WOODSIDE CAFÉ in Woodside; ESPARKS COFFEE in Glendale; MATSON’S DELI in Middle Village; GARDEN GRILL in Williamsburg; GLENDALE BAKE SHOP BAKERY in Maspeth; IGLOO ICE CREAM CAFÉ in Astoria; NEW YORK DINER in Long Island City; FAME DINER in Maspeth; RIDGEWOOD EATS in Ridgewood; ADAM’S BAGEL & DELI in Rego Park.
Prosciutto & Fresh Mozzarella Panini at TIRAMISU CAFÉ in Middle Village; Tuna Sandwich at PHOEBE’S CAFÉ in Williamsburg; Ultimate Warrior (Roast Beef, Melted Cheddar) at MIKE & MARIA’S in Ridgewood; Tortas Milanesas at YOLA’S CAFÉ in Williamsburg; Roast Top Sirloin of Beef (Hot) at BLINK’S DELI in Long Island City; Matson’s Best (Thinly Sliced Ham, Prosciutto, Smoked Mozzarella) at MATSON’S DELI in Middle Village; Congressman Weiner (Roast Beef, Bermuda Onion) at BEN’S BEST in Rego Park; Black Forest Bacon Club at MANOR OKTOBERFEST in Glendale (The Shops at Atlas Park); Fried Catfish Po-Boy at MARDI GRAS in Forest Hills; North Sea (Roast Beef, Cole Slaw, Horseradish) at WALTER’S DELICATESSEN in Maspeth.
DONOVAN’S in Woodside; DIRTY PIERRE’S in Forest Hills; DANNY BOY’S in Middle Village; PETER LUGER in Williamsburg; 67 BURGER in Fort Greene; RED STAR BAR in Greenpoint; FIVE GUYS BURGERS and FRIES in Glendale; CHEEBURGER, CHEEBURGER in Forest Hills; THE HABITAT in Greenpoint; McCANN’S PUB & GRILL in Astoria.
MOTORINO in Williamsburg; NICK’S PIZZA in Forest Hills; ANDREW’S PIZZERIA in Middle Village; SAN MARCO PIZZERIA in Williamsburg; CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN in Glendale (The Shops at Atlas Park); O’NEILL’S in Maspeth; VERTUCCIO’S PIZZA ON THE PARK in Williamsburg; CARMINE’S PIZZERIA in Williamsburg; PIZZA CLASSICA in Glendale; BAROSA in Rego Park.
RED STAR BAR in Greenpoint; KELLYS in Middle Village; SUNSWICK 35/35 in Astoria; O’NEILL’S in Maspeth; McCANN’S PUB & GRILL in Astoria; DANNY BOY’S in Middle Village; TEDDY’S BAR & GRILL in Williamsburg; HOOTERS in Fresh Meadows; DILLINGER’S in Astoria; YER MAN’S IRISH PUB in Glendale.
RIDGEWOOD EATS in Ridgewood; GARDEN GRILL in Williamsburg; FOREST HILLS DINER in Forest Hills; SHALIMAR DINER in Rego Park; FAME DINER in Maspeth; GEORGIA DINER in Elmhurst; NEW YORK DINER in Long Island City; MARK TWAIN DINER in Jackson Heights; JACKSON HOLE DINER in Jackson Heights/Bayside; POP DINER in Elmhurst.
BEST Gift Ideas
BROOKLYNSKI in Williamsburg; THE LITTLE RED STORE in Forest Hills; THE FAIR in Glendale (The Shops at Atlas Park); ROYAL COLLECTIBLES in Forest Hills; TIVOLI JEWELERS in Williamsburg; ART WORLD in Forest Hills; THE BROOKLYN KITCHEN in Williamsburg; GREENPOINT TOY CENTER in Greenpoint; LAFYES JEWELRY in Maspeth; CELTIC TIGER IMPORTS in Maspeth.
HOW CONVENIENT in Maspeth; CARMINE’S PIZZERIA in Williamsburg; K&R AUTO REPAIR in Rego Park; MASPETH DRY CLEANERS in Middle Village; CITIBANK in Forest Hills; GLENDALE BAKE SHOP BAKERY in Maspeth; DESTEFANO’S in Williamsburg; KEW GARDENS CINEMAS in Kew Gardens; PHOTOPLAY in Greenpoint; SUDDEN IMPULSE HAIRSTYLING in Middle Village.
FORTUNATO BROS. PASTICCERIA in Williamsburg; GLENDALE BAKE SHOP BAKERY in Maspeth; CATANIA BAKERY in Ridgewood; LA GULI PASTRY SHOP in Astoria; BLUE STOVE CAFÉ in Williamsburg; MARTHA’S COUNTRY BAKERY in Forest Hills; SETTEPANI BAKERY in Williamsburg; LA DOLCE ITALIA in Forest Hills; RUDY’S PASTRY SHOP in Ridgewood; PARISCIEN BAKERY in Middle Village.
BEST Gourmet Produce
HOMESTEAD GOURMET SHOP in Kew Gardens; CHEESE OF THE WORLD in Forest Hills; LORIMER MARKET in Williamsburg; IAVARONE BROS. in Middle Village; BEDFORD CHEESE SHOP in Williamsburg; DURSO’S in Flushing; KARL EHMER MEATS in Ridgewood; SAPORI D’ISCHIA in Woodside; S.S. NATURAL in Forest Hills; MEDITERRANEAN FOODS in Astoria.
PETER LUGER in Williamsburg; UNCLE JACK’S in Bayside; DESTEFANO’S in Williamsburg; CHRISTOS in Astoria; LA FUSTA in Elmhurst; O’NEILL’S in Maspeth; AUSTIN’S STEAK & ALE HOUSE in Kew Gardens; DIRTY PIERRE’S in Forest Hills; BOCA JUNIOR’S in Elmhurst; PAMPAS ARGENTINAS in Forest Hills.
BEST Taste Treats
Cevapi at CEVABDZINICA SARAJEVO in Astoria; Falafel at PAHAL ZAN in Forest Hills; Masala Dosa at THE DOSA HUTT in Flushing; Steamed Pork Buns at AA PLAZA in Flushing; Mexican Corn on the Cob at EL LOCO BURRITO in Williamsburg; Kielbasa at RADEGAST HALL & BIERGARTEN in Williamsburg; Shrimp Toast at EAST MEETS WEST in Rego Park; Sweet Potato Casserole at BOSTON MARKET in Forest Hills; Beer Milk Shake at 67 BURGER in Fort Greene; The “Pickle Back” at BUSHWICK COUNTRY CLUB in Williamsburg.
BEST Dining Experiences
DESTEFANO’S in Williamsburg; UVARARA in Middle Village; BOB’S PLACE in Floral Park; Q-THAI BISTRO in Forest Hills; BAMONTE’S in Williamsburg; LONDON LENNIE’S in Rego Park; MANDUCATI’S in Long Island City; SAPORI D’ISCHIA in Woodside; KUM GANG SAN in Flushing; DANNY BROWN in Forest Hills.
BEST Places for a Party
JOE ABBRACCIAMENTO in Rego Park; CONNOLLY’S CORNER in Maspeth; GOTTSCHEER HALL in Ridgewood; LA LOCANDA in Williamsburg; STUDIO SQUARE in Astoria; BOB’S PLACE in Floral Park; WOODHAVEN HOUSE in Rego Park; GIANDO ON THE WATER in South Williamsburg; RAVEL HOTEL in Long Island City; DOUGLASTON MANOR in Douglaston.
RAVEL HOTEL in Long Island City; NU HOTEL in Downtown Brooklyn; HOTEL LE JOLIE in Williamsburg; HOLIDAY INN LIC-MANHATTAN VIEW in Long Island City; COMFORT INN & SUITES AIRPORT in Maspeth; FAIRFIELD INN NEW YORK LONG ISLAND CITY/MANHATTAN VIEW in Long Island City; NEW YORK LaGUARDIA AIRPORT MARRIOTT in East Elmhurst; SHERATON LaGUARDIA EAST in Flushing; HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS QUEENS/MIDTOWN TUNNEL in Long Island City; NEW YORK MARRIOTT AT THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE in Downtown Brooklyn.
BEST Cultural Destinations
BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC in Fort Greene; MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE in Astoria; QUEENS MUSEUM OF ART in Flushing Meadows Corona Park; BROOKLYN HISTORICAL SOCIETY in Brooklyn Heights; FLUSHING TOWN HALL in Flushing; P.S.1 MoMA in Long Island City; THE NOGUCHI MUSEUM in Long Island City; QUEENS THEATRE IN THE PARK in Flushing Meadows Corona Park; LOUIS ARMSTRONG HOUSE MUSEUM in Corona; MoCADA in Fort Greene.
BEST Places for Pets
MUDDY PAWS in Williamsburg; CRAZY FOR ANIMALS in Glendale; THANK DOG in South Williamsburg; FOREST HILLS CAT HOSPITAL in Middle Village; METRO PUPPY in Forest Hills; K-9 CATERERS in Glendale; RAINBOW PET CLUB/SPA in Woodside; CAMP BOW WOW DOGGY DAY CARE in Long Island City; PETLAND DISCOUNTS in Glendale; ELMHURST ANIMAL EMERGENCY HOSPITAL PC in Elmhurst.
BEST Places for Kids
A PLACE TO DANCE in Maspeth; KIDS FUN HOUSE in Ridgewood; FRANKIE’S PLAYCE in Middle Village; GREENPOINT YMCA in Greenpoint; THE CAGE in Middle Village; PRESS START CAFÉ in Maspeth; LIC YMCA in Long Island City; ELMJACK LITTLE LEAGUE in Elmhurst/Jackson Heights; QUEENS FALCONS in Maspeth; NY HALL OF SCIENCE in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
BEST Ice Cream
FORTUNATO BROS. PASTICCERIA in Williamsburg; EDDIE’S SWEET SHOP in Forest Hills; TIRAMISU CAFÉ in Middle Village; MAX & MINA’S in Flushing; TIMMY O’S in Corona; LA GULI PASTRY SHOP in Astoria; UNCLE LOUIE G in Forest Hills; LEMON ICE KING OF CORONA in Corona; SWEET SPOT in Ridgewood; ISABELLA’S in Maspeth.
BEST Health Options
W FITNESS CLUB in Rego Park; SEDONA FITNESS FOR WOMEN in Forest Hills; NEW YORK SPORTS CLUB in Glendale (The Shops at Atlas Park); ASTORIA SPORTS COMPLEX in Astoria; CURVES in Middle Village; LUCILLE ROBERTS in Forest Hills; FORCE FITNESS CLUB in Ridgewood; PLANET FITNESS in Jamaica; SUNRISE TO SUNSET TANNING & SPA in Middle Village; BIKRAM YOGA in Rego Park.
And with that, dear readers, please allow me to take this opportunity to ride off into the sunset. Or actually sun-RISE I should say, as I look to the future and 2010 with eyes wide open – and with a whole new set of challenges and opportunities about to present themselves just over the horizon. Thank you to everyone at the QUEENS LEDGER-BROOKLYN STAR for such a great opportunity here, and thanks so very much to all of you out there as well for such a loyal following – and for your comments, your quibbles, your suggestions. “It’s all good,” as they say, and sure has been a heck of a lot of fun. May the blessings of this holiday season fill you and your family’s hearts and carry over well into the New Year, and as my K-F Latin teacher was often so fond of telling us, “Ave atque Vale.”