Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 11/18/2015
The Pomeroy. Photo: Liz Clayman
36-12 Ditmars Blvd., 718-721-1579, Astoria, Queens
The Pomeroy is worth singing about, and not just because Lady Gaga graced it with her presence at its October opening. Chef Bo O'Connor has been the artist's friend since childhood and cooked on her worldwide tour. Here, she's putting her own talents on the line. Astoria locals have responded, packing the casual, friendly gastropub every night. It's named for a nearby cross street that was originally known as Pomeroy and now goes by the less colorful name of 37th Street. Craft beers and well-made cocktails are designed to match bar snacks like frickles (fried pickles) and chipotle-and-honey-glazed chicken wings dappled with scallions. For dinner it's wise to share the rich, comforting mac and cheese browned in a skillet. A burger with the works, crunchy fried chicken and divine ice cream sandwiches are also supremely filling. No reservations are accepted, but you'll be surrounded by good cheer if there's a wait for a table.