Fulfill your sugar cravings with a Very Berry Belgian Waffle from Caffeine Fix in Flushing. The massive waffle comes with your choice of single scoop ice cream (red bean in this picture), berries, banana, whip cream, and Nutella. Great for sharing.
The Queens Kickshaw introduces its brand new “egg-centric” brunch starting today! Be sure to check out the outrageously inventive and delicious dishes, like these cold-poached eggs… an umami benedict with miso butter and pickled mustard seed “caviar” on cranberry walnut toast. Brunch will be served Saturdays and Sundays from 9 to 4… The Queens Kickshaw | 40-17 Broadway, Astoria | http://www.thequeenskickshaw.com/
(top) Brik: lightly fried phyllo pocket stuffed with shredded tuna, capers, parmesan, parsley, and a fresh, soft-centered egg that spills out when cut open… Tunisian tradition is that a man seeking the blessing of his bride-to-be’s family must successfully consume her mother’s version of this dish without spilling any egg; (bottom-left) Chakchouka: a ragout of peppers, tomatoes, onions, garlic, parsley, cardamom, cumin, and cayenne, with a fresh egg cracked over the top, adding a depth and creaminess to the tender vegetables, served with balthazar bread or pita for dipping; (bottom-center) bourek: 3 cigar shaped phyllo rolls stuffed with ground steak, parmesan, egg, and parsley… lightly fried; (bottom-right) Merguez Aiolissa: spicy cayenne-garlic lamb sausage with caramelized onions and harissa aioli on a crunchy Balthazar baguette; Harissa Cafe, 34-05 30th Ave, Astoria: (718) 545-9595; http://www.harissacafe.com
The Queens Kickshaw has gained national recognition (in less than a year) for serving some of the country’s most incredible grown-up grilled cheese sandwiches, an eclectic array of craft beers and wines, and gourmet coffees & beverages (from V60 pour-over coffee to vinegar-cordial sodas called shrubs). Pictured are three of my favorite items, the Gouda (on brioche with black bean hummus, guava jam, and pickled jalapeños), the Mac & Cheese (with cheddar, gruyere, smoked mozzarella, & french beans), and the miso-mustard pickles (with everything from white beets to quail eggs). The Queens Kickshaw, 40-17 Broadway (a block from Steinway), Astoria; (718) 777-0913; http://thequeenskickshaw.com
At Arepas Cafe, you get killer Venezuelan food and some of the best service around. The house specialty is the arepa, a crunchy grilled corn pancake butterflied and loaded with every array of filling imaginable (pictured: tuna, pico de gallo, avocado, & truffle butter). And with numerous specials and a happy hour like this, how can you go wrong? Arepas Cafe, 33-07 36th Ave., Astoria, NY; (718) 937-3835