Knock wood, Princess.
Tonite’s the night. You gotta knock wood and not just any piece of wood. A lot’s on the line.
Knock your knuckles on the bar top at The Alcove in Sunnyside.
No, nothing’s wrong. Why you ask?
Just Powerball crazy.
Six numbers that’s going to change it all. Once those numbers hit got a future that’ll make Mr. Morgan Stanley’s heirs jealous.
Why these numbers? Not important. Just go put two dollars down on: 30,45,48,49,56 and 18 before it’s too late.
Sharing is caring, you know. Got no problem splitting a zillion Benjamins with you.
So, what’s this got to do with The Alcove?
Here’s the story, according to John Cordeiro, who owns and operates The Alcove along with his wife.
The bar top is made of oak. Loaded with history. Measures sixteen feet in length. Maybe a hundred twenty or a hundred thirty years old. Hauled from Pennsylvania to Sunnyside. Sanded and finished by John’s cousin.
You know that Stevie Wonder line?
“Very superstitious, nothin’ more to say.”
That’s my reason for knocking wood at The Alcove. Needed to find something old and authentic in Sunnyside. Though The Alcove is a newbie to Sunnyside, the bar top fits the specs for old and authentic.
And if the bar top doesn’t do it for you, knock on The Alcove’s bathroom door. Tall, sturdy and austere. Comes from a monastery. Clouded glass on the top half. What else you need while waiting for your numbers to hit?
Still not feeling it?
Knock on the The Alove’s chalk boards against the bar’s brick walls. Those boards come from a school and another era. You can almost hear a teacher’s voice. “Sit up straight. Pay attention. Do the right thing. Put in the time and everything works out.”
That’s John’s story.Busboy to bartender to bar/restaurant owner. Now, he created the perfect drink to sip while waiting for your numbers to roll down the shoot.
John’s contribution to mixology is called The Alcoverita. Jalapeno, Basil, Tequila and a touch of Guava. ($8). Think of it as a twist on the Margarita, but if you want to think of it as the countdown to a life of Bling and leisure, that works, too.
So, here’s the funny part about The Alcove.
Enter for the first time and it’s like you’ve been there before. Hip Latin music. The vibrant sounds put you in a better place.You run your hand on the finished wood’s varnish. You smile. You’re convinced you got the winning Powerball combination.
Oh yeah, that’s what a good knock on wood does for you at The Alcove.
41-11 49th Street
Food: Smalle selection of appetizers, snacks, burgers, wraps and sandwiches. (Served on heavy duty paper plates).
Credit Cards: Major credit cards accepted.
Subway: Either 7 line at 46th / Bliss Street Station or 52nd Street Station.
Parking: Be patient and be lucky.