Thursday, July 23, 2009

Girls Night Out: Astoria

Last Friday, I ventured over to Queens for a girls (plus one) night out at Studio Square, the new beer garden in Astoria.

A cavernous space, Studio Space boasts an indoor bar area adorned with urban murals and an outdoor garden with a stone fire pit and communal, hand-carved tables.

Fun In Astoria: Taking in the scene with (from left) Lauren, Dan, Louise and Leila

Galpals Leila, Louise and Lauren, along with Lauren’s hilarious friend Dan, joined me at SS. We settled ourselves at a center table for an animated conversation about weddings and marriage.

Lauren and Louise told a few cautionary tales about brides who rushed down the aisle only to regret it later.

I shared my optimism about marriage, due in large part to the fact that most of my married friends are actually happy with their respective mates. Dan made the salient point that being single has as much merit as being wedded to another person -- especially when you reside in the people playground that is New York.

Along with a few pints, we indulged in SS’s tasty food menu, including burgers, fries and surprisingly good sushi (the eel avocado roll is delish). Even a brief downpour didn’t dampen the fun.

As we made our way back hours later to Manhattan, it occurred to me that I need to do more inter-borough excursions. That’s the thing about New York -- you don’t have to travel far to be in a completely different world. And when you’ve got great friends to share it with, the journey’s even sweeter.

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