The Experience: There are certain words and word pairings that make my ears perk up immediately. One of them is, “beer hall.” Another is, “smokehouse.” When it was brought to my attention that those words were part of the Strand Smokehouse in Astoria’s mantra, I was there in half a beat. Rising like a phoenix from the carcass of a Blockbuster Video in 2012, the Strand has been focusing on killer barbecue and barreled whiskey since opening. The space is large, spacious, and filled with long wooden tables for communal dining. The icing on the cake of the wonderful ambiance of the joint was when a folk band popped up and started playing tunes near the end of my meal. What a delight!
Burger Ordered: Brunch Burger
The burger came with crispy fries and a side salad, both of which were good, even if the whole plate seemed impossible to completely defeat.
The Verdict: The brunch experience at the Strand was outstanding. The burger was tops and the band was a lot of fun. The service was fantastic and the atmosphere was great. Is that enough adulation for you, burger-lovers?
The Strand Smokehouse is located at 25-27 Broadway in Queens, New York.