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Aug 20, 2015

Exciting Neighborhood Tidbits: Sanford’s, 60 Beans, and more!

It’s been a busy week in the neighborhood! Lots of new additions to old favorites, arrivals, and closings, so let’s get to it: Don’t call it a comeback: Sanford’s Big (…)

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It’s been a busy week in the neighborhood! Lots of new additions to old favorites, arrivals, and closings, so let’s get to it:

Don’t call it a comeback: Sanford’s Big Return!

One of Broadway’s most beloved restaurants, Sanford’s, is finally back in business after a long re-model. I stopped in last night to get the scoop, and I can tell you that the staff and management are just as excited about the restaurant’s return as we hungry Astorians are!

The big news here? WHISKEY, and lots of it. They have 290 different bottles to choose from, making it the largest selection in Queens, and bigger than most selections in all of the five boroughs. With the additional space created with a side room and bar, there are now 120 tables available. (Maybe these will make brunch waits just a little shorter? We can dream!)

And the new menu? Oh boy. While Sanford’s is keeping most of their tried and true dishes around, they’re also introducing intriguing new additions. We’re talking tequila-braised BBQ meatballs, truffle mac and cheese, slow-roasted baby back ribs, a pork belly appetizer, and Berkshire pork porterhouse chops. My big question….do you think they’ll let me move in?

They will be serving strictly dinner with a limited menu until Monday 8/24, when they expand to regular hours and start introducing a full menu. See you there, with a glass of whiskey!

How gorgeous is this new bar? And just look at all that whiskey!

How gorgeous is this new bar? And just look at all that whiskey!

(30-13 Broadway |(718) 932-9569) | Facebook | Instagram Twitter

60 Beans: Now Sweet AND Savory

No longer just a great spot for coffee, 60 Beans is expanding both their size and their menu. New items will include homemade pasta, burgers, and charcuterie. Expect a post coming soon with a rundown of the best new dishes to get excited for!


60 Beans, not just for coffee anymore!

60 Beans (36-02 Ditmars Blvd |(347) 987-3994)
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The Queens Kickshaw Gets Happy

ICYMI, The Queens Kickshaw has finally introduced happy hour! Here’s a rundown of the awesome deal, which runs from 4-7 on weekdays:

  • $4 bar snacks (pickled plum popcorn, curried pumpkin seeds, and orange rosemary olives)
  • $9 beer and cider flights
  • $6 cocktails
I don't know about you, but food and drink deals and TQK make me VERY happy.

I don’t know about you, but food and drink deals at TQK make me VERY happy.

The Queens Kickshaw 40-17 Broadway |(718) 777-0913)| Facebook | Instagram Twitter

New Hookah Bar Arriving on Steinway

Looks like a new hookah bar, Vogue Lounge NYC,  is opening up on Ditmars and 38th very soon. According to a post on their Facebook page, they’re “almost there” in regards to opening.

Opening Soon: Vogue Hookah Lounge

Opening Soon: Vogue Lounge NYC

Vogue Lounge NYC 38-01 Ditmars Blvd |(646) 492-2878
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Farewell, Claire’s Boutique!

If you were a 90s girl, I’m guessing you spent a decent amount of time in the Claire’s Boutique in your local mall. It was my go-to place for everything from fuzzy pens and friendship bracelets to ‘NSYNC lip gloss and magnetic earrings. Sadly, a Facebook reader tipped us off that the Claire’s on Steinway is closing, so I gave them a call to get the details. Unfortunately, the rumors are true. While they don’t have an exact closing date yet, Claire’s will be leaving sometime in the fall. Stock up on your fuzzy pens and friendship bracelets now before they’re gone!

Looks like these doors might be closed for good.

Looks like these doors will soon be closing for good.

What neighborhood news are you most excited about? Share with us in comments below, and on Facebook!


About Lindsay Goyette

Lindsay has been eating and drinking her way through Queens since 2011. A casting director by day and Astoria explorer by night, you can usually find her checking out live music, theatre, or the newest neighborhood spot to enjoy a craft beer.



It’s not Steinway, but rather Ditmars. Read the article before commenting. Hookah bars rock.


Darn was hoping Sanfords would open a dance floor next door to it’s restaurant. We need more places to boogy in the neighborhood!


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