Queens Mamas is proud to announce the First Annual Discover Queens Restaurant Weeks “Family Night Out”. In conjunction with Restaurant Week going on from September 20th 2010 to September 30th 2010, Queens Mamas has made it possible for families to enjoy free dining for their kids ages 7 and under. That’s right, FREE.
Being a foodie family ourselves, we are constantly struggeling with the desire to take our family out for dinner against how expensice and possibly dissapointing the experience may be. It is no longer too expensive to take your family out for a nice dinner (at least not for a few weeks). We have called the participating restaurants and even tested some of them out. They are family friendly and looking forward to meeting more families in Queens. So go forth, and let your kids hang from their ceilings. It wont cost you a thing.
Here is the list of the restaurants participating in Family Night Out:
This cozy pub nestled in the heart of Kew Gardens Queens is a local favorite among KG families. The menu is large and the wait staff friendly. They serve the usual pub food along with some Italian mixed in and their kids menu has a good selection. They also make a mean ice cream sundae which the little ones are sure to love.
82-70 Austin Street, Kew Gardens, 718-849-3939
Located in Bayside, their specialties include pizza ala Funghi topped with different types of mushrooms, sundried tomatoes and a presto sauce. The flavor combination is perfect with the sundried tomatoes providing the perfect amount of sweetness and acidity to pair the pesto and mushrooms with.
39-17 Bell Blvd., Bayside, 718-229-7433
This is a quaint, tiny, but fantastic little neighborhood joint in Woodside. Guacamole, chorizo topped nachos, fresh queso tamales , quesadillas and tacos filled with pork and pineapple and steak are only some of the Mexican fare that can be found here.” I feel as if they made everything for me with produce handpicked from a personal garden” says one happy patron. With small tables, plastic cutlery, newspapers to read, and delicious spicy hot chocolate, your kids are sure to love De Mole.
45-02 48th Ave., Woodside, 718-392-2161
Widely touted as one of “the best burger joints in NY”, Donovan’s in conveniently tucked away right off of Bell Blvd, Donovan’s of Bayside is an appealing spot to grab a few drinks or a nice quiet dinner with friends and family. The place is nice and has a warm and cozy feel to it.
21416 41st Ave, Bayside, NY 11361, (718) 423-5178
Their special, Paella de Coyote is raved about on the internet but there are also options like the cochinita pibil which is Pork shoulder rubbed with achiote, wrapped in banana leaves and slow-cooked until fork tender and then topped with marinated onions. The atmosphere is simple, clean and spacious, good for families and couples alike. Combine that with contemporary fixtures, a nice open bar, and dim relaxing lighting, and you’ve got a nice family night out.
80-18 Northern Blvd., Jackson Heights, 718-651-4874
Lunch and Dinner
The new and very spacious burger joint is well worth the trip with your family. The restaurant is large and welcoming with plenty of space to run around in as well as an expansive list of burgers, salads and other delicious pairings.
35-01 36th Street Astoria, NY 11106 (718) 433-2727
Argentinian Floresta has a relaxed atmosphere for dining with a child and the place is beautifully decorated and romantic. Try their empanadas, garlic shrimp, antipasto, arugula and parmesan salad and the gnocchi with mornay sauce. For dessert, the lemon panna cotta. Yum!
41-08 Greenpoint Avenue, Sunnyside, NY 11104 (718) 784-1305
For all you can eat, freshly cooked meat, served on big spikes, courtesy of the friendly and knowledgeable wait staff, go to Green Field. This all inclusive Corona restaurant has a salad bar and serves everything from ribs, sausages, chicken, chicken hearts, steak, lamb, and more.
10801 Northern Blvd, Corona, (718) 672-5202
Ice Fire Land
This hot pot experience in Flushing has lots and lots of options for you to customize your hotpot. All sorts of meat (pork, beef, lamb, innards)/seafood/starches and pressed protein cakes/balls and the herbal broth is delicious. As you are the chef, you have control over how your food is cooked and how it’s sauced, so your food is only as good as you are. There is also a section for fried foods, if you’re in the mood
The Ice portion of the menu, specifically the Taiwanese ice, is very, very good. You pick 4 toppings for $3.95. The ice itself is of excellent quality and is truly shaved as opposed to crushed, making it fluffy and light.
135-11 40th Road, Flushing, 718-886-8600
These guys are an institution in Queens. Huge kosher meat sandwiches, matzo ball soup, cabbage rolls to die for are all part of the Ben’s dining experience.
96-40 Queens Boulevard, Rego Park, NY 11374, (718) 897-1700
Uvarara is a very cute little Italian restaurant in the heart of Middle Village which is impecibly decorated and warm. The hostess and her family are from Naples and have brought their old world charm to the bistro. The main menu is small plate dishes which are filling and delicious.
79-28 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village, 718-894-0052
Marinated chicken breast wrapped in banana leaf , jeeb pu and the pad thai are all on the menu at Erawan. Kids will love the pineapple fried rice so be sure to check them out.
42-31 Bell Blvd., Bayside, 718-428-2112
The Family Restaurant
The Chicken Milanese, Lasagna, and classic spaghetti and meatballs are good staples at the Family Restaurant in Forest Hills. It is owned by an actual family, and not a celebrity chef or huge conglomerate and the portions are big as is the menu. One can find old familiar dishes from your NYC youth on the menu and they will taste the way you remember them as a child.
110-80 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills, 718-520-1123
Lunch and Dinner