Local Spots Among City's Top Winter Eats...and Ran Rants

Earlier in the week, TONY listed ten essential winter dining experiences in NYC and Astoria landed two of them...well, one category, but two recommendations.

From TONY:
6. Booze it up and gorge yourself on sausage Thanks to the proliferation of biergartens, New Yorkers needn’t hop on Lufthansa to enjoy quality brews and meat products. Franklin Park, offers a dozen pricey-for-the-’hood drafts, like He’Brew’s crisp Coney Island Lager. Plentiful perches, live bands and a great tap selection make Studio Square (35-33 36th St between 35th and 36th Aves, Long Island City, Queens; 718-383-1001) a great spot to try at least one of its 18 drafts available, including German microbrews like Hofbräu Dunkel. Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden (29-19 24th Ave between 29th and 30th Sts, Astoria, Queens; 718-274-4925) is authentically Czech; tables are mingle-friendly, platters of sausage are hearty, and the beer is flowing. The huge, tree-canopied garden is open year-round.

Now this brings up my next point, why does Studio Square label itself as "Long Island City"? I love LIC as much as the next guy, but seriously? It's high time we recognize that Astoria's southern border should at least officially extend to Northern Boulevard. In a neighborhood laid out in a grid, it surprises me that there's so much uncertainty. I live on the east end of Astoria and get mail addressed to Woodside, Long Island City, or Astoria. As one of my neighbors recently pointed out, the sign on the light pole outside our apartment says "30th Avenue, the heart of Astoria"...make up your mind, Queens...where do we live?!

Anyone who's been on the site for a while knows that's my pet peeve. LIC has had a certain industrial and artistic connotation over the last few years and my personal opinion is that they wanted to ride the wave and would rather be considered industrial/artistic than the stereotypes associated with Astoria--that or they wanted to avoid the confusion of being "another Astoria beer garden". This particularly strikes a cord because I love Studio Square. I want it for Astoria and LIC simply can't have it. There, I said it.

Lets look at the facts:
1. It's in the same building as Bizaare Ave. Cafe (Astoria address)
2. It's just as far south as Sunswick 35/35 (Astoria address)
3. It's across the street from Kaufman Astoria Studios (obvi)
4. Same building as Island (Astoria address)

Does this irk anyone else or am I just being selfish against our southern brethren?

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Comment by Bernadette Claffey on January 25, 2010 at 11:21am
I've lived on 48th and Broadway and that was considered LIC. The lines have always been skewed. Don't know why. Never really cared one way or the other.
Comment by Richard Edwards on January 22, 2010 at 2:40pm
This is the stuff you worry about? Get a life.
Comment by JennQ on January 22, 2010 at 2:01pm
i totally agree about where you say the border should be. unfortunately the post office actually decided that 34th ave is the cut off. north side is astoria, south is LIC. which is retarded bc when i was on 37th street and the south side of 34th ave (one of the buildings near the batting cages)the post office deemed me LIC even though the Astoria Sports Complex and Kaufman Astoria Studios were down the street. I think that some of those businesses decide to use Astoria instead of LIC when typing their address. Much like I refused to put LIC on my address line.
Comment by Anne Marie Culhane on January 22, 2010 at 12:34pm
i totally agree, ran!!!!!! Astoria it is!!!!



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