Discover New Openings this Holiday Season

The best time of the year has arrived! Celebrating with loved ones, admiring festive lights, and enjoying the crisp winter air contribute to making December the month of the holiday season. We are happy to announce new openings this season, from retail therapy, to post-work meals, and new cocktail bars. So, without further ado, discover the latest and most exciting happenings in the neighborhood this December!

BB.Q Chicken & Pub

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Korean fried chicken is the perfect way to indulge during those cold winter nights. Luckily for us, BB.Q Chicken & Pub’s newest location is now open on 30th Avenue! The fried chicken franchise, first opened in Seoul nearly 30 years ago boasts over 3,000 locations in 30 countries. Flavors for their fried chicken dishes range from spicy, such as the classic Spicy Galbi option, to specialty options such as the Golden Original, Honey Garlic, and Cheesling, among others. BB.Q chicken promises customers quality, crispy on the outside and flavorful on the inside fried chicken.

35-21 30th Ave. / @bbqchickenus

Burlington/Five Below

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Ready to shop for some of the best deals in town, just in time for the holiday season? Astorians are in luck, as both Burlington and Five Below have opened brand new locations right in the heart of Ditmars. Both storefronts can be found at the same location, with Burlington taking the top floor and offering customers an amazing selection of name brands at an affordable cost, in both clothing and home decor. At Five Below on the ground floor, visitors can anticipate most in-store items to be priced at $5 and less. Great gifts at a lower cost? Yes, please.

22-23 31st St. / @burlingtondeals & @fivebelow

Cuppa Tea

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Cuppa Tea is your newest go-to for delicious bubble tea in the neighborhood. With its newest location in Long Island City, Cuppa Tea prides itself on serving traditional Hong Kong-style handcrafted bubble tea, in addition to delicious food items. Both cold and hot teas are made at Cuppa Tea, in addition to fruit tea, milk tea, lemon tea, and much more. One can’t go wrong with any of Cuppa Tea’s dozens of tea options. However, highly recommended for your first visit is the signature Hong Kong milk tea, served either hot or cold depending on your preference. Accompany your tea with one of Cuppa Tea’s savory or sweet egg waffles to really enjoy the experience this newest tea shop and eatery has to offer.

42-61 Hunter St. / @cuppatealic

Dipping Dumplings and Noodles

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Looking for authentic dumplings and delicious sauces? Look no further than Dipping Dumplings. The brand new dumpling shop prides itself on sourcing the freshest ingredients to create the delicious dish. Dipping Dumplings is also known for its signature sauces for that extra burst of flavor. If dumplings aren’t quite your thing, the eatery also has a variety of noodles, spring rolls, and other menu items to keep you full and satisfied.

27-10 23rd Ave. /

Medusa Art Studios

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An event space with plenty of room to host your upcoming event? Say no more, Medusa Art Studios has arrived. The studio’s location is perfect for celebrating life events, for photo shoots, filming, and much more. The studio has an old world decor to it, paying homage to the 1930s when its location was built. Medusa Studios was created for the artist in mind. The space also hosts a backyard area for outdoor events when the warmer weather eventually returns. Be sure to look to Medusa Art Studios for upcoming events, classes, and for parties of your own!

1814 Astoria Blvd. / @medusaartstudios

The Newsroom NYC

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The Newsroom is the area’s newest speakeasy style eatery and lounge, located under the former Z Hotel. The Newsroom’s menu is curated by renowned celebrity Chef Ricardo Cardona, who aims to combine the best flavors from Europe and Latin America. Of course, there are also plenty of signature cocktails to enjoy as well at The Newsroom. Our recommendation? The Front Page, which consists of edible flowers, honey, vodka, lemon, and matcha. Standout dishes to enjoy with your drink include the filet mignon taquitos, served on herb tortillas with freshly made avocado corn salsa, as well as the Newsroom’s Latin paella.

11-01 43rd Ave. / @newsroomny

Give Me Astoria would like to wish you and your loved ones a very healthy, happy holiday season and best wishes for 2024!