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When in Astoria, best places to food shop?

  • janie Feb 8, 2012 07:47 PM
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Trying to compile a list of best bets for food shopping in Astoria as I'm there once a week these days--Today, I stopped at Artopolis, good little mini spinach pockets $1 a piece, they don't come cheap, but they're tasty and they can heat them up there for you if you want to eat it there, got some lovely almond cake--they have some very good stuff there, but it's very pricey--so you need to choose wisely or have deep pockets--needed the bathroom and was given a key to bathroom in the kitchen--funny but nice of them!---very convenient too, with the parking lot--the meat market that is there, looks absolutely spotless--and I saw in the window they have D'artagan chicken...how is that by the way? I'm not crazy about the mediterranean greek place--as I prefer Titan--but they are nice there though....--Usually stop at Titan for feta and other things--also parking lot makes it easy, too..........Went to Rosario's today, got some mozzarella, and I was under the assumption that they make their egg shaped boccacini balls--and they had told me that they had in the past, but today, they said, no, in fact they get them delivered in a big white container and take them from there.........ugghhh are these the ones that whole foods sells I wonder?--the thing is they are very good....I wonder who they get them from......

I'm not sure I get what all the hoopla is over Cassinelli pasta, we tried it awhile ago, and didn't think much of the quality--when you go in there, it's just pasta in bags in a refrigerator....what am I missing there?

Noticed Astoria Fishery across street from Rosario's...didn't have time to go in..but how is their fish and prices? Read a couple reviews online, and there seems to be some accusation of tipping the scales there by an elderly man...other than that..how's the fish???

Been to the Turkish Güllüoglu spot, and it was pricey, but pretty good. Some of their salads were pretty good, too.

Like Sorriso's for some things, best fried ravioli ever--their fresh mozzarella used to be the best, but I think the quality has been inconsistent a lot....

What are other not to miss spots to grab food to go or food to buy and prepare at home?
Thanks for some inside info from some Astorians!

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Cassinelli Pasta
31-12 23rd Ave, Queens, NY 11105

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

Rosario's Deli
22-55 31st St, Queens, NY 11105

Gulluoglu
30-92 31st St, Queens, NY 11102

Astoria Fishery
22-78 31st St, Queens, NY 11105

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  1. I like D&F Italian Deli on B'way for Italian cheese and awesome cerignola olives and other antipasti.

    2nd Gulluoglu -- love their boreki and their tea. For awhile they had some really lovely loaves of fresh white and wheat bread for sale -- like homemade. :)

    Family Market on B'way has great (but a bit pricey) Japanese staples. They usually have onigiri from Oms/b on hand, as well as some other light bento-boxy pre-made meals.

    Yaya's Bakery near 30th Ave. on 31st St. also has some nice Greek breads/bread sticks. The place is always mobbed on weekend mornings, when the goods are fresh from the oven.

    My Greek/Cypriot friends prefer Mediterranean Foods (near Artopolis) for Greek staples (vs. Titan), though I love the baked goods section at Titan. :)

    The tiny Bangladeshi grocery at 31st St. & B'way also is a good source of S. Asian produce (bitter melon; bottle gourd; pumpkin, green chilis; etc.) -- sometimes the fruits & veggies are not so fresh, but mostly it's as good or better than what you'll get at Trade Fair.

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    D&F Italian Deli
    35-13 Broadway, Queens, NY 11106

    Mediterranean Foods
    23-18 31st St, Queens, NY 11105

    Family Market
    29-15 Broadway, Queens, NY 11106

    Yaya's Bakery
    28-46 31st St, Queens, NY 11102

    Gulluoglu
    30-92 31st St, Queens, NY 11102

    1. Janie please give Mediterranean Foods a chance. I make a trip from Manhattan every 2-3 weeks to stock up on their yogurt. (Plain plastic container, in the cold cases to the left of the registers). they ahve another shop closer to Titan but harder to park there.

      I've had some wonderful baked goods from Titan. Their spiral cheese pies (do not know the Greek name but they are in the display case with the savory bakery items) are a staple in my house, served with Tzatiki from Mediterranean Foods. Titan also has some tasty Greek cookies and they are generous with samples.

      For more food to go:

      I am a big fan of the (cheese) burek slices from Djerdan; did not like their Bosnian chicken soup at all, though.

      http://djerdan.com/djerdan_menu_1a.htm

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      Djerdan
      34-04 31st Ave, Queens, NY 11106

      Mediterranean Foods
      23-18 31st St, Queens, NY 11105

      1. Ive been going to titan for years and i love it but,a few weeks ago i found my self at mediterranean food on 31st,, If you take into account that it is not a GREEK market as much as it is an EASTERN AND EUROPEAN market you will find it to be exceptional Great prices on olives { hard to find spanish olives available] and also great choice of greek or italian or spanish olive oils