Neighborhood: Long Island City
Type of Place: Bars
RaR Bar is a local bar, eatery and art space. It was opened in November of 2007 by me, Tina Stipanovic. RaR bar is my playground, a space where I share my ideas, my passions, my favorites. You may spot me in the kitchen cooking up some new recipe, building some new something or other in some corner of the space or simply blending in with the rest of the crowd and enjoying one of our many awesome events. Friends or newcomers are hard to distinguish here. If you don't have a friend when you walk in pull up a chair to our horseshoe-shaped bar with no TVs and ease into conversations and friendships. By the time you leave you will have discovered why many of our patrons consider RaR Bar Astoria’s best kept secret. RaR Bar's mission has from the beginning been to foster art and creativity in every way. As we turn the leaf of a brand new decade, in 2017 I decide to retire my toque and extend that mission to our kitchen. I have created a Chef Residency Program, where much like in an artist residency, for a minimum of one year, a talented Chef is offered an opportunity to work in our kitchen creating anything they want. Our brand new and exceptionally talented resident executive chef is Arlene Keith. I encourage you to come and try out her creations.