- MargaritaGirl Mar 19, 2006 09:46 AM
I've recently moved from Manhattan to Astoria. So far, I've tried Uncle Nick's, Neptune Diner, and Dino's for pizza. I've been greatly disappointed. I'm open to all suggestions, but in particular, looking for what people think are the good food "staples" in Astoria. Also, a good wine store? I wasn't overly impressed with the one by the N train and 36th Ave. Thanks!
Welcome to the neighborhood.
What part are you in? that would help people with places in your area.
Fish: Marinos 30th ave 36th street
Meat: International meat market 30th ave 36street. also some good places on bway by 36 street?
Produce: 30th ave between 32&33rd street middle of block, 30th ave and 35th street.
greek foods: meditteranian 34th street south of 30th ave.
Pizza and chinese is a real toss up. I personally think that after all these yrs here its more about what you get used to.
Greek: Agnanti ditmars/19th street, Ploes bway by 34th st?
French fusion: lil bistro 33 36th ave 33rd st.
Egyptian: Kebab cafe! steinway/25th ave. say hi to owner Ali and enjoy.
Morrocan:Jour et Nuit steinway between 28th ave and 25th ave.
Brazilian: Sabor tropical 30th ave 37th st.
Mexican: on 38th st just south of bway.
Czech beer garden: 24th ave 30th street. Outdoor beer garden!
Beer/wings: mcanns. ditmars 36th street
Pubs: irish rover 28th ave/ 38th st. quays 30th ave 46thst. both no food.
Pubs with food: sunswick 35th ave/ 35 street, cronins bway/38th street this one has better food.
Liquor/wine: 31st street/30th ave. biggest selection anywhere.
A lot of the Astoria landmarks Manhattanites swear by - Elias Corner, or Ubols - were a lot better a decade or so ago. But new, excellent places have cropped up. Sac's is indeed wonderful, and Los Portales, I bellieve it's called - the Mexican taxo joint just West of it on Broadway, on the opposite side of the street, next to Hong Kong Chinese, has the best tacos I've had outside of California & Mexico. (There's lots of fantastic Mexican food in Astoria - one of the best things that's happened to the neighborhood.) Thai Angel & Thai Pavillion are both excellent. Stamatis, just south of Ditmars, is good for fish (though, as a rule, Greek food in Astoria is greasy and underwhelming). There's no great sushi, or Indian (Ghandi & Go Wasabi on 30th are as good as it gets, and both are somewhat iffy, though the Cyprus Deli, on that block makes good sandiches), but Roti Boti - essentially a taxi stand, on Astoria Blvd & 21st street, has exceptional Bengali food - their beef kebabs - which you'll see all the way on your left, in the top rack, when you walk in - are fantastically good. The Columbian restaurant on Broadway & 33rd is very good - esp. the oxtail soup they serve on Saturdays. (The Columbian restaurant on Steinway, just south of Broadway and next to a nightclub that's got the ass-end of a pink Mercedes sticking out of it, is also good.) There are some decent bistros on Ditmars, though the Turkish kebab place - once amazing - is long gone. The Bohemian Beer hall's become a hangout for Billiburg hipsters & (believe it or not, & no one talk about this, but my friends and I have had a number of run-ins) neo-nazi Eurotrash. Plus it's unbearably crowded, esp. on weekends - insufferably so. Still the grill is good. There's a very fancy, and very good, restaurant on 36th Ave, at 35th street or so, but I can't recall the name.... And remember that Woodside, Sunnyside, and Jackson Heights are just around the way, and LIC proper's undergoing something of a revival.