It is no secret that I've fallen in love with Queens, and Astoria, in particular. I've spent sun-drenched summer weekends here, and bitter-cold winter nights, tucked away in this beloved neighborhood. As a creature of habit, it also comes as no surprise that I've found a few places that I pretty much inhabit in my free time. My loyal nature does not limit itself to people, and I've been wanting to give a shout out to my favorite spots for a while now.
So without further ado, here are my top four haunts in Astoria...
for getting sh*t done
I'm weird, and like iced coffee in the winter. To make it weirder, I also like extra ice. The baristas here always do an amazing job packing my cup full.
Gossip has also introduced me to the wonders of macadamia nut milk. It's creamy and thick without being too sweet - the perfect coffee creamer.
for afternoon Happy Hour-ing
HAPPY HOUR EVERY DAY FROM 4 PM - 7 PM:
FOOD - $8
SIGNATURE COCKTAILS - $6
WINE & BEER - $5
Need I say more? Well, if I do, Winegasm has stone flooring and plays old movies on the t.v. behind the bar. The pours are generous, and the happy hour menu is perfect for a late afternoon bite.
for straight chilling
As North Carolina native, I appreciate the laid back vibe here, which is so uncharacteristic of New York. It reminds me of home, where people go to bars and drink beer and just chill out. Plus the prices remind me of home too. I never leave feeling like I've just drained my life's savings on a drink and some food.
There are always new beers and ciders to try because they rotate regularly. Don't know what you want? No prob! The bartenders keep nifty tasting glasses behind the bar that let you sample to your heart's contentment.
for literally every day
Whether I'm heading into work or grabbing breakfast with a friend, this is my go-to spot for good coffee and food. NYCBCH also has alternatives for people with food allergies (try the gluten-free cinnamon raisin bagel. You won't be disappointed).
As an added bonus, the service is always friendly. Surprisingly you can't always expect this in New York, so I consider it a major plus when I come across employees who seem happy to help you.
So anyway, yeah, Queens is pretty sweet; but I guess that's pretty obvious by now. :)