Happy August Astoria! We can’t believe that half the summer is nearly over, but we’ve certainly got tons more summer fun left in us, and this weekend’s happs definitely reflect that.
Eat like Kings and Queens!
The Queens County Market is back this Saturday, and this time at a cool new venue, The Laughing Devil Comedy Club in Long Island City. For those of you not yet familiar with this market, it’s a beautiful mixture of food artisans, from bakers, chefs, culinary entrepreneurs and more. Here’s a list of the exciting vendors that’ll be there this weekend. This Saturday from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Laughing Devil Comedy Club (47-38 Vernon Blvd, LIC. 347.913.3845)
Enjoy a Rooftop Kegger
If you love a great party, and some brewskis of course, join our friends over at Chowbunga for their Baby Beta Rooftop Kegger in honor of their new and improved site. Not familiar with Chowbunga? Its core mission is to organize pop-up food events, which can take any form – from a casual dinner party to a large rooftop shindig like what they’re throwing tomorrow from 8:30 pm. – whenever. Request an invite here.
Shakespeare in the Park (in LIC!)
This Sunday marks the start of Shakespeare in the Park at Socrates Sculpture Park, which is totally awesome. Big crowds are expected (nearly 400 people), who will not only get to watch a reenactment of Hamlet but will also get to munch on delectable food provided by The Queens Kickshaw. The fun starts at 5 p.m. so come by, bring a blanket and your friends. Socrates Sculpture Park (32-01 Vernon Blvd, LIC. 718.956.1819)
Enjoy Bear’s New Chef-Driven Menu
In honor of summer and all its delicious gifts, Chef Natasha and Alex Pogrebinsky of Bear Restaurant have rolled out a new chef-driven menu, which I’ve had the pleasure to try. Not only does the menu change daily, the items on it are vibrant and interesting, showcasing the best things from the day’s greenmarket. So far, I’ve tried the roasted beets salad, a locally sourced cheese plate from the Hudson Valley, pulled pork ribs, bbq eel and more. Bear Restaurant (12-14 31st Avenue, LIC. 917.396.4939)
Break the fast of Ramadan
With the Muslim high holiday of Ramadan this month (until August 18th), the Little Egypt section of Astoria is kickin’. You’ll find the streets between 30th Avenue and Astoria Blvd on Steinway, busy and boisterous after sundown each night, as everyone is up and about and looking for something yummy to eat to break the fast. Even though we don’t celebrate this holiday, Meg, Jo and I went into Al-Sham Sweets & Pastries for some traditional Atayif dumplings filled with cheese or nuts. They’re light, flavorful and unlike anything I’ve had before. Al-Sham Sweets & Pastries (24-39 Steinway Street, Astoria. 718.777.0876)