The Queens Kickshaw: Not just for specialty coffee and grilled cheese

Of course they are great at both of those, as well as craft beer and cider, but they also have live music on a regular basis. This month, there is live music every Friday at 9pm: funk/groove, jazz, world jazz, and country, y’all! Also, this Saturday they’ll be selling food and drinks at the Kite Flight at Socrates Sculpture Park from 11am-3pm, and they will be doing a beer + cider paired dinner as part of Queens Beer Week on Wednesday the 13th. All this info and more is on their website, thequeenskickshaw.com, and on our HAPPENING page.


Do you know about the Q.E.D.?

If you don’t, you should. The Q.E.D. website says it’s like an “after-school for grown ups” with classes, shows, and events. Here is a recent article the Village Voice did about this very place. There’s always interesting things going on over there, and Mother’s Day is no exception. This Sunday there’s Paint and Sip for the artistic mom at 2pm, and Yo Mama’s So Funny! for the mom who wants a laugh at 5:30pm. The following Sunday on the 17th there’s Burlesque Basics for the adventurous mom at 2pm, and Flower Arranging Class for the mom with a green thumb at 4pm. More info about each of these events is on our HAPPENING page, and their website as well.


BOAST Updates, Additions, and Improvements

There is some exciting news with BOAST that we wanted to share with you.

First, this post you are reading is part of our new blog! We will be updating it frequently, so come back and check it out often. Also, if you, or someone you know wants to contribute articles, please let us know by emailing hello@boast.nyc or filling out the Contact Form on the website.

Second, we added a new page on the site called LOCATION, which organizes the winners by location. There’s a nifty map which includes all the winners at the top, along with sections divided by geographic region below. We hope you’ll find this section helpful for when you’re around a certain area of Astoria and are looking for places to eat or drink, or things to do and see.

Finally, we now have multiple Featured BOAST Locations throughout the site. There is one on the EAT page, one on the DRINK page, and another on the DO & SEE page.

That’s all the new news, but did you know that we have a new poll on the homepage every Monday? You can take the poll, and then check back throughout the week to see the results. This week’s poll is about cold desserts.

We are also on social media, so you can Like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

Next month we’re going to release the second BOAST survey, which will award the Best of Astoria in warm weather, so keep an eye out for that. If you know people who want to get on the mailing list, they can sign up directly on the homepage.


Our 5 Favorite Places to Enjoy the Sun

Astoria Park – The famous Hellgate Bridge and amazing views of Manhattan draw New Yorkers from every borough to this park. Bring your towel and lay out on the grass until you can hop in the Olympic-sized pool come late June. It is known for the huge fireworks display on July 4 and kid-friendly movie screenings on the lawn throughout the summer.

Socrates Sculpture Park  A smaller park also found along the river, it is a unique constellation of modern sculpture, foreign movie screenings, and a weekly farmer’s market all summer. They also feature free yoga, tai chi and kayak rental from Hallet’s Cove on weekends.

Gantry Plaza Park  This lesser known park down under the Queensboro bridge features live music concerts on summer weekday nights as well as monthly free yoga (and now bootcamp!) by The Yoga Room.

Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden  Probably the only reason your friends have heard of Astoria, this boisterous beer garden is great any time of year but especially in the summer, when all Astoria locals can be found sitting at the picnic tables drinking pitchers of Czech beer any time of day or night.

Virtually any restaurant on Broadway, 30th Ave or Ditmars  The sun is finally out and the city has come back to life! Restaurateurs take advantage of sometimes cramped indoor space to spill out onto the front sidewalk or back garden (sometimes these are hidden so be sure to check!). Not much beats sitting outside, people watching, while enjoying a great meal with a cold drink of choice in hand. Opa!


Queens Beer Week Starting Soon!

We are excited that Queens Beer Week starts in less than a week–May 8! So many BOAST winners are participating: 60 Beans Coffee & Tea, Astoria Bier and Cheese, Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, Crescent and Vine, Front Toward Enemy, Mar’s, Mosaic Craft Beer & Wine Bar, Pachanga Patterson, The Queens Kickshaw, Singlecut Beersmiths, The Sparrow Tavern, Studio Square, Sunswick 35/35, Sweet Afton, Vesta Trattoria & Wine Bar.

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Our 5 Favorite Hot Beverages (21+)

Sweet Afton/The Bonnie  During the colder months, they offer a delicious mulled cider that can be augmented with your liquor of choice. They also have some great seasonal drinks made with their house-made tonic or maple syrup.

60 Beans  This funky coffee shop serves a mean cup of Joe, but a highlight is their small tap line with all Singlecut beers. They serve flights of four and now have a happy hour!

Mosaic  For a more cozy and intimate night with your craft beer (with or without a date), try this local favorite. 

Sekund Sun  For an expertly made, sipping cocktail at Astoria prices, try this newer cocktail bar. They also serve fancy bar food and a boozy brunch.

Bourbon & Vine  This cocktail bar specializes in the darker spirits to warm your body and soul on a cold day, and often run food/drink specials. Try The Maple Smash or Dark Horse.

Astoria Brewhouse  For those looking to escape the cold with friends, look no further than this neighborhood bar. Buy a pitcher and make your way to the back room to set up by the roaring fireplace.


Our 5 Favorite Hot Beverages (non-alcoholic)

Yes, the weather is getting warmer, but you can enjoy hot beverages in any temperature. Here, we discuss our non-alcoholic favorites.

Il Bambino  Not only do they have great soup, but they have delicious hot chocolate. Try it plain or peanut butter flavored if you’re feeling indulgent.

Queens Kickshaw  Still the best pour-over coffee in Astoria. A great place to spend an hour or two savoring that delicious cup.

Martha’s  No surprise here. Martha’s is known for its hot chocolate, and you should get a slice of one of their delicious cakes to wash down with it.

Astoria Coffee  Their coffee is spot on, but don’t snooze on their excellent chai or matcha lattes with nut milk.

Kinship  Not only do they make a great latte, they also have Dough donuts to go with it. Or buy one of their bags of beans to take home – they supply from multiple roasters.

 


Our 5 Favorite Soups

Il Bambino  They only have their special tomato soup in the wintertime, but it is not to be missed! It is served with a huge piece of flatbread with pesto as well.

Pye Boat Noodle  Try one of their signature noodle soup dishes for something that’s flavorful and filling on a cold day.

And some ramen options for those so inclined:
Tamashii Ramen (Broadway)  YOU CAN ORDER DELIVERY. Today is a good day to do that.

Ramen Okidoki (30th Ave)  Tiny place, but very friendly and efficient servers.

HinoMaru (Ditmars)  A bit more comfortable interior, and you can request toppings like corn or calamari to add to your chosen ramen dish.