Terraza is one of the coolest bars in Queens or anywhere else in NYC. This is last night with the Alex Brown Quartet, playing on the suspended platform above the bar. Just about every night of the week has something awesome going on, from Latin jazz or folk to readings of a sort. You’ll dig.
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.
The Jumbo 32 oz. Bloody Mary at Bear is one of the best brunch cocktails I’ve found, made with organic vegetable and tomato juice, premium vodka, and crowned with marinated mushrooms, onions, capers, pickles, olives, hot peppers, a hard-boiled egg, and candied bacon. Bear, 12-14 31st Ave, Long Island City; (917) 396-4939; http://www.bearnyc.com/
In the shadow of Jackson Heights’ famous Indian, Nepali, and Himalayan cuisine lies Legend’s Bar where in the back exists a fantastic Texas style barbecue kiosk. Head straight to Ranger Texas Barbecue for all your pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket, sausage links, and chicken cravings. They even have sides. Baked beans, cornbread, you name it!
Legend’s/Ranger Texas Barbecue, 71-04 35th Avenue, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
So I am a little obsessed with this crispy poached egg that comes on the pork belly cobb salad, as well as the benedict and brunch burger at William Hallet (named after Astoria’s original landowner in 1659). They also make a delicious turducken (turkey, duck, & chicken) meatloaf sandwich with bourbon ketchup & bacon on a soft onion roll, as well as scotch quail eggs (wrapped in spicy lamb, beef, & merguez sausage — do you call that lambeefage?!?) with sweetbread remoulade. William Hallet, 36-20 30th Ave, Astoria; (718) 269-3443; http://www.williamhallet.com/