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 )
East Moon RIP- This business has closed and is now something else…IV (35-12 Ditmars Blvd 718-626-8180) is home to an amalgam of foods from the eastern hemisphere. This trendy Asian fusion eatery offers Japanese, Thai, Chinese, and Vietnamese. The extensive menu is grand in choice but less impressive when it comes to taste. The restaurant provides patrons with friendly and attentive service and a hip atmosphere- with neon lamps, dim lighting and flashy wall decor that looks the best in the evening hours. The food, however tasty, is missing something. The sushi salmon and yellow tail scallion rolls are acceptable albeit small. The Thai spring rolls are better portioned and palatable and the peanut sauce is the most delectable. The menu touts the shiitake mushroom and boneless duck entree- but the description should have included the bone- because there were small pieces throughout the dish- bite with caution! The crispy spring rolls were savory and hot. The perks are friendly service and fast and hot delivery. The Japanese menu offers mostly rolls and sashimi – not sushi entrees like srirashi. The Chinese menu has some entrees (szechuan eggplant), noodles and soups (wonton), the Vietnamese offers noodle dishes and the Thai menu offers appetizers and entrees. This restaurant is number 4 of a chain based in Colorado.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 4 so far )
RIP- Euros Restaurant has closed…
The low-key Euros Restaurant (4501 Ditmars Blvd Astoria, NY 11105 (718) 204-0168) on the outskirts of the happenin’ Ditmars scene is a true gem. Despite its musty grandma’s-house-feel this Spanish food destination is top notch. Start with the sangria, a drink that goes down like candy. Their soups, seafood and black bean in particular, are well worth the wait for them to cool down. The seafood paella, arroz con pollo, roast pork and chicken dishes are what I recommend most, although the comprehensive menu leaves wanting to return again and again. The friendly service is a welcomed addition to the other ethnic eateries in the ‘hood. And Shhh! this off-the-beaten-path joint rarely fills up so keep this place on the down-low!
— Adam NaillRead Full Post | Make a Comment ( 1 so far )
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.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 3 so far )
Art-o-Mat (46-46 Vernon blvd) RIP- Art-O-Mat has closed…
is a creative person’s dream. Whether you are an artist or just enjoy the DIY attitude of contemporary art, this innovative shop is well worth the visit. Showcasing local artists’ creations- you will find a variety of items ranging from t-shirts and chocolates to pint glasses and mugs and paintings and much more, some even stamped with an LIC logo. Art-o-Mat doubles as an art gallery and also hosts events like art workshops, live music and poetry. The schedule varies so be sure to check in before you go.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Mimi’s Closet– R.I.P this boutique has closed. They have moved to Chelsea.
.This small boutique on upper 31st Street (corner of 21st ave N/W ditmars) has an eclectic arrangement of feminine women’s clothing with a classic edge. There is always something different here because owner, Mimi, makes everything by hand. You will lose yourself among the frilly dresses, silk blouses, fitted jackets, and tailored skirts. The fine detailing that goes into each item makes it a distinctive piece. If something doesn’t fit quite right, Mimi will personally alter it to fit you. There are also vintage clothes, shoes, handmade bags, handmade jewelry and seasonal accessories. Most of the clothes and bags range from $75- up but keep an eye out for sales happening every few months.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Soleil, serves human connection and great beans- This café is on Astoria Blvd and 37th St. Serving up bagels with lox and a variety of muffins, this coffee shop brings more to the table than just traditional quick breads. Soleil offers quality brewed coffee with superior taste. The warm beverage is rich and deep when it hits your taste buds. It has a full bodied taste, but is not bitterly strong. This is a great place to get coffee and carbs to go or to stay. You can find yourself losing track of time when lounging on the wicker couches in this hip and slightly bohemian cafe. The service is as warm as the beverages and they also have free wi-fi or you can bring a book.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )