2014-08-13 / Restaurant of the Week

BQE Billiards and Bar

For a day or night of pure fun for everyone, check out BQE Billiards and Bar on 34th Avenue in Jackson Heights. From the moment you walk in, you’ll soak in the sleek, cool ambience of the wood slat bar, stone columns and a sea of green, felt-topped billiard tables lit by low hanging lamps.

BQE Billiards and Bar has been a fixture here for some 23 years and Nick, the gregarious owner, constantly updates and maintains the space so that everything is sparkling clean and inviting to families, kids, friends and couples on dates.

Play, shoot, eat, drink, and socialize at BQE Billiards where the fully stocked bar offers great cocktails, wine and a good selection of beers. We racked up for a game of pool while we sipped on frosty margaritas and a refreshing Cosmopolitan. Piña coladas, Sex on the Beach and an Irish Pop are some of the concoctions on offer, as well as Blue Moon, Negro Modelo, Spaten, and Stella Artois beers. Happy Hour prices start at $4 and a quiet lounge area near the bar allows for intimate conversation away from the games. A game of pool can certainly work up an appetite and BQE Billiards and Bar has the perfect menu to fuel your competitive side with appetizers, sandwiches, burgers and full entrees. We devoured the spicy chicken wings glazed with either mild sauce, BBQ, or spicy Buffalo sauce. Wings come in eight, 12, 16, or 20 piece orders with celery and/or fries so everyone can dive in. Mozzarella sticks are crisp outside and gooey inside with eight to an order ($8). Kids and adults love the crispy chicken tenders and the mini sliders too.

After losing the first game to my able opponent, I re-fueled with a delicious quesadilla from BQE’s Tex- Mex menu. This crisp quesadilla was filled with melted cheeses and tender, grilled chicken breast, served with guacamole and sour cream ($10.95). Steak fajitas come with juicy steak and mixed vegetable sizzling from the grill, ready to be wrapped up in warm tortillas ($11.95). Nachos Grande satisfy the munching of your group with crunchy chips topped with melted cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, olives, sour cream and guacamole. My competitive companion dove into a juicy, half pound burger topped with cheese, lettuce and tomato, served with crisp, golden French fries. A nice variety of sandwiches is available for lunch, dinner, or late night snack. The grilled chicken panini is constructed on crusty bread filled with tender, seasoned chicken, melted mozzarella, lettuce, tomato and mayo. The tuna melt is an American classic, while the gyro on a pita is a Greek standby. Chicken parmigiana and meatball hero sandwiches will satisfy your Italian cravings. Choose the “8 Ball Wrap” filled with marinated steak,

Bermuda onion, cheese, lettuce, tomato and horseradish for a two-handed treat ($9.25). Full entrees are available too and include a generously sized gyro plate, New York Sirloin steak, fish and chips, and spaghetti and meatballs. The juicy rotisserie roasted chicken can’t be beat, served with rice, beans, salad or cole slaw. Everyone loves the personal pan pizzas served straight up or with your favorite toppings.

Have a cup of coffee and a slice of strawberry cheesecake, apple turnover with ice cream, brownie blast or an ice cream milk shake or banana split. The kids’ menu will keep the little ones happy too.

In addition to billiards, there are a number of ping pong tables, foosball, and air hockey to bring out your competitive spirit. BQE Billiards and Bar is a great venue for your next “Pool Party” for adults or kids birthday, bar/bat mitvah, or Sweet 16. This is also a great place for a corporate event, fundraiser, or team building event where everyone gets to compete on an even playing field while having fun. BQE Billiards will customize your party package that may include your own game area, full bar, catered food, d.j. and more. There’s some free indoor parking too.

BQE Billiards and Bar is open seven days a week from 11am to 4am. There’s a daily Pool Special from 11am to 6pm that includes three hours of pool for just $15.50 and low prices on beer and cocktails. Play, laugh, drink, shoot, eat, party, and enjoy at BQE Billiards!

70-02 34th Avenue
Jackson Heights  718.779.4348


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