An Astoria List
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
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!
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
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Watawa on Ditmars for Sushi!!
Great fish great rolls and and such a good feeling when you go inside.
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).
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.
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...
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
31st st los amigos mexican
31st st thirty one pizza plus
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 st sunsick irish pub w/ food
36th st the cup diner diner
38th st uno chicago pizza
28th st malagueta brazilian steakhouse
32nd st arharn thai thai
33rd st flor de luna mexican
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??
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!!
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....
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!
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
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)
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Piccolo Venezia is like a Manhattan restaurant, great, food and wonderful serfice, the fish here can't be beat.
Go and enjoy!