by Adam Kuban, 07/16/2013
Mac 'n cheese at The Queens Kickshaw. Photo: Joe Buglewicz
In Astoria, Change Is Constant
The influx of younger, creative types attracted to Astoria’s lower rent and cost of living has had a significant influence on the neighborhood in recent years. With the new arrivals have come restaurants and bars that, five years ago, would have been more likely to be found in parts of Brooklyn. Among them are The Queens Kickshaw, which made a name for itself with its inventive grilled-cheese sandwiches when it first opened but has recently expanded its dinner menu to include wildly novel items like kimchi lasagna, corn-tortilla manicotti and sesame spätzle. Favorite bars among this set include Sweet Afton, where bartenders mix cocktails-with-a-twist like the Rye Root Beer, and The Sparrow Tavern, known for its laid-back vibe and late-night menu that includes fare that transcends that of any 24-hour diner.