Black and white photos of Audrey Hepburn and Paul Newman dot the walls of Off the Boulevard Lounge, offsetting the fresh faces of the lounge's newly minted management team. The antique photos speak to the decor's overriding theme, which blends styles central to bygone eras with modern touches through rich mahogany furnishings, lush flora, and atmospheric black lights. Market-fresh ingredients anchor a trim menu consisting of sophisticated American fare, which diners chase with cocktails in the lounge or at the full-service bar accented by coiling orchids, bamboo, and flickering flat-screen TVs. Open breezes swirl around shafts of sunlight in the bistro's outdoor garden adorned in kaleidoscopic panoplies of flowers and paper lanterns that daub the private space in a soft glow as twilight paints the sky in a gauzy azure.
Colorful lights, live music, and the smell of churrasco beckon passersby into Andres Carne De Tres, where chefs recreate the bold flavors of South America. Appetizers, such as empanadas dunked in a housemade sauce and guacamole made tableside, kick off meals before the real treat: platefuls of pork loin, skirt steak, chicken, ribs and fresh seafood—all cooked Colombian style. Patrons can order their own individual helpings from the menu—which includes items such as paella and chicken-and-mushroom crepes—or share a Tejarrilla Andres platter packed with enough Colombian chorizo and smoked pork ribs for two people or one pet bear. As the night rolls on, the dance floor tempts guests out of their seats with neon lights and live music crooned from a nearby stage.
Founded by Queens native and Late Late Show vet Steve Hofstetter, Laughing Devil Comedy Club lobbed its inaugural laugh at the end of 2011 to the printed acclaim of the New York Post, Queens Courier, and Queens Tribune. Within an intimate, 70-seat venue, bartenders draw from a top-shelf drink menu to forge potions such as The Andy Kaufman's blend of St. Germain, Patron tequila, and pineapple, or to pour drafts of Chimay Triple, brewed in the traditional manner by Belgian prop comics.
Metro Tapas Bar & Lounge executive chef Lee Knoeppel packs his small plates with contemporary takes on cuisines from around the world. For the deconstructed french onion soup, he drizzles brioche bread squares in melted gruyere and onion demi-glace. Chicken satay and BBQ pork buns bespeak an Asian influence, and American classics such as mac 'n' cheese keep things down-home. Bartender Carlos Santamaria also whips up seasonal cocktails to enhance enjoyment of the outside deck or to encourage uninhibited conversation with the eatery's five high-definition TVs.
Candles flicker against Club 21's exposed-brick walls and vintage couches as executive chef Tomas Wartownik forges a menu of hearty Eastern European eats. Plates pile high with schnitzel, pierogi, and potato pancakes as bartenders fill glasses with bubbly brews and aromatic wines hailing from around the globe. Friday and Saturday nights bring a live DJ to the club's stage, facilitating revelous dancing and sauerkraut-themed raps, and the week's work comes to a savory conclusion with a lavish Sunday brunch.
At 32 Degree Froyo, visitors can choose from a veritable rainbow of 32 flavors of low- or no-fat frozen yogurt before dressing them up at the toppings bar. After filling cups at one of the self-serve machines with ribbons of smooth, creamy fro-yo such as pistachio or angel food cake, guests can decorate with more than 50 toppings, including fresh-cut organic fruit, crushed nuts, or candies. The brightly colored eatery also has free WiFi, so guests can browse the web or troubleshoot ways to get spilled frozen yogurt off of laptops.