Queens restaurants

Design your own sushi roll
Design your own sushi roll
Dining Queens Courier Staff 2/21/2014 at 5:02PM

The Queens Courier recently got a chance to visit Pink Nori, Astoria’s brand new “make your own sushi bar.”

Supping at Snowdonia
Supping at Snowdonia
Dining Queens Courier Staff 2/14/2014 at 5:49PM

Whatever you choose, the drinks are all some of the most exciting around, and all coming from Snowdonia, a quaint little trappist-style gastropub slightly hidden at the corner of 32nd Street and 35th Avenue in Astoria.

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]