The “World’s Borough” has some of the best restaurants and bars in Gotham Point, Long Island City. Sadly, many have not survived the pandemic, but the lucky ones, like Doha Bar & Lounge, are thriving.
Keep the vibe fun and meet some of the coolest people in Queens at this popular Latin American restaurant and nightclub, located in the heart of Long Island City/Astoria at 3834 31st St.
Bring your friends and celebrate that special occasion or enjoy a refreshing cocktail after work. Doha is well known for its party atmosphere, gourmet delights and Happy Hour drinks, as well as its friendly, energetic staff and talented DJs. And it’s open until the wee hours of the morning.
“We have a few popular drinks, including our signature ‘Doha Rita’ and smokey old fashioned, for a classic cocktail,” owner Andrew Caceres said. “But we also offer a range of fun and creative drinks. For example, our festive “fishbowls” are also very popular, as well as our fresh pineapple cocktails which are filled with frozen drinks and come in different flavors.
And the “Tiger King” and “Demon Time” are always crowd favorites.
According to Caceres partner Andria Jimenez, customers come religiously for Doha’s wings, fries and guacamole, empanadas and yuca fries, which are said to be some of the best in Queens. As for the dishes on the dinner menu, rumor has it that their ceviche and crab cakes are a big crowd pleaser. Another good choice: the marinated skirt steak and its fire-roasted red pepper chimichurri sauce.
“It’ll make you want to buy it by the gallon,” says Jimenez, who also recommends their “refreshing and comforting” pan-fried roasted chicken breast, served with garlic sautéed spinach, buttery melty potatoes and of lemon thyme sauce. Doha’s biggest seller is their homemade passion fruit and sweet chilli glazed salmon.
Doha started out as a nightclub a few years ago and quickly became a popular spot with locals. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, the owners have been forced to temporarily close their doors. They’ve converted it into a restaurant and bar/lounge in hopes of surviving these tough times, and it looks like their business is booming.
The recently redone patio enhances the ambience and adds an artistic yet tropical touch.
“We’ve partnered with Chef Ronald Santos, who brings a fun twist to what we used to provide; he’s creative, expressive and passionate,” Caceres said, noting that Santos is a graduate of the International Culinary Center (in New York), has worked in high-end kitchens across the country and for an array of celebrity clients. He has also made various television appearances.
“We are really excited about what we have to offer the public,” added Caceres. “We love to celebrate birthdays, hen parties or any other special occasion. We have something for everyone!”