For one of the most powerful views of the skyline, witness it reaching above the horizon of grave markers at Calvary Cemetery in Woodside—one of the oldest cemeteries in the United States. With over 3 million interments (more than any other cemetery in the U.S.) and managed by St. Patrick’s Cathedral, it is the posthumous home to numerous Civil War soldiers, mobsters, politicians, and artists. The oldest gravestone is dated 1718. An original adult burial plot cost $7.
Whenever I have the opportunity to spend a little time at the 61st Street/Woodside station - like when I’m waiting for an LIRR train, as I was this past weekend - I like to stop by this out of the way fence situated on the edge of the station on the station agent level. It just plain looks cool. I like the little station house that says “Woodside” on it, which means, to me, that this was a custom job. To find it, just head up the escalator and keep walking forward and you’ll see it on the left.
This one time famous hamburger from Donovan’s Pub in Woodside comes with sweet potato fries or regular french fries. If you get it with cheese, they give you two slices! Donovan’s Pub is up for sale. Come by for a drink, to watch the game, and that juicy burger before the famous landmark becomes a thing of the past.
Here’s a video the Queens Love Burger Party's TOUR of the Ottomanelli's Butcher Shop made by Queen's own Joe Depace! (tour starts around 2:15)
In the video, the butchers of Ottomanelli’s demonstrate prime meat and all the ins and outs of butchering. They show us why the burgers at F. Ottomanelli’s are above all others. I’m glad Joe got to record this because I missed it!
F Ottomanelli Burgers & Belgian Fries, 60-15 Woodside Ave Ottomanelli & Sons Prime Meat Shop & Wild Game, 6105 Woodside Ave
After filling my belly at F. Ottomanelli at the Queens Love Burger Party, I decided to walk off the food coma. With meat still very much on my mind I encountered this awesome sign outside a Halal butcher on Roosevelt Ave. in Woodside.
Homage to a dear moth I found lying on the sidewalk today. It was huge, with a wingspan of nearly 6 inches. But one of its wings had a large tear, rendering the moth flightless. I sat on the ground trying to goad the moth onto a stick to move it off the sidewalk. It garnered a spectacle— At least a dozen people stopped to admire the creature and the operation, but my favorite exchange was between two men, friends, both with heavy New York accents and small dogs on leashes.
Man 1: That’s one big butterfly. Thats the kinda bug you frame on your wall. Man 2: (to friend) You know, I think that’s a moth. (To me, gesturing apologetically) I ain’t no Johnny Insect or nothin’, but its shaped like a moth, ya know?
(Eventually, one no-nonsense man, better, apparently, at moving moths than me, finally plucked the moth onto the stick with a gentle firmness and got the moth safely into a tree away from foot traffic.)
At our first ever Queens Love Event, we took a tour inside the S. Ottomanelli & Sons Olde Fashioned Butcheria - the ones who supply the meat for the burgers at F. Ottomanelli and Sons Burger and Belgian Fries. (Yes, they are related!)
Click the pic to take you to the rest of our tour! Or click here.
I hate when my roommates get sick, but I do love having an excuse to pick up my favorite roasted chicken from this Woodside Ave. favorite. Peking BBQ’s rotisserie chicken is perfect eaten straight out of the box, but use it in some chicken soup and you’re cured, or at least heart-warmed, in no time.
A nighttime walk through Roosevelt Avenue will bring you many meals as all the late night food vendors have come out to cook. I don’t know the names of the things I have tried so far but certainly they are not limited to tacos and tortas.
There’s lots beyond the menu at Fresca la Crepe, one of my favorite locations in Woodside. Ask Patty what’s unlisted today and you might be the envy of all other patrons. Here’s a crepe with the biscoff spread spekuloosand strawberries. On another day, get The Bomb, a daily off-menu special which has Nutella, white chocolate, bananas, strawberries, toasted almonds, and mascarpone. Yessssss
4 and a half yelp stars on 73 reviews with over 2/3 of the reviews as 5-stars CANNOT be wrong!
So I recently fell head-over-feet in love with this outrageously delicious bacon cheeseburger at F. Ottomanelli Burger & Belgian Fries in Woodside, run by the famous butcher of the same name down the street. The single is $5.39 (with unlimited free toppings), but of course I went with the double for $1.30 extra. For one of the most affordable burgers in the area, it tasted like a million bucks. They even make patties with seasonings mixed in, like chipotle or roasted garlic. And the truffle parmesan aioli for the fries is outrageous. F. Ottomanelli Burger & Belgian Fries, 60-15 Woodside Ave, Woodside; (718) 651-5544