Man of La Mancha at Astoria Performing Arts Center

Awaiting trial, deportation, or something worse? Cervantes’ tale of two impossible dreamers held for an unknown crime on trial for their very lives is revived with this bold new production of the Tony Award-winning classic.  

Music by Mitch Leigh
Lyrics by Joe Darion
Book by Dale Wasserman
Directed & Designed by Tony Williams II

Lucia Alvargonzales, Francisco Arcila, Stanley Graham, JJ Hoss, Anthony Martinez, Jay Romero, Taïs Szilagi, Gil Torres
Stage Manager: JoJo McDonald

February 10–26, 2022

Thursday–Saturday at 7:00pm | Saturday & Sunday at 3:00pm
At their new home, 44-02 23rd Street in Long Island City

General: $25
Senior: $20 (65+)
Student: $15 (must show ID at the box office)

Click here for tickets.

The Ones that Didn’t Make It

Some of the categories from the 2021 Survey did not make it onto the EAT, DRINK or DO & SEE pages. The main reasons being that there were too few responses or there were not clear winners. Here are the categories that were left off, and the top responses listed in alphabetical order.

Best Club (Social)
Astoria Horror Club
Astoria Social Darts League
Ladies First Astoria
Queens Rugby Club
Wandering Jews of Astoria

Best Date Spot
Astoria Park
The Bier & Cheese Collective
Break Bar
Burger Village
Diamond Dogs
Heart of Gold
Sweet Afton
The Wolfhound

5th Hammer Brewing
The Gutter LIC

Best Massage
Sonia Maksimovitch

Quintessential Therapy

Best Nail/Beauty Salon
Adriana Milhart
Best Beauty Salon
Dahlia Nails
Eve’s Nail Salon
Faces & Nails
Haus of Wax
Lily’s Nail Salon
Nail Berry
Spa Barlie’s

Best Place to Work or Study
The Bier & Cheese Collective
Burger Village
Corner Spot
Heart of Gold
New York City Bagel & Coffee House
Prince Tea House
Queen’s Room

BOAST: Best of Astoria & LIC 2021 Winners Announced


The BOAST: Best of Astoria & LIC 2021 winners have been posted! You can see the new winners on the EAT, DRINK, DO & SEE and LOCATION pages. The LOCATION page has them on an interactive map and organized by location. We have a post here with a complete list of all the 2021 winners. And on this post you can see the Winners by the Numbers. This was the first time we expanded every category to include space for LIC, so there were a record number of winners, and since there were fewer responses for LIC, those winners were posted alphabetically. For Astoria, we were able to post those as first, second and third place, as we have done in the past.

We want to congratulate all of the winners, and we would like to thank everyone who filled out the survey (a record number this year). If you filled it out, you may see your write-ups on the site! We also want to thank the following businesses for providing prizes: Astoria Performing Arts Center, The Bier & Cheese Collective, The Bonnie, The Brass Owl, Burger Village Astoria, Compton’s, Heart of Gold, Katch Astoria, OK Café, The Shillelagh Tavern, Taverna Kyclades, Tea and Milk, and The Wolfhound.

Featured BOAST Location: Katch Astoria

Featured-BOAST-Location_KatchWe want to highlight Katch Astoria, which is a Featured BOAST Business on the sidebar of the DRINK page, as well as a BOAST 2021 winner for Best Bar for Sports. If businesses are interested in being a Featured BOAST Location, they can get in touch with us by email (, on the CONTACT page or through social.

Winner stickers


Do you know a business that is a BOAST 2021 Winner? We are selling winner stickers and we can be reached at, through the Contact Form on the website, or through any of our social channels: Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

Also… We’re now BOAST: Best of Astoria & LIC.

Go out and enjoy, but also stay safe and healthy.

—The BOAST Team

BOAST: Best of Astoria & LIC 2021 Winners by the Numbers

Here are the BOAST: Best of Astoria & LIC 2021 Winners by the numbers. Since we added LIC to every category, there were more winners than ever before.

By Section
25 categories
128 winners

13 categories
57 winners

12 categories
51 winners

Total Categories: 50
Total Winners: 236

By Location
33 – 30th Ave
26 – Astoria-Ditmars Blvd (N/W)
25 – Broadway (N/W)
24 – Vernon Blvd/Jackson Ave (7)
19 – Court Square (E/G/M/7)
15 – 31st Ave
14 – Astoria Blvd (N/W)
12 – Steinway (M/R)
10 – Queensboro Plaza (N/W/7)
3 – 36th Ave (N/W)

BOAST: Best of Astoria & LIC 2021 Winners (complete list)

Here is the complete list of the BOAST: Best of Astoria & LIC 2021 Winners. The winners in Astoria are ranked first to third, and the winners in LIC are listed alphabetically since there were so many less responses on the survey for LIC.

Best Outdoor Dining
1. The Bonnie
2. The Bier & Cheese Collective
3. Sweet Afton

Il Falco
Jackson’s Eatery | Bar
Top Quality

Best American Restaurant
1. Burger Village
2. Cronin & Phelan’s
3. Queen’s Room
3. Sugar Freak

The Baroness

Best Bagels
1. Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company
2. New York City Bagel & Coffee House

Bricktown Bagels & Cafe
Pumpernickel Bagel and Delicatessen
We Bagel

Best Bakery
1. Parisi Bakery
2. Martha’s Country Bakery
3. Queens Bake House

Blackstar Bakery & Cafe

Best Brunch
1. The Bonnie
2. Astoria Provisions
3. Mom’s Kitchen & Bar
3. The Shady Lady

The Baroness
Jackson’s Eatery | Bar
Sweet Chick
Top Quality (more…)

Best Organizations or Causes to Contribute To in Astoria and LIC


Before the end of the year, and before we post all of this year’s winners, we wanted to share the results from the BOAST: Best of Astoria & LIC 2021 Survey for Best Organizations or Causes to Contribute To. Thank you to everyone who filled out this survey question. These are in alphabetical order.

First for Astoria:
Astoria Food Pantry (Website, Instagram)
Astoria Music Collective (Instagram, Facebook)
Astoria Mutual Aid (Website, Instagram, Facebook)
Astoria Pug Composting (Instagram, Twitter)
Hour Children (Website, Twitter, Facebook)
LiveOne.TV Studio (Website, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook)
Paul the Cat Guy (Website, Instagram, Facebook)
Queens Together (Website, Instagram, Facebook)
Tikkun BBQ (Instagram)

And for LIC:
ACE Programs for the Homeless (Website, Instagram)
The Connected Chef (Website, Instagram, Facebook)
Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens (Website, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook)

BOAST: Best of Astoria & LIC 2021 Survey is LIVE


Let us know your favorites in the BOAST: Best of Astoria & LIC 2021 Survey!

The BOAST: Best of Astoria & LIC 2021 Survey is LIVE! The site is

Please fill it out by December 28, 2021, and be sure to add your name and email at the end of the survey for a chance to win a prize. We always appreciate short write-ups with your entries, and please share the survey with anyone who knows and loves Astoria or LIC! Also, this year you can fill out part of the survey, and then come back to it later and make changes until you submit it.

This year we are expanding the survey to include LIC, so each question has space for Astoria (plus write-up) and LIC (plus write-up). We appreciate you filling out as much as you can, but no need to fill out more than you’d like.

Outdoor dining is still very much a thing, so that leads off the EAT section of the survey. There have been a lot of dessert spots popping up, so a new category this year is Best New Sweet Shop. And in the DO & SEE section we wanted to highlight the category Best Organization or Cause to Contribute To.

We hope you have a great holiday season.

Stay safe and healthy,
The BOAST Team

APAC’s PATRONAGE Begins November 12th!



November 12th – November 21st 

There is a suitor; He loves a countess.
There is a writer; She loves someone lost.
There is a countess; She loves words.
She loves them passionately, desperately, and literally.

A new fairytale from award-winning playwright Kati Frazier explores our relationship with the written word, sexuality, and how we learn to love one another properly.
Alexander Cannon, Maggie Cino, Adelaine Mollo
Directed by Tony Williams II

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT! November 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21 at 7:00pm
Matinees on November 20 and 21 at 3pm. Run Time 85 minutes
Playing at APAC, 44-02 23rd Street in Long Island City

COVID safety protocols are in effect. Audiences are required to wear masks and seating accommodated social distancing requirements. Proof of vaccination and ID required. 



Link for tickets here.

LIC Adventure Day


Gantry Plaza State Park in LIC

Andrew Karistinos’s mustache is amazing. So amazing, in fact, that it became the logo for his restaurant. He owns Jackson’s Eatery | Bar — located at 10-37 Jackson Ave. in Long Island City. Apparently, it’s a rare occasion if you don’t spot Andrew while there.

The dining experience was top-notch. Brunch was fantastic — we had egg dishes, French Toast and pancakes. The pancakes came with a generous portion of blueberry compote and homemade whipped cream — which the bruncher took home and said were just as divine later. The pancakes themselves were nice and fluffy and the compote was so fresh that it tasted like homemade jam. The French Toast was elevated with caramelized bananas and Nutella drizzled on — which was just the right amount. This bruncher said it was just delightful! The omelete was nicely fluffy and the gal who ordered this proclaimed that the potatoes it came with were the best part of her meal. One of our brunchers ordered a dish called Fixin’ to Feast — which included two fried eggs, biscuits ‘n gravy and yam hash browns. He said it was incredible, but wanted to know more about the meat in his gravy. Our host for our LIC adventure got the Southern Eggs Benny — a reliable and enjoyable dish, and he liked the mini sour cream cajun pancakes instead of the English Muffins. There was plenty of outdoor seating and the menu was accessible by scanning a QR code. We appreciated how the coffee was presented (check out the picture), and the cocktails were delectable. Also, the music gave off a chill vibe, and it was key that it wasn’t too loud.

The waitstaff were not only attentive to the human guests, but also to the dogs. Each dog accompanying their owners at the outdoor seating at this establishment was greeted with a big bowl of water.


Before our group left, we asked the owner, Andrew, if he’d be in a photo with us. He happily joined. We can’t wait to go back and try all their mac & cheese options and the chicken and waffles dish we saw on other tables. Both looked amazing!


The next item on our LIC agenda was to find a bubble tea place. Our host brought us to Mango Mango (which is just fun to say!) at 47-43 Vernon Blvd. and the ambience was just as bright and bubbly as the beverages! There was a mango-shaped chair swing which we all took turns being photographed in while waiting for our drinks. It was nice and clean inside and the employees were friendly. Most of the brunch crew got bubble tea (Oreo Creme Brulee, Passion Fruit and Signature White Bubble Tea) while others got smoothies (Strawberry and Coconut Mango). The bubble teas tasted very fresh, and there are many other desserts, such as ice cream, cakes, and waffles, so there should be something for everyone wanting a treat.

Our fearless leader continued to show off his new stomping grounds with a walk through Gantry Plaza State Park — where we stopped to snap photos and take breaks to just enjoy the New York City skyline and our drinks.

It was a wonderful adventure to explore LIC a little more. It’s a great neighborhood full of color and inspiring messages. (These signs were outside Black Star Bakery & Kitchen at 10-01 50th Ave.)

Text and photos by Emily, Jennie, Rachelle, Jamie and Jonah