St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner, meaning it's time to whip out all your green, stock up on beers, and snag some luck o' the Irish. Since St. Paddy's is the ultimate drinking holiday, we've rounded up some of the best bar crawls happening in the city -- even the non-Irish may participate!
St. Paddy's Kick-Off Party: For just five bucks, you can attend the St. Patrick's Day Kick-Off Party, taking place at Midtown favorite, Public House. The party will take place on March 15th from 5pm until 4am. All sorts of debauchery will ensue.You can purchase your tickets here.
As you walk down the stairs from the N train platform that runs above 31st Street in Astoria, you feel far removed from the hustle and bustle of the busy Manhattan streets. Everywhere you turn there are people running errands, returning from work, or meeting friends for coffee sitting at an outdoor section of a Greek café to better enjoy the summer weather. Off the beaten path, on a mainly residential section of 23rd Avenue is Christos Steakhouse. Ideal for special occasions, or whenever your inner carnivore needs a fix, Christos is the perfect blend of high-end steak house with a Mediterranean Greek flare not found in other steakhouses on the opposite of the East River.
34-08 31st Avenue
Queens, NY 11106
A tiny casual Italian restaurant located at Astoria is definitely worthy for you to try. Well known for their variety of paninis, they offer tapas, crostinis, and soup all at very reasonable prices. Enjoy the restaurant by dining inside or out at the outdoor garden while being serviced by the wonderful staff. With great atmosphere, food, and service what more can you ask for? So, go try out Il Bambino today!
Cuisine: Soup and Sandwich
34-08 31st Avenue
(Near 34th Street)
Queens, NY 11106
For a super-sized cupcake on the side of your panini, stop by Il Bambino for lunch. Appearing at first as simply a bakery, one must look past the muffins, brownies, and bundt cakes to find a panini paradise. The soup and sandwich menu is extensive, so find what combo sounds most filling to you, and order something sweet on the side. Our favorite is the baked potato and leek soup, which is served with a plentiful piece of garlicky pesto bread, perfect for dipping and a steal at only $5 to fill-up. At night, Il Bambino changes into a BYOB, candlelit eatery- thus keeping the ambience high and the price low.
During the summer months, there is nothing like escaping the heat of the Manhattan streets. Enter the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden in Astoria Queens; the last original Beer Garden in all of NYC. Only a twenty-minute subway ride into Queens, it has the ability to make any New Yorker feel like they have travelled halfway across the globe and ended up in beer and brat heaven. A Czech and Slavic run joint; the Hall is overseen by the Bohemian Citizens Benevolent Society who bind together to preserve this historic venue. The old-fashioned feel of the hall and the diverse neighborhood of Astoria transplant you into old world Eastern Europe.
Urgent message for all of our readers in Astoria: Clear your culinary calendar for Saturday, the 30th of May. We know it’s a little far in advance, but to celebrate their 50th anniversary, the longstanding pizzeria Rizzo’s is offering a special that’s worth mentioning now; Sicilian slices for fifty cents! That’s two Sicilian slices for a dollar. (Unfortunately, they are limiting it to two slices a customer, so don’t plan on camping out there all day).
In the month and a half or so proceeding that highly-anticipated day, there will be many other decent 50-cent specials, but none quite so enticing as the May 30th grand finale. For example, staring this Saturday, April 11 to April 24, you can get either four garlic knots or a small salad for fifty cents. Than, from Saturday May 9 to May 29 the restaurant will be serving up gelatis, Italian ices, and canolis for just 50 cents. It seems the underlying theme is that since they’ve been around for 50 years, the specials cost 50 cents.