Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden - 29-19 24th Ave, Astoria, NY 11102
N/W Train to Astoria Blvd
Being from Slovakia, I love going to the Beer Garden because I'm surrounded by "my people" (but not to worry, the place is also mobbed by hundreds of boisterous Americans). The atmosphere is super fun and extremely social--you'll find large groups singing "Happy Birthday" in unison or several Beirut (aka Beer Pong) tables set up with competitive tournaments.
Plain and simple--I'm crazy about the food here (click for menu). My favorite is "knedel" - a yummy potato dumpling covered by mushroom, beef or pork sauce. The sweet red cabbage is to die for--it's more like dessert than a side dish. For safe bets such as burgers, fries, grilled chicken and amazingly scrumptious kielbasa, order from the outdoor grill menu.
The only thing that I simply cannot stand about the Beer Garden is its poor service. You can sit at a table for over an hour and not get approached by a waitress. This actually happened to my parents and me in the summer. It was fine with us, as we were content to play card games the whole time, leaving the place without spending a dime--their loss! I've even tried speaking to the waitstaff in Slovak but surprisingly it doesn't help.
But...all annoyances aside, The Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden guarantees a fun and happy evening--or afternoon--with good beer, good food and good friends.