If you ever find yourself in the Queens area and are tempted to cross a bridge or tunnel for a nice beer and burger, save your tool money and head over to Studio Square. A great outdoor Oktoberfest inspired beer garden that has everything you would expect from a borough of greater foodie fare. Ambiance, check; extensive beer selection, check; neighborhood feel, check; flat screens to watch your Yankees on (though you may be surrounded by Mets fans) check. They’ve also made some impressive additions to their grill menu, worth checking out.
There are two large bars to accommodate the insane spring and summer crowd. A necessity, since it was voted TimeOut New York’s best spring bar and one of Zagat’s top newcomers.You should have no trouble choosing a drink among the European and American beers on tap and inviting house specialties. My mainstays were the sangria and Blue Moon Belgian White. As far as food goes there is an impressive grill menu that includes slow cooked chilli, crunchy topped mac n cheese, bacon wrapped wieners with caramelized onions, emmenthaler swiss and honey mustard, certified black angus burgers and cherry wheat battered flounder. They go above and beyond ‘bar food’ here.
If you really search the nooks and crannies of this venue, you will find some private spaces that provide a rest from the crowd, for the more introverted foodies among us. If you’re one of those people who likes to be in the thick of things, barrel tables line the upper level bar, which seemed to accommodate card games very well. Down in the cobblestone courtyard you can sit among long, handcrafted picnic tables or huge square fire pit tables, which kind of put me into a food, beer, fire trance. Fun times. Whether you want people watching, big game watching, or cozy quiet time with good food, friends and beer, I suggest you visit Studio Square.
Side note: You may also want to check their website for the many special events they hold.
35-33 36th St. Long Island City, NY 11106