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It takes a (Burger) Village


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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SHEILA DIAMOND

There’s a new burger place in town where you can eat healthy.

Normally, you wouldn’t put these two ideas together, but organic is the new healthy and Burger Village in Great Neck does it in style.

We were first tempted to give it a try as the aromas just beckoned us through the front door. The advertised organic meals closed the deal.

Brothers Nick and Vick Yadav were raised in the restaurant business and opening their own restaurant has been their dream. They proudly discuss the menu, featuring 100 percent all natural ingredients – USDA certified organic, cage free, grass fed, hormone and antibiotic free meats and non-GMO produce grown locally, with no herbicides or pesticides.

“At Burger Village our products do not come from a factory,” Nick said. “They come from farms and dairies that are mostly family owned and operated. The livestock and produce are nourished and cared for in a natural and humane way.”

You know the brothers are serious in their commitment to quality organic dining when you sit in the comfortable dining area, paneled in recycled wood. Reading the extensive menu is absolute confirmation.

Your choices include turkey, bison, ostrich, elk, wild boar and lamb in addition to beef (patties or on salad) as well as black bean, mushroom and veggie burgers. Chicken for tenders and sandwiches are humanely handled and raised.  Amazingly, with prices from $9-$13, the value is healthy, too. Even the hot dog, grass-fed Kobi beef, is only $7.

Your burger can be nestled in a brioche or multigrain bun, or even lettuce for the carb-averse.  Gluten free buns and whole wheat wraps are also available. The many toppings and sides include:  regular or seasoned fries, onion rings, sweet potato fries, goat cheese, shaved aged parmesan, arugula and lots more.

Even the soft drinks are healthier than you would expect and organically sourced. Sodas are caffeine-free, cane juice sweetened, 100 percent all-natural, hand crafted by the Maineroot Company. Then again, you can get some healthy anti-oxidants in a glass of very nice red wine.

If you have room, dessert awaits. Their shakes are made with organic ice cream and include strawberry, raspberry and blueberry, banana and even peanut butter, in addition to the old standbys, vanilla and chocolate.

The flourless chocolate cake is simply amazing and all I can say about their vanilla bean cheese cake is that it’s beyond the beyond.

So if you’ve been craving a juicy, flavorful burger or a really healthy salad—or you just want to go to town on an old-time ice cream float, head to Burger Village.

Burger Village
66 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck
516-321-9177
Open 7 days 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Master, Visa, Amex, Discover cards accepted
Metered on street parking
Muni lot around corner (Gussack Plaza)

 

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Build-a-burger at Burger Bistro


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Bradley Hawks

BRADLEY HAWKS

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.

While the company achieved  status as the #2 burger in the city from Zagat, this location is also just a couple blocks from the Astoria based giant, Bareburger—which, if lines and wait times mean anything at all, is currently making one of the most popular patties in town.  Both Bareburger and the Burger Bistro feature a “build your own” selection of toppings, offering everything from tuna and kobe beef (at Burger Bistro) to ostrich and bison (at Bareburger).

Because we were anxious to see how this newcomer holds up to the competition, we stopped by after they’d been open a week, just to test things out.  Truth be told, we have already returned more than once.

While the burger is certainly one to drool over, I mostly loved that it could be served on toasted garlic bread–reminding me of my old college burger joint that sold GCB’s (garlic cheese burgers).  Other bread options, however, include potato, wheat, or brioche rolls, as well as sliders or lettuce wraps.

There are several side dishes to choose from, as well, from various tater tots to homemade chips, and fried onions to split pea salad.  The buffalo tots were kinda sorta outrageous. Crispy tater tots lightly tossed in a creamy buffalo sauce, then topped with diced celery and crumbled blue cheese.

Other side choices include deep-fried corn on the cob, fried artichoke hearts, and a few salad options, including one with Portobello mushrooms, pears and goat cheese.

The ice cream sandwich was probably one of the best I have ever tasted, with two sugar crystal-coated chocolate sugar cookies, sandwiching a cold, firm scoop of fresh peppermint ice cream.  They also have versions with snicker doodles and cinnamon ice cream, or oatmeal raisin with buttercream ice cream.

At lunch, you can order a cheeseburger with one topping and a side order for $10 —and they offer other specials throughout the week.

Funky burger toppings range from buffalo shrimp to pickled jalapeños, onion frizzles, wasabi mayo, and portobello mushrooms… just to name a few.

The selection of toppings, meat, breads, cheese, and sides is extremely generous, yet still fits on one page.  In fact, the menu is a dry erase board where you actually mark your choices before turning it in to the server.  And thank goodness it is dry erase.  Leave yourself plenty of time to play with the choices to create a burger and side combination that is just what you want.  The cooks execute everything perfectly–you just have to tell them what to do!

Burger Bistro
37-03 31st Ave., Astoria
347-808-8454

 

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Donovan’s Pub in Woodside up for sale


| schoi@queenscourier.com

John F. Harnett, 79, is going to have to find another place to eat lunch.

Donovan’s Pub, Woodside’s well-known eatery and bar — and Harnett’s lunchtime spot for nearly three decades — is up for sale after having been in business for 46 years.

“I’ve tried other restaurants, but you can’t beat this,” said Harnett, who makes the 10 block trek from his home to Donovan’s almost on a daily basis. “The food has always been reasonably priced. Anywhere else around here, you’re not going to get two [pork] chops that size for the money Donovan’s charges.”

Known for its prized burgers, which have been mentioned in major publications such as the New York Times, New York Post and the Daily News, the pub has made a name for itself through affordable prices and high quality alcohol, including a wine cellar that remains at a constant temperature 24/7. The location is an especially hot commodity in the evenings when residents getting off work look for a place to wind down.

The restaurant is up for sale because owner Joe Donovan is looking to retire from his business empire.

According to Massey Knakal Realty Services, the store, 57-24 Roosevelt Avenue, is at an asking price of $3.2 million.

Jack Donovan, manager and Joe’s younger brother, said he and the other employees hope that the new management chooses to keep the business and operate it. But nothing is set in stone as of yet.

“They [the employees] are all part of an extended family,” said Jack. “But everything good comes to an end.”

As for Harnett, saying good bye to a place that he calls his “favorite part of the day” and cooking that he says is second only to his mother’s, will be difficult.

“I’ll probably have to look for a new place [if Donovan’s closes],” said Harnett. “I will miss this place.”

Perfect burgers at the ‘Corner’


| editorial1@queenscourier.com

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At Corner Bistro, simplicity is the key to success. For years, the original Greenwich Village location has been serving up burgers and beer to generations of discerning locals and visitors. So when they decided to open a second location, they chose to bring their bohemian ambiance to Long Island City.

When you walk into Corner Bistro, you’re greeted by the sight of a full bar and booth-style seating. My guest and I had eight choices for our dining adventure, including the hamburger, cheeseburger, bistro burger, grilled chicken sandwich, BLT sandwich, grilled cheese, chili and finally, the chili burger.

I was eager to see if the burger lived up to the hype. My guest and I ordered the bistro burger with a side of French fries and as it arrived, my eyes widened in disbelief. It was a classic all-American burger topped with cheese, bacon, lettuce and tomato, all sandwiched inside a soft sesame seed bun. Complete with a McSorley’s Ale and a side of sweet potato fries, my taste buds were pleased, and so was my wallet, as these monstrous burgers are all under $9.

Although the menu is simple, the restaurant grants consistency to customers, letting them know that each time they visit Corner Bistro they will receive quality food, pleasant service and an assortment of draft beers — all at a modest price. Ask for Amie, a friendly and informative waitress.

The location of the new Corner Bistro is appropriate for a Greenwich Village-based saloon, nestled in Long Island City on Vernon Boulevard, a quaint, up-and-coming area with its own bohemian ambitions.

Grab some dinner at Corner Bistro and head down the block and witness a view that will surely take your breath away. Located a few short blocks from the water, after dinner be sure to relax on a bench and enjoy the view of Manhattan.

As summer lingers on, enjoy the simplicity and quality presented consistently at Corner Bistro in Long Island City. Good food, good service, good beer — what more could you ask for?

CORNER BISTRO

47-18 Vernon Blvd

Long Island City, NY 11101

718-606-6500

http://www.cornerbistrony.com/

All major credit cards

Take-out

Full bar

Grand opening of Five Guys


| jlane@queenscourier.com

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Five Guys Burgers and Fries had customers waiting outside their restaurant for their grand opening on Monday, September 19 in the Sky View Center.

“Before 11 a.m., there was a line with about 10 people waiting for us to open,” said Monique Jimenez, employee of Five Guys.

The fast food chain opened on level B of the regional mall. This 2,000-square-foot Five Guys marked the third Queens location for the burger joint.

“We don’t have any holding units, such as freezers, so everything goes freshly prepped on the grill,” said Rob LaMarca, store manager of Five Guys.

Founded in 1986 by Janie and Jerry Murrel, Five Guys continues to be family-owned by their five sons. The company, which originated in Arlington, Virginia, has quickly expanded from a local favorite to an international brand. Known for their double-patty burgers, the restaurant’s signature look continues to be their red and white checked design scheme.

“Everything we cook is with 100 percent peanut oil. We also offer free peanuts while you eat; fresh quality products are what we serve,” said LaMarca.

Located in Downtown Flushing and a short distance away from other heavily-populated Queens neighborhoods, Sky View Center retailers stand to benefit from a large population density. It’s also easily accessible by both car and mass transit. The regularly expanding shopping destination currently offers three hours of free parking seven days a week.