Post-graduation dinner: Queens Kickshaw in Astoria.
If the idea of gourmet grilled cheese sounds like heaven to you, this is the place.
I had the gouda grilled cheese on brioche with black bean hummus, guava jam and pickled jalapenos. Papa had the gruyere on rye with pickled and caramelized onions and a fantastic caraway & napa cabbage slaw. Mom had the great hill blue on cranberry-walnut bread with prune jam and fresh pears.
Mom and I drank craft beers and Papa had a blueberry shrub. (If you’ve never had a shrub, try one. You will be pleasantly surprised.)
This is one of those places you should visit before you die, it was possibly the best meal I’ve ever had in my entire life. And the atmosphere! Punk music and dim lighting and salvaged wood and lovely.