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Melty, Funky & Energized - The Queens Kickshaw Brings Grilled Cheese & Coffee to Astoria

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Melty, Funky & Energized - The Queens Kickshaw Brings Grilled Cheese & Coffee to Astoria

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Glendale is hungry | | Apr 25, 2011 09:11 AM

I move to Glendale and then this opens up around the corner from where I used to live! (Argh.) Here is their website:

http://www.thequeenskickshaw.com

The sandwiches are unusual and delicious, the space is made of repurposed industrial artifacts and the coffee is hi-tech. Thrown in for good measure are some nice accompaniments that compliment everything magnificently.

I've been here a few times now and I officially love it. My favorites include the Gouda with black bean hummus, guava jam and pickled jalapenos (sweet, tangy with a little bit of a kick [-shaw!]—sorry, couldn't resist) underlying the cheese and also the side of tomato soup that you can get with curried pumpkin seeds (perfect combo although the soup should have been hot as opposed to warm). I look forward to coming back and gradually eating my way through the entire menu.

I found the cappuccino to be extremely smooth. They also do cup-sized, coffee pour-overs. First, they wet down a filter in a small glass funnel with water that has been heated to a precise temperature (94.31415926°F?) so as to preheat the funnel, then they add the just-ground beans and slowly pour over some more precisely heated water to make the full cup. I find the result interesting and full of complex flavors but honestly, I like their cappuccino a lot more.

The space is very laid back and conducive to conversation. Everybody loves the vintage desk lamps now doing time as sconces. In the back the long communal table made of recycled wood is a rustic wonder as is the Mad Max post-apocalyptic "chandelier." The only thing I'd change is to add some coat hooks on the wall in time for next fall when hot soup and a sandwich are my favorite lunch.

Some might find their prices a little high but, considering what you're getting, I think it's well worth it. This ain't no "gourmet deli" with the typical bacon, egg and cheese on a roll and salad by the pound.

Check it out Chowhounds!

Ciao,

Glendale is hungry...

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Queens Kickshaw
40-17 Broadway, Queens, NY 11103

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