This weekend, the mighty borough of Queens saw a double dose of delicious Elite Squad action with not one, but TWO events on Saturday, June 11, bringing together Yelp's most prolific for a quintessentically New York Summer day.
When things heat up in the city, you'll find folks fanning themselves as temperatures rise while grilling it up in the early afternoon under the hot, hot sun. Though the weather wasn't exactly on our side, we gathered indoors for some good ol' fashioned seasonal fun: BBQ, Korean Style! Inside the expansive dining room of Koreana, Elites settled in for a two-hour feast, featuring grilled-right-in-front-of-you meats and endless banchan! To complement the spicy bites, Coruba Rum and Alize teamed up to create cool summer cocktails with fresh fruit, ginger beer and just a hint of mint!
After a day of downing delicious BBQ, you'll find find real New Yorkers gearing up for a night on the town and this day was no excpetion. At 8pm, Elites arrived at the brand-new nightlife locale Avel in Astoria for an exclusive preview party before they opened their doors for the grand opening to the public at 10pm! In a gorgeous room with a monster sound system, guests sipped cocktails from a specialty menu, snacking on bites from Avel's kitchen and getting down into the wee hours courtesy of Jarrit Scotti & Rolo.
For a day of delicous food, dancing, and merry making, a big round of applause to the staff at both Koreana and Avel, as well as the lovely folks from Coruba and Alize! And to everyone who made it out, a big thank you is in order for making this one amazing day of Eliteness!
For a more in-depth desciption of the day's festivities, check out the reviews of the events at Koreana and Avel! Eye candy, snapped by our very own Wing L, can be found here and here and gossip lives on here!
Leighann F & The Yelp NYC Team