Before it gets TOO cold: Studio Square

There may be a nip in the air but I still hope that it will warm up this weekend (forecast says Sunday might hit the 70s).  Got to take advantage of the great outdoors then, right?

Drinking in the great outdoors...of Astoria

If I don’t get myself to a grassier part of town, I’ll probably hit up Studio Square in Astoria again.

This biergarten is a massive space by NYC standards: 18,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space.  I recently visited for the first time on a breezy Thursday night.

I sated my hunger with a decently prepared $8 brat (courtesy of Schaller & Weber) that came with a side of sauerkraut.  My friend enjoyed an Angus burger with fries and one of 18 brews.

We relaxed at one of the picnic tables in the cobblestoned-courtyard which features a fire pit.  A competent band played covers of popular (mostly oldies) rock songs. They were the kind of band that performs at weddings. Each song received a round of light clapping, just to show some support, I guess.  A few ladies jiggled self-consciously to the music as they rose from their seats to visit the restroom, or to re-adjust their short skirts.

The crowd was authentically Queens:  plenty of girls who weren’t afraid to show how much effort they had put into their hair and makeup.  Lots of NY accents. A fair amount of exposed — yet non-aggressive —  muscles, button-down shirts and hair gel. And most importantly, not an ironic T-shirt or beard to be seen, even in this young crowd.

After months of weaving around the hipster crowds of Manhattan and Brooklyn, it’s kinda refreshing, isn’t it?

Studio Square, 35-33 36th St., Astoria, NY

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