133-43 37th Avenue
Flushing, NY 11354
Phone: (718) 939-5000
Fax: (718) 939-4000
Bars et cafés
This Flushing restaurant is an alternative to Chinatown. Formerly known as Gum Fung, Jade Asian offers some of the best dim sum around in a catering hall type atmosphere, large, crowded and noisy. That's evident to the locals who come to catch up with their family and friends on a weekend morning. Servers make the rounds on pushcarts carrying steamed buns filled with meat, seafood and vegetables: all you have to do is point at what looks good! Sample cha siu baau if you like barbecue pork buns, cheong fun (rice noodle rolls) or har gau (popular shrimp-filled dumplings). For the more adventurous, there's chicken feet and fried octopus. Finish off with a customary egg tart; childa flaky puff pastry with an egg custard filling.
The family of owner Peter Benfaremo (the self-proclaimed Lemon Ice King of Corona) has been serving up Italian ices in this Queens location of Benfaremo for over 50 years. The ices come in dozens of flavors, ranging from standards like lemon, coconut and chocolate to exotics like peanut butter, cantaloupe and raspberry. All are made with fresh ingredients. Expect to wait for your ice as there is almost always a line, especially in the summer. Only cash payments are accepted.
D'Antigua in Jackson heights has good food, a bright atmosphere for a lounge bar and often hosts live Latin bands. There is not much room on the dance floor, but the music is worthwhile.
Mardi Gras is a Creole restaurant that serves up good food at modest prices and accompanied by good music. The dining room resembles an old fashioned country inn, with the bar on the first floor and restaurant seating on the second. Dine on Voodoo Pasta, Jammin' Jambalaya, and Slap Your Mama Silly Barbequed Ribs, as well as blackened ribeye, the fish of the day, bronzed chicken or pork chop, and some of the hottest chicken wings and fried chicken north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Now, New Orleans is only a subway ride away!
This intimate wine bar in Forest Hills is well-known for paying as much attention to its food as its wine. A beautiful wood-topped bar greets patrons as they walk in to the intimate space bathing in golden light. The striking artwork on the walls is perhaps the only noticeable decor in the minimalist space. The wine list of about 80 spans some of the best wine-producing regions in the world, and has enough variety to please the oenophiles. Accompanying your tipples is a diverse selection of cured meats and cheeses. The dinner menu offers a selection of small plates like grilled calamari and serrano ham croquettes. There's a selection of large plates as well that offers Sauteed Sea Trout, Roasted Skate and Linguine among others. Diners can also opt for a three- course fixed menu offered twice a week. Check website for more.
Central serves up Mediterranean food to New Yorkers in style. The interior is very impressive- leather banquettes, divided from the main floor by waist high glass partitions, line walls made from wide wooden panels, and in the center rests a white-padded bar. Towards the back sits a sushi bar, but the Greek food is Central's real draw, featuring, among other items, a positively delicious goat cheese salad. Outside is a lovely patio that is open during spring and summer for star-gazers and smokers. DJ's spin Greek music early in the night, then turn to European house later, as the club starts to get crowded and the bar warms up. The largely European crowd adds to the Mediterranean ambiance that Central cultivates. Food and drinks are pricey, which may discourage frequent visits, but Central is worth it, especially for a nightspot in Queens.
This recently renovated restaurant-cum-bar is located in the Queens neighborhood. Executive Chef Mina Newman brings you the best American steakhouse food, with traces of Greek cuisine. Parts of the menu tend to change regularly, as the kitchen relies heavily on seasonally available fruits and vegetables. The lemon sorbets served with meals are quite popular with the crowds. The prices are a little steep but that does not deter foodies from heading here, and parties of 20 to 80 people can be accommodated at a time. Valet Parking is available. For further information, check the website or call for details.
A classic American bar, the Donovan’s Pub serves some amazing burgers and high spirits. Located in the Queens borough of NYC, this little place is renowned among foodies and alcohol lovers alike. A child friendly place, Donovan’s has its classic share of burgers, that everyone seems to love. The Donovan, the H Factor, the Santo and the Sebastian are some of the signature burgers that all their customers keep going back to. With a simple and friendly ambiance, this pub is is one of those places, which is perfect for a weekend hangout, or a family lunch.
Delicious American fare awaits you at the Calypso City & Rum Jungle. The place has a wide selection of dishes on its menu which spoils you for choice. The ambiance of the place is cozy with beautiful lights and well laid tables. The serving staff is friendly and at hand for prompt service. If you want to partake in the famed American meals, Calypso City & Rum Jungle is the place to go.
Blackbird’s is a fairly new bar/restaurant on the neighborhood scene in Astoria that’s growing in popularity because of its welcoming and cozy atmosphere, despite the big tinted windows. Drinks are reasonably priced with a decent beer and wine selection. The thoughtful pub grub is fairly good with a selection of appetizers and sandwiches. Blackbird’s also has a special football menu for NFL games that includes wings and nachos. Brunch is served on Sundays with some unlimited drink options. Special event nights like music, trivia, bingo and darts occur during the week. Astorians should add it their local rotation.
With a name like Front Toward Enemy, this place has raised quite a few eyebrows. This hipster bar serves a delightful new-age American fare along with a great range of handcrafted cocktails. The ambiance takes a cue from the earthy yet trendy interiors and dons a casual yet sophisticated vibe. Live music acts entertain locals from all walks of life, while the service never fails to impress. Open for dinner on weekdays, they serve a killer brunch on the weekends. Innovative preparations such as fish cakes, braised lamb shoulder, grilled octopus come highly recommended, and these couple perfectly with creative cocktails like Crystal Chandelier and Chinese Finger Trap.
The Moka Nightclub and Lounge in Queens is a lesson in seduction. The club has a massive, multi-level design with undulating walls and ceilings that beckon patrons to different corners of the space. The space is also large and flexible enough to host large parties, bridal showers and corporate events. The bar serves a plethora of exotic rum drinks doled out with energy drinks.