The Queens Kickshaw serves specialty coffee, fancy grilled cheese sandwiches, scratch cooking, craft ales, and cider.
TQK is a labor of love for husband and wife team Ben Sandler and Jennifer Lim. They have been living in Astoria for over 6 years, and wanted to create a place and community that reflected their love for the neighborhood, and their passions for good food and drink.
Chef Youngsun Lee has worked at notable NYC eateries as ANNISA, EN Japanese Brasserie, Craftbar, Momofuku Noodle Bar, and was the executive chef for Kimchi Taco Truck. In 2009, he opened Persimmon, a restaurant in the East Village serving authentic Korean food using fresh, seasonal ingredients. Youngsun learned very traditional ways of cooking from his beloved grandmother, such as royal cuisine, to true home cooking with "lots of love." He also refined his cooking techniques with help from his aunt, who studied royal Korean cuisine. Chef Lee is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE), and is also a member of the teaching staff.
We are proud to serve some fantastic products from these New York based farmers and food artisans:
Argyle Cheese Farmer (Argyle, NY) - buttermilk
Beyond Kombucha (Astoria, NY) - kombucha ale on tap, kombucha vinegar
Balthazar Bakery (NY, NY) - bread, pastries
Battenkill Valley Creamery (Salem, NY) - milk, half & half
Feather Ridge Farm (Elizaville, NY) - eggs
Hellgate Farm (Astoria, NY) - some vegetables, herbs
Hudson Valley Fresh (Poughkeepsie, NY) - heavy cream
Mast Brothers Chocolate (Brooklyn, NY) - chocolate
P&H Soda Co. (Brooklyn, NY) - fountain sodas
Sans Bakery (NY, NY) - gluten-free bread
Sheldon Farms (Salem, NY) - potatoes
LIC-based Smiling Hogshead Ranch handles our compost program.
In July of 2013, The Queens Kickshaw was inducted into the Good Beer Seal, a group of 50+ bars that serve quality craft beer and demonstrate a commitment to the community in which they do business.
In September of 2012, The Queens Kickshaw was honored by the Transportation Alternatives Queens Volunteer Committee as its first Bike-Friendly partner, and all-around good business.