The marketing specialists at Queens Promotion Group further the reach of local hospitality and entertainment businesses through promotional events and branding services. From the Crawfish Festival held in the swanky boutique Z Hotel to unlimited drinks served in the ultramodern bar, Play, Queens Promotion Group hosts convivial gatherings in venues that accommodate their clients’ sizes, strengths, and fear of ghosts. The outfit also offers such varied services as graphic design and website development, ad placement, and digital marketing campaigns.
Cacerolas Restaurant's gustatory spellcasters charm unsuspecting tongues with an appetizing menu of Colombian mainstays. Kick off the flavorful festivities with an appetite-whetting array of empanadas (starting at $1.50), or opt to begin with the chicharrón ahumado ($6.25) or chicharrón regular ($5.25), the world's primary pigskin products now that quarterbacks have taken to tossing entire pigs. Spoon slingers can explore the selection of soups, with bountiful baths of ox-tail, yellow corn, or tripe helping keep bellies warm and taste buds happy (starting at $6.95). Spaghetti con pollo en salsa Francesca (spaghetti with chicken in french sauce, $14.95) gives eaters a savory survey of multiple culinary cultures, and the multifaceted bandeja tipica cacerolas asada ($15.95) seeks and destroys hunger with grilled steak and an angry mob of traditional sides such as corn cakes, sweet plantains, and egg.
At Soho Restaurant and Hookah Lounge, the aromas of hot Egyptian hibiscus tea and Turkish coffee mingle to form a sensory hint of what's to come—an array of Middle Eastern dishes hailing from several locales. Guests might sample a kebab skewer or tilapia dish beneath the backyard patio's canopy of leaves, which climb along the ceiling to reach open red walls. In front of the restaurant, patrons dine while soaking in street-side views beneath the green and gold awning, basking in the shade and coverage during tahini-sauce showers.
Stepping into La Gloria, visitors suddenly find themselves immersed in a dramatic, red and orange lounge that seems to glow beneath its high ceilings. Plush leather seating, exposed brick walls, and ornate wood trim impresses eyes with design that's as sumptuous as the menu's flavorful entrees. Cuban and Dominican fare comprise the chefs' primary influences, with ceviche, grilled steak with yucca fries, and saffron paella satisfying taste buds, the way a replacing a basketball hoop with a hula hoop would satisfy Michael Jordan.
Rapture's vibe is made of plush armchairs, comfy sofas, soft rainbow lighting, and more flickering candles than Count Chocula's boudoir. New York magazine characterizes it as "the cool college living room you always wanted but could never afford." Sink into the scene and sink canines into garlic fries ($7), plantain empanadas ($7), or a veggie crêpe of red peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, and mozzarella ($8). A Cuban sandwich with shredded pork, ham, Swiss cheese, and pickles ($10) fits into your right hand, leaving space in your left for a cocktail. These potent potions are playfully concocted, with names such as Tie Me to the Bedpost (a mixture of Southern Comfort, coconut rum, peach schnapps, and fruit juices, $11), and 1-900-F*ckmeup (a tipple of just about every fruit liquor in existence, $11). Lots of wines make the less hardcore feel welcome, and a pitcher of Blue Moon or Magic Hat #9 solves any alcohol-related disagreements ($22).
With large parties, weekend DJs, and a menu of traditional fare, Déjà Vu celebrates Bulgarian backgrounds. Within its cavernous, dimly lit bar, liquor bottles hang upside down like glowing, drinkable stalactites. Happy-hour specials, which include $2 off any drink and two-for-one drink specials, are available Monday through Friday between 5 and 8 p.m. Those craving Bulgarian bites can enjoy dishes from its Mediterranean-influenced menu, such as tarator, a chilled cucumber soup common in the region ($5). For heartier hunger-havers, the kitchen cooks up its Déjà Vu Grille, where a grilled, flat meatball shares plate space with homemade skinless sausages and a red-vegetable spread ($11). Cleanse a hopeful palate with the sweet-and-savory Vesuvius, which includes honey and walnuts atop thick yogurt ($5), a veritable stratovolcano for the mouth, sans only the accompanying Roman ruins.