling (718) 224-2200. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

New York legislature passes $140 billion budget

The New York Legislature has passed a $140 billion election-year budget that expands pre-kindergarten statewide and provides tax relief to homeowners and corporations. Read more: ABC New York

Students suspensions in city up in 2013: report

Student suspensions in the city’s public schools shot up 26 percent in the latter part of 2013, according to statistics released Monday. Read more: New York Post

Not one home fully rebuilt under city-run Sandy program: officials

New York City politicians and victims of Sandy are attacking a city-run program that’s supposed to rebuild homes destroyed by the storm but that officials admit has yet to complete a single project. Read more: NBC New York

Legislation would transform NYC’s alternate-side parking rules

Alternate side of the street parking is so important to New York City drivers that when you call 311 it’s the first information delivered. Read more: Fox New York

Legislation could mean more speed cameras for NYC, Long Island

If you speed in a school zone, it will likely cost you big in the future. Read more: CBS New York

Queens Restaurant Week draws diners


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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As Queens Restaurant Week has officially begun, eatery owners are hoping more diners will gobble up deals being served throughout the borough.

The 10th annual promotion started Monday, September 30, and includes three-course dinners for $28 and three-course lunches for $14 at most participating Queens restaurants.

Ellen LaPerna, manager of Bourbon Street, said she has already seen a moderate amount of people take advantage of deals at the Bayside establishment.

“So far, so good,” she said.

This is Bourbon Street’s sixth year in the program, LaPerna said.

“People do come out and participate,” she said. “I think the community likes it. It’s just another reason for people to come out and try our food.”

Queens Restaurant Week ran until October 3 and will pick up again October 7 through 10.

Manager Colleen Bowerman of Austin’s Ale House & Trackside Café said her Kew Gardens eatery has participated in the promotion every year.

The restaurant typically sees a jump in diners during the extended second week, Bowerman said.

“We’re hoping it’ll pick up,” she said. “We’ll see how it goes.”

Dan Dolacinski, manager of CityRib in Jamaica, also has his fingers crossed.

This marks the barbecue joint’s first year participating after opening up this July.

“Every year, people like Restaurant Week,” he said. “We expect people to know we’re here in the community.”

Restaurant Week is presented by the Queens Tourism Council and is sponsored by Melrose Credit Union, jetBlue, Resorts World Casino New York City, Restaurant Depot, Tequila Sunrise of Bayside, The Queens Courier and The Best of the Boro.

The long list of participating restaurants, which features all sorts of Mexican, Cajun, Mediterranean and Asian cuisines, can be found at www.itsinqueens.com/restaurantweek/Queens/.

 

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City agrees to reduce restaurant fines


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Zachary Kraehling

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced a deal to reduce restaurant fines that may make the grade with owners.

The City Council and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) said the joint agreement will reduce fines generated by violations of the city’s inspection system by $10 million per year.

“Restaurant letter grading was never supposed to be a way to generate additional fine revenue, especially since the Health Department discovered long ago that higher fines don’t by themselves result in better sanitary conditions,” Quinn said.

Fines will be set in specific amounts for each violation under the new deal.

Approximately 60 percent of violations will be set to the minimum $200 fine, including low-level violations such as not properly storing sanitized utensils, which was an average of $295.

Formerly, any violation could result in a fine of $200 to $2,000, depending on the inspector’s discretion.

“Every [inspector] has their own opinion on it,” said Pasquale Fabiano, manager of Il Vesuvio restaurant in Bayside. “They should come in and tell you what’s wrong and if you don’t fix it, they should fine you.”

Fines for the two highest levels of critical violations will be reduced from $349 and $420 to $300 and $350, respectively.

Also, fines for basic operating errors, such as operating without a permit, interrupting a health inspector or failing to post the grading card will set owners back $1,000.

An eatery will not have to pay a fine if it received a violation for a structural irregularity, such as a sink, but can prove that it had never been cited as a problem before. However, the irregularity must be fixed.

“Fantastic,” said Ellen Laperna, manager of Bourbon Street restaurant in Bayside. “They’re doing their jobs, but of course you want the fines to be lower.”

Councilmembers will also introduce five bills to improve the inspection system.

The bills will develop an inspection code of conduct, require publication of detailed data on the restaurant inspection process, have DOHMH establish a consultative inspection process, establish a Food Service Establishment Advisory Board and create an Ombudsman office within the DOHMH to tend to comments and complaints to the inspection system.

“At this point, moving to fixed fines will help give the system more predictability, and even with reduced fines, the grading system will continue to encourage restaurant managers to prepare food safely,” said Health Commissioner Thomas Farley.

Additional reporting by Zachary Kraehling

 

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Where to watch the Super Bowl in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY ANTHONY O’REILLY

While the Harbaugh brothers try to coach their teams to victory in the “HarBowl”, you can enjoy the game at one of Queens’ many bars, offering various drink and food specials throughout the night, along with free giveaways.

Bourbon Street, Bayside

For $45 per person, enjoy a hot and cold buffet, unlimited mixed drinks, bottled and tap beer, wine and soda during the game. Raffles and prize drawings will also be held during the event, which starts at 6 p.m.  Reservations and deposit required.

Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, Astoria

“The Biggest Tailgating Party in Astoria,” offers free admission, free hot dogs, wing specials and $10 pitchers on select beers and the game is played on a 200-inch high-definition screen. The event will start at 6 p.m.

Studio Square NYC, Astoria

Starting at 4 p.m., enjoy unlimited draft beers, red & white sangria, loaded lemonade and red stag iced tea as well as an in-game buffet from the garden grill and shot specials during the game. Auction on past Super Bowl memorabilia and several raffles will be held for the chance to win an 80” led screen. Watch the game on more than three dozen 60” flat screen TV’s. Tickets are $40 online (studiosquarenyc.com) and $45 at the door.

Austin’s Ale House, Kew Gardens

For $50 per person enjoy bottled beer, top-shelf cocktails, half-time buffet and raffles & prize drawings. Order wings by Feb. 1.

Resorts World Casino, South Ozone Park 

Watch the game on a huge 16’x28’ flat screen TV, along with several other screens around the circular bar. Two packages are available. $25 per person gets you six wings and two domestic draft beers. The VIP package, priced at $60 per person (must order 25 tickets for a grand total of $1500), gets you 150 wings and 50 draft domestic beers.

Play, Elmhurst

Starting at 5 p.m., guests can enjoy a five hour open bar and watch the game on one of 16 flat screen TV’s for $25 per person. A mechanical bull, billiards, bowling and ping-pong and more also available. VIP tables are also available by calling 718-476-2828. VIP options include a bottle of liquor of your choice and two food platters or a la carte food and beverage service. After party will be held until 4 a.m. Tickets are required. Visit play.ticketleap.com to order.

 

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Bourbon Street: Like eating in the Big Easy


| tcullen@queenscourier.com

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Situated a quick walk away from the Bayside LIRR station, Bourbon Street has everything. Though located in northeast Queens,it gives one a feel of a bar and eatery in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

At the well-stocked bar, one can enjoy a drink, watch a game on one of the many TVs and enjoy the lively, well-spirited atmosphere. Separated by a small glass wall, Bourbon Street contains one of the coziest dining rooms in Bayside.

As one waiter noted, anything on the menu is great, and he is not joking. The menu is filled with some of the most unique and eye-catching items, including an assortment of appetizers that take you out of Queens and into the Big Easy.

For a hearty starter, he recommended the blackened chicken nachos. The towering platter is packed with flavor. Atop the bed of crisp nachos is a layer of lettuce, chopped tomatoes, jalapenos, mouth watering, seasoned chicken and cool, soothing guacamole. The chicken was blackened and spiced to perfection. When scooped up with a jalapeno, some lettuce and warm nacho cheese, your taste buds will not know what hit them.

To give these super-loaded chips a little kick, the Bourbon Street hot sauce spices things up a bit.

If you’re looking for a heart-healthy lunch like this reporter, there’s the Bourbon Street’s turkey burger. Topped with grilled peppers, it’s an explosion of flavors that will leave you craving more. Served with French fries and coleslaw, this lunch is ideal if you’re looking for something warm and filling on a cool fall day.

Given the option for a cheese for the burger, opt for the Swiss, which not only holds the peppers together, but adds an extra burst of flavor to this one-of-a-kind burger.

Queens Restaurant Week a boon for local biz


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Photo courtesy of Bourbon Street

The ninth annual Queens Restaurant Week, where local eateries offer special menu deals, just wrapped up.

Running this year from October 8 to 11 and 15 to 18, the event is not just a celebration of the borough’s food; it is also a way for restaurants to bring in new customers.

It’s because of those new faces that many restaurants continue to take part in Queens Restaurant Week and new ones join the list, which grew to over 100 participants this year.

“They think it’s a good opportunity to reach out to the surrounding community and beyond, and connect to their customers, especially a customer that might not have considered them,” said Laura Altimari of Components of Fine Taste.

Her company does marketing and advertising for two Queens Restaurant Week participants: Bourbon Street in Bayside and Austin’s Steak and Ale House in Kew Gardens.

Both restaurants have been taking part in the promotion since it started.

Each year, said Altimari, the potential for repeat customers grows as Queens Restaurant Week gains popularity.

“They’ve definitely seen an increase from when it first began to now,” she said.

“It’s a good deal and we’re trying to attract a lot of new customers, said Bruno Dauti, manager of Mexican restaurant Mojave.

This year was the first time the Astoria dining establishment took part in Queens Restaurant Week.

The event’s suggested three-course prix-fixe menu price was $25, not including tax and tip, but restaurants were free to create their own specials.

Mojave offered an appetizer, entrée and a Sangrita cocktail for $25. Normally a customer would pay $35 for that meal, said Dauti.

He saw several new customers during Queens Restaurant Week and is hopeful that they’ll return.

“They also checked the regular menu. I was very surprised actually,” he said.

At Tony Roma’s in Bayside, staff saw about a 10 percent increase in customers, some of which were new faces.

“[Queens Restaurant Week] gives us a chance to give back to the community, to the local guests who come in and dine with us,” said general manager James Connaughton.

In this economy, he said, the customers “still manage to support us and keep doors open.”

Where to watch the Super Bowl in Queens


| brennison@queenscourier.com

It won’t be just Giants and Patriots fans hitting the bars to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 5 — more than 110 million people watched last year’s game.  Bars and restaurants throughout Queens feature food and drink specials for Giants fans and anyone else that wants to take in the Super Bowl 42 rematch.  Here are a few places to watch the game in Queens:

Bourbon Street, Bayside:

For $45 per person, enjoy a hot and cold buffet, unlimited mixed drinks, bottled and tap beer, wine and soda during the game.  Giveaways during the game will include a flat screen television, golf bags, beer coolers and bicycles.  Reservations and deposit required.

Bohemian Beer Garden, Astoria:

“The Biggest Tailgating Party in Astoria,” offers free admission, free hot dogs, wing specials and $10 pitchers of Staropramen and Pilsner Urquell and the game is played on a 200-inch high-definition screen.

Studio Square, Astoria:

Watch the game on multiple 60+ inch flat screens while enjoying unlimited beer, wine, sangria, loaded lemonade and red stag iced tea for $50 ($60 at door).  There is also a private loft party — $75 ($85 at door) — which includes a top shelf open bar and premium Studio Square catering.

Z Hotel, Long Island City:

The Z Hotel features numerous options for revelers.  For $55 fans can enjoy a four hour top shelf open bar and tailgate buffet.  Ten dollars more will feature a private VIP buffet.  The game will be displayed on multiple flat screen televisions and the party will feature halftime raffles.

 

Safari Beach Club, Bayside

Safari Beach Club on Bell Boulevard in Bayside is your Giants headquarters. Watch the big game on over 25 large, flat-screen TVs. Halftime giveaways and unlimited food and drinks for $50

 

Austin’s Ale House, Kew Gardens:

Root for the Giants with unlimited bottle beer and top shelf cocktails and a halftime buffet for $50.  Halftime will also feature raffles and giveaways. Deposit required.

Strawberry’s Sports Grill, Douglaston:

The Big Game will be played on 16 high-definition televisions.  For $50, drink unlimited draft beer and enjoy all you can eat wings.  Fans will also receive free “Big Blue Shots” for wearing Giants gear and whenever the team scores.  For $75, fans will get a top shelf open bar, family style dinner and guarantee seating.

Sly Fox Inn, Flushing:

Enjoy free blue shots when the Giants score, free halftime buffet and free hot dogs.  Drink specials, raffles and giveaways throughout the game.  Reserve your spot now.

Resorts World Casino New York City, South Ozone Park:

The Racino’s Big Game Tailgate Party in Bar 360 will play the game on the bar’s 16×28 foot high definition television.  The party begins at 5 p.m. and features $2 Domestic Drafts, $2 Hot Dogs, $2 Cup of Chili and $5 for 10 Hot Wings.  Genting Reward members can enjoy the Big Game Free Play from 8 a.m. until midnight on Sunday, February 5 — receive between $7 and $107 of free play.