Saturday Brunch in Queens?
- GlendaleGal May 16, 2008 05:03 PM
Have car, will travel...Looking for a nice brunch on a Saturday, pre-graduation. (Probably 4 people, but could be 8) Breakfast/lunch items. $20 per person, without booze, have to maintain decorum for the ceremony :)
Any help you provide is appreciated. (Lunch or dinner is not an option because of time and other commitments on that day.) Thanks!
I love Valverde's in Astoria (Steinway and 36th Avenue)... small place, but all fresh ingredients, amazing coffee. I've heard good things about Winegasm's brunch, but haven't tried it yet.
I had a wonderful brunch at Bistro 33 in Astoria (Ditmars and 21st Street). They have pancakes, egg dishes, and other things, including sushi. Pretty good coffee, and meal comes with a drink, too. One of the best brunches I've had in town.
19-33 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11105
My brunch there was disappointing. Presentation was nice, but eggs were overcooked, and the toad in the hole (frog in the hole?) was very difficult to eat, from a purely technical standpoint. Omlette was pretty good, but not great. Service wasn't great either, but was very friendly. It was also a little pricey for what you get. I've heard good things about their dinner, so I might go back for that, but was underwhelmed by brunch.
If you're in Glendale, you probably already know of it, but I just love, love, LOVE La Tavernetta. I no longer live in the area, but I've been known to rent a zip car just to go. And I just realized that they finally have a website www.latavernettaqueens.com. I've had great service there. My boyfriend and I once thought it a good idea to walk there when I lived in Kew Gardens and, after being unable to get a car service to pick us up (it was pretty late), the owner drove us home. It was very surreal.
I've eaten at Tournesol on average about 10 times a year for the last 8 years or so.
The last time I ate there was last night, in a party of 5.
We all enjoyed our meals.
Of those 80 meals at Tournesol, I would say half dozen were transcendent, and 3 or 4 were disappointing. The rest were why I keep going back: It's a reliably very good bistro. The fries rock. The specials are inventive. The room, at times, glows. And though it's not cheap but there's definitely a Queens discount.
I had a special duck entree last night that was good but not particularly memorable. 3 of us each ordered a blue cheese tart appetizer special; we all devoured it.
I disagree with your assessment that Tournesol has in any way "really gone bad."
Sorry you had a disappointing steak.
And I'm a fan of Manducatis Rustica, too, yes.
The brunch at Winegasm is wonderful - it's about $15, but the food is really good and it comes with THREE mimosas, and not tiny ones, big mimosas. Great space, really nice staff and good food. It's a wonderful addition to Astoria.