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Kitchen & Draught

Posted by Burak Ipekci | Posted in Food, New York City, Queens | Posted on 25-10-2010

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Founded on the co-owners mutual love of beer, BBQ, and Mex grub, this brick-walled urban cantina (wood plank booths/bar, a large picnic table reminiscent of those found in “Mexican churchyards”) has 48 taps and a temp controlled tequila dispenser to help wash down guac studded w/ lime poached shrimp, ancho-chili-dusted fried chicken, and jalapeno & goat cheese cornbread-sided, banana leaf-braised ribs marinated in dark beer, so…Peter Murphy’s Stout?

37-11 30th Avenue (between 37th and 38th St.), LIC, NY +1 (718) 626-0333

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5 New Burger Meccas in New York

Posted by Burak Ipekci | Posted in Brooklyn, Food, New York City, Queens | Posted on 15-09-2010

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Queens
Feeling nostalgic? Auto-themed The Burger Garage specializes in burgers, shakes, and homemade desserts. It’s owned by brothers whose family has been in the restaurant business for more than 80 years. 25-36 Jackson Avenue, at 44th Drive, Long Island City (718-392-0424). Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Brooklyn
Order a bacon-cheeseburger sausage with lentils at Le Comptoir, where chef Sebastien Chamaret (La Goulue) applies classic French techniques to local ingredients (Meat Hook, Herve Katz). Even die-hard carnivores will be tempted by the French toast crème brulee at a long counter that curves around the open kitchen. 251 Grand Street, between Driggs Avenue and Roebling Street, Williamsburg (718-486-3300). Daily, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Harlem
The neighborhood’s entry into the fancy burger trend, Mel’s Burger Bar will offer LaFrieda beef, served on focaccia, a potato roll, or sourdough rye — washed down with growlers of beer. 2850 Broadway, between 110th and 111th Streets (212-865-7100).

Upper East Side
The UES location of Danny Meyer’s burger stand serves Shake Shack usuals, along with a new menu of milkshakes known as “concretes” (example: the Pineapple Upper East Side Cake, with pineapple, shortbread, and maraschino cherries). 154 East 86th Street, between Lexington and Third Avenues (646-237-5035). Daily, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

East Village
Whitmans just opened a downstairs dining room where you can have a pimento-cheese-stuffed Juicy Lucy and flash-fried “crack kale.” New additions to the menu include the peanut-butter-and-bacon-topped PB&B burger. 406 East 9th Street, between First and A Avenues (212-228-8011). Monday-Wednesday, 5-11 p.m.; Thursday-Sunday, noon-midnight.

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Gabbana (No Dolce, I promise)

Posted by Burak Ipekci | Posted in Food, New York City, Queens | Posted on 27-08-2010

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Go outerborough to get the full Dominuevo experience at this tropically flavored, neon lit, bi-level 120-seater, which’s pairing 50+ rums with bites like Cazuelitas (deep fried tortilla bowls) filled with ham-wrapped shrimp, rock shrimp & avocado-chardonnay cream tamales, traditional paellas and churrasco, and langosta pasta w/ truffle cream, asparagus, morels, and a poached egg, who was easily tempted away as he was down on his muffins.

107-11 Northern Blvd. (btw 107th and 108th St), Queens, NY +1 (718) 565-5479 GabbanaNY.com

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M. Wells

Posted by Burak Ipekci | Posted in Food, Queens | Posted on 28-07-2010

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Some combinations (sea salt and caramel, bread and cheese), just make sense. But foie gras and frozen custard?

Those two equally delicious delicacies are sharing menu space at M. Wells, a restored 1954 diner in Long Island City opened (although right now, it’s breakfast and custard only) by Canada-meets-Queens couple Hugue Dufour and Sarah Obraitis.

Sit on a reclaimed church pew and break your fast with homemade biscuits, and sausage and egg sandwiches on griddle-baked English muffins. The freshly fried donuts are perfect for dunking in a $1.50 cuppa locally roasted Oslo coffee.

Canadian fusion dominates lunch and dinner (in about three weeks); think meatballs cooked in a can, loaves of foie gras, and tourtières (smoked meat pies). Ghosts of the diner’s Chinese-takeout-joint past will be waked with dishes like a daily fried rice and hamburgers on steamed buns.

But go now to grab a Timmy O’s frozen custard on your way to P.S. 1 (around the corner) or Montauk (the LIRR’s Hunts Point station is literally outside the door). And to cozy up to the owners so you’ll know when the bento box lunches with boxed wine are available.
21-17 49th Avenue (at 21st Street) Long Island City, NY +1 (718) 425-6917 mwellsdiner.com

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