Ran Craycraft's Blog Posts Tagged 'restaurants' (21)

M. Wells Owners Plan a Steakhouse in Queens

Photo by Evan Sung for The New York Times

From The NY Times:

Hugue Dufour and Sarah Obraitis, the married couple who owned M. Wells — the wildly popular diner-style restaurant in Long Island City, Queens, that lost its lease and …


Added by Ran Craycraft on March 2, 2012 at 4:28pm — 1 Comment

A Chat with Bareburger CEO & Founder Euripides Pelekanos

Photo from CleanPlates.com

Amy Sung of the healthy eating food blog, CleanPlates.com recently sat down with the owner of Bareburger to talk about their healthy, organic ingredients as well as their continuing…


Added by Ran Craycraft on March 2, 2012 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Food Blog Names 20 Must-Try Queens Restaurants

After years of the cold shoulder from (the awesome food blog) Eater, they just just released a list of 20 must-try restaurants in Queens. By no surprise, 6 of the top 20 are in LIC/Astoria. However, we only got one in the top five.

#5 Kabab Cafe

#6 LIC Market

#7 Taverna Kyclades

#10 Queens Kickshaw

#13 Ornella Trattoria



Added by Ran Craycraft on February 7, 2012 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

M. Wells Has a New Home

Last weekend, the hugely popular, estranged LIC dineur, M. Wells, hosted a friends and family preview brunch at their new homebase, P.S.1.

Photo by Woks & Lox co-creator Veronica Chan

According to…


Added by Ran Craycraft on January 20, 2012 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Petey's to Open Second Location, Burger War at Boiling Point

Photo: Village Voice

Just weeks after our announcement of 5 Guys allegedly opening next door to Five Napkin Burger, it looks like Astoria's homegrown burger joint, Petey's Burger is opening just steps away from the new Corner…


Added by Ran Craycraft on January 9, 2012 at 12:00pm — 12 Comments

A Pay-What-You-Want Restaurant

Photo: Here's Williamsburg

So there's a Greek restaurant in Williamsburg that has been celebrating their birthday each year since they opened in 2008 by letting their customers "pay what you feel the food is worth"--a practice common in Australia (or so I'm told). This year, the owners took it…


Added by Ran Craycraft on December 15, 2011 at 1:30pm — 6 Comments

The Canz Empire Expandz

Our friendly, neighborhood T&A beer joint, Canz has made it to the big leagues--this past weekend, they quietly opened their first Manhattan outpost and brought on Yankees star, CC Sabathia, as a new owner.


An article in The Post details more of the growing rivalry between…


Added by Ran Craycraft on October 24, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

And you thought Astoria had a lot of sidewalk cafes...

Despite Astoria having a sidewalk cafe on almost every corner (yay!), did you know there several neighborhoods have even more than we do? According to the NYC Economic Development Corporation, the City has a total of 861 licensed sidewalk cafes. The West Village holds the top spot with 77.


I find this rather surprising and wonder if the…


Added by Ran Craycraft on October 1, 2011 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

Hugely Unexpected Restaurant Closure Coming in August

Word on the street is that M. Wells, the smash hit Quebeco-American "diner" in LIC will be closing its doors at the end of the month.


Photo by jeroxie.com


The closure stems from the decision of…


Added by Ran Craycraft on August 2, 2011 at 12:00pm — 9 Comments

Manhattan Burger Joint Coming to Queens

Photo: tripadvisor.com

Just got word from our friends at Liqcity.com that the owners of the…


Added by Ran Craycraft on July 27, 2011 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

This Week's Best (& Worst) Restaurants in Astoria

As judged by the NYC Department of Health.


These spots have few or no violations in their most recent inspection:

Worthy of note: Crave, Rizzo's, Dillingers, Red Mango,…


Added by Ran Craycraft on July 15, 2011 at 6:30pm — 8 Comments

NY Times Gives Away Our Secrets

Photo: Evan Sung for The New York Times


Yesterday's NYT namedropped almost every restaurant that's opened in Astoria and LIC over the last year. We thought it was a pretty well-written article that paints our neighborhood in an…


Added by Ran Craycraft on May 25, 2011 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

CONTEST: Ticket to Tonight's Taste of Queens

We scored a ticket to tonight's Taste of Queens at Citi Field and you know how we do...we give it away! If you'd like the ticket ($100 value), submit a pic in the comments below of your favorite taste in Queens.
Whether it's a photo of your favorite entree, your favorite suds, your favorite restaurant, or your favorite homemade recipe. Share your delicious pic below for a chance to…

Added by Ran Craycraft on May 10, 2011 at 12:30pm — 14 Comments

Ever Wonder What Queens Tastes Like?

Last year, we made the wise decision to attend the Queens Economic Development Coalition's annual tasting event, Queens: A Taste of the World. The event takes place in the Caesar Club at Citi Field and invites New Yorkers to sample the fare of some of the boroughs most popular and innovative restaurants. This year's Tastemasters include celebrity chefs, Marcus…


Added by Ran Craycraft on May 2, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Where Queens Foodies Live and How Much They Spend

In the neighborhood where you'll find bars and restaurants lining the streets that feature $12 cocktails$15 burgers, a$21 burrito, and a $70 surf & turf, you might think Astoria's…


Added by Ran Craycraft on December 16, 2010 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Stop the Presses! Athens Cafe Reopens with HOW MANY Points?!

After being closed recently by the Department of Health for an ungodly amount of violations, Athens Cafe has cleaned up their act.

After only one day, Athens Cafe were able to reduce their violation points from 128 down to just 7! This means, when the letter grade is awarded in the near future, they will be presented with an…

Added by Ran Craycraft on November 30, 2010 at 1:00pm — 10 Comments

Owner of Dekko and Cienna Jumps Ship

We've just been informed that after only a few weeks at the helm, chef Eric Hara--of Oak Room fame--has already abandoned his partnership with Dekko and Cienna for other projects.

The two sub-trainean openings were widely reported by all major NYC media outlets and by most standards was considered successful. However we've noticed that…

Added by Ran Craycraft on November 18, 2010 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

Now What???

Now that Bistro Boîte à Café is in our rear-view mirror (with an overwhelming seal of approval from the WLA community), what next?

Do you have a favorite neighborhood spot that may not be getting enough attention? We've all seen darn good spots come and go quicker than the Taco Truck's guacamole. Perhaps their facade isn't inviting or their… Continue

Added by Ran Craycraft on August 29, 2008 at 11:05am — 8 Comments

Shamon, Jamon!

If you're like me, reading yesterday's Joey post and seeing the pictures from El Jamon, your tastebuds were in a frenzy. Last night, a friend and I decided to give it a shot. Is it in kind of an odd location? Yes. Is their awning/sign a little less than inviting? Probably so. Was it 8000° when we walked in? Mmmhmm. But is it worth the trek through the cloud of hookah smoke to… Continue

Added by Ran Craycraft on August 27, 2008 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Menus Menus Menus!

Our friend, Sooz from Joey in Astoria uploaded A TON of menus from restaurants all over Astoria and LIC. Thanks so much, Sooz!

You can check out her awesome collection in the album, "Astoria Menus" on the Photos page. If you have more menus you'd like to add, just upload them as an image to the… Continue

Added by Ran Craycraft on August 23, 2008 at 2:49pm — No Comments



  • Add Photos
  • View All

Please Support Our Sponsors

© 2017   Created by Ran Craycraft.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service