PLAN DATE: WEDS / JULY 17
Hot Tamale! While Hoja Santa is named after the Mexican pepper leaf sometimes used to make the beloved tamale, Astoria’s newest Mexican restaurant delivers so much more than your average fare. Owned by 22-year old (#GIRLBOSS) Carolina Parroquin and her family, the goal was to elevate familiar Mexican flavors and serve up dishes in a cozy, yet sophisticated environment. Consider that goal crushed because this place is a must-eat. To quench your thirst, try one of the many different flavors of Agua Fresca before dipping into a bowl of fresh guac. Try it with crab or tuna if you want to switch it up. And try the sea scallops in chipotle sauce if you need a little more beach in your week. Need a sweet treat post-meal? Treat yourself to the avocado ice cream for dessert. Because it’s basically a health food… right?
And there’s no time for a siesta on date night! When you’re finished, head on over to Albatross. Astoria’s notorious and oldest gay bar is upbeat, welcoming and an all-around good time. If you’re an early bird, maybe you’ll catch the tail end of Happy Hour (every Monday through Saturday, from 5-8PM). All cocktails are served in 16 oz. glasses, so you might only need one. But if you end up staying late night (and trust us, you will), grab another drink and participate in one of their awesome, weekly events. Monday night karaoke, anyone?
Dinner and Drinks
Authentic and Relaxed
40-17 30th Avenue, Queens
idk tip: Hoja Santa opened in April 2019. Their liquor license is still pending.
3619 24th Avenue, Queens
idk tip: Tuesday Bingo and Live Drag Saturday’s are also a really great time here.