Queens Kickshaw

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In Astoria, one is accustomed to the many Greek, Arab, and other ethnic kitchens that serve their fare on plates of city dwellers from all boroughs of New York life. But as hipster cuisine continues to dominate the restaurant scene, it seemed only a matter time before Astoria boasted something delicious but up to date, in both style and influence. The Queens Kickshaw is the brainchild of Ben Sandler and Jennifer Lim. Partners in life and business, and proud Astoria residents, their restaurant has drawn crowds for their craft ales and idiosyncratic eats. Think manchego and ricotta with eggplant and mint for lunch, Kimchi lasagna for dinner. Both surprisingly delicious twists on established recipes. Other highlights include Bibimbap with quail eggs and a mac and cheese that would please the grown ups. Salty gruyère, cauliflower, and broccolini all work in unison with pasta, cheddar, and smoked mozzarella. But more than a restaurant, the eatery doubles as a coffee shop and a place for a pick me up as well. An impressive La Marzocco machine dials espresso that’s highly pleasant to taste.

Queens Kickshaw
40-17 Broadway
Astoria, NY 11103

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Valentino Fall 2013

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Simple but conspicuous with triumph. For Fall 2013, Valentino’s master plan comes in close contact with art history. Evoking the still life and portraiture work of the likes of Vermeer, it is pieces like this that rank high in the world of fashion advertising.

Sartorial Peeping Tom: SoHo Honey

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She appeared on the Q train and I assumed she was bound for Manhattan’s trendy SoHo neighborhood. I could not lower my gaze. A beautiful bottle blonde. She wasn’t pretending like she wasn’t trying too hard, she was. This made her different from the city’s many, I-sort-of-just-threw-this-own-street-style claimants. Her voluminous cream mint pants billowed, as the train rumbled through the underground. One would think that perhaps it was all a bit too much. Her 90’s-inpsired sweater, along with a chain that spelled out H-O-N-E-Y, a hippie’s head band, and steel capped heels…But it all fit together so nicely, delighting almost everyone who looked her way.

© 2013 Words and Art by Faris Habayeb