The Strand Smokehouse

The Strand Smokehouse

(Now Closed)
BBQ Joint and Beer Garden$$$$
Astoria, Astoria
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  • funky f.heart icon on user image
    funky flavorDecember 2, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Their food is great! The mac and cheese is to die for. Also go for some of their meet, they are not on the cheap side but they are very well made and worth the try. Don't forget the corn bread.
  • Andrew C.heart icon on user image
    Andrew CJanuary 24, 2017
    Ordered brisket, chicken, and sides but the brisket was kinda fatty and chicken was great. Mac n cheese side was best // sweet potato fries and cornbread was eh... live music offered perfect vibe!!
  • The Sandwich Enthusiast .heart icon on user image
    I've literally never had bad meat from the Strand. Brisket, pastrami, buffalo wings, ribs, and more: I've had almost everything on their dinner menu and loved it all. Need to come back for brunch.
  • Jaimee E.
    Jaimee EstrellerFebruary 1, 2015
    Great atmosphere for a bunch of brunchers. Picnic table seating + banjo band + 4 buck bloody marys = 👌. Food is good, not wowww, but def will get ya full. The vibe is what will make me go back tho!
  • Davidheart icon on user image
    DavidNovember 14, 2017
    Fun place to hang out and enjoy a few drinks, live music and a game. The food isn’t too shabby - the brisket is just okay, but the ribs along with mac & cheese are just right.
  • Luis R.heart icon on user image
    Luis RMarch 13, 2016
    Excellent ambient, bar and great beers! Delicious corn bread! The meat is blah! Bland and no smoke flavor at all... Came here for the meat and discovered a great bar with great beer selection...
  • Mikeheart icon on user image
    MikeSeptember 26, 2017
    Full rack of baby back ribs, brisket and mac & cheese were among my favorites. Very cool atmosphere to sit and enjoy your food and drinks. Everyone in my family loved it here!
  • John Τ.heart icon on user image
    OMG.. This place has the best brisket I've ever had. I recommend this place to everyone I know. Plus! They have great mac and cheese!
  • Roger R.heart icon on user image
    Roger RJune 3, 2016
    Really cool spot picnic tables with an industrial look. Great beer selection. And BBQ??.. Crazy!..Try the Mac and Cheese great for absorbing alcohol!
  • funky f.heart icon on user image
    funky flavorApril 29, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Sadly the Mac and cheese is not the same as once was. The thick cut bacon is also low on my charts of quality. I love the exotic ginger drink that one makes my day every time.
  • Chelseaheart icon on user image
    ChelseaOctober 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Seriously one of my favorite places in New York. Everything is incredible, you really can't go wrong. Love the moonshine cocktails too!
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronMay 11, 2013
    Finally BBQ done right in queens, fall of your bone tender in this Giant cafeteria setting in Astoria. All the lovely sides that you get with BBQ. Bartender that serves craft beer and is a mixologist
  • Mischaheart icon on user image
    MischaMay 12, 2015
    Do you see how some stuff in the menu are no written in chalk? Those are regular items, the specials of the day are in chalk. If you have the chance to get again duck pastrami don't hesitate
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkMay 30, 2013
    The sprawling 6,000-square-foot hall—decked out with reclaimed lumber, long picnic tables and dangling turquoise lights—doubles as a beer garden, drawing a boisterous, Southern-comfort lovin' crowd. Read more
  • Theresa R.heart icon on user image
    Theresa RoldanMay 26, 2016
    Good beer, meat [especially the ribs], and corn bread! You'll leave feeling satisfied and sluggish cause you're so full
  • Mashka
    MashkaOctober 10, 2014
    Pickles and Mac and cheese (especially the Mac and cheese), are awesome and more memorable than the meat. Super attentive friendly staff & great atmosphere esp for Astoria.
  • Escape C.heart icon on user image
    Escape CardonaDecember 10, 2015
    Great comfort bbq food. The communal seating atmosphere is awesome and the drinks along w the live bands liven up the place.
  • Joan P.
    Joan ParkMarch 14, 2015
    great value for huge portions of southern comfort food, friendly service and a mini escape to texas. the shrimp & grits and fried chicken & waffles were our favorites!
  • New York Post
    New York PostMay 24, 2013
    Meat with a Queens flair. Think smoked lamb, duck pastrami and even beef cheeks. A solid neighborhood spot with craft beers on tap, 40 kinds of whiskey and a stage for bluegrass bands. Read more
  • James K.heart icon on user image
    James KrauseFebruary 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Tips for the Strand: 1. Get a happy hour. 2. Get rid of the 8oz. beer solution. 3. Solve the cold food problem. Things the Strand gets right: 1. Awesome atmosphere! 2. Great music!
  • John P.heart icon on user image
    John PellMay 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Biscuits and gravy for brunch are a good deal. The smoked chicken melts off the bone and is one of the best things ever. They do a nice job with the duck breast too.
  • Tony X.
    Tony XerriNovember 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The pulled lamb was awesome. Growlers can be tedious to pour. Get rid of the mirrors. Beer in mason jars? This place CAN be great but at the moment are trying way too hard to be liked. Ease up guys...
  • Matt P.
    Matt PAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Be prepared to spend at least $20 here on meat alone; ribs, brisket, sirloin all amazing. The sides are great and seasonal and the cornbread serving size is huge
  • Leah G.heart icon on user image
    Leah GeogheganFebruary 8, 2016
    I wasn't a huge fan of their Mac and cheese...tasted more like butter to me. But their corn bread comes in a huge block and is only $2. Heavenly. Good place for big groups
  • Sean S.heart icon on user image
    Sean SmithSeptember 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Astoria's best Q. Make sure to grab some ribs, some pulled pork, and the cornbread. Have a pint or one of their cocktails while you are at it.
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkAugust 4, 2014
    Ingredients: Beef patty, sunny side up egg, pepper jack cheese, spicy mayoTo know: The brisket and chuck patty is house-ground. Read more
  • Steve K.
    Steve KohlbeckerFebruary 23, 2013
    Defunct Blockbuster or up and coming BBQ joint with great food, very competent bartenders, vast whiskey menu and 16 microbrews on tap. Yeah. New hangout. Top notch speakeasy.
  • Aleson H.heart icon on user image
    Aleson HoAugust 18, 2014
    The BBQ is ok. You can order by the pound. Beer selection is good. Mac and cheese is amazing! Mostly a great place for live music & group hangouts.
  • Savoteur
    SavoteurAugust 2, 2016
    The Strand is an authentic BBQ spot seemingly plucked from below the Mason-Dixon and dropped into an unlikely corner of the East Coast. Read more
  • Aaron B.
    Aaron BatchelderMay 19, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Great spot. It's basically a Texas style beer hall with mediocre ribs. Awesome beer and liquor selection though!
  • Ted M.
    Ted McJanuary 5, 2013
    Went last night and had the ribs and mac and cheese. The sides are priced right but I think some of the meat options could come down in price. Everything tasted good though. Good local beers.
  • Kayleigh H.heart icon on user image
    Kayleigh HarringtonApril 22, 2017
    Get the mac and cheese, pulled pork, house BBQ sauce, try a few beers. Skip the ribs.
  • Katie H.
    Katie HinesJune 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    First came here for the soft opening in December and each time I come it gets better and better. Fantastic brunch, and always excellent service.
  • Rachel E.
    Rachel EdelmanDecember 8, 2012
    Great as a beer garden, and a great new bar for the neighborhood. The BBQ needs some work though - everything was very dry and bland. Hopefully this improves, a good addition to Astoria!
  • Mimi T.heart icon on user image
    Mimi TakanoAugust 17, 2015
    Good BBQ, good side dishes, even if it's "closed" for the summer in that they don't do brunch, it's still really good!
  • Juliana C.heart icon on user image
    Juliana CulbertSeptember 22, 2014
    Great selection of meat, sides, and drinks. The atmosphere is great, especially if you like a casual place with lots of loud country music.
  • Scott I.heart icon on user image
    Scott InglesAugust 22, 2018
    Fairly large, but uninspired, beer selection (Sweet Action, Allagash White, Victory Summer Ale, etc.) Great space with large, beer-hall tables, but lousy food; you're better off at Salt & Bone on 30th
  • Tim H.
    Tim HettlerJanuary 10, 2016
    Come with a large group on a Sunday, order a growler of beer and fried chicken, and listen to live bluegrass
  • Dan L.heart icon on user image
    Dan LamOctober 25, 2014
    Definitely try their moonshine cocktails, they taste great and they sneak up on you something good. BBQ is fantastic here.
  • Rachel C.heart icon on user image
    Rachel CAugust 31, 2015
    FYI they sell meat by the pound, in case the pricing scares you. Great bargain if you share sides w friends!
  • Ms. Envyheart icon on user image
    Ms. EnvyNovember 22, 2012
    Portion of food can definitely be a tad larger for the price. Beer selection is pretty good. Atmosphere is great, friendly staff.. Sure beats a Blockbuster :) lol
  • Chelseaheart icon on user image
    ChelseaJuly 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    New York Magazine Cheap Eats issue recommends the lamb leg ($9 for a half-pound) seasoned with a simple salt, pepper, and rosemary rub.
  • Jose B.
    Jose BetancourtAugust 3, 2014
    I came here to return my blockbuster rental of Battlefield Earth, and found The Strand Steakhouse in its place. After a delicious brunch (big guy), I left the Battlefield Earth VHS in the bathroom. ;)
  • Heather C.
    Heather ConnorDecember 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The smell alone is worth the trip, but add in a great selection of beers, especially local, and cool vibe, and this is a destination.
  • G B.
    G BeckNovember 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The coleslaw is my favorite kind! Sweet, not spicy, wet, not too raw, and goes great with. Rye whiskey! Just like Dan used to make.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceDecember 12, 2013
    Make sure to try the biscuits with smoked chicken for the best down-South home cooking in the middle of Astoria.
  • funky f.heart icon on user image
    funky flavorJune 3, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The exotic ginger is great and for food the mac and cheese is a must with your BBQ!
  • Guillaume F.heart icon on user image
    Guillaume FlandreNovember 16, 2014
    Amazing choice of beer and Southern dishes. The smothered chicken biscuit is huge and delicious.
  • Steven Y.heart icon on user image
    Steven YJuly 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The short ribs and brisket are damn good, and their assortment of BBQ and hot sauces all complement the meat well
  • Ciaran C.
    Ciaran ChristieAugust 15, 2014
    Bloody Mary's and a brisket and eggs brunch that was killer. Highly recommend, especially for large groups!
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