San Diego Magazine: Queensborough Brings 1920s New York to the Gaslamp

The two-story cocktail lounge is serving elevated pub grub and NYC classics

By: Troy Johnson | Published 2017.08.29 11:01 AM

Photo: Paul Body

Photo: Paul Body

Who doesn’t romanticize 1920s New York? The Great Gatsby, the great cocktails. Now the Gaslamp has an ode to the Roaring ’20s in Queensborough, a two-story cocktail lounge and social club. Designer Matthew Ellis (Cowboy Star, Kettner Exchange) imported original subway tokens to build a floor element, separated the upstairs from downstairs with an original subway turnstile, and turned an old wooden phone booth into a photo booth.

Chef Taylor Houseman (ex-Lionfish, Ironside) is elevating pub grub (dry-aged meat boards, burgers, designer popcorns), and bartender Travis Carter is riffing on classic NYC gems (a “Matcha Julep” has Woodford Reserve, matcha syrup, and mint). It’s a welcome bit of geographic whiplash from a team of San Diego nightlife vets.

Max Pete