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I am coming back to the city for a few days after moving to Scotland. I used to live in Astoria and had some of the best meals of my life there. I am trying to work out my schedule and to see where I can eat. I have noticed a lot of discussion on the board about how Kebab Cafe has gone downhill, or has become too overpriced. I would love to go there while in town, but now I am hesitant.

My other faves are Tierras Colombianas, Viva El Mariachi and Taverna Kyclades. Are these places still going strong? Any other suggestions for a good meal that won't set me back too much and that might revive my fond memories of Astoria?

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  1. kebab cafe has not gone downhill by any means. (it's not any more consistent than it was either.) it's no longer cheap, but it's quite reasonable for what you get.

    1. Taverna Kyclades is one of my all time favorites for their excellent fresh fish and seafood. You will not be disappointed.

      1. Mariachi is still a great place, especially for the price. And the norteno blaring during my huevos con chorizo adds the perfect nostalgic touch. Now if they just had a velvet painting or two, my Central Texas in Astoria experience would be complete.

        1. Malagueta (36th Ave. and 28th Street).

          You're welcome.

          1. I totally agree with Babar. If Kabab was an old favorite, you should return. Yes, it's a little more expensive, but the entertainment, as always, is free -- and he's cooking your meal, too.

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            1. re: Dave Feldman

              not necessarily...the last two times I was there, he had his assistant do everything.