Here Are Five Great Outdoor Spots for Eating and Drinking in Queens

Categories: BQEats

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Trays from the Indonesian Food Bazaar
As the weather heats up, one New York guarantee -- along with the worsening odor of garbage -- is a deluge of talk about chic outdoor spots. Queens offers plenty of opportunities to eat and drink in the open air, but with its own particular, down-to-earth sensibility. Here are our recommendations for al fresco boozing and dining in the borough, whether you're looking for a swanky night out or a place where you can show up in a bathing suit and flip flops.

For flea market fans: Indonesian Food Bazaar, 48-01 31st Avenue, Astoria
Northwest Queens is now home to weekly fleas in Long Island City and Astoria, but for those seeking more of a challenge, seek out this occasional event hosted by the Masjid Al-Hikmah mosque. The food bazaar, held in the mosque's parking lot, features stalls serving treats from the tropical archipelago, like satays, coconut milk-based curries, noodle soups, fish cakes, and glutinous desserts. The friendly vendors are happy to teach you about any items you're unfamiliar with. The bazaar's mystique lies in its schedule, which is unlisted, but it's known to pop up on weekends during the summer months. Keep an eye on Chowhound's Outer Borough boards to catch it this year.


For multi-taskers: Spa Castle, 131-10 Eleventh Avenue, College Point
If you've ever had the urge to devour bulgogi poolside, Spa Castle is for you. This multi-story College Point spot offers several ways to baste yourself in Jacuzzis and saunas, and there's a suite of spa services (massages, facials, body scrubs) for sale as well. The in-house restaurant serves up Korean and Japanese dishes like gyoza, ramen, and galbi, as well as bubble teas you can sip while you lounge beside the rooftop pools. All visitors are given Spa Castle-branded shorts and shirts to wear on the premises, which will make you feel like you've joined a particularly relaxing cult.


For beach bums: Bungalow Bar, 377 Beach 92nd Street, and Connolly's, 155 Beach 95th Street, Rockaway Beach
Rockaway Beach may turn into Williamsburg-on-the-Atlantic come July, but it's still technically Queens. Ditch the Brooklynite crowds and hit up neighborhood joints like Bungalow Bar, which has made a heroic recovery after taking a battering from Superstorm Sandy. Or head to Connolly's, a lifeguard favorite where you can take the sting out of your sunburn with piña coladas in Styrofoam cups. Both bars are a few blocks from the beach and boast decks with views of Jamaica Bay.

Location Info


Spa Castle

131-10 Eleventh Ave., Flushing, NY

Category: General

John Brown Smokehouse

10-43 44th Drive, New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Indonesian Food Bazaar

48-01 31st Ave., New York, NY

Category: General

Bungalow Bar

377 Beach 92nd St., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant


155 Cross Bay Pkwy., New York, NY

Category: Music

Z Roof

11-01 43rd Ave., New York, NY

Category: Music

Z Hotel

11-01 43rd Ave., New York, NY

Category: General

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