Pan European

Bistro 33 New Menu

Posted on December 8, 2008. Filed under: Astoria, French, Japanese, LIC, Pan Asian, Pan European |

Astoria’s beloved Bistro33 is now open from a holiday break and showing off their new menu-you have to eat there to see it, but here are some highlights(Bistro33 1933 Ditmars BlvdLong Island City, NY 11105, (718) 721-1933)

The weather outside may be frightening, but we have some news to warm you up this season…
New Menu! 
Our winter menu is now available
New Nightly Specials! 


Welcome to Wine Wednesdays  
Join us for dinner and every second glass of wine is on us! 
A great way to try the new wines on our list


Tuesdays are still 2-for-$10 nights
 with many of our small plates, sushi, wine and beer in any combination just 2 for $10
See you soon!
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Winegasm Wine bar and restaurant Astoria

Posted on July 28, 2008. Filed under: Astoria, Bar-Hopping in Queens, Brunch, Date Spot/ Romantic, Fine Dining, French, Pan European, Wine Tasting | Tags: |

Winegasm (31-86 37th St 718-932-3331) is a classy low-key eatery that brings the heart of Europe to central Astoria. The rustic wooden decor is simple yet elegant, just like the vibe of the restaurant. There is nothing flashy about Winegasm. With wines hailing from France, Italy, Argentina, Russia, Spain and California, it leans more on the side of sophistication rather than snobbery. Service is friendly and the staff is knowledgeable. The unique selection of wines ranges in price as does the rest of the menu.  The food is a European fusion of creativity. If you’re looking for small plates to accompany your drinks, Winegasm offers a variety of Socas- tapas friendly cousin from France. There is a delectable choice of cheeses, meats, savory bacon wrapped prunes, warm olives, arugula and feta and chablis shrimp. There are hearty panino and salads for light meals. For more substantial fare, try one of the main courses like skirt steak with cheese, sauteed chicken or pan seared salmon. The crab-cakes are rich and full of taste– and small enough to leave just enough room for the deliciously warm cheese cake. The wine-by-the-glass selection is reasonable, but you’re better off ordering by the bottle- as the selection is much larger. Winegasm also offers brunch specials. The citrus infused pancakes with caramelized apples and berries will send you into a pancake-asm. Choose from the buttery crusted quiche lorraine or florentine with a baby green salad or smoked salmon on multi-grain toast. There are also the conventional egg dishes, socas or croque madame or monsieur- Frances traditional breakfast sandwiches. Winegasm is definitely worth the trip for low key sophisticated fare in a friendly environment. Happy hours run from Tuesday-Saturday 5-7 and wine tasting on Thursday evenings 7-9- Around the World in Seven Wines

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Cafe Bar Long Island City/Astoria

Posted on March 21, 2008. Filed under: Astoria, Bar-Hopping in Queens, Entertainment, LIC, Outdoor Seating/Patio, Pan European |

Cafe Bar 32-90 36th St 718-204-5273

Walking into the Cafe Bar feels like walking into a time warp. The atmosphere is kind of like the set of the classic Brady Bunch, on acid. The mismatched 70’s inspired furniture, stained glass windows, comfy couches and beaded doorway make patrons feel right at home- if home was a cozy beatnik cafe. The full bar offers a multitude of beers, liquors and wines while the food menu offers a transatlantic mix of hearty inexpensive meals. For brunch choose from a variety crepes or a delicious apple and brie omelette. Still hungry? Try the falafel dish, European cheese plates, Mediterranean dips, a Thai dish or the chicken burger. You can have a bite of almost any food genre at Cafe Bar without sacrificing the taste. The cutting edge cafe provides tasty meals at affordable prices. If you just want to relax, Cafe Bar has Wi-Fi and a plethora of coffee and tea  drinks and fruit smoothies to sip while you surf. In general the service is amicable, but it’s a good thing that the couches are so comfy- during rush hours, wait service can be spacey, making you wait too long for food only to return to your table to let you know they are out of the dish you ordered. Albeit, staff is consistently friendly. Check out Mondays for live music and Wednesdays for DJ spins. This cafe is definitely worth the trip to LIC.

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Mezzo Mezzo and Belly Dancing Astoria

Posted on January 16, 2008. Filed under: Astoria, Entertainment, Greek, Outdoor Seating/Patio, Pan European |

Mezzo Mezzo  (31-29 Ditmars Blvd) dishes out fine authentic Greek cuisine in a rustic atmosphere. The spacious interior is constructed with wooden beams, floors and ceilings for a truly homespun experience. This restaurant features a raw bar and a satisfactory wine selection. This two story establishment on Ditmars blvd also hosts private parties and public belly dancing. Arrive on a Wednesday or Saturday night around 10pm for dinner and a bottle of wine . By the time you’re finishing your keftedes kebob topped with rice or stuffed veal, you’ll be serenaded with live world music and a belly dancer. After that, who needs to order dessert?

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