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Queens Residents Will Get Taste of Bayside on Jan. 25

Local restaurateurs, including Strawberry's Sports Grill and Bourbon Street, will serve sample dishes food tasting event.

Northeast Queens residents will be able to sample food from nearly 20 local eateries during the Bayside Business Association’s Taste of Bayside on Jan. 25.

The food-tasting event will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the , located at 220-33 Northern Blvd. in Bayside.

Attendees will have the opportunity to try dishes from a number of restaurants from Douglaston and Bayside, including ,, Agra Indian Restaurant, , , Francis Lewis Pastry Shoppe, , Maria’s Trattoria, , Palermo Salumeria,, Trattoria Thirty Five and .

The entry fee will be $30 in advance or $35 at the door.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 718-261-3517 or visit the Bayside Business Association's website.

Phil Konigsberg January 15, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Why is a cigar lounge included in this local food tasting event? It is illegal to smoke cigars in restaurants and bars in New York State because cigar smoking causes cancer of the oral cavity, larynx, esophagus, and lung. It may also cause cancer of the pancreas. Cigars will not be available for tasting so why loose credibility by including such a vendor in the event? Is the purpose of the event to promote the restaurants in Bayside and Douglaston or places that sell tobacco products?
Phil Konigsberg January 15, 2012 at 08:18 PM
To clarify my comment above, the law prohibits smoking cigars in restaurants and bars in New York State in order to prevent non-smokers from being exposed to the toxic secondhand smoke of tobacco prodcts.
Steven Avery January 20, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Yes, good call Phil. I thought maybe we had a new Cuban restaurant with rice, black beans, plantains and yucca. So I did a search on the Habana Hut name. Was I disappointed to see that the event had gone downhill. Maybe next year. Steven in Bayside
Steven Avery January 20, 2012 at 11:51 PM
You know, since they should be preventing the use of what they are supplying (does anyone really want to have cigar smoke over their pasta ?) the whole thing is a puzzle. They actually talk of supplying cigars. Checking ID. They might as well have a straight-up liquor store as well. I am going to conjecture that there may be friendship or connection between the organizers and the shop, since there is no rational reason for this. Maybe a sharp local reporter will check into this. Steven

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