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10 Things To Do And See In Bayside

Picture of Vincent Amoroso
Updated: 9 February 2017
Traditionally known as an affluent neighborhood in Queens, Bayside has gained a reputation as an up-and-coming trendy locale for New Yorkers. In addition to its thriving boost in cafés and restaurants, Bayside has been growing as a central hotspot for a booming and vibrant nightlife. Likewise, many of the neighborhood’s long-existing historical and environmental attractions will likely see a well-deserved gain in popularity.

 

Papazzio Restaurant

A mainstay in Bayside for over twenty years, Papazzio is at the very heart of Bayside’s restaurant scene. Classic Italian specialties coupled with a delightful and vivacious staff, Papazzio offers a delicious and affordable cuisine. Their Tuesday Pasta Nights are a special treat that also include a half-price wine list, giving patrons a nicely-priced meal without compromising on taste. Papazzio also lights up its Saturday nights featuring live music and Wild Game Dinners.

Papazzio Restaurant, 39-38 Bell Boulevard, Bayside, NY, USA +1 718 229 1962


Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse

Celebrity owner William Jack Degel uses nothing but the finest quality hand-selected meat. He has partnered with the famous Omaha Steaks to get only the best quality and freshness. Although Uncle Jack’s does require proper attire, their food is well-worth the dress-up. Degel, an original native of Queens, saw Bayside as the perfect location for his first locale. Uncle Jack’s also touts two newer locations in New York City. Although Degel is also known for his television show Restaurant Stakeout, he never forgot the personal touch. His dedication to quality is what brings people back.

Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse 39-40 Bell Boulevard, Bayside, NY, USA +1 718 229 1100


Challenge Escape Rooms

If you are tired of the usual dinner and a movie, Bayside offers a fun and unique experience. Challenge Escape Rooms is an interactive game where a group of people are locked in a room for one hour, and need to use materials provided to solve clues and puzzles in order to escape. Gather your friends together and prepare for the challenge of an engaging and mind-bending night out on the town. Challenge Escape Rooms is affordable and full of laughter, fun, and a source of entertainment you won’t soon forget.

Challenge Escape Rooms, 40-18 Bell Boulevard, Bayside, NY, USA +1 516 888 0202


Crocheron Park

Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Bayside’s metropolitan center is Crocheron Park. Get ready to spend to spend some family time or a quiet day amidst one of New York’s oldest parks. Named after one of Bayside’s original residents, John Crocheron, the park features vibrant concerts, baseball fields, tennis courts and fantastic kid’s programs providing fun for the whole family. Some of the many attractions connected with the park are swimming programs and computer classes for folks of all ages.

Crocheron Park, 215-01 35th Avenue, Bayside, NY, USA +1 212 639 9675


Fort Totten Park

Take a trip back in time and explore Fort Totten Park nestled in Bayside. Fort Totten was originally the primary defense center of New York during the Civil War. Many of the buildings left have been restored and can be toured. Fort Totten also features a number of attractions including a historical museum, theater, and canoe rentals. The park also provides a popular haunted tour for New Yorkers. Some of its cultural features include rodeos and Native American pow-wows. There are also a number of nature walks and hiking trails allowing visitors to experience breathtakingly natural and scenic views.

Fort Totten Park, 422 Weaver Avenue, Bayside, NY, USA +1 718 352 4793

Taste of Korea Cooking Workshop

All the flavor and fanfare of Korean cooking except for one unique twist: you are the chef for the night. The Taste of Korea Cooking Workshop lets you learn the art of Korean cooking first-hand. Chef Sunny offers a two-and-a-half-hour class that begins with a warm cup of green tea, coupled with a tour and taste of traditional kimchi stored underground in ceramic jars; and ends with the sizzle of two dishes for you to cook and enjoy. Chef Sunny invites you to experience the exquisite tastes of her homeland in a fun and exciting way.

Taste of Korea, Bayside, NY, USA (location given upon booking)

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Bayside Marina

For boat and fishing buffs there is the Bayside Marina, which offers affordable boat rentals and fishing trips for a fun day out on the water. Cruise off the shores of Bayside for a relaxing day of sun and sea. For the fisherman, the Marina also provides free fish-cleaning services for you to take your catch home and enjoy. The marina also hosts a number of fishing contests and derbies to appeal to your competitive side.

Bayside Marina, 28-05 Cross Island Parkway, Bayside, NY, USA +1 718 229 0097


Bourbon Street Bar and Restaurant

If you were searching for an ordinary bar, you won’t find it here. Bourbon Street features the first rooftop bar and restaurant in Bayside. Tasty food is paired with all the fanfare of Mardi Gras in this New Orleans-style bistro. The rooftop overlooks Bell Boulevard and lights up the night in exciting fashion. Bourbon Street is open for brunch, lunch and dinner, and features a delectable variety of steaks, po’ boys, and handmade pizzas. Of course, if you can’t make it to the restaurant, Bourbon Street also provides delivery service to enjoy at home.

Bourbon Street, 40-12 Bell Boulevard, Bayside, NY, USA +1 718 224 2200


Pyramids Hookah and Bar

Hookah bars are all the rage these days, and Pyramids is not only in line but leaping in popularity beyond measure. Tasty frozen alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks help patrons cool down as the night heats up. Pyramids jumps feet-first into Bayside’s ever-expanding and vibrant night scene. The atmosphere is electric and energetic, and partnered with a savory bar menu, this hookah bar provides a fun night out for couples and groups alike.

Pyramids Hookah and Bar, 40-19 Bell Boulevard, Bayside, NY, USA +1 718 746 6524


Cue Bar

If you like a little friendly competition in your night, Cue Bar pairs pool and ping pong in a vivacious and fun atmosphere. Cue Bar offers a delicious and well-rounded menu of entrees and appetizers to enjoy at the bar or at the table. This exciting billiard room has a number of tempting drink specials every night of the week, and for the pool shark in you, sign up for their well-known straight pool tournament. To add some extra spice, Cue Bar has rentable pool and ping pong tables for your next party or business get-together.

Cue Bar, 45-18 Bell Boulevard, Bayside, New York, USA +1 718 631 2646

 

By Vincent Amoroso

Graduating from Kingsborough Community College with an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts, and from CUNY York College with a Bachelors Degree in English Literature, Vincent taught in several New York City area middle schools and high schools in the subjects of English, Math, and Creative Writing.