2012-10-24 / Restaurant of the Week

Bud’s Ale House

Teresa Barile

Bud’s Ale House is reinventing the sports pub with classic American grill dishes, fresh fish, seafood, wonderful desserts, and gourmet coffees. Sure, you can come to watch your favorite games on the big, muted screens, but families and friends can also come for a delicious, freshly prepared lunch or dinner and relax in the comfortable atmosphere. Bud’s Ale House is the first of its kind in Queens, but will soon become a chain of fine restaurants thanks to Buddy DeMarco, who has years in the restaurant business. With the help of Stacy Lancaster, the concept manager for Bud’s Ale House, the two men have created a unique gastro-pub-sports-family style restaurant for all to enjoy, seven days a week.

The spacious interior features a large, square bar right in the center of the space with plenty of room for tables for two to 20, including bar height tables for casual dining and drinks. The open ceiling and exposed brick give Bud’s Ale House an industrial look and the glass façade allows you to peek inside from the prominent corner of Steinway Street and 34th Avenue, just upstairs from the R train. Stop in after work to sample some of 80 beers on tap including gluten free beer, $5 margaritas and $2 Buds all day, every day, as well as marvelous martinis, mojitos, sangria and cocktails. A Happy Hour gets underway Monday to Friday from 3-7pm, then reignites from 10pm until closing at 1am. I tried the classic house margarita with a splash of peach puree and it was perfectly mixed and refreshing. My companion had a cranberry martini with infused vodka, pomegranate juice and a touch of Chambord that looked great.

Angela, the friendly and knowledgeable GM took us through the menu which includes everything from bar snacks to complete entrees, topped off with friendly service. Buddy purchases the freshest ingredients and everything is made from scratch. We started with fabulous tequila-mustard glazed chicken skewers, made with incredibly tender, marinated chicken breast, skewered and grilled to perfection, served on a mound of dirty rice and beans ($7.99). Shrimp and chorizo skewers grill plump shrimp and savory chorizo sausage served on the same delicious rice for a dish you won’t find in any sports bar. The bar crowd loves the juicy mini burgers, Guinness beer-battered onion rings, crunchy, mini corn dogs, and of course, Bud’s chicken wings. What makes these juicy wings different is that they are fresh, never frozen, cooked to order, be it ‘naked’ or breaded, with your choice of sauces: mild, medium, hot, BBQ, chipotle honey, blazing bourbon, or habanero barbecue. Best of all, in orders of eight, 16, or 24, you’ll have enough for everyone. Bud’s Ale

House serves only the highest quality, Karl Ehmer hot dogs straight up or with your favorite toppings. They’re great for lunch or an anytime snack and the kids love them too.

For dinner, we tried something you simply won’t find anywhere else in the neighborhood. Bud’s Steamer Pot is a full seafood meal in a pot. This seafood festival is served in a big pot and combines a half pound of supremely fresh crab, a pound of clams, a pound of juicy mussels, a half pound of plump shrimp, sliced Andouille sausage, corn on the cob and red skin potatoes, all steamed together with your choice of seasoning for $38.99 for two to three people. It’s a New England clam bake in a pot and great for sharing as a first course too. Angela says the roasted salmon with spinach, chorizo and onion is one of the most popular fish dishes, as is the linguine with white clam sauce, made with fresh Little Neck clams.

Oysters and clams are available from the raw bar, or they can steam up some mussels for you.

From the land, we were very impressed with Bud’s char-broiled rib-eye steak, fresh never frozen and cooked to perfection. This tender steak cut so easily and had a wonderful texture and “mouth feel”, served with dirty rice and fresh vegetables ($24.99).

If you’ve been building houses all day, come for the stuffed pork chops, filled with rice, wrapped in bacon and grilled to perfection, served with corn on the cob and red skin potatoes for just $14.99. We tried a side order of their famous macaroni and cheese, light and creamy, topped with crispy, crumbled bacon. Even the burgers are made from 100 percent beef, never frozen and served with your favorite toppings such as the Big Bleu with bacon, bleu cheese, and caramelized onions.

For lunch or anytime, try the house specialty sandwiches that include the Southern style pork chop sandwich with a side of house made cole slaw, classic fish and chips made with fresh cod that’s beer-battered, or Bud’s cheese steak piled high with peppers, onions, mushrooms, and cheese ($10.99). Bud’s Ale House serves ‘ground-to-order’ gourmet coffee, espresso and a cappuccino that’s out of this world, I’m told. One of those coffees will go well with decadently delicious fried Oreos, light and refreshing Key Lime pie, chocolate mousse cake or vanilla bean ice cream with fudge sauce. There are lunch specials Monday to Friday where you can have a meal and a beer for under $10. During football season, Sundays are packed with fans with the games being broadcast and all day food and drink specials on hand.

Bud’s Ale House is not your typical sports bar. With plenty of space, both couple- and family-size tables, upscale food preparation and presentation and a nice, friendly staff, all will feel welcome. The Gazette is proud to welcome Bud’s Ale House to the neighborhood. Cheers!

34-02 Steinway Street
Long Island City  718.472.1122

www.BudsAleHouse.com

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