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Jun 25, 2011 03:25 PM

Sugar Freak Astoria

Has anyone been to Sugar Freak in Astoria? I've read a few comments on Yelp which were positive; still waiting for a place in NYC that can make a proper mufaletta, this may be it...

Sugar Freak
36-18 30th Ave, Queens, NY 11106

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  1. Huh. Didn't realize they'd actually opened this weekend - been passing the space for months after work. Thanks for the heads up - I have been planning to check it out. Don't care about muffaletta myself when I can get a great actual Italian sandwich from Sorriso's and others in the neighborhood. But if they do even a halfway decent fried catfish with mashed potatoes and collards then I am going to be a regular.

    11 Replies
    1. re: ratgirlagogo

      Respectfully, a proper muffaletta is not just some "Italian sandwich."

      1. re: Mr Porkchop

        Sorry. To each their own of course. Perhaps it would have been more accurate for me to say that even a great world-class muffaletta is not going to give me, personally, any greater pleasure than a great world-class Italian sandwich - or even a just-pretty-good Italian sandwich. When I have had them in New Orleans I always wished we were eating something else no matter how much others raved about them.

        1. re: ratgirlagogo

          I was just teasing, but I do think it is comparing apples and oranges, or at least apples and olive oil soaked and olive spread covered apples.

          But really? This place is open? I walked past last night and if they're open they need to make a much better show of it. Entirety of the windows, including the door, were covered in old bed sheets. The food sounds great, so if they like people coming in, maybe they should crack those sheets, put up some signage, or a sandwich board out front. Something? Anything? I'm not going to just walk through the doors of someone's backyard sheet tent.

          1. re: Mr Porkchop

            Well, tonight I actually did tap on the door (with the sheets behind it). No answer. I guess I could have really pounded but is that ever a good idea, really? I think the Yelp reviews may have been for some kind of soft opening because I agree the place does not seem to be open yet. Waiting for Fourth of July, maybe? Now I AM looking forward to it.

            1. re: ratgirlagogo

              According to their Facebook page, they are open only for dinner Thurs-Sun. I made the same mistake last weekend when I swung by during the day. I wish that they had hours and menu posted outside.

              1. re: queenseats

                Ah, the Facebook page is very helpful! I had tried searching for a website to no avail.

                Place looks cool. That Abita selection alone looks like a reason to visit. Some goofus on the facebook page whined about no Guinness (palm to forehead). Though their bread choice for their muffaletta looks somewhat suspect from the FB pics, I will be appeased with a decent boudin ball.

                1. re: Mr Porkchop

                  Anyone check out Sugar Freak yet? Heading there for dinner tonight. Curious for recs re: dishes not to miss (the charbroiled oysters?) -- both veg and carnivorous!

                  1. re: CitySpoonful

                    Yes! It's great actually! I'm surprised I haven't done a more detailed post on it yet.

                    Quickly, I'll say it's really some of the best New Orleans-style cooking I've had outside of the South. I haven't eaten that extensively through the menu, but really didn't have anything I disliked (aside from the place occasionally sharing in the New York compulsion to fill out a plate with some superfluous pile of bagged spring green mix).

                    Off the top of my head I really like the Muffaletta, which exceeded my expectations. So many in New York are so bad. If you're a fan (and a glutton), you could get a half sandwich and split it as an app. The crawfish boudain balls were great. I tried the roast beef po' boy with debris, an obvious homage to Mothers in NOLA and recall it being tasty. I tried some fried shrimp (can't remember if it was loose or in po' boy form) and remember is being even better.

                    Had some fried chicken at some point, and recall it being tasty, though not sure it would be my go to order. As for sides, the mac n cheese was good, but I could maybe see the cracker crust being a little polarizing (I liked it, but I've got a little cracker in me too).

                    Unsurprisingly, desserts were a stand out. I'm not a dessert person but my dining companion and I agreed the popcorn pudding we had on one occassion was one of the best desserts we could remember. Proof is in the pudding, as they say.

                    Wide-ranging menu, so I can't guarentee all hits, but I enjoyed what I've tried. Always glad to have Abita on tap, and I tried some banana fosters martini or something that was way too sweet but was very effective in getting me drunk. They also have some version of the yellowish-green Bourbon Street hand grenade staple, but I can't recall what they called it.

                    Service both times has seemed a bit spacey to start, maybe overly familial, but has ended up being friendly and effective. Maybe it's a conscious follow through on the South Louisiana hospitality, or maybe they just coincidentally hired some extras from a Confederacy of Dunces.

                    I really want to try and get in for the brunch/drunch (drunk brunch) sometime. They advertise some spicy african-american-chinese soup that sounds very, very intriguing.

              2. re: ratgirlagogo

                Were they closed last (Thursday) night? On Tuesday night I went by there and saw that they now have their hours posted on a sign on their door, including Thurs. - Sun. nights (starting at 5pm I believe).

                1. re: round2

                  Yep, no go on dinner last night. Ended up at William Hallet instead. Eh.

                  But Mr. Porkchop -- thanks for the thorough break-down. I can see it's worth re-attempting a meal there!

                  William Hallet
                  36-10 30th Ave, Queens, NY 11106

                  1. re: CitySpoonful

                    I really want to love Sugarfreak but 2 out of 3 meals have been unappealing. There is a muddy taste that I've picked up in both the catfish po' boy and the jambalaya that I did NOT like. The thing I did enjoy was the bowl of red beans and rice, which are amazing. Plus the desserts I've had are very good. And William Hallet completely underwhelmed me, enough so that I doubt I'll be back for quite a while.

      2. Walked by yesterday. The curtains and floor to ceiling windows/doors were open. There were a few dinners who looked happy. I'm looking forward to trying it soon and reading reports from CH'ers.