To promote the first Verizon “smart store” in Queens, foodies were taken around the borough to sample local eateries and using the latest technology to tweet, blog and post about it.
Sampling everything the largest borough has to offer would take days, if not, weeks but food critics and bloggers Joe DiStefano, Jonathan Forgash and Kelly Yen gave recommendations for the best places to grab a bite.
First up was Artopolis Bakery, located on 31st Street and 23rd Avenue in Astoria. The quaint space was opened in 2003 by Regina Katopodis and her husband Angelos.
Katopodis, an immigrant from Greece, claims that every thing in the store was brought over from Athens, including her family recipes for Greek village bread, baklava, passion fruit mousse and more.
A hot cup of their fresh coffee complemented the sweets wonderfully and not a single baklava square was left by the time the group headed to the next stop.
In addition to the latest gadgets, the food crawl used a new app called Uber to get from place to place.
Uber allows users to hail taxis, town cars or zipcars with just two presses of a button. The GPS on your phone shows the driver exactly where you are and cars transmit their location right back to your device so you know when the car should arrive.
The next stop was a traditional Thai spot in Elmhurst Ayada. Forgash, DiStefano and Yen ordered a wide variety of dishes included salted crab and papaya salad, pad see ew and crab rolls.
But the oddest experience had to have been the trip to Uncle Zhou in Elmhurst. Pork heart, head cheese — it’s made from the entire head of a pig — and pig kidneys are just a few of the exotic dishes served up and Forgash — a frequent patron of Uncle Zhou — and DiStefano couldn’t have been more thrilled.
The other attendees, including the two event hosts, were a little less inclined to sample some of what Uncle Zhou had to offer.
The fanciest restaurant was saved for last. M. Wells Dinette doesn’t sound like much — especially since it’s cafeteria-style seating — but the eatery housed within MoMA PS1 in Long Island City blends Quebeco and American cuisine.
Dishes include beef tartare, calf brains and the less odd stuffed chicken.
The faugras with oatmeal was a crowd favorite.
The milky and sweet oatmeal made a delicious base for the duck liver, nuts and berries that were mixed throughout.
Of course, dessert is always a crowd favorite and foodies weren’t too stuffed to indulge in the black forest charlotte cake with a bourbon cherry topping.
Not a bite was left.
“Greek, Thai, Chinese and post-modern diner, today’s #vswfoodcrawl was epic,” DiStefano tweeted shortly after attendees went their separate ways.