Archive for January, 2008

El Basurero Colombian food in Astoria

Posted on January 31, 2008. Filed under: Astoria, Colombian, Mexican/South American, Off the beaten path |

Behold, the Holy Trash Can of Colombian Food!

Behold, the Holy Trash Can of Colombian Food!

Como se dice “trashcan” enespanol? El Basurero! Oigo todo tiempo- todos adoran El Basurero (718) 545-3220
32-17 Steinway Street Astoria, NY  11103)
– lo es mucho diversion. El comestible es bueno, pero pienso el entretenimiento es mucho mejor. El Basurero tiene comida Colombian y Sudamericano, tapas, dulce y bebidas. Si te gusta musica fuerte, vas sabado o domingo escuchar los hombres juegan musica Mariachi- es tiempo muy beuno! Este restaurante grande tiene muchos decoraciones mirar y musica escuchar.

Como se dice “trash can” en espanol? El Basurero! This festive restaurant on 32-17 Steinway Street is no ordinary place to eat…or drink. The minute you walk in, you are transported to what would resemble theme-park attractions, Colombian style. Tacky? Perhaps. Fun? You bet! The food is good but the atmosphere is what really keeps patrons coming back. Serving tapas and traditional entrees and a full bar is there to help you wash everything down. Be sure to go on the weekend to be personally serenaded by a mariachi band in full costume.

Click here for the menu–basurero

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El Shater Market in Sunnyside

Posted on January 31, 2008. Filed under: Bakery, Middle Eastern, Off the beaten path, Specialty Food Markets |

El Shater Corp- Middle Eastern Gourmet Food (43-02 43rd Ave 11104) With all the ethnicity of Queens, it’s no surprise that this little gem is in the heart of Sunnyside. This tiny Lebanese food market packs an astonishing selection of teas, rice, home made sweets, freshly packaged spices and every kind of olive imaginable. It’s a great place to get food to-go or fresh spices like cardamom,  cloves and fresh curry. El Shater has a deli counter serving Mediterranean meatballs, falafel, spinach pie and other pastries stuffed with savory fillings. And for dessert, try the kataifeh- honey shredded wheat or if you’re adventurous- the Madluet Ashtah- cream filled rosewater and pistachio delight.

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Mojave SouthWestern food Astoria

Posted on January 30, 2008. Filed under: Astoria, Brunch, Burgers, Mexican/South American | Tags: |

Mojave (22-36 31st St Astoria, NY 11105 (718) 545-4100) knows how to do business and it’s a good thing. Before it was Mojave- this transient spot used to be Wings & Things, then All Star Burger- all short lived. Let’s hope Mojave is here to stay. With over 50 different kinds of tequila- from the high-lands to the low lands aged and not so aged, it’s got something  to offer to everyone. It greatly resembles its owner establishment in Manhattan- Agave. Whether you’re going for breakfast, dinner or anything in between, the food here is well prepared and tasty. The prices are decent, about $12 will get you a prix fix brunch, $15-$20 for an entree. The traditional meals as well as the more eclectic options will keep you coming back. The Santa fe Shepard’s Pie is a twist on a traditional dish, and made with chili mac, pork and braised beef. Classic sirloin chicken fried steak is always a winner and seared sea scallops offer meal with a lighter take. They serve free blue corn chips and a smile with every meal. The servers are attentive and know their stuff. Though this restaurant/bar is hip in decor with bamboo ceiling, dark wooden tables and chairs, candle light, it’s lacking in the rustic small town feel that most Astoria restaurants provide. The ambiance resembles that of a bigger Manhattan restaurant. The music can be loud at times, but patrons don’t seem to mind. Great place to bring some friends on a weekend night.

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February Highlights

Posted on January 28, 2008. Filed under: Entertainment |

It’s the coldest month of the year and the shortest. Make the most of it with these up-coming events in February. Kick off the month with some culture and visit the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center  (LPAC) in LIC with the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company celebration on Feb. 1st 8pm Mainstage Theater. Enjoy colorful dragons, ethnic dance and music.  On Feb 5th the LPAC hosts a free open mic night starting at 7pm. Feeling cool? Warm up with a Hot Yoga charity event at the Yoga Room in Astoria Feb 2nd $10 donation at 4:30-5pm. Take a guided tour of the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing Meadows on Feb. 2nd or learn all about composting on Feb 10th. Experimental percussionist and composer Susie Ibarra performs at the Noguchi Museum February 10, 2008. Every Wednesday evening Cafe Waltz in Astoria offers a Jazz workshop at 6pm.Then stick around for drinks and an open mic session starting at 8pm. In the mood to shop but don’t have the moo-la? Check out the New York Housing Works Thrift Shop warehouse event on the second Saturday of the month- Feb 9th. Fill an entire bag of goodies for just $20 before the items go out to the retail stores. Feeling like you want to get in touch with your feminine side? Check out PS1‘s opening celebration. Feb 17th WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution 12-8pm If classical music is your thing, Astoria Music Society performs in Manhattan on Feb 23rd 8pmat the Judson Memorial Church 55 Washington SQ South. Featuring Garth Edwin Sunderland-Dark Heaven Angel and Peter Maxwell Davies- Vesalii Icones. Thanks for reading. There’s more to come…. 

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Strip-bar hopping- Astoria/Long Island City

Posted on January 26, 2008. Filed under: Astoria, Entertainment |

Mermaids a Go-Go 31st Street at 31st Ave N/W Broadway stop- Mermaids is swimming with young beauties and cheap drinks. Though not a high-class go-go bar, it’s still a fun alternative to the trendy bars in the Astoria. The bar-top doubles as a runway for showcasing a variety of bikini clad dancers who are voluptuously in shape and pretty. You might not find a crowd here, but this small bar seems to maintain a loyal group patrons on the weekends. The bartender is friendly and the scene is pretty low-key. There are neither hooting frat boys nor flashy suits with an abundance of cash, but you might catch locals trying to sell you porn dvds for $5. Just be sure to expand your gratuities to the dancers.  Overall the scene is friendly and fun. If you’re looking for something a little more highclass and professional, Scandals in LIC  ( 24-03 Queens Plaza North Long Island City, NY 11101 (718) 784-5600) is always a good time had-by-all. The night comes alive  at this LIC venue. Men and women alike seem to enjoy this topless bar. It has a clean (well… tidy) atmosphere, valet parking, friendly service and “great scenery”

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Albatross (gay) Bar- Astoria

Posted on January 26, 2008. Filed under: Astoria, Entertainment |

Albatross– Self proclaimed as the “Friendliest bar in Astoria” it lives up to its name.  The dark and slightly dingy bar is set up with a pool table in the middle of the floor, a small stage in the back and free popcorn. Albatross is located at 36-19 24th ave, which sets it apart  from the raucous of the main avenues. This quiet tree-lined corner is calm during the day, but don’t be deceived.  There is tons happening at this tiny dive bar practically every day of the week and Albatross welcomes everyone to share in the festivities. Mondays offer $5 martinis, friday nights exhibit the most talented locals for singing karaoke and Saturday is drag queen night. 

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Romeo & Juliet Hip Hop Style in the LIC

Posted on January 25, 2008. Filed under: Entertainment, Off the beaten path |

Among the industrial eye-sores and luxury condo monstrosities of Long Island City, sits the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. This arts facility is “committed to presenting culturally and ethnically diverse programming of the highest quality for the College community, the residents of Queens and the tri-state area”  One particularly interesting event taking place in March is the hip-hop rendition of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. “Set in Harlem, this hip-hopped-up “Romeo and Juliet” is a fast-moving and modern take on the classic play…the entire production is scored with soul, R&B, and rap. But not to worry Shakespeare’s text will not be altered”- courtesy LPAC  LPAC also offers live Jazz music, open mic night, theater, workshops and a plethora of other arts events. Just check out the events schedule.

LaGuardia Community College
31-10 Thomson Avenue
Long Island City, N.Y. 11101

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Central Club- Astoria

Posted on January 25, 2008. Filed under: Astoria, Entertainment |

20-30 Steinway St
Astoria, NY 11102 (718) 726-1600

Who knew there was a club scene in Astoria? Well, unless you love world techno music and a heavily packed crowd, it’s probably not the ideal place for you. But this club has a lot to offer in other ways. The bartenders are decent and the decor is hip, laid-back and conducive for mingling. Situated in the front, the club has a large lounge area painted black with cozy plush velvet couches. Behind the velvet curtain, there is a large bar with nice, clean tables and chairs and a second level for private parties. Towards the rear of the club it opens up to an enclosed patio with couches, private canopies and another bar- very romantic, very attractive. There are mostly young 20 somethings dressed to the nines. If this is your scene, you’ll have a blast, but beware of loads of attitude from the packed crowd and dance at your own risk!

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