Brooklyn/Queens/Staten Island

Brooklyn Content-

Check Ohmyrockness.com,  BrooklynVegan.com for show listings.

Brooklyn Based-lots of articles and walking tours

Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Dumbo, Brooklyn (Down under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass)
Powerhouse Arena-Daily Book parties-37 Main St  Brooklyn, NY 11201
(212) 604-9074

Bushwick, Brooklyn
This is where a lot of the really cool stuff happens these days.
Check BushwickBK.com for one offs and more.

 

Bushwick venues-

 

Carmelo’s-1544 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237-Five dollar beer and shot joint with occasion free shows.

Looking Glass-Coffeeshop, wine and beer joint with bands and odd performances-1087 Broadway

Elsewhere-One giant room, one small room.  Strange communal unisex bathrooms.  Cheap coffee or tea in the “loft” (location of shared communal bathrooms)  Good booking.

Market Hotel-  Not the best sound, okay booking of major touring punk bands.  Sells out quickly, can be hot.  Coolest thing is the subway goes by outside the window while the bands are on. 1140 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn
The Broadway-1272 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211-The hot new club as of May 2019

Our Wicked Lady – 153 Morgan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206-Bar with occasional live music, sometimes on the great roof deck

Bars-

The Anchored Inn – 57 Waterbury St, Brooklyn, NY 11206  (718) 576-3297-Pool table and food that serves late night.

Birdys-1215 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221  (646) 555-1212

Happyfun Hideaway-1211 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221 (917) 999-8282

 

Downtown Brooklyn-

Eats-

Juniors Cheesecake-386 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11201-Old timey giant deli restaurant where they serve pickles and cole slaw on the table.

Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Baby’s All Right-bar, eatery, and music venue in Williamsburg Brooklyn 146 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (718) 599-5800 Fantasic sound and good booking in the hipster and garage realm.  Annoy habit of quickly transitioning after punk shows to shitty djs playing top 40 garbage.

Brooklyn Bowl-Hipster Bowling alley with occasional music acts.

The Commodore- 366 Metropolitan Ave, New York, NY 11211, bar with some great DJ nights (soul, punk) and GREAT chicken sandwiches and burgers.  Pay at the bar and its brought to your table.
Williamsburg Hall of Music-66 North Sixth-major venue for major acts
Knitting Factory-361 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 529-6696 Relocated from Manhattan
Brooklyn Brewery -79 N 11th St , Brooklyn (718) 486-7422.  Microbrewery with performances and such.
The Gutter200 N 14th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211 (718) 387-3585-live music only thursday to saturday and a vintage transported bowling alley.  The better, cheaper place to bowl.

Union Pool-484 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211 -awkward dance space upfront.  Cross through a courtyard with a taco truck for some of the best booking out there.  Free summer patio shows.

Food-
Peter Luger Steak House-178 Broadway at: Between Bedford and Driggs Avenues. Brooklyn-tel: (718) 387-7400. J, M, Z at Marcy Ave. Williamsburg.  Said to be the best steakhouse in the world, mainly due to their meat buying, but the people who say this are wrong.. However they have a great burger available only for lunch is one of the best burgers in the city. Reservations a must.   Right near Baby’s All Right, one of the best venues in NYC.

Blue Collar-160 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211  (347) 725-3837-Tiny Delicious burger shop.  Chili sucks so stay with the plain fries.

Fedoroff’s Roast Pork -makes a rendition of the best sandwich from philly, the roast pork broccoli raab sandwich.- 178 N 10th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211  (347) 384-2222

Oasis- 168 Bedford Avenue,  Brooklyn, NY 11211  (718) 218-7607-The best falafel.  Splurge for the Hummus on the sandwich.  Best Falafel in NYC

Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Bars and Clubs-

A Bar – 597 Manhattan Ave, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY -Bar with djs that is popular with the cool crowd.

St Vitus-1120 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222 Hard to get to mostly metal venue that is not cheap but sometimes has free shows.

Warsaw -HUGE venue at the Polish National home.  The best thing about this venue is they have inexpensive polish food that is great you can buy at every show.  261 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222  (718) 387-0505

Eats-

Frankel’s Delicatessen & Appetizing – 631 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222-Newcomer smoked fish joint and deli.

Pyza -118 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222 Cheap Polish Restaurant.- Closes 8PM
(718) 349-8829

Long Island City, Queens

Performing Arts Space-P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center
22-25 Jackson Ave , Long Island City-Funky artspace. Subway-E, F at 23rd St.-Ely Ave.; 7 at 45 Rd.-Court House Sq.; G at Court Sq.  Sister to Moma, and moma admission comes with free ps1 admission

Park Slope, Brooklyn

Venues
Union Hall-702 Union Street,Brooklyn, NY 11215Not to be confused with Union Pool, this spot has bocce for the yuppies and lots of mopey indie rock

Littlefield NYC. 622 degraw st · brooklyn, new york

 

Ridgewood, Queens

Bars-

Bootleg Bar -1438 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237 (347) 715-6307 Great DJs

The Keep-205 Cypress Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385-bar with djs and crazy decor, some of which is for sale.

Milo’s Yard-564 Seneca Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385-bar with occasional DJs and Chicago Style Hot Dog

Venues-

The Footlight-465 Seneca Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385  (718) 673-8211

TV Eye-New Circa 2020 venue from the great Jonahan Toubin-
1647 Weirfield St  11385

Trans-Pecos-9-15 Wyckoff Ave , Queens, New York 11385 (718) 386-3718

Sheepshead Bay

Eats-

Jimmy’s Famous Heros -Address: 1786 Sheepshead Bay Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11235
(718) 648-8001-Tiny take out shop with a good italian or spicy italian sub.  Sadly they have no pepper relish though. Great bread on the italian.
Randazzo’s Clam Bar-in Sheepshead Bay for over 75 years. Located right across from the bay-2017 Emmons Avenue-Brooklyn

Roll N Roaster – 2901 Emmons Avenue  Brooklyn, NY 11235 (718) 769-6000-Roast beef sandwiches, fresh lemonade and lots more.  Ask for Horseradish Sauce.  A MUST!

Gravesend, Brooklyn

Brennan & Carr-3432 Nostrand Ave (between Avenue V & Gravesend Neck Rd) Brooklyn, NY 11229-French Dip sandwiches, decades old.  Great!  Theres also a roast beef topped burger which you want to get a side of au jus.

Gowanus, Brooklyn (near park slope)
Venues-
The Bell House-Giant warehousey multi use venue-www.thebellhouseny.com, 149 7th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215, (718) 643-6510

Lucky 13 Saloon-644 Sackett St, Brooklyn, NY 11217 Unusual bar with Metal bands, burlesque shows, and on the bar go gos.

The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club -Shuffleboard courts and this big bar with food trucks & occasional live music.514 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (347) 223-4410

Bensonhurst, Brooklyn
Buzz-A-Rama has slot car racing that was popular during the 60s.  You can rent cars or bring your own to run on their 83-foot 8-lane Tomy track.  Address: 69 Church Ave., Brooklyn NY 11218-0053  Telephone: 718-853-1800

Dumbo, Brooklyn (Down under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass)

Galapagos -70 N 6th St , Brooklyn (718) 782-5188-ecclectic performing arts/music space.

Bushwick, Brooklyn
This is where a lot of the really cool stuff happens.
Check

 BushwickBK.com for one offs and more.
Art Spaces-
3rd Ward-multibuilding arts space with lots of performances and classes plus art events and more.
Bushwick venues
Don Pedros-Probably the best booking out there for Punk and Garage, period.
Goodbye Blue Monday-Coffeeshop, wine and beer joint with bands and odd performances-1087 Broadway
Beauty Bar Bushwick-921 Broadway-Bushwick, Sometimes they manage to squeeze some bands in the corner.  One of the cool chain of bars.  Cheap drinks.

Party Xpo-929 Broadway.  Spitting distance from beauty bar.  Lots of amazing shows.  Many times folks hop back and forth to beauty bar for real booze and bathrooms.Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Bowl-Hipster Bowling alley with occasional music acts.
Public Assembly -70 N 6th St , Brooklyn (718) 782-5188-ecclectic performing arts/music space.
Williamsburg Hall of Music-66 North Sixth-major venue for major acts
Knitting Factory-361 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 529-6696 Relocated from Manhatta
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Brooklyn Brewery -79 N 11th St , Brooklyn (718) 486-7422.  Microbrewery with performances and such.
Trash Bar-Scruffy bar with free tater tots and a back room that features Bands and an open bar for the first hour each night.  256 Grand Street
Bruar Falls-across the street from Trash Bar with a few select sometimes rocking and sometimes mopey bands.
Union Pool-484 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211 -awkward dance space upfront.  Cross through a courtyard with a taco truck for some of the best booking out there.  Calendar only on myspace.
Peter Luger Steak House-178 Broadway at: Between Bedford and Driggs Avenues.


Brooklyn-tel: (718) 387-7400. J, M, Z at Marcy Ave. Williamsburg.  Said to be the best steakhouse in the world, mainly due to their meat buying, this place is always packed and the waiters have attitude.  Dont ask for a menu.  Just get the porterhouse for however many you are, a tomato or green salad and the bacon.  Reservations a must.

Long Island City, Queens

Performing Arts Space-

P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center
22-25 Jackson Ave , Long Island City-Funky artspace. Subway-E, F at 23rd St.-Ely Ave.; 7 at 45 Rd.-Court House Sq.; G at Court Sq.  Sister to Moma, and moma admission comes with free ps1 admission

Park Slope, Brooklyn

The Rock Shop-249 Fourth Avenue, Park Slope-New indie rock venue
Littlefield NYC. 622 degraw st · brooklyn, new york

Gowanus, Brooklyn (near park slope)
Venues-

Union Hall-702 Union Street,Brooklyn, NY 11215Not to be confused with Union Pool, this spot has bocce for the yuppies and lots of mopey indie rock
Southpaw-Big venue with lots of great shows, including lots of reunited classic soul and garage acts

Panorama at the Queens Museum of Art

 

Queens, NY

Check out Forgotten NY’s article on the Remnants of the 1964 Worlds Fair.

Flushing, Queens is home to a Chinatown that is said to be better than Manhattans and also has very authentic Thai food as well.  

Serious Eats articles about where to Eat.
Real Cheap Eats Queens

Astoria, Queens

Eats-

Petey’s Burger-Mini chain of awesome burgers, fries and onion rings, including a version of animal style fries with sauce and sauteed onions.-3017 30th Ave, Astoria, NY 11102
(718) 267-6300

Burger Club-Too many burger options, good onion rings and other apps, including an unusual Mozzarella cheese stick made with fresh Mozz on a bed of…Ham.   32-02 30th Ave, Astoria, NY 11102- (718) 777-7788

 

Flushing, Queens

Musuems-

See the panorama, above

Louis Armstrong House-The Louis Armstrong House was the home of Louis Armstrong and his wife Lucille Wilson from 1943 until his death in 1971. Lucille gave ownership of it to the city of New York in order to create a museum focused on her husband. 34-56 107th St, Flushing, NY 11368  Monday Closed (718) 478-8274

Eats-

Spicy & Tasty-Sichuan Restaurant that is one of the best restaurants in the area. 39-07 Prince St, Flushing, NY 11354 (718) 359-1601

Max and Mina’s Ice Cream-7126 Main Street  Flushing, NY 11367-(718) 793-8629-Hard to get to without a car, this place was made famous for having strange ice cream flavors like Ketchup.  Theres lots of non gross flavors too.

X’ian Famous Foods-41-28 Main Street Bsmt #36, Flushing, NY 11354-“western” Chinese food with locations in Manhattan and newer “Upscale” Restaurant B’iang.  They make hand pulled noodles topped with stewed meats like Cumin Lamb Noodles.  Amazing!

 

Long Island City, Queens

 

Museums-

Queens Museum of Art-Home to the Fantastic Panorama pictured above and near many relics of the Worlds Fair 

Elevator Museum -21-03 44th Ave, St 206, Long Island City -917-748-2328

Staten Island, NY

 

Tiki Bar-
Jade Island-2845 Richmond Ave, Staten Island, NY 10314 (718) 761-8080-This tiki bar/Chinese restaurant is not easy to get to without a car.  There is an express bus that goes from Manhattan that is the best bet.  As with most Tiki Places, the food is average at best.  Get a pupu platter and get drinks.
Eats-
Shaggy’s Original Cheesesteak 2461 Hylan Boulevard Staten Island, NY 10306. (718) 980-7200. Cheesesteaks ain’t cheap, roast beef more recommended.  They also have jersey style hot dogs which are like sausage, peppers and onions but with hot dogs instead of the Sausage.
Eggers Ice Cream-1194 Forest Avenue Staten Island, NY 10310 (718) 981-2110-Old timey ice cream parlor and candy store.  Also a location at 7437 Amboy Road, Staten Island  (718) 605-9335
Killmeyers -4254 Arthur Kill Road  Staten Island, NY 10309 (718) 984-1202-bavarian restaurant with sausage and schnitzel platters

The Bronx, NY

Arthur Avenue in the Bronx is a Little Italy that is superior to Manhattans..

City Island, Bronx, NY

JOHNNY’S famous REEF RESTAURANT-2 City Island Avenue  Bronx, NY 10464 (718) 885-2086-Casual clam shack type restaurant

New Rochelle, NY

New Roc City-Entertainment complex with Movie theaters, skating rinks, video game rooms and a space shot freefall type ride.

 

Cortland Manor, NY
Popeyes Pub-Bar in a historic building with love bands, usually punk and metal-

2056 East Main Street Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567-2622 – (914) 737-9325

 

 

 

Farmingdale, NY

Amusement ParkAdventureland-2245 Route 110, Farmingdale,  (516) 694-6868- Small family park.Live Music-

 

 

 

 

The downtown-190 main street , Farmingdale Long island-accessable from NYC via LIRR.Fire Island

For info on Fire Island Clubs and events go to

Mr. Ladybug.Garrison, NY
Food-

The Bird & Bottle Inn 1123 Old Albany Post Road Garrison, NY 10524 (800) 782-6837.  Nice dinners served in this 18th Century House.  They have rooms which are pricey, but really not because they include a credit for dinner.Hillburn, NY

Food-

Mount Fuji-Route 17 North, Hillburn, New York-845-357-4270-Hibachi style japanese steakhouse in a giant pagoda, with a tiki bar.Hudson, NY
Live Music

The Hudson River Theater, 521 Warren Street.  Hudson, NY-Odd collection of shows here, like Marshall Crenshaw or Graham Parker, then things like Monade, a Stereolab side project.

Helsinki Hudson-405 Columbia Street, Hudson, New York 12534
518.828.4800 

Huntington, NY

Eats-

 

Herrell’s Ice Cream Huntington-46L Gerard Street, Huntington, NY  11743 631-673-1100

Ithaca, NY

Ithacas alternative weekly is the Ithaca Times.

Lake George, NY-Lake George is a resort area in Upstate NY. You can take a train to Albany from Penn Station and take a cab to Lake George Village for about $90 rt.  While in the Neighborhood, you can also drive up to Lake Champlain and take a ferry to Burlington, VT.

Eats-
The Boardwalk-518-668-5324-Burgers
Shoreline-518-668-2875
The Sagamore Club Grille-800-358-3585-pricey restaurant in 115+ year old hotel in Bolton Landing, 10 miles from Lake George.

Bars-
King Neptunes Pub-518-668-2017-Bar with live music.

Amusement Park-
Great Escape Fun Park-Route 9, , Lake George,  (518) 792-3500 -excellent park with amazing Comet rollercoaster.

Lake Placid, NY
One of the last 4 howard johnsons restaurants is in lake placid.  98 Saranac Avenue, Lake Placid. 1-800-858-4656

 

Long Island, NY

Long Island has a local version of the Village Voice.

Record Stores-
Music Den, 4950 Nesconset Hwy, Port Jefferson Station, NY
Vinyl Solution, 33 N. Main St., Port Chester, NY 10573

 

Long Island City, Queens, NY
Elevator Museum -21-03 44th Ave, St 206, Long Island City -917-748-2328
Mamaroneck, NYEats-
Walter’s -937 Palmer Ave. Mamaroneck, NY-Hot dog shack in a Pagoda.  Must try.  They serve their hot dogs split on grilled buns.
Medford, NY
Eats-
First National Franks, 3147 Rte. 112 Medford, NY 11772 631-696-1900, giant dogs on giant buns, plus burgers and fries.  Giant dog on the sign

The unusual-
The Montague Bookmill is a used bookstore housed in an 1842 gristmill, and has some occasional events as well.