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The Queens Kickshaw

The Queens Kickshaw

(Now Closed)
Café, Sandwich Place, and Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant$$$$
Astoria
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  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkNovember 7, 2014
    Looking to get great cider after Cider Week? Head to The Queens Kickshaw. It is one of Astoria’s best locales for hard cider. Choose from over 30 international ciders. Read more
  • Jaimee E.
    Jaimee EstrellerJune 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Wondered what the hype was about, but I kinda get it now. Chill ambience and affordable grilled cheeses. I got the one with the bean hummus and jam...it totes worked. Would come back for a chill dins
  • Project Latte: a NYC cafe culture guide
    Run by a husband & wife team, this Astoria spot is a favorite from early til late. Make a day of it with a matcha latte, curried pumpkin seeds, quality food & craft beer flights. Counter Culture. Read more
  • Brown
    BrownOctober 29, 2014
    See what's on draft. The beer selection changes frequently so you're bound to find something new and great if you visit weekly. There's also a more consistent bottle menu available. Grilled cheese!
  • Realty E.
    Realty ExecutivesDecember 19, 2014
    The Queens Kickshaw is a quaint venue with great salads and grilled cheese for those lunch hours when you want something good to eat. It is perfectly located in walking distance from our office.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 30, 2013
    Here the classic Egg and Cheese gets a substantial upgrade. Egg and cheese is filled with a lush dollop of creamy ricotta, and sandwiched between thick slices of cheese-crusted Balthazar brioche.
  • Chris B.heart icon on user image
    Chris BlastingJuly 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    You cannot go wrong here. All the food is great, and it's the best iced coffee I've ever had! Oh, and the chocolate pudding is amazing if you're in a sweet mood!
  • Maria G.heart icon on user image
    Maria GranadosAugust 15, 2014
    The selection of beer is on point. Definitely get the Gouda grilled cheese. Salty, spicy, and deliciously crunchy. Definitely in my top two of best grilled cheeses in NYC.
  • Project Latte: a NYC cafe culture guide
    The oldest Third Wave shop in Astoria, TQK's Counter Culture coffee is inconsistent, but they have other charms including a gorgeous space, great food, craft beer & cider and wifi. http://j.mp/1XCmzaJ
  • Mischaheart icon on user image
    MischaApril 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Best brunch spot in the Astoria/LIC area, menu is uncomplicated, and any choice will be beyond great quality. French toast and quiche were my choice and I think i will have pleasant dreams about 'em
  • Rachel L.heart icon on user image
    Rachel LennonJanuary 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    I am absolutely in LOVE. They played only songs I adore since the moment I walked in. Kale salad is on point. Ambience is damn sweet. So happy I live right around the corner! Will come, infinitely.
  • Project Latte: a NYC cafe culture guide
    The oldest Third Wave shop in Astoria, TQK's Counter Culture coffee is inconsistent, but they have other charms including a gorgeous space, great food, craft beer & cider, wifi until 5pm, some plugs. Read more
  • Mikey N.heart icon on user image
    Mikey NeffJune 16, 2015
    Every single thing is good here. No exaggeration. The curried pumpkin seeds & popcorn snacks are delicious and totally worth it! The bread pudding is also awesome! Great service and super cute place!
  • PureWow
    PureWowOctober 23, 2015
    This bar/coffee shop hybrid is worth the schlep to Astoria. And best of all, it’s low-key enough to enjoy a tomato-burrata grilled cheese on focaccia by your lonesome. Read more
  • Cofi P.heart icon on user image
    Cofi PeelOctober 26, 2014
    Try one of the V60 Pour-overs here; it's a must! I just tried the sunny side eggs and potato cakes. They're perfectly seasoned. Love this place.
  • Tatiana O.heart icon on user image
    Tatiana OrlovAugust 16, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    the potato layer cake is tremendous, and available for weekday brunch. my favorite daytime place in all of new york to work + listen to nina simone, also happens to be three blocks from my apt.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 20, 2013
    Excellent neighborhood cafe, bar, and sandwich spot. Some of the best coffee and grilled cheese in Queens, with an esoteric beer, wine, and cider list.
  • Robin B.heart icon on user image
    Robin BrunelleJanuary 7, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    A great and reliable go-to (secretly vegetarian) restaurant in Astoria. Great for a full meal, quick snack, or just a drink of obscure craft beer and even more obscure ciders.
  • BlackBook Magazine
    BlackBook MagazineDecember 4, 2012
    JOSEPHINE ROSE ROBERTS: "Perfect ambiance for a quick drink or a long talk w/ a friend. They offer so many beers from all over the world, as well as locally brewed ales. Oh, and the grilled cheese..." Read more
  • Gothamist
    GothamistOctober 18, 2016
    Try the NYC-made (with Hudson County apples) Descendent Succession semi-dry, sparkling cider or the Citizen Rosé from Vermont, which adds blueberries to the apples and ferments them together. Read more
  • Kelsey W.
    Kelsey WilliamsDecember 30, 2014
    Really enjoyed this place! Amazing grilled cheeses, with a gluten free bread option, thank you 👍. Iced coffee is great too! Has a chill atmosphere and good vibes. I will be coming back!
  • Valerie S.heart icon on user image
    Valerie SOctober 21, 2016
    Cozy space with delicious grilled cheeses (recommend both the Gouda and the Brie!). Rich and unique flavors. Chill vibe and decor, too.
  • Devon G.heart icon on user image
    Devon GoffmanSeptember 12, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    This place rocks! Malik - the chef was amazing- made the best authentic gourmet Grilled cheese ever! Homemade Salad dressing was exquisite
  • Gothamist
    GothamistJune 7, 2017
    This is your spot for a productive working lunch. Power up on varied (and mostly vegetarian) midday grub options, and enjoy wifi, outlets, and plenty of elbow room. Read more
  • Project Latte: a NYC cafe culture guide
    Our favorite spot for everything except coffee, make a day of it with a matcha latte, curried pumpkin seeds, quality food & craft beer flights. All back room furniture is optimal for standing work. Read more
  • Harlem’s H.heart icon on user image
    Harlem’s HungryApril 10, 2015
    The food was excellent. I enjoyed drinking the most. The Mac and cheese was well advertised and worth the visit. Atosphere was kind of gothic but the food saved the night.
  • Jane C.
    Jane ChoApril 13, 2013
    The gouda grilled cheese is delicious - perfect blend of sweet + savory...and the jalapeño peppers give it a nice little kick - it's a must-try!!!!
  • Jay V.
    Jay VJanuary 25, 2013
    I always say ill try something new and then always order my favorite: The Cheddar-Mozzarella with tomato soup, a Golden Monkey tea and a side of Miso Mustard pickles. Nothing better on a cold day.
  • Graylyn R.
    Graylyn RooseJuly 10, 2016
    Loved the Gruyere grilled cheese with a salad that comes on the side. Trendy, quiet spot that's perfect for meeting a friend for lunch. They also serve alcohol.
  • Tony X.
    Tony XerriDecember 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Can you believe that the simplest of sandwiches can possibly be the best? I can after coming here. Order a flight of craft beer then get a pint of your favorite. Music can be a bit Indie sometimes...
  • Christina C.heart icon on user image
    Christina C.August 9, 2012
    The Gouda Grilled Cheese is so delicious with a spicy kick to it! Will definitely be back for more. The shepards pie is awesome too!
  • Project Latte: a NYC cafe culture guide
    Run by a husband & wife team, this Astoria spot is our favorite for everything except coffee. Make a day of it with a matcha latte, curried pumpkin seeds, quality food & craft beer flights. Read more
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkAugust 1, 2011
    Here, grilled cheese receives the star treatment & all sandwiches are under $11. Try the rich melted Gouda, offset with pickled jalapeños, sweet guava jam & creamy black-bean hummus on brioche ($10). Read more
  • Kathleen V.heart icon on user image
    Kathleen VargasMay 1, 2017
    Please get their Banana Bread pudding omg it's amazing!! A reason why I would come back to this laid back atmosphere.
  • Real Cheap Eats
    Real Cheap EatsAugust 15, 2012
    The fontina cheesecake is an unexpected highlight—a pleasantly sharp and savory scoop of creamy cheesecake sitting atop a bed of cereal crumbles and drizzled with a blackberry-and-wheat-beer sauce. Read more
  • Cynthia P.
    Cynthia PflaumNovember 4, 2012
    Great coffee and grilled cheese. But more importantly, this place always feels like a bit of Austin in NY... A cool, comfortable vibe where the hustle and bustle is a little less felt.
  • Matt S.heart icon on user image
    Matt SmithJanuary 15, 2013
    If given the chance to visit, you'd be mistaken if you pass this up. Not only is service friendly, the food is expertly choosen and perfectly prepared. The roasted ravioli was incredible.
  • Ariel H.heart icon on user image
    Ariel HermanMarch 3, 2016
    Overpriced, yet delicious grilled cheese sandwiches. I also enjoyed their homemade avocado ice cream. But the real reason to come here is to get a Brooklyn atmosphere in Queens. ;)
  • Carolineheart icon on user image
    CarolineFebruary 24, 2016
    A (awesome) very carefully selected menu of ciders and draught beers, and the owners are often there should you care to have a detailed cider chat!
  • Samantha F.
    Samantha FNovember 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't miss out on the homemade hot sauce! It isn't too hot, and it has huge flavor. Perfect with the grilled cheese. Also, this place is completely vegetarian!
  • JAY
    JAYJuly 27, 2012
    @these prices for the beer and cider selection it would b helpful if servers had a bit of insight into ANYTHING!! Friendly yet I think the dishwasher might of been more knowledgeable about the menu
  • K B.
    K BJune 13, 2013
    For those vegans/lactose intolerants out there, they have soy milk and a roasted veggie side that's yummy. They also have a few creative salads you can get sans cheese.
  • Project Latte: a NYC cafe culture guide
    Astoria's The Queens Kickshaw has a hot chocolate made with Mast Brothers chocolate from Williamsburg. It's a bit on the milky side and could use more body but is better than most. Read more
  • Tatiana O.heart icon on user image
    Tatiana OrlovAugust 6, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    incredible neighborhood spot. the brioche grilled cheese with tomato soup is the business, with an iced coffee or pint of constantly rotating local beer. wi-fi, great space, friendly staff. perfect.
  • Amy A.heart icon on user image
    Amy AndersonMarch 29, 2015
    The potato layer cake with sunny eggs is amazing. As is the Michelada. Great brunch stop before visiting the museum of the moving image.
  • Jennifer N.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer NgoJune 8, 2014
    Get the Gouda Grilled Cheese! You get sweet and spicy in this yummy dish. You won't regret it!
  • Mike W.heart icon on user image
    Mike WimsattMarch 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Grilled cheese options are interesting and the coffee is excellent. Hipsters seem to appear here although they're never seen on the surrounding streets. Like Sweet Afton.… (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Dan M.
    Dan MillerMarch 11, 2016
    Great vegetarian menu, and good cider and beer selection. There's a cocktail called the Orleans Bitter Phosphate that's a must-try.
  • James
    JamesSeptember 29, 2012
    Highly recommend the Gouda grilled cheese sandwich, and the tomato soup both taste great. Coffee I tried the iced Guatemala with milk, tasty. Only bad thing was the service. Waitress was rude.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistMay 23, 2017
    The Queens Kickshaw is a prime spot for cheeselovers and vegetarians (but not vegans, sorry guys) alike—the main attraction is cheese, and there’s nary a meat option in sight.
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