Archive for April, 2008

Lucky Mojo LIC BBQ Ribs & Sushi in one place

Posted on April 23, 2008. Filed under: Bar-Hopping in Queens, BBQ, Entertainment, Japanese, LIC, Off the beaten path, Outdoor Seating/Patio, RIP |

RIP– Closing soon…

Lucky Mojo(5-14 51st Ave btwn Vernon blvd & 5th Long Island City 718-786-7427 delivery available

Finally a restaurant that offers the best of both worlds. Lucky Mojo Brings high brow and low brow together in LIC…how appropriate. It’s easy to find good sushi in the city- but finding good  bbq proves to be a challenge. This rustic two story eatery serves bbq ribs, fries, catfish, chili, pulled pork, chicken, burgers and that’s just the downstairs area. Upstairs- there is a full sushi bar offering a variety of fresh sashimi, rolls, and tempura. The food here is good but slightly inconsistent. Although there is a variety of tasty fare hailing from the southern region, they are missing the quintessential pan cornbread that goes with every plate of ribs. The blackened catfish has just the right amount of spice that doesn’t over power the taste. The ribs didn’t fall of the bone, but they are tender and juicy enough to come back for more. There is a variety of traditional side dishes, but the best are collared greens and mashed potatoes. The creamed corn is a bit chewy and the baked beans with rice are bland and fall short of that southern taste. There is outdoor seating on the rooftop deck. If you enjoy sports- every other booth has its own tv mounted on the wall so you can keep track of the score while you scarf down your brisket. The service is friendly but a bit too robust- reminiscent of that super chain called…Fridays. The pastoral wooden interior resembles that of a shanty town diner somewhere in the deep south. Walls are adorned with old concert posters and eclectic artwork. The porch beams are stamped with hundreds of colorful bottle caps. Prices are reasonable and the selection is like no other in the area. Look for their hard-hat specials, 2 for 1 drink happy hour 3-5. The live blues and soul music on Saturday nights is a great addition to the southern-esque atmosphere.

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Queens Fashion Show, Kite Flight & More…

Posted on April 21, 2008. Filed under: Entertainment, LIC, Off the beaten path |

Check out these cool local events coming soon…

Queens is Green Fashion Show

Saturday April 26th 4pm-6pm free RSVP or $5 at door- 646-282-0825 or queensisgreen@gmail.com

Green Space 37-24 24th St #301

Local designers, or designers with a Queens connection are sporting their favorite wears at an environmentally conscious fashion show.

Socrates Sculpture Park 32-01 Vernon blvd at Broadway Long Island City

Kite Flight workshop teaching children to build and decorate a kite with recycled materials-Sunday April 27th- 11am-2pm rain or shine 

LIC Bike Parade- 1st annual May 10th 11:30am registration, 12pm-3pm workshop safety tips, repairs, decorating, 3pm-4pm parade. Bring your bike and your laughter.

 

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Top 5 Pizza Places in Astoria & Queens

Posted on April 19, 2008. Filed under: Astoria, Cheap Dining, Italian, Pizza! |

#5 Sac’s Astoria 25-41 Broadway Specializes in coal oven–– great for the fresh toppings, crispy crust and coal oven taste. This Italian eatery also offers traditional appetizers and entrees. The ambiance is nice but casual- side walk tables in the summer are a plus!

#4 Trattoria L’incontro Astoria 21-46 31st St at Ditmars Specializes in brick oven–This decadent but slightly tacky restaurant is one of the best Italian splurges in the entire city! They serve traditional Italian entrees, extensive wine list, daily specials galore and brick oven pizza cooked to perfection. It’s more than a restaurant, it’s an experience. Service is extremely friendly and attentive- bring your wallet.

#3 Rose & Joe’s Bakery Astoria 22-40 31st  Specializes in Sicilian slices–Grab a slice of authentic Sicilian pizza at Rose & Joe’s. Fluffy and buttery crust makes you go mmm. The service is friendly, but seating is not available…the pizza is delicious.

#2 Michelangelo’s Pizza Astoria 29-11 23rd Ave. 718-932-2096 & Whitestone  Specializes in Thin Crust Pizza–Fresh toppings are spread onto a thin crust with edges that are browned just enough to give it a crispy crunch. Casual and clean atmosphere, delivery available.

Now for # 1…your choice! Where do you go for pizza?

Adam says his favorite is Famous Pizza in Elmhurst 8307 Broadway 718-271-3000 “The crust is like butta! They specialize in personal pan pizza- which is what I get when working in the ER at Elmhurst Hospital. Delivery could be faster, but it’s worth the wait.”

Dora says her favorite is Alba’s in Astoria 36-20 Ditmars blvd 718-932-5924 “Alba’s is a family-owned establishment with a delicious slice!  The sauce has a sweet tang to it and the crust is perfectly soft with a satisfying crispiness on the bottom.   Alba’s also offers a traditional Italian menu. A bonus is the soda fountain, something you don’t find all that often in NYC”

Diana says her favorite is Marabella Pizzeria 41-07 Greenpoint Ave, Sunnyside (718) 786-4635 … rumor is she’s got a crush on a pizza boy…

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Rose & Joe’s Bakery & Sicilian Pizza Astoria

Posted on April 17, 2008. Filed under: Astoria, Bakery, Cheap Dining, Italian, Pizza! |

Rose & Joe’s (22-40 31st St btwn 23ave & ditmars) is often overlooked and underestimated. They don’t specialize in sticky treats or icing glopped cakes. This tiny bakery is famous for fresh italian breads, cookies, pastries and their unforgettable Sicilian pizza.  The bread is served crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. The tastey cookies, traditional italian pastries and delicious quick-breads are baked fresh, an ideal afternoon snack or mid morning treat to compliment your coffee. If you happen to see a long line outside the door- don’t get discouraged. Patrons are just itching to get a slice of the perfectly prepared Sicilian pizza- served hot or cold, with toppings or without- either way you slice it, it’s delicious. Service is some of the friendliest around. Take out is necessary- seating is not available- but well worth the walk!

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Red Mango Frozen Yogurt Flushing

Posted on April 9, 2008. Filed under: Flushing/Corona, IceCream/Ice/Gelato/Fro-Yo |

Red Mango (136-54 Roosevelt Ave) Now in Astoria! 30-58 Steinway St. Astoria, NY 11103

Red Mango draws a crowd of young teenagers and then some. This chain stands out from the surrounding mom & pop establishments, but it also fits right in. What started in Korea has become a west and now east coast hot (or cool) spot. It offers Flushing a casually hip place to gather with friends and enjoy this treat all year ’round. The sociable, low-key atmosphere is comfortable. Though sparse, it is modern in decor. Serving authentic frozen yogurt with about 30 different toppings from cereal to chocolate chips to pomegranate, to mango. A small serving starts at about $4 but the tangy treat is well worth it. The green tea flavor can stand alone, while the vanilla is best when greeted with one of the many taste embellishments. If you’re not in the mood for frozen yogurt, there are a variety of hot teas.

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Yi Mei Fung Bakery Flushing

Posted on April 9, 2008. Filed under: Bakery, Chinese, Flushing/Corona |

Yi Mei Fung Bakery (135-38 Roosevelt Ave Flushing & Elmhurst 81-86 Broadway)

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Flushing is the perfect place to go for traditional Chinese baked goods. As soon as you step off the #7 train you see a plethora of of Chinese bakeries to choose from, but one stands out for its quality. Yi Mei Fung bakery has every kind of authentic Chinese pastry imaginable as well as single slices of cakes and tarts. There are multi grain breads, pork buns, mini garlic loaves, green tea pastries, coconut buns, chocolate cake and that’s just the introduction. Not only is the service fast and friendly, but this place is as convenient as bake shops get. Each piece is freshly made and individually wrapped- ready for you to grab and eat. This shop is cute and clean and offers tables for sit in, but it’s best to not stick around too long. The shop gets crowded.

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Ice Cream… 5 Boroughs!

Posted on April 8, 2008. Filed under: Astoria, Bakery, Off the beaten path |

Queens New York is undoubtedly the residing place of many . For example- Joey Ramone, Run DMC, Louis Armstrong, Dee Dee Ramone, The Mets, US Open, World’s Fair, oh and ice cream! Ever since the “brown out” of 2006, the fantastic ice cream spot, Emack and Bolios, closed its doors- damn you Con-Ed! Now you can satisfy your sweeth tooth- or teeth- and still stay loyal to your ‘boro- 5 Boroughs Ice Cream started in Astoria, Queens and brings you the flavors of New York. Taste the ethinicity in every bite! Our favorite- Mangodesh- inspired by Jackson Heights of course. You can pick your favorite flavor up at your local grocer- just check 5 Borough’s site for the location.

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Blooming Company Clothing Boutique Astoria

Posted on April 1, 2008. Filed under: Astoria, Shopping |

22-75 31st Street
Astoria, NY 11105 (718) 726-2161

This tiny women’s clothing boutique under the N/W platform has a unique collection of items ranging in dresses, candles, shoes, toiletries, handbags, hats and jewelry. It is not cheap, but reasonably priced. The merchandise changes frequently but the style remains constant. The clothing consists of one-of-a-kind designs that are feminine without being too frilly. The handbags are cute and sophisticated and the jewelry is delicate and classy. A couple unique finds were a seashell made into a tiny change purse and a billfold made of dried flowers embedded in plastic-great for unusual gifts. Depending on what is being carried, items vary so sometimes you have to dig deep to find the gems.

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