The Newtown Pentacle

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A cholesterol festival.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Astoria has a reputation for being home to some of the best restaurants in NYC, which is something that I honestly cannot say that I agree with. There’s a few gems, just like in every neighborhood, but… “best?” Also, on the side of Astoria I live on, we ain’t got that many Greeks. People hailing from the former Yugoslavia actually seem to be the largest single “group” hereabouts, at least in my experience. Saying that, the population is so heterogenous that it’s hard to point at any one group that dominates, until you start looking at “racial” populations (Black, White, Latino etc.). Even then, things are pretty evenly distributed around here.

That’s actually pretty good news, as far as the restaurant thing goes, as there’s usually something new to try. I will always, however, regret trying the Bosnian Chicken Soup at some joint on 30th avenue which would have never be considered one of the City’s “best” we’re it still open. Feh… The dish above was served at a no longer extant operation called the Queens Kickshaw on Astoria’s Broadway nearby Steinway Street.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Pictured above is a Mediterranean lunch pie dealie, which was on offer at Sacs Pizzeria on Astoria’s Broadway. If you haven’t been, Sacs is highly recommended. The pie was basically spinach, feta, onions, and a few other hits of green veg baked in a pastry shell. They do “normal” pizza as well, and there’s a sit down side to the place where you can do a whole Italian meal.

– photo by Mitch Waxman

Also on Astoria’s Broadway, and just down the block from Newtown Pentacle HQ is Muncan’s. This is an old school European smoked and cured meats shop, and they make all sorts of sausages, salamis, prociutto on site. They have a smoke house in the back yard of their shop and my practice is to be out drinking my coffee when they open the flues of the place in the morning. The bacon wind, as I refer to it, offers all the joy of smoked pork with zero cholesterol. Win!

A recent bout of Flu has left a humble narrator a bit worse for wear, and short on new content this week. Accordingly, shots from the archives have been pulled and will be presented thusly, as this – your Newtown Pentacle.

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Written by Mitch Waxman

January 31, 2018 at 11:00 am

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  1. “bacon wind” is genius Mitch.


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    January 31, 2018 at 11:55 am

  2. Not to worry sir. As Astoria gains greater prominence as a “hot nabe”, it will achieve a proper suburban Jones monoculture (as described by Jeremiah Moss) as cool, hip, real white people of means move in from flyover country to ethnically cleanse the area of people of colour, southern and eastern European (less than desirable class II caucasians). The white man’s and real estate-industrial complex burden ya know.

    So chin up, Buckaroo. It shall be a true delight for your shutterbuggery as you snap away at an endless array of theme park like quirky fun scenes as the area will look more like a made-for-tv Hollywood interpretation of Greenwich Village in the 1970’s and 80’s. Why you’d feel like you’re on the set of Sienfield of Friends or something!

    And as to the muh ethnic food thingy, not to worry as more trendy artisanal ethnic foodie places run by superbly educated, super cultured and smart white mid-westerners (now as real “New Yorkers”) will be more truly authentically ethnic than the actual ethnics themselves (pooh to them with knobs on!) could ever dream of being. Putting the anal in artisanal! Woo Hoo!

    Oh, how I envy you good Humble Narrator as I dwell here in this nameless, blasphemous southern region, which I might add is totes uncool and chock a block with working class, Trump loving proles and Tories.

    Indeed I wish I could live in the golden nabe of Astoria and stand amongst you in such Olympian coolness but I am, alas, unworthy- Class II caucasian and prole (without a Fill-In-the-Blank Studies degree from an approved top 10 Party College or University). And so, I shall slink back off to Archie Bunkerville or Margaritaville or someplace and sob in despair with only Wodehouse and Coward to comfort me. Uh, OK, Belloc too- Aunt Jane is a riot!

    Don Cavaioli


    January 31, 2018 at 2:46 pm

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