So the idea for this is to build a case for an under the radar Outer Borough experience. This one: Kew Gardens!
The last two Saturdays my SO (aka pellegrino31 on the boards) and I have spent our afternoon in Kew Gardens, first having lunch at Mood and followed by a movie at Kew Gardens Cinema. If you're looking for a pleasant, inexpensive way to spend your Saturday - including excellent food and watching independent film - give it a try.
First, Mood. Its almost always empty for lunch on Saturdays (they have a brunch on Sundays that we have not tried as yet), but don't equate their empty dining room with bad food. We've tried five things on their lunch menu - cheeseburger, chicken sandwich, ravioli with proscuitto and fontina, autumn salad and smoked salmon sandwich, all $7 or less - and we've been extremely happy with quality of the food. The only blip was an undercooked burger that they corrected without a problem. Their fries are fantastic - fresh, crispy and perfectly salted, and the burger is great. We've had dinner there a couple of times (salmon, filet mignon) as well and have been very impressed. In a neighborhood with few options, it's fantastic. We live in Forest Hills and would love to see a place like this on Austin St. - modern, American, high quality and well priced.
After lunch, Kew Gardens Cinema is a wonderful place to watch a movie, a Queens treasure. They show excellent movies in an old timey movie theater, complete with excellent popcorn. The first show on weekends is $6.
Convinced? Try it for yourself and report back!