Eats for bike tour of brooklyn/queens
Hi guys -
A couple times a year my buddy and I like to do a bike tour of brooklyn and queens hitting up a bunch of different places along the way. This time we are starting to run out of ideas. Only requirements are: (i) the place has to let in two sweaty dudes not dressed particularly nicely and (ii) can't be tooooo far out in the boroughs (e.g., chinese food in flushing is too far). Any cuisine, including desserts, are fair game.
Previous iterations of the ride have taken us to Lucali, Mile End, Dough, Sripraphai, and M. Wells, just to give you an idea. On this trip, the only place we know we are going for sure is John Brown's.
So if anyone has any ideas, it would be much appreciated!
Just a few quick thoughts, as I like to do the same type of ride.
I live near John Brown Smokehouse, and can attest that it's an ideal choice. Very casual, but delicious food. If you're keen to explore more of Astoria, a new place has opened on 30th Ave (almost near Woodside) called Max Bratwurst und Bier -- they make their own sausages of rattlesnake, rabbit, etc. I assume you've been to Taverna Kyclades (and there are other great Greek tavernas as well), but a food-centric tour of Astoria wouldn't be complete without a slice of Rizzo's light-as-a-feather thin crust on Steinway. You might also be interested in Queens Comfort (for very heavy comfort food -- though I doubt you'd have the appetite) on 30th Ave, and Queens Kickshaw (for excellent grilled cheese) on Broadway, if you haven't been to those. There's also a new pizzeria getting very high marks called Basil Brick Oven Pizza on Astoria Blvd.
But from John Brown's, you could head east on 34th Ave, and end up at Tortilleria Nixtamal, where they make their own masa. Also, of note in this area is Leo’s Latticini (a.k.a. “Mama’s”), an Italian deli revered locally for their sandwiches and homemade mozzerella. I've never been, but I understand that the Lemon Ice King of Corona is a local landmark.
[A non-food sidebar: at this point, you're near Flushing-Corona Park, which is fun to bike around, and home of the Panorama at Queens Museum of Art, and you're also near the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona.]
I also like to bike into Greenpoint via the Pulaski Bridge, and would mention Sweetleaf, on the LIC side of the bridge, as a great spot to grab a coffee mid-trip. But save your sweet tooth for Peter Pan Bakery, for their doughnuts. In Williamsburg, an ideal stop for a nosh is my favorite falafel place, Oasis, right near the Bedford Ave. stop.
Ok, John Brown is a great choice, since you'll be heading south from John Brown, burnt ends! Their pastrami is pretty knockout, smoked prime rib is delicious and their smoked foie gras is decadent.
From John Brown you can bike down to LIC and hit Lounge 47, the stinging nettle ravioli is delicious as is the skirt steak.
From Lounge 47 go to Alobar for some very tender and sweet baby back ribs.
From Alobar go to Manducatis Rustica for cannolis filled to order, I tell them not to powder mine as it doesn't need the extra sugar.
From Manducatis Rustica, bike over the bridge to Karczma for potato pancakes and kielbasa.
From Karczma bike to Blue Stove for cherry pie, totally yum.
From Blue Stove, bike to Fette Sau for smoked lamb ribs (crazy good)
From Fette Sau bike to Pies n Thighs for soft shell crab sandwich (yum)
From Pies n Thighs waddle over the bridge.