Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden was highlighted in this weekend's NYT Travel section, as a great option for places to visit in the city (other than midtown) during the Republican convention:

Venture into Queens to see an authentic beer garden, a great place to spend a sunny afternoon. The Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, at 29-19 24th Avenue in Astoria, (718) 274-4925, www.bohemianhall.com, was built in 1910, when hundreds of beer gardens dotted the city, serving immigrant Czechs and Slovaks. The beer is plentiful and the food - goulash, bread dumplings, kielbasa - is just right for the setting. The owners are planning a music festival (jazz and some Czech and Slovak folk) on Aug. 22, from 3 to 9 p.m. Tickets, $7.


A fantastic idea. We couldn't agree more. But, no need to wait until the end of the month. We took advantage of a sunny summer afternnoon and went out this weekend. A huge, shady garden with rows of picnic benches was a perfect setting for a variety of clientele -- old, young, hipsters, families, all out enjoying the beer, the food, and the outdoors. Be warned, the food is on the heavy side, but if your stomach can handle it, go for it.

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See Tien's pictures of the kielbasa, the pork cutlet "praha," and the palachinka.

Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, at 29-19 24th Avenue in Astoria, (718) 274-4925