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Jun 22, 2007 12:22 PM

food near astoria movie theater?

hi - i'm looking for a nice place for dinner near the big movie theater
in astoria. we go to the Cup diner all the time, but we're kind of sick
of eating there.

any recommendations or ideas? we need someplace walking distance.


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  1. I'm interested in reading replies to this as well. I've seen a place called Cinema Paradiso nearby, but have never tried it.

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    1. re: sandrina

      Cinema Paradiso is great - especially their lunch specials. Now there are a bunch of chain restaurants that are near the theater. Yuck. Try The Cup, Cinema Paradiso, or walk over to the Pathmark on Northern Boulevard and get some of the best fried chicken in Queens at their chicken counter. Note, if you are going to eat fried chicken in the movie theater, you should sit in the back row so the aroma doesn't drive people nuts.

      1. re: sunnychef

        I believe Cinema Paradiso closed a couple of months ago. Highly recommend Arepas Cafe on 36th Ave between 33rd & 34th Sts. Those arepas are addictive.

        1. re: queenseats

          Arepas Cafe is amazing. We also like the Thai place a little further down 36th Ave (closer to the train).

      1. re: rhydewithdis

        Locale Cafe on 34th Avenue and 33rd Street is your best choice for good food, good service, fair prices. Their specials are usually better than the menu items, but ask prices first so you don't get sticker shock. They usually have the list on a board with prices, but somethiems difficult to read.

        1. re: Stuartmc910

          I have mixed feelings about Locale. I like the idea of the place, but I find the quality of the food a bit hit or miss. They had a great house-made mozzarella salad special (appetizer) two weeks ago but their pasta dishes are very heavy and not very inventive. For the price you'll surely spend there, I'd go to Philoxenia across the street for extremely fresh and inspired Greek cuisine.

      2. I would go to Monica's on 34th ave and 35 street. Great sandwhiches and a very cool atmosphere. Bit of a hipster crowd, which sucks, but what can you do.

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        1. re: montoya040

          What is Monica's? The only places I know of on that corner are Cafe Bar (34th Ave & 36th St) and S'Agapo (34th Ave & 35th St). Or the Bravo (supermarket)...

          1. re: queenseats

            Cafe Bar is also called Monica's. Because it really doesnt have a name so thats what people called it since, i think, the owners name was monica.