The Long Island City/Astoria Journal reports that Queens native chef, Michael Giannakis is throwing his hat into the management ring. He is the newest partner of the Metro Kitchen Café-Restaurant in Woodside where Giannakis also prepares the meals.

According to the LIC / Astoria Journal:

Giannakis studied finance and marketing in college until he went to the Syosset Culinary Academy in Long Island. “I brought with me all this business knowledge about how to properly market menus, ideas and even market myself,” said Giannakis.

Metro Kitchen is located at 6112 Roosevelt Avenue in Woodside (GMAP). They open their doors at 6 a.m. everyday and close at midnight.



Check out this Jackson Heights kitchen and bath remodel on Apartment Therapy

It was great to see this delightful kitchen and bath remodel in Jackson Heights, featured on the beloved blog Apartment Therapy.  Francis Temple-West was the architect and Robert Roses was the contractor. The before and after shots are striking and the people involved did an amazing job. Love all the light in the kitchen especially.

Sandy Stories and Pumpkin Bread

Rockaways resident Fran Honan shares her stories about Hurricane Sandy in the blog The Glorified Tomato (one of our favorite food blogs) – the most recent one includes a recipe for pumpkin bread. Pumpkin bread brings a little normalcy to this time of year, which is a foil to a world that still seems a little upside down.

She usually bakes a bunch of loaves and shares them with neighbors, but during Sandy, her stash of 20+ cans of pumpkin was damaged during the storm (“I know they were sealed, but I was afraid to take a chance and  use them. Thanks to the kindness of my sister Maria, who lives in Manhattan and has been generously replenishing my supply by carrying 4 or 5 cans at a time on the subway to bring to me.”). With this new supply of pumpkin, she has been baking and sharing loaves with her neighbors, which brings a smile and a moment of joy. We think that’s a beautiful thing.

Meals are coming to SingleCut

Way back even before the brewery was open, founder Rich Buceta said he wanted to serve food eventually. Well, food has arrived at the tap room, and they’re calling them “Meals” – they are meat pies and sides. There will even be a vegetarian pie, too (vegetable curry). The bacon and blue cheese cole slaw side sounds pretty good, too.

Can’t Stop New York – another message from the Rockaways

“Rockaway, Queens resident Tim Tubridy details the road to recovery for his community after Super Storm Sandy.” He appreciates all the help from outsiders, too.


The future of the Sunnyside Center Cinemas building is unsure

We’re learned from the Sunnyside Post that the building that houses Sunnyside movie theater – Center Cinemas – was sold and may eventually be demolished and turned into residential units. The building was sold in December 2012 by Dime Savings Bank for $6.675 million. The buyer is a new Astoria-based firm called 2-25 Queens Blvd. Corporation. They are not sure what they will do with it right now, but those in the real estate know predict that the site will become home to residential units. The current tenants do have leases – the movie theater until December 2014; PJ Horgan’s until June 30, 2018; and a dentist office until Oct. 31, 2014 (with a provision to extend it). The movie theater charges discount prices, and PJ Horgan’s has been around for over 40 years. The feel of this area of Sunnyside would be changed if those two businesses were to disappear.


Image source: NYDN

The beginning of the 2012 holiday season in the Rockaways was vastly different, thanks to Hurricane Sandy. Thanksgiving dinner for many consisted of donated meals, distributed by Governor Cuomo, the National Guard, and volunteers. According to NY1, thousands of meals were given to displaced residents throughout NYC, including the Rockaways:

Almost 4,000 donated meals went to residents and first responders in Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Long Island and the Hudson Valley. Many of the items were donated by big-box stores, including Costco, ShopRite and Walmart. Each distributed box included a turkey, two cans of vegetables, one can of cranberry sauce, one can of gravy, one box of stuffing and a loaf of bread.