Clarion Hotel La Guardia Airport
9400 Ditmars Blvd.
East Elmhurst, NY 11369
Phone: (718) 335-1200
Fax: (718) 458-1239
Bars et cafés
D'Antigua in Jackson heights has good food, a bright atmosphere for a lounge bar and often hosts live Latin bands. There is not much room on the dance floor, but the music is worthwhile.
Central serves up Mediterranean food to New Yorkers in style. The interior is very impressive- leather banquettes, divided from the main floor by waist high glass partitions, line walls made from wide wooden panels, and in the center rests a white-padded bar. Towards the back sits a sushi bar, but the Greek food is Central's real draw, featuring, among other items, a positively delicious goat cheese salad. Outside is a lovely patio that is open during spring and summer for star-gazers and smokers. DJ's spin Greek music early in the night, then turn to European house later, as the club starts to get crowded and the bar warms up. The largely European crowd adds to the Mediterranean ambiance that Central cultivates. Food and drinks are pricey, which may discourage frequent visits, but Central is worth it, especially for a nightspot in Queens.
This recently renovated restaurant-cum-bar is located in the Queens neighborhood. Executive Chef Mina Newman brings you the best American steakhouse food, with traces of Greek cuisine. Parts of the menu tend to change regularly, as the kitchen relies heavily on seasonally available fruits and vegetables. The lemon sorbets served with meals are quite popular with the crowds. The prices are a little steep but that does not deter foodies from heading here, and parties of 20 to 80 people can be accommodated at a time. Valet Parking is available. For further information, check the website or call for details.
Blackbird’s is a fairly new bar/restaurant on the neighborhood scene in Astoria that’s growing in popularity because of its welcoming and cozy atmosphere, despite the big tinted windows. Drinks are reasonably priced with a decent beer and wine selection. The thoughtful pub grub is fairly good with a selection of appetizers and sandwiches. Blackbird’s also has a special football menu for NFL games that includes wings and nachos. Brunch is served on Sundays with some unlimited drink options. Special event nights like music, trivia, bingo and darts occur during the week. Astorians should add it their local rotation.
With a name like Front Toward Enemy, this place has raised quite a few eyebrows. This hipster bar serves a delightful new-age American fare along with a great range of handcrafted cocktails. The ambiance takes a cue from the earthy yet trendy interiors and dons a casual yet sophisticated vibe. Live music acts entertain locals from all walks of life, while the service never fails to impress. Open for dinner on weekdays, they serve a killer brunch on the weekends. Innovative preparations such as fish cakes, braised lamb shoulder, grilled octopus come highly recommended, and these couple perfectly with creative cocktails like Crystal Chandelier and Chinese Finger Trap.
The family of owner Peter Benfaremo (the self-proclaimed Lemon Ice King of Corona) has been serving up Italian ices in this Queens location of Benfaremo for over 50 years. The ices come in dozens of flavors, ranging from standards like lemon, coconut and chocolate to exotics like peanut butter, cantaloupe and raspberry. All are made with fresh ingredients. Expect to wait for your ice as there is almost always a line, especially in the summer. Only cash payments are accepted.
Fatty's off the Ditmars stop in Astoria serves up a great selection of Latin and American delights. One of the hipper Astorian eateries, Fatty's plays a loud track of music to groove to while eating and drinking. This can create a tendency for shouting that shouldn't be required at such a low-key establishment. In the summer there's a small patio with umbrella tables, which can be great fun. The full, yet compact bar can offer a nice seating alternative. Servers are chipper, and help make Fatty's an excellent spot for weekend brunch or to hang with a few friends.
An Astorian institution and last of its kind in the city, Bohemian Hall brings the flavor of the old country. A decently priced bar and restaurant serve Czech delights inside. But the reason to go is the Beer Garden, which is a must at least once a summer. It gets packed on the weekends. Locals like to play cards and board games on a calm summer's night. Kielbasa and other grilled favorites are available along with pitchers of Czech beers, like Staropramen.
Situated on Ditmars Boulevard, Waltz-Astoria is an expanded coffee shop adorned with art. But it is more than a coffee shop and a lovely little hang out by day. Beyond coffee, they offer a good selection of wine and beer. The cake portions are hefty and sweet. The live music, mostly of the adult contemporary, classical and jazz varieties, and other entertainment offered happen regularly and often pack the seated house. Check the listings. The staff are friendly, but a bit overworked on busy music nights. Go around back for the secret backdoor entrance directly to the revamped coffee bar.
One of the popular watering-holes of Queens is Astoria's Sweet Afton. The bar is made with wood, giving it a warm and a cozy feel. They offer a wide array of spirits ranging from craft beers to cocktails and wines. Also do not forget to try their delicious mac and cheese or fried pickles to complement your drink. The live music adds to the laid-back atmosphere of the bar. A perfect place to chill, relax and unwind with your friends. Don't like waiting? Arrive early as this place tends to get full very fast. Check their website for more.
Located in Astoria, the Chocolate Spoon Coffee Shop is a cute, little, Brazilian, family-run café. The many affordable treats, often Brazilian pastries, along with sweets make it a delightful place to have a bite or get take out. Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner specials change, but often are hearty dishes with rice and beans. The coffee is good enough for most, except coffee snobs. The warm, friendly staff seem to want to make sure you like your food, especially the sweets. Some might argue it's best to be born with a Chocolate Spoon in your mouth. Please call ahead for hours.
A classic American bar, the Donovan’s Pub serves some amazing burgers and high spirits. Located in the Queens borough of NYC, this little place is renowned among foodies and alcohol lovers alike. A child friendly place, Donovan’s has its classic share of burgers, that everyone seems to love. The Donovan, the H Factor, the Santo and the Sebastian are some of the signature burgers that all their customers keep going back to. With a simple and friendly ambiance, this pub is is one of those places, which is perfect for a weekend hangout, or a family lunch.