Whoomp! There it is…How to slow down in Long Island City

Whoomp! There it is.

You rush up the subway stairs. You’ve been running all day. Now it’s time to wonder why.

So, a blackboard stand waits for you atop the Vernon-Jackson Avenue subway station. It’s as though someone placed the board near the corner just to tell you it’s time to slow.

“Happy Hour. 6-7 p.m. Station LIC  The Kitchen is Open!”

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Pays to advertise. Blackboard directs subway riders at Vernon-Jackson Avenue to Station LIC, an eatery and bar.

You walk left. You open a tall thick wooden door.

Whoomp! There it is.

A twelve seat bar with room for 55 seated diners. A train station motif. High ceilings. Exposed wood beams. Brick wall behind the bar.

The barkeep floats over. She asks if you’re eating or just drinking. You’re not listening. Dylan whispers in your ear: “Something’s happening here and you don’t know what it is.”

The joint is more than wine, beer, top shelf hard liquor and ten house specialty cocktails ($12). It’s even more than a menu with selections ranging from the crudo Tuna-Hamachi ($14) to the Charred Octopus with Jalapeno Pesto ($18) to the Pork Duo with Parsnip and Bacon ($15).

Station LIC is brain food if you dig  design and decor. It’s what Steve Jobs meant when he said: “Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.”

And the one who made Station LIC work?

How about a Ukrainian with a Bachelors of Architecture Degree from Pratt Institute, and a Master of Science Degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. He’s Gregory Okshteyn with a talktomebaby resume.  But, nobody gets this good alone. Station LIC ‘s operation runs under the command of an operating partner named Michael. He resembles the young Sidney Pointier and dresses like a man who knows Madison Avenue.

But, that’s neither here nor there.

Here’s your reason to punch Station LIC into your Waze app:

A floor to ceiling window looks out onto Jackson Avenue. The window is from another era. Your eyes go to the window. A movie unfolds for you. A couple kisses on the street corner. Green taxis, yellow taxis and a bicyclist whiz along the avenue. You wonder if the ghost of Fellini stands near.

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Maybe the most notable floor to ceiling window along Jackson Avenue in Long Island City.

But, there’s more, kiddo.

James Moody and Hank Jones play on the bar’s sound system. The sound of classic jazz slows everything for you before your first sip. James Moody’s saxophone gives you your moment to reflect and that’s when you notice a hazed 100 year old glass window in the corner of the 2400 square foot room.

The window’s glare goes red when the street light goes red. Then green when the light goes green. But, the most memorable moment is when a silhouette climbs the stairs. You watch the silhouette ascend the stairs and you wonder if you just saw the ghost of Charlie Chaplain  in Long Island City.

And just when you think you’ve seen enough for one night, there is something more to see at Station LIC.

A large black and white painting hangs against the wall near the hazed corner window. It’s a painting of an antique fan so realistic you mistakenly labeled it a photograph.

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‘The Fan,’ an original artwork by Shimon Okshyetyn displayed at Station LIC.

And then you hear the story behind the painting.

The painting is Gregory’s wedding gift from his father Shimon Okshyetyn , a Ukrainian artist who lives and works in Brooklyn. His works graced museums in Prague, St. Petersburg, Russia, Rochester, N.Y. and the Whitney Museum’s permanent collection in Manhattan.

Yet, there is one final fact to share about Station LIC:

On December 17, Station LIC will celebrate its one year anniversary.

Whoomp! There it is.

 

Information:

Station LIC

10-37 Jackson Avenue

Long Island City, N.Y. 11101

Telephone: (347) 832-0056

Restaurant Hours:

Monday thru Sunday: 5 p.m.-2 a.m.

website: www.stationlic.com

email: stationlicny@gmail.com

Bathrooms: Absolutely must see to believe. (Just that amazing).

Subway:

Vernon/Jackson Avenue 7 Line

Parking: Depends on day and hour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to find a Decent Man. Seek Out Saints & Sinners.

 

 

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What’s in a name ? Saints & Sinners. 59-21 Roosevelt Avenue, Woodside.

You still can’t find a decent man?

“…Still we’re told, ‘seek and ye shall find.’

Buying it ?

Don’t matter, baby. Go listen to Amy Winehouse sing  ‘Someone to Watch Over Me.’  Then march yourself over to Saint & Sinners Pub in Woodside.

Rectangular bar in the middle of the room. Dining room in the back. Alcove with a fireplace looking out onto Roosevelt Avenue. A bevy of beers on draft including Sam Adams Boston Lager ($6) and Smithwicks. Dark cozy lighting. Eight Hi-def TV’s on the walls. Comfortable leather bar chairs. Framed black and white photographs from Ireland on the walls. A bartender from Dublin who wins your heart the minute she walks over: “How you doing, hun?” And a thump thump from the pub’s sound system that makes you forget everything.

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Wherever you sit you can view a Hi-def TV. Happy Hour: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Funny thing is that when #thekidfromqueens sat for his Sam Adams beer there were just two women in the pub except for the bartender and a waitress.

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Enough beers on tap at Saint & Sinners to satisfy the most discerning of beer drinkers.

So, why you sitting home and dreaming?

Inside Saints & Sinners you’ll find the types you read about. They rush into buildings to save those trapped in rooms. They hammer nails into 2 x 4’s. Their hands are coarse, but their hearts are large. They look you in your eye when they talk. You see their happiness and their sadness. And any minute, you expect one of them to turn to you and recite a line from a William Butler Yeats poem.

So, what are you waiting for, baby?

Saints & Sinners serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their dinner specials change daily. The specials go something like this: a Soup of the Day (Beef Barley, $5), Appetizers (Chicken Parmesan Flat Bread $9.95), Entrees (Lemon Chicken, $17.95), Dessert (Baileys Cheese Cake, $7).

Oh yeah, you don’t have to dress like a star. That’s not my line. It’s Amy’s.

Want to know something else?

Amy would have been happy  you stepped off Roosevelt Avenue and took a chair inside The Saint & Sinners Pub.

Want to know why? 

Because, without girls like you there would be no fun.

Happy Thanksgiving, baby.

 

What You Need to Know:

Saints & Sinners

59-21 Roosevelt Avenue

Queens, NY 11377

http://www.saintsandsinnerspub.com/

Email: Sinnerswoodside@gmail.com

Kitchen Hours: Sunday-Monday: Noon- 10 P.M., Tuesday-Saturday: Noon-11 P.M.

Bathrooms: Tight,but tidy.

Parking: First car to the meter wins.

Public Transportation: 7 Line: 61st/ Roosevelt Avenue Subway Station

L.I.R.R.: Woodside Station

Bus: Roosevelt Avenue Bus