Gantry Plaza State Park
Culture Lab LIC
Museum of the Moving Image
The Shillelagh Tavern
The Brass Owl
The Wolfhound

These are the 2022 winners for the best museums, boutiques, parks, and more. Get going!
(Please note that the winners in LIC are listed alphabetically.)

Best Activity


1st Astoria Park

14th Pl and Astoria Park South, (718) 626-8620,

Survey says: “A gorgeous, massive park with tons going on. It’s the perfect meeting spot that’s Covid-safe during this lingering pandemic.”

2nd Museum of the Moving Image

36-01 35th Ave, (718) 777-6888,

This museum immerses visitors in the creative process of making moving images. It features over 1,400 artifacts—from nineteenth-century optical toys to video games—as well as an array of interactive experiences, audiovisual material, and artworks. Note: Right now the physical museum is closed, but it is still offering virtual programs.


Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge

23-10 41st Ave, (718) 482-7078,

Google says: “Great place to climb with a great staff!”

Culture Lab LIC

5-25 46th Ave, (347) 848-0030,

Google says: “Culture Lab is a hotbed of creative, visual and musical performances.”

Socrates Sculpture Park

32-01 Vernon Blvd, (718) 956-1819,

Survey says: “It may not be a business, but hanging in Socrates Park is the best activity in Astoria. It’s beautiful, the art is always interesting, and there are often fun, free activities, like their summer yoga series.”

The Gutter Bar LIC

10-22 46th Ave, (929) 328-0409,

They have walk-in bowling at all times. Bowling is first come first serve. There is also a large bar with TVs, pinball and foosball to enjoy as well.

Best Club (Social)

1st Astoria Social

Astoria Social has leagues for softball, darts, cornhole, kickball and trivia.

2nd Astoria Sports

Astoria Sports has leagues for soccer, cornhole, trivia, darts, softball and kickball.

2nd Ladies First Astoria

A collective of women supporting women, building personal and professional relationships that inspire and empower. Est. 2018.

Best Date Spot

1st Maggie Hall’s

34-06 30th Ave,

Survey says: “It’s intimate enough to have a great conversation and get to know someone for a quick drink.”

2nd DiWine

41-15 31st Ave, (718) 777-1355,

Google says: “Amazing food. Full bar and not just wine. Friendly and attentive staff. Funky cool music and an overall chill vibe.”

2nd Sweet Afton

30-09 34th St, (718) 777-2570,

Google says: “Cocktails were really good and classy – well made. Great vibes and awesome at night.”

3rd Heart of Gold

37-14 31st Ave, (718) 255-1844,

Google says: “This place is an Astoria GEM!! If you love a cool, laid back bar vibe with a fantastic selection of local brews and mouthwatering sandwiches, Heart of Gold is here for YOU!”

3rd Q.E.D.

27-16 23rd Ave, (347) 451-3873,

This is a great place to do something FUN in Astoria, and the tickets are generally not expensive. There are shows (comedy, improv, open mic, etc.) Wednesday to Sunday.

3rd Vite Vinosteria

31-05 34th St, (718) 278-8483,

Survey says: “Romantic Italian date place.”



47-16 Vernon Blvd, (718) 440-9484,

Google says: “Fantastic experience in all phases of food, drinks, and service.”

Best Gift Shop


1st Lockwood

32-15 33rd St, (718) 626-6030,

Survey says: “Lockwood always has cute, interesting gift items. Especially good when I am stumped on what to get people.”

2nd The Brass Owl

36-19 Ditmars Blvd, (347) 848-0905,

Survey says: “So many cute gifts for friends and family here.”


Matted LIC

46-36 Vernon Blvd, (718) 786-8660,

This is a picture matting and framing shop, but there are also many other items, such as pieces of art, jewelry, greeting cards, and colorful stones and gems.

Best Gym


1st Club Fitness New York

31-11 Broadway, (718) 545-0004,

Google says: “Huge weight room upstairs, CrossFit in the basement, and classes in between.”

1st FlexFiit NYC

25-34 31st St, (917) 924-3319,

Google says: “Amazing little circuit gym. Instructors are all super fun, classes change day to day.”

1st Planet Fitness

30-33 Steinway St, (718) 777-0700,

Survey says: “Affordable, clean and has everything I need (minus classes).”

2nd Blink Fitness

32-27 Steinway St, (718) 880-3616,

Survey says: “Fairly inexpensive and great hours / working equipment.”

Best Place for Live Music


1st Maggie Hall’s

34-06 30th Ave,

Survey says: “This is the place to be on Thursday nights. Great lineup and variety every week.”

2nd The Wolfhound

38-14 30th Ave, (718) 204-2111,

Survey says: “Awesome assortment of music comes through this bar.”

3rd The Shillelagh Tavern

47-22 30th Ave, Long Island City, (718) 728-9028,

Survey says: “Live music almost every night, great stage and sound system, every genres is covered.”
Survey says: “Really nice stage setup in the back bar area.”


Culture Lab LIC

5-25 46th Ave, (347) 848-0030,

In the warmer months there is live music usually three-to-four nights per week, and the groups we’ve seen perform have all been fun, high quality and had good energy.

Fifth Hammer Brewing Company

10-28 46th Ave, (718) 663-2084,

Survey says: “During the warm weather you can experience live music three days a week on their sidewalk, with plenty of outdoor seating.”


45-58 Vernon Blvd, (718) 786-5400,

Google says: “Great selection of beers, live music most nights, nice beer garden out back.”

Best Place for a Haircut


1st Alex Barber Shop

3003 32nd St, (718) 726-7427,

Survey says: “A real barber and a fair price.”

2nd Astoria Barber Shop

40-04 28th Ave, (718) 267-6221,

Google says: “This place and Jacob were great – quick and efficient barber, friendly with good conversation and an unbeatable price!”

2nd Gigi Salon & Styling Studio

34-17 30th Ave, (718) 777-7755,

Google says: “This wonderful salon has the highest level of customer service, attention to detail and superb personalities.”

2nd Rush Hair Studio

32-09 37th St, (347) 935-3007,

Google says: “Super cute and small place and great service.”


Otis & Finn Barbershop

11-11 44th Rd Store #1, (718) 433-1155,

Google says: “Great service along with a fantastic and welcoming staff.”

Best Local Organization


1st Astoria Food Pantry

25-82 Steinway St,

Survey says: “So happy they exist, and proud of the work they do.”

2nd Astoria Pug

Making composting more accessible in Astoria, Queens

2nd Astoria Sports

Astoria Sports has leagues for soccer, cornhole, trivia, darts, softball and kickball.

2nd Dave’s Lesbian Bar

A community space, live music venue, and mutual aid fund, Dave’s is so much more than an average gay bar. Come join our community: where everybody’s cute, and everybody’s nice.

Best Massage


1st All Season Body Work

31-80 Steinway St, (718) 577-2999,

Google says: “Great prices, and it’s a casual and relaxing environment.”

1st Natura Spa

30-79 Steinway St, (718) 956-5530,

Google says: “This place has a great atmosphere with friendly and professional staff.”


Quintessential Therapy

28-07 Jackson Ave 8th Fl, (718) 785-5566,

Google says: “Love this space. It was very aesthetically pleasing and relaxing. Best massage I’ve ever had.”

Best Museum


1st Museum of the Moving Image

36-01 35th Ave, (718) 777-6888,

The Museum’s mission is to advance the understanding, enjoyment, and appreciation of the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media.



22-25 Jackson Ave, (718) 784-2084,

Museum of Modern Art-run venue for experimental and contemporary art and events, set in an old school. Also, if you have an ID with zip code 11101–11109 you get free admission.

The Noguchi Museum

9-01 33rd Rd, (718) 204-7088,

Google says: “Very beautiful museum with great Japanese inspiration! Really loved all the sculptures and origami. The whole place was tranquil and relaxing. There was a lot to explore and it wasn’t too cluttered or confusing to navigate.”

Best Nail/Beauty Salon


1st Kiki Nails & Spa

34-20 30th Ave, (718) 728-1742,

Google says: “Great place to have a beautiful manicure and relaxing pedicure.”

1st Nailberry

25-72 31st St, (718) 880-9992,

Google says: “I get acrylic nails with gel polish here and they last 3 weeks+, so far I have not even had a broken nails. Hot tip, they offer a discount for cash and cash tips only. Also always schedule an appoitment. They are always busy when I am in.”

1st Spa Barlies Nail Salon

30-97 31st St, (917) 667-0587,

Google says: “Beautiful ambience, gentle cordial atmosphere and staff. Good relaxation, deserved and appreciated.”

1st WellShow Nails & Spa

33-16 Broadway, (718) 806-1232,

Google says: “The nail-care is gentle, and the actual polish work + designs are beautiful.”

Best Park


1st Astoria Park

19th St and 23rd Dr, (718) 626-8620,

The renovated track and turf field in the middle of it are beautiful and great to run and play on. There are also many tennis courts, basketball courts, a skate park, an Olympic-sized pool, and large grass areas to relax on. Every year there are fireworks (pre-Fourth of July) and free movies in the summer.


Gantry Plaza State Park

4-09 47th Rd, (718) 786-6385,

The entire LIC waterfront is really pleasant to walk along and the views of Manhattan are second to none. There are picnic tables, lounge chairs, grassy areas, a playground, basketball hoops, a dog run, a turf field, a sand volleball court and a cafe right by the water.

Socrates Sculpture Park

32-01 Vernon Blvd, (718) 956-1819,

Google says: “Beautiful park with lots of interesting art that they rotate every season. They also hold events in the summer/weekends. Excellent spot to also watch the sun setting over Manhattan. Best part is that mainly only locals visit, since it is not in the main tourist area. Your fur babies will love it too!”

Best Performing Arts Venue


1st Q.E.D.

27-16 23rd Ave, (347) 451-3873,

Google says: “Performance venue, education center and cafe offering shows and classes in comedy, dance, art and more.”


Astoria Performing Arts Center – LIC

44-02 23rd St, (718) 706-5750,

Small theater company showcasing plays and musicals. As well as producing shows, it offers programming for kids and seniors.

Culture Lab LIC

5-25 46th Ave, (347) 848-0030,

Google says: “Great art, great bands, nice people! Check out their calendar of events. Great location by the water and breweries.”


45-58 Vernon Blvd, (718) 786-5400,

Google says: “Great selection of beers, live music most nights, nice beer garden out back.”

Best Pet-Friendly Establishment


1st Maggie Hall’s

34-06 30th Ave,

Maggie Hall’s says: “If your pet is friendly we are pet friendly. We don’t allow pets after 9pm on Friday and Satudray because of the busy nights.”

2nd Heart of Gold

37-14 31st Ave, (718) 255-1844,

Survey says: “Not only pet friendly, but the staff will quickly learn the name of your favorite buddy.”


Château le Woof

31-01 Vernon Blvd, (718) 626-9663,

Survey says: “So much cuteness!”

Dog Island City

42-60 23rd St, (718) 433-4545,

Google says: “The staff is very welcoming. They were able to squeeze us in upon short notice. Gigi did a great job in grooming my girl, Luna.”

Best Stand-Up Comedy Venue


1st Q.E.D.

27-16 23rd Ave, (347) 451-3873,

Q.E.D. says: “You’ll find stand-up comedy shows with performers ranging from the beginner to the very famous. We also have workshops, meet ups, movie screenings, readings, lectures, watch parties and more. Our affordable classes and shows are as diverse as Queens itself. With 80 or more events each month, there’s something for everyone.”

2nd Grove 34

31-83 34th St, (347) 848-0361,

Google says: “Best comedy club in all of Queens. Not even a question. Super chill vibes and some of the funniest up-and-coming and known comedians in NYC perform here. Do yourself a favor and check it out.”


Culture Lab LIC

5-25 46th Ave, (347) 848-0030,

In the warmer months most days are booked for live music, but there are some days that have stand-up comedy. It’s such a cool venue, and a real gem in LIC.

Best Supermarket


1st Lidl

19-30 37th St, (844) 747-5435,

Google says: “Great variety and selection of food items at fair prices.”

2nd Greenbay Marketplace

32-06 Broadway, (718) 204-6400; 31-10 30th Ave, (929) 328-2729,

Google says: “I love their sushi, produce, salads, home made foods, everything.”

3rd CTown Supermarkets

34-12 34th Ave, (718) 784-8420; 40-12 28th Ave, (718) 278-3000; 21-30 Newtown Ave, (718) 278-4444; 31-18 24th Ave, (718) 204-1785,

This supermarket chain has most everything, including food and products, at reasonable prices. Shout out to Victor, the manager at the 34th Ave store, as he is super helpful and goes above and beyond.


Food Bazaar Supermarket

42-02 Northern Blvd, (347) 448-8860,

Google says: “The store was clean, and there were a variety of products from East and West, so it was good for one-stop shopping.”

Trader Joe’s

22-43 Jackson Ave, (718) 472-2672,

Google says: “They have a great selection of produce and processed foods. Dinners can be made simple shopping here!!”

Best Place to Work or Study


1st Coffee Cloud

21-34 Broadway, (203) 930-7070,

Google says: “Incredible atmosphere and incredible service, coffee and sit in!”

1st Heart of Gold

37-14 31st Ave, (718) 255-1844,

Google says: “Great service, good selections of drinks, great outdoor space. Good spot to plan a board game and have some snacks.”

2nd Mighty Oak Roasters

28-01 24th Ave, (718) 777-9663,

Google says: “The espresso is my favorite in town and the vibe makes it a great place to work.”


Sweetleaf Coffee Roasters

10-93 Jackson Ave, (917) 832-6726; 28-10 Jackson Ave, (718) 361-8000,

Google says: “Great vibe, good coffee, nice for reading and working, have free wifi. This is one of the coziest cafes in LIC!”

DO & SEE Write-in


Best Best-Of Organization: BOAST

Survey says: “For Astoria AND Long Island City? What could be better?”

Best Salsa Classes: Salsa in Queens

34-27 Steinway St, (347) 669-3589,

Survey says: “Great dance classes and monthly salsa socials.”

Best Water Transporation: NYC Ferry

Hunters Point South, 54th Ave and 2nd St; Long Island City, 46th Ave and Center Blvd; Astoria, 30th Rd and Vernon Blvd,

Google says: “Much more pleasant experience than the subway.”

Survey results from December 2022. Click here for the results from December 2021, December 2020, December 2019, December 2018, December 2017, December 2016, January 2016, July 2015, January 2015.