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May 23, 2014

Best of Astoria-Emily’s Picks

As you know by now, the Best of Astoria truly reflects our reader’s favorites. This month the team has shared their personal picks. It seems that I’m the last in (…)

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As you know by now, the Best of Astoria truly reflects our reader’s favorites. This month the team has shared their personal picks. It seems that I’m the last in line, but what can I say, they saved the best for last! Check out what Mackenzi, Meg and Judith selected as their favorites if you haven’t already.

Favorite Hair Salon/Stylist: Natura Spa & Salon

Natura Spa Exterior_12 Days of GiveawaysI’ve had a chance to spend a lot of time with the Natura team. This is my go-to for all things hair; color, cut and style. I’m a big fan of their spa services including waxing, massage, and facials; they do everything from head to toe! I will also divulge that this is where I’ve done my laser hair removal. Claudia the ‘laser master’ is a true professional and runs her room with extreme cleanliness.  I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the Natura crew did my hair and make-up for the Best of Astoria Bash. I felt and looked fabulous! (don’t you agree?) (Natura Spa 31-78 Steinway St, Astoria)

Favorite Brunch: Cafe Triskell

Cafe Triskell_French ToastWhenever I’m entertaining friends and family in the hood, this is a go-to spot. The seating is limited and crowded, but seems to add to the charm. I love that you can hear French flowing freely as the owner/chef whips up your order. I’m pretty obsessed with their brioche french toast. It comes skewered with a side of sausage (or bacon) and a side of berry compote and maple syrup, all washed down with a bubbly mimosa. (Cafe Triskell 33-04 36th Ave, Astoria)

Best New Arrival: Off the Hook

Off the Hook_Oysters_Sponsored GiveawayI am a sucker (an absolute sucker) for oysters of the shucked variety. For the record I will also take them grilled, fried, and Rockfeller’d. The oysters at Off the Hook are fresh and taste just like summer. Their entire menu always keeps me coming back for more, and their backyard space is beautiful. (Off the Hook 28-08 34th Street, Astoria)

Favorite Place to Hear Live Music: R’A’R Bar

rar bar exteriorRest-au-rant is my local hangout spot. I come here frequently for brunch, late night snacks, and the diversity of live music. Every Thursday night you can sit back with a bottle of wine (and cheese if you’re me) and enjoy meeting local bands and musicians. The auditory options are endless; Blues, Brazilian, Jazz, are just a couple that come to mind. The owner Tina has a true devotion to making her place of business, a place of community. Live Music on Thursday nights, Wine & Cheese Comedy Hour on Tuesdays, and the glorious Bacon & Beer Happy Hour on the first Monday of the month. (R’A’R Bar 30-01 35th Ave, Long Island City)

Favorite Yoga Studio/Best Gym: Art of Fitness

Art of Fitness_Logo Studio ShotLike Judith, I’m going to bend the rules on this one just a little. Art of Fitness is technically not a Yoga Studio or Gym, it is however, my workout center of choice. Art of Fitness has a diverse offering of classes/workshops; Pilates to Zumba, Tuesday Night Dance Party to Cirque Fitness, just to name a few. Owner Kristine Petrucione is super supportive; challenging you with positive reinforcement and pushing you to your personal best. Aside from the great teachers, the students that attend Art of Fitness have become good friends.  The studio is accepting of all shapes and sizes which makes exercise accessible for any-body. Summer is finally here and I know Art of Fitness will get my body physically ready for tank tops, shorts, and swimsuits.  More importantly they will get me mentally ready by building my body-confidence. (Art of Fitness 3232 Steinway St, Astoria)

About Emily Rios

Emily Rios manages special events, sponsored content and advertising clients as WHA's Business Development Director. She is a passionate and dedicated youth developer with a strong background in non-profit management, and works as Senior Manager of Youth Leadership at generationOn.

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