Happy Friday!! It’s been over a month since my last post, which was on an American holiday Memorial Day. After a month of being MIA due to several food exploration dishes, I am back on the first of July – 4th of July weekend. To begin:
Happy Birthday America!! To celebrate food and American history, let’s explore an historic venue in American history. This venue is not in Washington D.C. or in downtown Manhattan, but in Woodhaven, Queens.
Almost 6 weeks ago I took my parents to the oldest tavern in US history now – Neir’s Tavern. Actually I heard about this tavern from a segment that aired on $9.99 with Dave Evans where he had the tavern’s famous coldest beer in New York City.
Neir’s Tavern opened in 1829 and was restored in 2009. The tavern has made several appearance in famous movies such as Goodfellas and Tower Heist. I have had the privilege of meeting the tavern’s owner at the recent Queens Taste event & samples their cotton candy wings.
When I took my parents to the tavern, the location of it was not ideal but we were lucky to find parking. Once we arrived, I felt the historical presence that this tavern has. I definitely took advantage of the happy hour special of the $3 draft cold beer. Also, I discovered that the tavern also has $5 lunch special that is a steal.
To start, we ordered the BBQ Jack Wings ($7.95), they were perfectly fried with the right amount of sauce. Other popular wings also include Cotton Candy Wings, Teriyaki wings and Thai Chili Honey Wings both for the same price!
My dad is a huge steak person so every non-Thai or non-Filipino restaurant he looks for the steak options. The only option he had was the “Tower Heist” sandwich, obviously named after the movie “Tower Heist”, which is an open face steak sandwich with lettuce and tomato. It comes with fries and cole slaw. The steak tasted similar to a roast beef sandwich, so it was my least favorite.
After reading the food reviews of the tavern and there were rave reviews on the burgers. Therefore, my mother and I ordered two burgers that were named after an actress Mae West, who got her start in this tavern and the classic movie “Goodfellas”. My mother settled for the “Mae West” burger, which is made up of angus beef, lettuce, tomato, red onion, mushrooms along with cole slaw & fries. Her burger was good, fries were not as crispy as I have had in the past and cole slaw had an acidic, sour and tangy twist that is unique from the cole slaws I have had in the past.
Finally, I went for the popular “Goodfellas” burger, another burger to add to the growing list of burgers I have had in recent years. The “Goodfellas” burger consisted of an angus burger with grilled tomato, onions, pepper jack cheese and chipotle honey mayo. The burger also came with fries and cole slaw. The burger could have cleanly presently and huge that it had to be dissected with a fork & knife. The burger overall was flavorful especially with the mayo and pepper jack cheese.
At the end of this high protein dinner, the overall service was good, but they were short staff where the bartender was also our server. I would definitely return especially for lunch and explore the variety of wings they offer.