In Queens, New York, Queens Kickshaw offers over 30 ciders by the glass or bottle. And out in Seattle, Capitol Cider has 20 ciders on tap alone. A long cider list can feel daunting at first, but it is also the gateway to your new favorite cider. And once you know the lay of the land—and a few good questions to ask—choosing the right glass ...
So I'm sending you to one of those newfangled trendy places, exposed brick, Edison bulbs, and all, though at two years old, the Queens Kickshaw is starting to feel like an old hand in the neighborhood. More importantly, they have an utterly unique list of beer, wine, mead (!), and—the cafe's heart and soul—cider.
Besides the venue, we agreed on another major change. In the spirit of Queens Kickshaw's menu, all the dishes served were vegetarian. At Nom Wah we could now serve a full meat menu, one that we decided would be "kosher-style," which is to say we'd avoid pork and shellfish and keep meat and dairy mostly separate.
Gouda Grilled Cheese at Queens Kickshaw ($10) Lamb Burger at Xi'an Famous Foods ($3) Cemita from Estrellita Poblana III ($6.50) Spicy Sabih at Bite Soho ($7) Spicy Falafel at Taim ($6.25) This post may contain links to Amazon or other partners; your purchases via these links can benefit Serious Eats. Read more about our affiliate linking policy.
At Queens Kickshaw, brioche from Balthazar gets loaded with Gouda, black bean spread, and sweet guava jam, which almost feels like overkill, except for a kick of heat and acidity from pickled jalapenos that balance everything out.
Queens Kickshaw, centrally located in Astoria right off the bustling intersection of Broadway and Steinway Street, has become a neighborhood destination. Its coffee program may be among the best in the borough, but the grilled cheese sandwiches and other savory bites are my big draw. At its worst, the food at Queens Kickshaw is very good. When the grilled cheese stars align and you order from ...
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Tomato Soup at Queens Kickshaw ($7) A tomato soup so rich you could almost sauce your pasta in it. Queens Kickshaw's soup tastes like sweet, cooked-down tomatoes and not much else, including cream, which leaves this soup buttery but not at all heavy.
The Queens Kickshaw. It seems that an artisanal coffee experience (ahem) would have come to Astoria even sooner: but The Queens Kickshaw opened in 2011, and offers Astorians a state-of-the-art espresso machine, manual brewed V60 pourovers, and a backbone of gourmet grilled cheese to seal the deal.
Egg and Cheese at The Queens Kickshaw ($5) The classic Egg and Cheese is a beautiful thing, morning sustenance for a couple of bucks. But for a couple more dollars you can get yourself a substantial upgrade at The Queens Kickshaw, where egg and cheese is filled with a lush dollop of creamy ricotta. Thick-cut slices of Balthazar brioche are ...
In Queens, local favorite The Queens Kickshaw stocks nearly 30 ciders from Virginia, Oregon, New York State, and overseas. View Where to Buy Cider in NYC in a larger map. Do you have a favorite spot to drink cider in New York? Help spread the word by sharing your recommendations in the comments section below.
Queens Kickshaw: 40-17 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11103 ; 718-777-0913; thequeenskickshaw.com [Photograph: Max Falkowitz] Imperial Grilled Cheese at 61 Local. The aromatic and creamy cheese melts like a dream and stands up beautifully to the other strong flavors with which it shares the plate. The thick-cut country bread from local bakery Bien Cuit ...
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Queens Kickshaw Asian-Jewish brunch featuring kimchi shakshouka, ramen noodle kugel, Szechuan egg in latke nest, challah french toast with five-spice pear compote. No reservations. À la carte. Entrées $8-12. 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 718-777-0913 queenskickshaw.com.
In honor of the greatness that is melted cheese, we've looked back on some of our favorite New York Grilled Cheeses. Whether it's a nutty French affair paired with a fancy jam, or simply white bread hugging American slices next to a bowl of tomato soup, grilled cheese is the best, and these are the best of the best.
I've written before about the superb grilled cheese at Queens Kickshaw, but the food has gotten even better since my review, and has expanded to include mac and cheese, soup, desserts, and inspired cheese plates. Coffee is some of the best in the borough, and there's a staggering selection of beer, wine, hard cider, and mead (mead!) as well.