Happy Thanksgiving, Astoria! If you’re staying local and looking for good eats (drinks, and general merriment), here’s round-up of holiday-specific tweets from my Twitter lists.*
This Holiday Guide was inspired by a recent tweet from Judith Klein Rich @Fooditka, which lead to a great post on special menus from some of her favorite restaurants. If you haven’t seen it, here ’tis: Astorian Thanksgiving Roundup.
Click on the screenshots below to link to the restaurant’s Twitter page for updates and more info. Cheers!—Tracy Infield
… and then there’s this, too:
ASM Note: These guys sent out tweets letting followers know they are closed for the day: Sac’s Place: reopen Friday; The Queens Kickshaw: reopen 9AM Friday; Taverna Kyclades; Sanfords: reopen 10am Friday for brunch; Mezze Place; S Prime: reopen Friday; Sugar Freak: reopen 11am Friday; Crescent and Vine
No particular reason why I decided today was Astoria Tweep Appreciation Day at Astoria Social Media… although a few things helped: One was this gorgeous photo I clicked on (very early) this morning from a tweet by @astoriafication:
Now THIS is a great way to start the day. Thanks, @astoriafication!
…. Then a few minutes before (or after) I’d seen this, I’d clicked on a couple of links from Queens Love:
[Click on the above screenshot to go to their profile and see the images yourself: A (typically) mouthwatering photo from Bradley Hawks, and a striking image of the NYC skyline (and friend) from Joe DiStefano.]
So I just basically started my day loving Queens in general and Astoria (always) in particular…
… In other Astoria “tweep” news, Sac’s Place reached 1,000 followers yesterday. I know they’re happy and grateful to their followers, and I think their large following is well deserved. Check out the random screenshot below and you’ll see why:
Why such an enthusiastic following? 1) Their tweets are not always promotional. Yes, there’s plenty of “Mama made…”s and order info, but they also opine about other, non-Sac’s Place topics, including local sports, animal welfare, and local goings on. 2) They’re generous with RTs and shares. 3) They appreciate their followers and 4) They ALWAYS thank you for RTs.
Sac’s Place’s tweets have a point of view, a personality, and a generosity that I like and admire, so here’s a big ASM shout out to them:
Sac’s Place: You’re awesome. I appreciate you. Congratulations on your 1,000+ follows.
Here are a few other things I appreciated in Astoria Twitterdom today. I don’t follow everyone below (I have a convoluted system of follows and lists that even I don’t understand), but nonetheless these Astoria peeps are all on my radar and I appreciated the following tweets:
OOPS: I read this as “calorific” and took it as permission to have an extra-big breakfast:
I appreciated this because I always appreciate links to my blog:
This guy is on my radar because I believe he’s opening a restaurant on Ditmars soon (where Mezzo Mezzo was). Frankly most of the tweets from the account are pretty promotional… but occasionally a kitchen tip is featured, and that’s nice:
PLUS: Here are two “evergreen” favorites: I pretty much always like tweets from @weheartastoria and @QueensNYCity.
And…. @nyc8675309: How best to publicly appreciate “J-La?” Not a business, not an organization… but a major part of my Astoria Twitterverse: yenta, mayor, psychic … a generous RT’er and all-around interesting tweep. She’s the reason I know what “.” before “@” means on Twitter…. what to order at Seva (when I try it again) … what cheese to get at Sorriso Salumeria… on and on and on.
Thank you J-La, Sac’s Place, Astoriafication, and all the other Astoria “tweeple” who make my Twitter feed so fun, informative, and fulfilling.
Engagement on Twitter requires more than just letting people know about specials and events. What else do your followers get when they see your avatar in their feed? A fun fact about where you get your ingredients? A linguistically appropriate holiday greeting?
Here are a few random tweets from my Astoria Social list that I liked for their soft-sell approach, usefulness, or creativity.
• ThymariGreekCuisine@ThymariGreek (15 April): We live in Astoria. Greek Easter is a huge deal here! This tweet celebrates that. Nice touches: Use of Greek and a gorgeous embedded photo.
• Bareburger@Bareburger (5 May): Llegado a Bareburger con su familia en cinco de mayo J
You don’t have to know Spanish to know what this means. And sí, it warrants a smiley-face icon (which unfortunately shows up as a “J” above).
A. Skenderi@TavernaKyclades (16 Apr): Good Morning! Just got in from Hunts Point with some of the most fresh & delicious fish. See you all later. We are back to normal hours.
Lots of restaurants tweet about what’s on the menu, but for some reason the imagery of this one is especially appealling. This restaurant owner just made an early morning trek out to the Bronx to get the best and freshest fish available, just for us!
A•sto•ria•fi•ca•tion@astoriafication (13 Apr): As Crisis Deepens, Astoria Finds Its Greek Essence Again (http://bit.ly/Kjb7fA)
If you’re pretty sure your patrons read the NYT on a daily basis, why waste a link or RT on something they’ve probably already seen? This tweet is good because it links to a well-written, Astoria-specific article many of us might not have seen otherwise.
Raven’s Head Pub@RavensHeadPub (16 Apr): Stop in to watch the #Rangers beat the #Senators tonight $15 #Beer Bucket Specials as always
Most of Raven’s Head tweets are promotional, but this time instead of just putting the night’s teams in hashtags, they conjured a little pre-game prediction… And in fact, the Rangers did win that night. By all means, if you have psychic abilities, use them!