O Lavrador means "the farmer" in Portuguese, making it an apt name for a restaurant that serves Portuguese food, as Portugal is often described as a "garden planted by the sea." The Iberian menu at O Lavrador Restaurant & Bar's actually combines both Portuguese and Spanish culinary traditions, and has been doing so for 33 years, often showcasing seafood. In addition to saut?d lobster, mussels, and octopus, the menu also includes garlic and spicy piri-piri, seared filet mignon, and grilled rosemary lamb chops. Inside the space, hanging lanterns cast patterned light against brick walls, a wooden canopy, and hand-painted murals, swaying gently above diners enjoying traditional desserts, such as port-poached pear, sweet mousse layered with "bolacha maria" cookies, and caramel flan.
Brasserie 214 traces its roots far across the space-time continuum. The original iteration of the restaurant launched way back in 1938, but recent renovations and menu evolutions have brought French, Northern Italian, Belgian, German, and Scandinavian culinary traditions to the fore. Entrees such as salmon niçoise and duck à l'orange, as well as specialty schnitzels, exemplify the kind of elegant dinner, lunch, and brunch fare prepared by the skilled chefs. Imported beers and stateside craft brews pour from the taps to complement that selection. Of course, it wouldn't be a Long Island brasserie or a valid retirement destination without a robust cocktail selection. To that end, bartenders mix together specialty martinis, sangria, and sidecars with Bacardi, Disaronno, and fresh lemon juice served in a sugar-rimmed martini glass.
Chef Ricardo Cardona might be from El Salvador, but that doesn’t mean his cooking sticks to tradition. At Mamajuana Café, he draws on more than 25 years of cooking to build his modern cuisine on a foundation of his homeland’s centuries-old cooking traditions. And it seems like his efforts have paid off: his Nuevo Latino dishes, which also prominently feature Dominican flavors, earned the eatery a Critics’ Pick designation from New York magazine. All that attention might be on account of the chef’s inventive flavor combinations, such as sweet plantains stuffed with salted cod, chicken-tempura sushi rolls, and Cornish game hen topped with diced chorizo and lobster. In the dining space, tufted leather banquettes run along the wall just beneath studio lighting and backlit artwork. Bright red and earth-tone curtains give the room a clublike vibe, which set the tone for when diners take to the dance floor between courses.
Though each handmade pie at Antonio's Pizzeria & Wine Bar begins with a mound of dough, none ever look identical once they emerge from the eatery's brick oven. That's because diners festoon their order with a choice of more than 20 toppings, including fried eggplant and BBQ chicken. Along with customized pies, Antonio's chefs whip up 13 specialties with fixings such as penne pasta and vodka sauce.
Besides its signature pies, the Antonio's culinary team crafts plenty of other pizzeria favorites, from meatball parmesan heroes to generous portions of veal marsala. Bartenders complement the hearty feasts with an extensive selection of wines sourced the world over, as well as frosty craft brews, soft drinks, or specialty coffees.
The Avenue Cafe stockpiles its prolific culinary roster with traditional classics and contemporary cuisine featuring Spanish, Italian, and Greek specialties served within elegant Metropolitan-themed surroundings. Selections from the dinner and lunch menu include three-quarter-pound burgers—which weigh the same as three-quarter-pound dumbbells coated in ketchup—molded into specialty creations such as the Mediterranean served on toasted pita with feta cheese, peppers, onions, and mushrooms ($11.99). Signature salads, including the Southwest steak edition ($14.95), amass an Arizona-sized taco shell in grilled skirt steak, baby corn, red roasted peppers, and romaine lettuce. Taste buds can take a culinary trip to the old country with international entrees such as the penne alla vodka, a pasta dish adorned with plum tomatoes and light vodka-cream sauce ($10.99), or the chicken madrid, sautéed with spinach in lemon-white-wine-butter sauce ($16.99) and flown over Spain's capital just for good measure. More than 25 omelets occupy breakfast-menu real estate, with specialty portobello mushrooms ($9.95) packing gourmet fungi into a heap of shredded cheddar and mozzarella complemented by roasted peppers and three eggs.
Claret is a small neighborhood wine bar located on the tree-lined Skillman Avenue in the heart of Sunnyside Gardens in Queens. All the elegant sophistication of a candle-lit downtown wine-bar with the easy-going charm of a neighborhood local. Live Jazz and Blues on Tues/Wed and the best Happy Hour in Queens 7 days a week!