April 24, 2014

I Spy Astoria Food News

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There’s a lot going on in the ‘hood these days.

  • Walking up 30th avenue last week one couldn’t help but notice the smell of smoke in the air.  Heavenly meat smoker smoke.  Our noses led us to an open door at the still under construction Butcher bar.  They were testing recipes and the owner invited us in.  Mathew introduced us to the chef and a bunch of guys standing at the counter wolfing down, I mean delicately tasting, a variety of smoked bbq products.  We sampled burnt ends that were very juicy and tender, brined turkey which had a gentle deliciousness and finally bbq brisket which made me smile even though the chef was unhappy with this particular test specimen.  The house made bbq sauce was pretty darn good too.  If you need to know more then I guess you might want to know that the place looks good too. Lots of wood and diamond plate, butcher stuff and a nice backyard.  There are seats inside and out back.  Honestly, if the meat proves to be as good as the test then who cares about the decor.
  • What’s better than one pork chop?  A double cut pork chop served up by Chef Gary Anza at William HalletWell, that and a cocktail by Jared, the best bartender in Astoria.  Seriously folks, if you want to know where the chefs and restaurant folk eat on their night off then go sit at the bar and start talking to your neighbor.  Can’t get better rec’s then that.  Yes the menu is still a work in progress but man is it getting good.
  • Mezzo Mezzo Restaurant is going, yes it’s true.  Good for us though because none other than Chef Michael Psilakis will be opening an inspired trattoria in that location.  Expect a full rebuild and exciting new food on Ditmars in a few months or so.
  • Kyclades will be closing up after many years of success and moving a few blocks away to a new expanded facility.  Word is they will be a bigger restaurant with banquet facilities.  Watch out Astoria World Manor, there’s a new wedding mill in town.  Looking forward to an invite in the near future.
  • Queens Comfort has a new chef?  Can this be true?  Any word on how the food is now that KC is gone?
  • Franks bakery is putting out a delicious Focaccia topped with tomatoes and more. The secret’s in the dough. It’s really Ciabatta.  Good stuff.
  • The Queens Kickshaw has a good man behind the stove.  Chef Evan has a way with food.  His soups are hearty and soulful.  His ideas are inspiring.  Looking forward to the dinner / cider event there this Sunday.  The menu is all his.
  • There’s some serious Britanny food in the ‘hood at  Cafe Triskell.  Chef Phillipe Fallait turns out amazing dishes at this little jewel of a restaurant.  The only words you need to know are Escargot, Frisee salad, mussels and fries, CREPES!  Go, eat and die of happiness.
  • Sugar Freak has changed up the menu and let me just say WOW!  Yes the place is utterly charming, yes the cocktails are done right and YES the food kicks butt.  Loving the Charbroiled oysters, Crawfish Etouffe, the Jamabalaya, Buttermilk fried chicken and of course the downright fantastic Muffuletta.  I hear the brunch is getting rave reviews too.

I’d get you more info but i’m afraid of getting the Gout.