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YELP Elite Event:              Japanese Tea Tasting at RESOBOX

A very calm evening in Long Island City, a sort of ease after our first bite of winter, now with Autumn pressing out a few days.

Upon the walls hung beautiful painted works, the likes of which I can not speak too and even now I reflect upon wishing I had learned more of them. This is a place of beauty, creativity and harmony — full bore body and soul.

Sitting, with attentions full forward, each of the select and exclusive Japanese teas we were too sample were to be explained then sipped & savored.
These tea have no American representation as to distribution, this tea seminar in a sheek cultural center, with overwhelming positive receptions, may have tilted the scales in our favor.

All of the time and effort was strictly on a volunteer basis, you’d never know as the entire experience was as professional and classy as having lunch with the Prince of Monaco, waited on hand and foot.

With the explanations of each teas origin, processing, (when necessary) fermenting, roasting Yame Dentou and Hon Gyokuro left many of us flabbergasted in the most wonderful way. So informative, so brilliantly tabled in an easy to understand manner, I found myself thursting to learn more upon my departure, it was that impactful.

The tea line up:

-Prime Roast Brown Rice Tea.
-Matcha 1 and 2. Hot and Cold.
-Star & Cherry Blossom Tea.
-Marubi 1 and 2. One was low grade for explanation purposes, two was the actual.
-Standard Roasted Tea
-Prime Roast Tea

1) The Genmaicha was very refreshingly light and more delicate than than the genmaichas that I usually buy at the Japanese grocery stores. I really enjoyed this tea.

2) The Matcha roasted brown rice tea had a varying level of matcha intensity and flavor. 

3) The Star and Cherry Blossom roasted brown rice tea was a delicate green tea that had crispy tiny balls of rice cracker that was filled with green tea. It was so surprising to drink this tea! Many people enjoyed this tea but I thought it was a little too bitter for me. I did enjoy the surprise of tea in the crispy rice cracker.

4) The Marubi was a favorite by all outward appearances, served two ways: cold and hot. The cold was beautiful and clear and tasted of roasted rice, and soba but in a distilled way. The hot was more aromatic and intensified the same flavors of rice, soba and umami. 

5) The Standard roasted tea tasted like pu’er tea or a simple black tea, not very intrusive — it got me thinking about crumpets.

6) The Prime roasted tea was a step above the standard roasted tea. It tasted oddly unique, as if we had tasted a decadent rose, indeed — a rose truffle at the last of the tea tasting.

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What is the Elite Squad?

We are a community of Yelpers who are all about finding and supporting the best local businesses around. We champion the mom & pop shops, and consistently add reviews, photos and more to spread the word and build Yelp into a free tool that we can all use to discover the best NYC has to offer.

What is an Elite Event?

Your personal, exclusive introduction to an amazing local business you might not know about yet. It’s a chance to sample what makes them unique and, most importantly, to mingle with other NYC residents who are also interested in the best Queens has to offer. If you make it on the guest list, introduce yourself to someone new! You probably have a lot more in common than you think

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Autumns Up at Queens Museum

One foot inside and a face I recognize locks in with mine, I know this person but can not place her. She certainly remembered me tho.

With neck strapping the Don Julio Tequila bag around my neck, worked it properly in place, such as a like a feed bag for horses. It felt right and we drank up, we were merry and engage in continual chit chat having not seen many of the YELP Elites in a few weeks.

And as I walked the food line with my guest, the horrors of self temporary food deprecation really began to set in and I wanted nothing more than too do away with my Mule Bag as fantasies of sugar sweet treats, pumpkin canoils and spicy tuna danced in my head.

The sheer number of vendors was staggering, below is a listing of some of the many vendors that took part in the event, that seemed as well attended and as robust as the Inaugural Ball.

1) Thirsty Koala Lamb Chops -chocolate salted carmel lamb chops. An active Yelp restaurant participant that yearly hosts events and it should be understood.
2) ICONYC – Brewery in Astoria. Hoptrolllop: bitter & hoppy for a ‘NE-styled IPA’ & Cream Ale w/ coffee was
3) Snowdays – Pocky stick was cute
4) Juju Bowl – Slightly sweet BBQ bowl.
5) Butcher Bar: Classic brisket. *Burnt ends were the Best!*
6) Allora Italian Kitchen: Meatballs
7) Pata Paplean: Extra Spicy tuna salad. *tuna was sautéed with onions and sliced peppers*
8) Bourbon Street Cafe: Fresh and warm crunchy corn bread, was delish.
9) Rare Treats: Gourmet coconut, chocolate, green tea and black sesame soft cookies.

More Don Julio Mules – 

I was barely on the lower level choosing to stay in the second floor, where you could really get a full, birdseye view of the evenings event.
And while the DJ spinning tunes kept the karaoke going, more and more attendees whom all braved the rain kept filling in. Fortunately, The Queens Museum was more than enough space to mix and mingle and housed the amount of people on hand.

Memorable mentions;
Allora Italian kitchen,
Blend On The Water,
One Station Plazat,,
Pa-Nash Eurosoul,
Rizzo’s Fine Pizza,
Rudy’s,
Deep Eddy,
Mansi Beverages,
Bai Beverages,
Clovesz.

As to my above mentioned side note:

About four months ago, Queens Museum hosted a well attended Ramones exposition, showcasing instruments, letters, instruments and such. I lightly touched a jacket and in a flash some boob preempted to give me the heave ho to which I called him a twit and dismissed him, the curator of the event. He called security as I continued the tour and ignored his tantrum. The kind woman with whom locked in on me was the museums curator and allowed me too stay and gave me a mini tour of the innards of this magnificent building.


Oysters — To go

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After jumping a heightened levee upon which a big black and red sign demanded “NO TRESPASSING” I swung between the pillions, landed upon the waiting Chris Craft and ate my Sweet Jesus Oysters from Virginia. They taste just a little better on a boat than in a bar. 

In the moment, I admit, I was feeling a bit of 007 adrenaline I prefer not the newer guys, although short lived, Pierce Bronson was a natural fit.

‘In a New York Minute’ was my allotted time for a drink or two — well maybe three, and some raw appetizers. Needing to jump into my buddies boat shortly, I ordered drinks in haste and oysters later than I should.

As I’d not the time for a proper sit down dinner, this review will focus on the bar service, and what bar service it was.

Having a poor recollection of names and places and such, my bartender washed away all the poor bartending experiences I feel had tarnished this Charleston visit, all of whom I’d have fired long ago.

With a full bar of forty, my presence was immediately recognized and acted upon, the mark of a true professional.
Granted my ordering methodologies were a bit hodge podge as my drink decisions were altering from brews to speciality drinks and back, my man was on it.

Finding me a seat at the bar thustly, I knew I was in no trouble of running late for the boats departure. My bartender, I noticed, didn’t spill a single drop of liquid upon the bar, every drink of the hundred he made, I was closely observing, all went in the glasses.

We chatted St. Johns Redman (Redstorm. Grr)
basketball, he schooled me on a bit of Johnnies hoops history, it was Awesome.!

Just then my cue to depart was upon me in the form of incessant phone calls. Springing into pro action, my raw oysters were individually sponned into a wonderfully makeshift creative bed of ice. Observing from the far opposite end of the bar, he never touched a single oyster by hand, not one, he spooned each one out delicately and placed them down with incredible care.

Probably the best bartender in all of Charleston, & I’ve lived here a decade.

Photo of Fleet Landing Restaurant – Charleston, SC, United States. Sweet Jesus oysters from VA, to go.
Sweet Jesus oysters from VA, to go.


Queens NY Delight Dinner Club Night


After the many delicious success sitting for dinner at Room 55, I was approached by owner, chef and TV personality, Vinny Accardi regarding hosting a Yelp Supper Club event. Restaurants have approached me prior to run an event, but it never enticed me, never really grabbed my interest — this request did.
The menu we was created, is intended to showcase Chef Accardi’s culinary masterpieces of modern American cuisine and we set the date of April 6th, 2017 at 7:00pm to launch Room 55’s very first Unofficial Yelp Event.

Queens Delight Dinner Club Night Tasting Menu includes:

~ Cast Iron Mac & Cheese. (Cheeeseeees and Cheeeseeeey…!)
~ “Everything” Tuna (Mr. NYC Bagel — meet Mr. Tuna)
~ Crispy Pork Belly (Pumpkin Gastrique? Heck yea)
~ Pasta Danielle (Lamb, Prune & Sage Pasta Love’in)
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Take a sip of water or wine, take a little breather — because there is more…..

~ Seafood Pistou (Chefs Seafood and Shellfish Selection with Risotto- Peas, Saffron/ Fennel Broth — Oh My.!)
~ USDA Prime Hanger Steak (Oyster Mushrooms- Radicchio- Roasted Potato- Cabernet Sauce – SIGN ME UP!!)

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~ Desserts is chefs choice from a trio of scrumptious sweets taken directly from the Room 55 menu, please check the URL for details.)

~ Enjoy a glass or two or three or four of red and white wines to accompany such delicious dinner dishes for only an additional ten dollars. Coffee and tea are readily available as well.

~ Come and enjoy Queens Delight Dinner Club Night with your Yelp buddies, Elite or not — your all Elite in my eyes – Yelp work colleagues, Yelp friends, Yelp family or Yelp alone.

Do not pass up the opportunity to eat handsome portions of Chef Accardi’s Modern American cuisine, have some laughs and taste the leader board of dishes from the dinner menu that will captivate the eye, dazzle the smell with aromas, euphorically exhaust the taste buds with flavors are — In my opinion — second to none outside of Manhattan..

TRAVEL and TRANSPORTATION:

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Transportation will be provided by: Big Ben Transportation, (bigbentransportation.com)
Departing from Station Square – 1.5 blocks south of the subway station of 71 Continental Ave,Forest Hills subway station & Long Island Rail Road Forest Hills station to Room 55 at 7:00PM.
Returning back to Forest Hills subway and LIRR station at 11:00, times subject to change, proper and advanced notification will be given.

RESERVATIONS:
Credit card customers, please call Room 55 at (718} 897-0055 to reserve a seat, cash payers must provide a valid credit card number to hold the reservation.