In celebration of the new Astoria location Red Mango will be giving away a free small yogurt with one topping to everyone who visits the shop in Astoria Saturday, August 21 from 11am-5pm. Get in line for a delicious cold treat!
Red Mango– Astoria 30-58 Steinway St. 347 738 4197
As I was waltzing around in the sweltering heat I made my way to the Side Door. I was in need of something cold to pour over my head, but I got a drink instead. My self created ice cream float (not on the menu) included lemon sorbet and seltzer water, sort of like a frozen lemonade. It was crisp and refreshing. A perfect drink for the heat wave.
Side Door- 1933 Ditmars Blvd Astoria
Local718 is sad to say that Sugar and Joe’s has closed . RIP
Baking out of a tiny kitchen in Sunnyside, Sugar & Joe’s is serving up sweets of all kinds. This cafe is run by a mother and daughter team with the help of their baking assistant. See what inspires Christine and her daughter Emma to make such mouth watering delights day in and day out. (For those who are too tired to bake, ask about their Holiday special orders)Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
These days cupcakes are all the rage. No matter how bad the economy gets, people always have some spare change to invest in a buttery cup of sugary goodness. Sugar & Joes (718-472-1070 42-20 Greenpoint ave, Sunnyside 11104) is a little cafe that offers locals top notch baked goods. Straight from the mixing bowl to your table, this ultra cute cafe provides a staple sweet that, thanks to Magnolia Bakery, was brought back by popular demand. Well, Magnolia’s got nothing on these guys. The moist creamy texture of the cake is topped with flavorful icings that aren’t just fluff. The dark chocolate peanut-butter cupcake consists of a tender chocolate cake covered in thick dark chocolate and smooth peanut-butter icing. If that doesn’t suit your fancy, try the lemon cupcake, a vanilla cake smothered in fluffy lemony icing with lots of sweetness and a slight taste of creamcheese. Looking to have breakfast on the weekend? Stop by for a coffee drink- stay for the gourmet waffles, pancakes, or muffins. If you’re not a cupcake fan- this little bakery also has ice-cream, pastelles, turtle candies, jelly beans, licorice, and cookies. They have an assortment of milkshakes, teas, and specialty coffee drinks. Service is friendly but still working out some kinks when the place gets busy. Nonetheless, it’s still a place that is worth the trip and great for kids. Inquire within about special orders.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 6 so far )
Manducatis Rustica (46-31,33,35 Vernon Blvd 718-937-1312) better be damn good, as they take up three addresses on the famed Vernon Blvd. There are three parts to this pizza/cafe shop- the kitchen with the giant brick oven, the coffee/dessert shop and the actual dining room. They offer brick oven pizza, though not by the slice, traditional Italian food, freshly baked breads, gourmet coffee and the best of all, sweets- pastries sprinkled in powder sugar and tasty gelato- from chocolate to banana to jasmine to blueberry. Not to be mistaken for the original Manducatis on Jackson Ave, this place offers a new kind of dining atmosphere to LIC. Its quaint rustic feel goes beyond the traditional exposed brick walls. Walking into the cafe you are transported to what resembles an old fashioned dessert parlor. There’s an antique cash register, old photos, even the curtains are reminiscent of decades gone by. The counter offers a window side bar to prop yourself on for some snacks. There are also tables in the back for more substantial fare. Manducatis Rustico is a unique addition to LIC.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 1 so far )
That’s right-the Lemon Ice King (52-02 108 St at 52 Ave 718-699-5133 Corona) is the king of Italian ices. The family owned business has been around for more than 60 years and is still number one in the ice business. Don’t be fooled by the name- there are many other flavors besides lemon at this roadside attraction. Just to name a few- blueberry, mint, orange-vanilla swirl, licorice, mango, rum-raisin, and one of my favorites, peanut butter. Who knew peanut butter flavored ice could taste so good? With little peanut chunks and a smooth creamy texture– the Lemon Ice King won me, ten times over. Here an unlikely flavor can be turned into a little cup of ice heaven. The peanut butter was so tasty that seconds were a must. For the third serving I went for the traditional lemon. Crisp and fresh lemon ice on a hot summer day is a reward unto itself. Even though it’s open all year it’s great to try this place before the weather cools down- there is a park conveniently located across the street. You can have a seat and watch the gentlemen play bocci.
Once you set foot in this quaint cafe you won’t want to leave. Mama’s (46-02 104th St btwn 46-47 Ave) abundant stock of sweets is so overpowering it will turn even the coldest of hearts into a warm melty fuzzy ball of sugary goodness. Armed with a bevy of mini pastries as well as regular size, diners will find it hard to dodge the sweets that seem to beckon their names. This large establishment has seating in and out door. You can sip your cappuccino in the large garden while lounging on the fancy wrought iron chairs– all with a cute little fountain. You can also take a seat inside if the weather is not cooperating. Mama’s offers freshly brewed gourmet coffee drinks, biscotti, cookies of every kind imaginable, gelato, fruits tarts, carrot cakes, cheese cakes, eclairs, and tarts, tiramisu, and that’s not all- Mama’s supplies us with our morning sugar fix- with breakfast pastries. If you come after 2pm- you can get them for half price. Es dulce compania….
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.