I am proud to announce that October is Portuguese wine month! Never had it? I'm a little biased but i must say its damn good :) For a great selection, head over to Grand Wine and Liquor (30-05 31st St. - 718.728.2520) While you're there, take a look at what i consider, a huge Sake section! I'm not a big fan of it myself, but all the pretty bottles almost got me to buy some.
Sticking with the Japanese vibe- Saturday get over to Watawa (33-10 Ditmars) in time to enjoy the lunch deal. Mon -Sat before 4pm, throw down $10.50 and feast upon a wide selection of rolls. You get to pick 3 AND it comes with a soup and salad. Can't beat that with a stick. I stopped in on Tuesday night and it looks like the place has some sweet business-it was quite packed. Sushi not your thing, they've got a pretty extensive "cooked" items menu that will run you anywhere from $9 for a garlic chilean sea bass app. to $10 for Seafood Udon and even $40 for a Seafood Teriyaki for 2 (and those are the regular prices! not bad at all.)
Saturday and/or Sunday, take a walk and visit a few of the local spots participating in openhouseny. We've got a few favorite places on the list like Astoria Pool, Noguchi Museum and P.S.1 to name some notables. If you haven't been to these places yet, you should definitley get going because enjoyable outdoor activity weather, sadly- is coming to an end.
Sundays bring us FOOTBALL!!!! Lucky for Astorians, there are quite a few places to stop in for a game or two. I've walked by The Zone (28-43 Steinway) a few times and peeped their 10 or so large flatscreens and still have to try them out - you may remember it as the old Nickolodeon place on Steinway. If a big new place isn't what you're looking for then there's always the good old Irish Rover (28th Ave & 38th St) and Mary McGuire's (Broadway & 38th St.) which i hear has a pretty fine brunch on Sundays to boot. There you have it, no excuse to miss the game.