The Shady Lady opened on 30th Avenue in Astoria, Queens in Spring 2013. The space that The Shady Lady now occupies was once a sports bar with nondescript menu offerings, a throbbing bass and regular screenings of UFC events.
The Shady Lady's warm wooden interior in concert with friendly staff create a nice ambiance to sit with a glass of wine.
The menu is broken down into gimmicky "Let's Share" and "Keep Sharing Or Not" sections, which are incoherent and meaningless designations until explained by the waitstaff. The "Let's Share" section turns out to be tapas and the "Keep Sharing Or Not" offerings are revealed to be entrees.
Additionally, the culinary point of view is unclear.The tapas selection ranges from Thai Chili Glazed Buffalo Wings to Peach Onion Naan to Duck Confit Empanadas. Out of the twenty-three items in the "Let's Share" and "Keep Sharing Or Not" sections, only two of these items are vegetarian. None of the "Keep Sharing Or Not" items are vegetarian.
"New American" is the label used on menupages.com to categorize The Shady Lady."New American" cuisine should embody both the diversity of American culture and reflect trends and innovations in our native cuisine--including the recent trend of many Americans seeking out and experimenting with plant based proteins.
Astoria is a vibrant narrative of a new and enduring America. The Shady Lady could have capitalized on the neighborhood's spirit by delivering a menu that honored Astoria's potential to be a hub for "New American" cuisine, but instead chose to offer a gentrifying hodgepodge of boring dishes.
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