Astor Bake Shop in Astoria now open
I've been waiting for this new establishment to open for awhile now and have to say it was worth the wait. While the muffins, cupcakes, cookies, etc all look great, I was looking forward to their lunch offerings since I've pretty well exhausted the few other options in the neighborhood.
They do specialty burgers and sandwiches. I was intrigued by the sound of a lentil burger with horse radish sauce, mixed greens, tomato and pickled onions on a Portuguese roll. While waiting for it I was offered samples of their blueberry and carrot/orange muffins (very good). The burger was moist and delicious, the horse radish not too overwhelming and the pickled onions were an amazing addition.
I look forward to trying the rest of the lunch menu, and an occasional cupcake.
Located at 12-23 Astoria Blvd (at the corner of 14th St.), across from the library.
I stopped in the morning after their soft launch a week or so back. The space looks great. The cherry / bran muffin I had was delicious. Other pastries looked fantastic. Best of all, they're selling locally roasted whole bean coffee by the pound and I can attest that it was outstanding--far better than anything else available in the area. The owner was working the counter and was very nice and appropriately proud of the venture.
I went there on the 26th for breakfast. There was a bit of ordering/service issues, but I'll chalk that up to it being a new place.
The chocolate croissant looked good and was made with good technique and ingredients. Unfortunately, they screw it up during the storage. Peeking into the kitchen, it looked like they keep the baked pastries in pans covered with plastic wrap! This makes the crust soft instead of keeping it crisp and shattering. Hope they figure this out.