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jdream Oct 4, 2007 08:56 AM

So I just moved out to Astoria a few weeks ago and I LOVE it, can't figure out why it took me so long to leave Manhattan. I've been trolling the boards about favorites in area. There are a few scattered lists that I was looking to consolidate and update. Everything from cheap ethnic to the Astoria version of more upscale to the best of all the 30th Ave Cafes. I'm not going to touch on Greek food here, because for that there are plenty of posts about Astoria.

So far, these are the places that I've come up with (I've only tried a couple of them) so please add on, tell me which not to bother with or offer any other general opinions.

Bistro-type-things: Bistro 33, 718 Restaurant, Stove, Brick
Italian: Piccolo Venezia, L'incontro, Il Bambino
Japanese: JJ's, Bistro 33, Nebuta
Pizza: Sac's, Rizzo, Last Stop
Chinese: ??
Thai: Thai Pavilion
30th Ave Cafes: Ovelia, Athens Cafe
Cafe: Freeze Peach, Il Bambino, Cafe Soleil
Mexican: El Rey Del Sol truck
Brazilian: Sabor Tropical, Favela
Egyptian: Mundo, Mombar, Kabab Cafe

Of these places, we've tried:
Bistro 33- REALLY impressed, great duck, very good sushi
Thai Pavilian- first time was excellent, second time just good and slightly bland (bad order?)
Ovelia- good enough food, very good drinks, somewhat pricey, comfy chairs
Il Bambino- have been three times. we love it. string bean salad with truffle dressing!
Cafe Soleil- brand new, great iced tea sweetened with buckwheat honey- oddly delicious
El Rey Del Sol- heaven
Sac's- just got a slice, not the best ever, but very good, fresh and not greasy

Alright... that's what I've got. Just wanted to get a comprehensive list together. Get some updated reviews... I've just been noticing a deficit/lack of cohesiveness in Astoria food websites/information. Thanks for the help!

  1. grandma Zaza Nov 13, 2010 02:35 PM

    Astoria, Broadway, and esp. Steinway Street are not to be missed ..

    1. grandma Zaza Oct 22, 2010 07:22 PM

      Piccolo Venezia is like a Manhattan restaurant, great, food and wonderful serfice, the fish here can't be beat.
      Go and enjoy!

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        divacooks Sep 8, 2010 09:02 AM

        For Tapas; El Boqueron is fantastic on 31st Street

        For great Greek (wonderful fish) Bahari on Broadway

        Thai: Arharn on 36th Ave (try the duck dishes and the hot green curries are spectacular


        El Boqueron
        31-01 34th Ave, Queens, NY 11106

        31-14 Broadway, Queens, NY 11106

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          aprilluv4 Jul 15, 2008 08:43 AM

          Astoria is def a great place to eat!
          Bistro 33 has a 2 for 10 appetizer special tuesdays and wednesdays.
          Also, there is the arepas cafe where you can do take out or delivery
          but I've eaten there and the owner is really down to earth and friendly

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            maddog5150 Oct 31, 2007 08:48 AM

            I finally made it into Latin Cabana on Steinway south of 34th street. What a nice and affordable place. I hjad the lunch special - shreaded pork, rice, beans and plantains. Excellent value for $4.95. I just wish I still lived in Queens so I could go back more often.

            No need for good food to be expensive....

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            1. re: maddog5150
              arugala Nov 2, 2007 03:11 PM

              Tacos Mexicos ya'll!! 38th and Broadway.

              1. re: arugala
                jdream Nov 3, 2007 07:11 AM

                any recommendations there in particular?

                1. re: jdream
                  arugala Nov 4, 2007 06:04 AM

                  I get the vegetarian tacos almost every time which are served (i believe) traditionally as two per order. The tortillas are light, and tacos are given a good amount of cilantro and great queso fresco, always soft and perfectly sprinkled. The guac is great. My meat eating friends love the enchiladas. You cant go wrong with the tacos. They have more seafood (soups, etc) than you would expect, and people are always eating it, so if want to try it, go ahead, its safe. Everything is fresh and delicious at Tacos Mexicos!

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              mwyu Oct 25, 2007 09:14 AM

              Where is El Rey Del Sol? I love Mexican food and haven't really found good places in Astoria.

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              1. re: mwyu
                jdream Oct 25, 2007 01:49 PM

                El Rey Del Sol is a truck that parks on 30th ave and 33rd St most nights (always weekends) from 7pm-3am.

                I also recently discovered a Mexican Deli (that's what it's called) on 29th St off of 30th ave. AMAZING! So cheap. So authentic. My best Astoria find so far.

                1. re: jdream
                  doona Oct 25, 2007 01:55 PM

                  Great great great... my favorite too.

                  1. re: doona
                    jdream Oct 26, 2007 08:13 AM

                    What have you gotten? We've tried:
                    Barbacoa Taco- goat, so good... i had no idea!
                    Steak Empanada- aweome
                    Tamale- cheese and chicken (chicken great, cheese, not so much)
                    Tostada with pork skin
                    I can't remember what else...
                    I'm curious to try some of the soups that look amazing...
                    Any other suggestions??

                    1. re: jdream
                      doona Oct 26, 2007 08:24 AM

                      I'd love to know where you are talking about, but I definitely think its a different place. The truck doesnt have soup, or tamales or tostadas... all my favorites, just not available here.

                      The best is the Huaracha with Carne, IMO

                      1. re: doona
                        jdream Oct 27, 2007 06:52 AM

                        Oh.... I thought you were talking about the Mexican Deli that I mentioned at the bottom of my post that you responded to. It is just called Mexican Deli and it is on 29th St just off of 30th ave . AMAZING. The truck is good too but this restaurant just makes me smile. Please let me know what you think if you try it out... or if you need more help finding it. You can feast for under $10!!

                        1. re: jdream
                          doona Oct 30, 2007 12:22 PM

                          Oh fun. I can't wait to try it! I think I know where it is.

                          1. re: jdream
                            mwyu Nov 1, 2007 07:05 AM

                            I went to the Mexican deli/market last night. Had a verde tamale and chicken taco. The tamale was great. I'll have to try the steak empanada next. They also had huaracha.

                            What do you recommend from the El Rey Del Sol truck?

                            1. re: mwyu
                              jdream Nov 1, 2007 01:24 PM

                              Also try the barbacoa taco too from the mexican deli. What is huaracha?

                              From the truck I would stick to tacos and ask for them spicey!

                              1. re: jdream
                                doona Nov 1, 2007 01:34 PM

                                Hauracha is a thick corn patty, like a tortilla but really thick. They have it on the cart and that's what I would suggest. It's the best. And sadely enough, I like it so much I've neber had the tacos.

                2. doona Oct 9, 2007 12:29 PM

                  I did a list so similar to this when I first moved into Astoria. I compiled a list of all my fav restaurants, first by cuisine and then by Avenue/Street.

                  It's very outdated now.

                  I go to Athen's cafe for brunch every Saturday, which I love, but there is also a European crepe place on Broadway and like 33rd that makes great breakfasts.

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                  1. re: doona
                    jdream Oct 10, 2007 07:25 AM

                    Can you post the list, however outdate, just as a place to start. My list has expanded ten-fold just by doing some research online.

                    Had pizza at Rizzo's the other day. WOW! I didn't know that pizza can be so light and fresh.

                    Fatty's is also high on my list to try. If anyone is interested I will post the further list that I've developed, it's rather large. Let me know though...

                    1. re: jdream
                      doona Oct 10, 2007 07:42 AM

                      ASTORIA RESTAURANTS

                      20th ave
                      40th st tango mambo argentinean steakhouse
                      steinway ammos greek/seafood: good décor

                      Ditmars / 21st ave
                      19th st agnanti meze greek: 27 for food – very far
                      25th st fatty’s café latin American
                      31st st rizzo’s pizza
                      31st-ish michael angelo's II pizza: great crust
                      31st st emack and bolio’s ice cream: inventive flavors
                      31st st trattoria l’incontro italian: 26 for food
                      31st st el olivo spanish
                      31st st mezzo mezzo mediterranean
                      32nd st watawa sushi: great rating
                      33rd st taverna kyclades greek: outside seating
                      33rd st tony signori italian
                      35th st 718 spanish infused french food
                      36th st buon appetite deli italian
                      36th st mccann’s beer and wings
                      43rd st porto bello

                      22nd ave
                      31st st los amigos mexican
                      31st st thirty one pizza plus

                      23rd ave
                      28th st telly’s tavern greek/seafood: outside patio
                      31st st balkh shish kabob middle eastern
                      31st st tavern vraka greek
                      41st st christos greek/steakhouse

                      24th ave
                      31st st elias corner greek/seafood
                      steinway sabry’s seafood middle eastern

                      Astoria / 25th ave
                      25th st astoria world manor buffet
                      28th st la locando del buongustaio
                      30th st jimbos bar seafood – late night good octopus
                      33rd st perivoli mediterranean, seafood
                      steinway ubol’s kitchen thai
                      steinway kebab café egyptian
                      steinway mombar egyptian

                      28th ave
                      31st st opa souvlaki greek
                      33rd st girasol churrascaria brazilian steak
                      42nd st piccolo venezia italian: expensive, bad décor
                      45th st stove french / american
                      steinway raices peruvian
                      steinway jour et nuit moroccan

                      30th ave
                      25th st arigato sushi
                      29th st plaza lounge mojitos and martinis
                      30th st athen’s café greek, cafe
                      31st st zlata phaha eastern european
                      33rd st go wasabi sushi, interesting rolls
                      34th st thai angel kitchen thai
                      34th st grand avenue greek, cafe
                      34th st cyprus deli deli
                      35th st golden house takeout Chinese
                      36th st marinos fish
                      37th st thai pavilion thai
                      37th st sabor tropical brazilian
                      37th st grand café greek
                      40th st gaudio’s italian

                      29th st butcher bros steakhouse
                      30th st amici amore italian/steakhouse
                      30th st zodiac greek

                      31st ave
                      33rd st brick café french/italian
                      34th st zenon greek
                      34th st djerdan e. european
                      37th st JJ’s sushi
                      42nd st cavo trendy: garden and dancing

                      32nd ave
                      31st st la espiga ii mexican

                      25th st sac’s place pizza/Italian
                      25th st tulcingo mexican
                      29th st shima sushi
                      29th st aliada mediterranean
                      30th st gables seafood
                      31st st stamatis greek
                      32nd st demetris seafood seafood: live music
                      32nd st mundo turkey and argentinian: like a soho restaurant
                      32nd st syros seafood
                      33rd st pleos greek
                      33rd st opus tapas, cute decor
                      33rd st taverna roumeli greek
                      33rd st uncle george’s greek
                      33rd st michaels mediterranean
                      33rd st tierras colombianas columbian/latin
                      33rd st omonia café dessert bar; cute but not good food
                      34th st viva el mariachi mexican
                      34th st bartolino’s italian
                      35th st viva mar café seafood
                      35th st karyatis greek
                      38th st tacos mexico mexican
                      38th st las margaritas mexican
                      38th st cronins irish pub w/ food
                      44th st le sans souci french: cute décor
                      44th st el potro mexican
                      46th st ponticello italian

                      34th ave
                      31st st el boqueron mexican
                      32nd st tacos el compita mexican
                      34th st s’agapo greek/seafood: outdoor seating
                      37th st cevabdzinica sarajevo bosnian
                      45th st rudar soccer club eastern european

                      35th ave
                      35th st sunsick irish pub w/ food
                      36th st the cup diner diner
                      38th st uno chicago pizza

                      36th ave
                      28th st malagueta brazilian steakhouse
                      32nd st arharn thai thai
                      33rd st flor de luna mexican

                      1. re: doona
                        HaveTasteWillTravel32 Oct 10, 2007 08:31 AM

                        Zenon Taverna
                        31st ave & 34th street.

                        a pearl.. a gem..


                        Yajai Thai on 30th ave..

                        not mentioned here,
                        but surely worth mention!

                        1. re: HaveTasteWillTravel32
                          doona Oct 10, 2007 08:46 AM

                          Yajai is great Thai. Its my number one take out place.

                        2. re: doona
                          pcorntail Oct 31, 2007 07:19 AM

                          Was this list a link from somewhere else??
                          You have missed a few good restaurants and also mentioned a few that have closed
                          ex. Roumeli has been closed for over a decade, syros, karyatis,san souci etc
                          Also, you are right about Omonias food but his pastries are pretty good

                          1. re: pcorntail
                            doona Oct 31, 2007 08:48 AM

                            Please note that I mentioned on the thread above that it is very outdated.

                            1. re: doona
                              pcorntail Nov 2, 2007 07:15 AM

                              Sorry you're right
                              i only read your list

                        3. re: jdream
                          melon Oct 10, 2007 10:31 AM

                          Pizza: GREAT Sicilian slice:
                          Rose and Joe's bakery, west side of 31st near Ditmars

                          1. re: melon
                            jhopp217 Aug 15, 2008 11:11 PM

                            Hands down the best. I hate Sicilian pizza and I can't get enough of Rose and Joe's. Delicious. Possibly my single favorite pizza.

                            1. re: jhopp217
                              zemilideias Nov 7, 2009 04:50 PM

                              hyes, go to rose and joe's

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                        atraxia Oct 9, 2007 10:59 AM

                        ovelia - i went there for brunch - and it made my stomach really upset for several hours afterwards. and apparently my friend didn't feel too hot afterwards as well.

                        favela - i heart!!!

                        nebuta - i went there right when it opened and quite disappointed - i ordered the beef udon soup and some tempura - lacked flavor and quite greasy. maybe i'll try it again.

                        cafe triskall on broadway - fabulous place for crepes.

                        bz grill - good for quick gyros.

                        cafe soleil - just tried it on saturday - yummy coffee and desert bars.

                        sparrow - good brunch and evening menu for a bar type of place.

                        sac's - been there once - the soup was disappointing. the pizza was the best pizza i had in astoria so far - white pizza w/ shrimp and garlic. i want to go back soon!

                        30th ave cafe - i like the new one called Vibe. not super crowded or really loud music. and the food is pretty good (except the nachos).

                        1. doona Oct 9, 2007 09:14 AM

                          Watawa on Ditmars for Sushi!!

                          Great fish great rolls and and such a good feeling when you go inside.

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                            Yaxpac Oct 8, 2007 08:53 AM

                            I would suggest Burek's at Djerdan, great veal soup too. I see you have Kabab Cafe up there...try anything Ali suggests at Kabab Cafe (25th/Steinway), specifically his mezze plate, amazing lamb cheeks and tongue, and the lamb shank is the best I have ever had.

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                              Rocky2 Oct 7, 2007 09:00 PM

                              El Mariachi for Mexican on Broadway btwn 33rd and 34th St. Love the tortas, burritos, soups and horchata beverage.

                              Try Yaiya Thai on 30th Ave near 34th St. I like it a lot, and Thai friends have told me that it's closest to Thai homecooking. I think they also make Thai offmenu dishes for Thai customers.

                              Balkh Afghan Grill near corner of 23rd Ave on 31st St. I'm addicted to the pitcher of sweet lassi and the combo grill.

                              1. Astoria Lurker Oct 6, 2007 04:16 PM

                                I had some great carnitas tacos today from Tacos Mexico on 38th street just south of Broadway.

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                                1. re: Astoria Lurker
                                  joeyz Jul 14, 2008 01:27 PM

                                  Tulcingo deli (off the Broadway stop, just past the C-Town) is my favorite Mexican place in the neighborhood. Been going there for years,even when I didn't live anywhere near by. Try the Bistec ala Mexicana - easily the best I've ever had. Also, Opa! Souvlaki off the 30th st. stop is good. Try the Tzatziki.

                                2. cmballa Oct 5, 2007 07:47 AM

                                  Any tips on street meat in Astoria ?

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                                  1. re: cmballa
                                    hatless Oct 5, 2007 08:38 AM

                                    There's a better-than average souvlaki cart on the SW corner of Steinway and 31st Ave. and the halal chicken-'n'-rice cart at the NW corner of Steinway and 30th Ave. is all right as such things go.

                                    1. re: cmballa
                                      Cheese Boy Oct 6, 2007 10:33 AM

                                      Although not street meat, but a meat "pie" and you can get a huge slice of it at Yaya's Bakery. Definitely worthy of a mention here if you need a quick bite and want to fill up. Meat, spices, cheese, sweet vidalia onions, all wrapped in phyllo dough. It's a meal in itself for perhaps $3 (or less). The onions were a little too sweet for me, but some people might like it that way. The slice itself was so generously cut that I had a difficult time handling it while trying to eat and walk at the same time. I'd say it's best eaten once you get it home. Their spanakopita looked good too, btw.

                                      Yaya's Bakery
                                      2846 31st St
                                      Astoria, NY 11102
                                      (718) 932-3113

                                      1. re: Cheese Boy
                                        quentinC Oct 6, 2007 11:06 AM

                                        oh yes- the best spanikopita imho. Try the little triangles of spanikopita for 50 cents. I always pick these up when I'm having parties, and any time I'm nearby frankly. I also like the bread and pastires there. They use a wood burning oven.

                                        1. re: quentinC
                                          cmballa Oct 6, 2007 12:54 PM

                                          Wood-burning oven? I'm there: thanks for the tips.

                                    2. q
                                      quentinC Oct 5, 2007 07:10 AM

                                      Great list. And welcome to the neighborhood.

                                      Add Morroccan- Walima, Jour et Nuit- and the one by the citibank on Steinway... name anyone?

                                      Sabry's for fresh grilled fish and tahini Egyptian style - comically bad service tho

                                      Add Rudar's for Istrian Italian on 45th st and 36th ave....

                                      Add Favela for Brazilian up on 28th ave

                                      There are mucho good mexican places-- I believe there was a thread about them...

                                      Thai: the new Poodam's has been getting good reviews

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                                      1. re: quentinC
                                        zemilideias Nov 7, 2009 04:48 PM

                                        no, malagueta for brazilian

                                        25-35 36th Ave, Queens, NY 11106

                                        1. re: zemilideias
                                          Glinda Nov 15, 2010 11:44 AM

                                          I agree. Malagueta is one of the best restaurants in Astoria and certainly the best Brazilian restaurants.

                                          25-35 36th Ave, Queens, NY 11106

                                          1. re: Glinda
                                            Mr Porkchop Nov 15, 2010 01:13 PM

                                            I tried Malageuta for the first time last week, and aside from a great Caipirinha, I wasn't blown away. I prefer Favela myself.

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