Sweet Afton

On Sunday, my beau and I went to help Matt and Karina with their move.  Manual labor works up an appetite, so after unpacking some boxes and installing AC units, we headed to Sweet Afton for some brunch. After doing some research, I learned Sweet Afton is owned by the same folks as Wilfie and…

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Kinship Coffee Cooperative

Just as we finished lunch at Max’s, Karina stopped by so all four of us decided to take the more scenic route and walk together to the Steinway stop for me to hop on the subway.  Along our stroll, I spotted an adorable coffee shop.  I am a huge sucker for cute coffee shops (I…

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Max Bratwurst Und Bier

Matt and Karina have embarked on the incredible journey of house ownership.  They were homeowners before, but this is different.  This is a full house.  In Queens.  That they’re gutting.  This is no small undertaking.  I went by the new place on Saturday to observe the construction and afterward, Matt and I took Leo to…

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PSA: Long Island City Breweries

Sometimes I think there’s a place you’ve just got to know about and my Public Service Announcements (PSAs) will give you the full skinny. If you like beer, you likely enjoy hitting up a brewery.  You can have the freshest tapped brews, get growlers to go, and sample tons of different varieties, usually served by…

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Rippers

Help!  The hipsters are invading Queens!  That’s certainly what it feels like when you walk up to Rippers at the end of Rockaway Beach.  It’s a throwback style surf shack with lots of neon.  The clientele with their ironic Flock of Seagulls haircuts look straight out of Brooklyn.  And that’s because they are.  Apparently there’s…

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Zabb Elee

Leave it to us to go to Queens for a restaurant that’s right in our Manhattan backyard.  Zabb Elee might be just a random East Village Thai spot, but it’s one that people became obsessed with.  Not obsessed in the long line inducing way, but obsessed enough that they just opened a second location in…

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The Sparrow Tavern

Convenience is important.  When leaving the island of Manhattan, knowing the destination won’t be too out of the way is key to actually getting you on the subway and leaving the comfort of your home borough.  I would never miss Karina’s birthday brunch, but realizing the restaurant was just off the Astoria Blvd stop on…

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