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Moving to Astoria

Hi --

I'm moving to Astoria in like 2 days. I was wondering if some CH folks would be so kind as to compile a top ten list of their favorites in Astoria -- I did one for Hell's Kitchen as a going away present using the new CH lists feature:

http://www.chow.com/lists/8199

I'm basically looking for a variety of places to hit up -- truthfully, I'm a bit overwhelmed by the amount of food choices in Astoria and also the geography (I am also baffled by the numbering system which is straightforward, i know, but still baffles me!).

It's really pretty simple to create a list in CH and I find the Google map + list makes it much easier to put everything into context. As opposed to sifting through SE and CH which is what I have been doing for the last 3 weeks.

thanks for sharing!

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    1. You might want to do a search of this Board. I remember seeing a list last year for Astoria. There was also a Greek thread in the past day or two:

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/627521

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      1. re: financialdistrictresident

        Astoria is a pretty big neighborhood, with so much amazing diversity and selection, so you are sure to never be at a loss when it comes to trying new places. A few of my favorites (with a lean toward some of the less expensive venues):

        1. Arepas Cafe - on 36th Ave, closer to LIC. Awesome arepas. My favorites include the Reina (chicken salad with avocado -yum!) and the one with sweet plantain, cheese and avocado.

        2. Philoxenia - delicious Greek food, not swimming in grease/oil

        3. S'Agapo - a neighborhood treasure, serving up Cretan deliciousness

        4. Vesta - very reasonable nouveau-Italian fare and amazing brunches

        5. Pollos 36 - great Peruvian rotisserie chicken

        6. Kabab Cafe - has mixed reviews here but I think it's worth a visit

        7. Seva - excellent Indian fare, very reasonable

        8. Taverna Kyclades - perhaps the best offering of fresh fish in an Astoria Greek restaurant

        9. Il Bambino - really good paninis, crostinis, cute little place. Really yummy green bean salad.

        10. There are a few places that I'm hesitating on strongly supporting such as Bistro 33 (I think their new menu is a bit overachieving and I wish they'd narrow it down and focus), Brick Cafe (really nice brunch, but it's kind of pricey and I'm not sure the quality is worth it), Mombar (Ali of Kabab Cafe's brother Mustafa is the chef here, cool decor in the place, and BYOB) come to mind as worth sampling but not really destination worthy.

        I've still got a ton of places to try since moving to the neighborhood one year ago (on the short list is Agnanti , Stove, and Sparrow). The great news is you've got a huge variety of places on a number of price points (decent food carts and take out establishments to more upscale restaurants -- like Trattoria L'Incontro). PS - wasn't impressed by L'Incontro, but many hounds praise it.

        1. re: queenseats

          How's Seva doing? Haven't been there in awhile.

          1. re: janie

            I've never had a disappointing meal at Seva. I appreciate that their dishes are rather light and not too heavy. A funny aside: I brought my SO to Seva and Southern Spice and he prefers Seva :)

            1. re: queenseats

              Oh that's interesting, why did he prefer Seva, what did he order at Southern Spice?

              1. re: janie

                Well we did the buffet at Southern Spice, so given what I've read, we need to do a la carte to really give it justice. He is obsessed with the chicken saag at Seva. It is quite complex and flavorful.

          2. re: queenseats

            Queenseats --

            I took your recommendations and put them into a Chowhound list -- let me know if I put everything in right -- thanks much for your suggestions!

            http://www.chow.com/lists/8472/

            1. re: John_Keenan

              Thanks for making the list! All the locations look right. Good luck with your move and happy eating!

          3. re: financialdistrictresident

            There was a must-eat Astoria list circa 2006-2007. I compiled into a list here

            http://www.chow.com/lists/8479

          4. not only are there a ton of restaurants, but the Quality of most restaurants is outstanding. Not much crap in astoria.
            here's my list on Astoria
            http://www.yelp.com/list/astoria-long...

            Keep in mind: Astoria is Big

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            1. re: Jeffsayyes

              cool list -- do you know if there any way to search lists on Yelp?

              1. re: John_Keenan

                you know, I didn't think there was, but looky here:
                http://www.yelp.com/list_search?q=ast...

                pretty cool. there is A LOT to read.

            2. There are many options in Astoria--but here are a few---

              Go to Titan for all your Feta needs and good pastries, and other greek staples--great cheese selection--olives are hit or miss--

              Artopolis is good spot for sweets, also, and they have a nice spinach pastry.

              I like Seva, the Indian place, also.

              Sorriso's, Fantastic fresh mozzarella, salted or not, and fantastic eggplant parm, and other prepared stuff, as well as italian cold cuts, hero's--lots of good stuff, and incredibly nice people working there.

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              Titan Foods
              25-56 31st St, Queens, NY 11102

              Sorriso Italian Pork Store
              44-16 30th Ave, Queens, NY 11103

              Artopolis
              23-18 31st St, Queens, NY 11105

              Seva
              30-07 34th St, Queens, NY 11103

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              1. re: janie

                Also, Laziza for great baklava and other Middle Eastern pastries.

              2. More places to add to your list:

                Koliba for Czech
                Cedar's Meat House for great Lebanese takeout
                Telly's Taverna for another option for Greek
                San Antonio Bakery for Chilean chacarero sandwiches and completos
                Stari Most, Ukus, Cevapzinica Sarajevo, and Djerdan for cevapi/cevapzinica and bureks
                Greek House Foods for the house-made yogurt (Mediterranean Foods as an alternative)