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de Mole.. in Astoria.

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A place called de Mole--which I'm assuming is very much connected to the place of the same name deep in Sunnyside--is going to be opening in the former Melodia space on 30th Ave and 43rd St. in Astoria, across from Key Food. A new awning went up a couple of days ago and it looks like there's some furious renovation going on behind the brown paper on the windows.

Is this a second location, or are they moving to get in on the gentrification-fueled brunch boom that's been gripping 30th Ave. lately?

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De Mole
42-20 30th Ave, Queens, NY 11103

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  1. My understanding is second location. Or as the website puts it "De Mole II": http://www.demolenyc.com/

    I've never eaten at the original. I always think about it, then look at the online menu and get turned off by why what looks like your average crappy Manhattan-style Mexican food with seitan and spinach burritos. Is there something interesting going on there that I'm not seeing? Maybe I should "Cierra Los Ojos, Abre La Boca And See The Difference," as the website says.

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    1. re: Mr Porkchop

      From what I remember from two meals there a few years back, it was very good, not so much "Americanized" or neutered as it was upgraded: authentic flavors filtered through culinary-school technique. Manhattan, maybe, but crappy it wasn't if memory serves, and I recall some interesting specials.

      I love me the tacos campechanos from El Grill Athens and the gorditas at Cruz Mexican Deli, but refinement isn't (always) a sin, y'know?

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      Cruz Mexican Deli
      32-11 41st St, Queens, NY 11103

      De Mole
      45-02 48th Ave, Queens, NY 11377

      El Athens Grill
      30-11 30th Ave, Queens, NY 11102

      1. re: s.m. koppelman

        I'll certainly try it sometime, certainly now that there's one in Astoria. It's a little hard to perceive the forest of refinement through the menu's trees - taquitos, nachos, burritos, fajitas, ubiquitous black beans - but people seem to rave about the place, so I'll try it with an open mind. Not that any of those items are bad, per se, but they don't leap off a menu. If they make an above average namesake mole poblano, they'll be okay in my book.

        1. re: Mr Porkchop

          Assuming it's following the template of the Sunnyside venue, I wouldn't set myself up for a "rave" but nicely done plates with fresh ingredients, I think "refined" hit the mark exactly, without being fussy... although it is also a bit under seasoned to my tastes. I haven't tried any of the typical Tex-Mex items but usually get the entree dishes & specials & always enjoy those. It's pretty good but not the best ever.

          1. re: Huck

            their shrimp tacos are good, good guacomole, good quesadillas, great hot chocolate, and good breakfast that is cheap

            1. re: Huck

              Ate there a few weeks ago and thought everything was pretty mediocre. I was disappointed because years ago, it really was good.

              1. re: pynchoff

                ate at astoria location recently, and it was absolutely perfect, better than the sunnyside location which i frequent regularly...and the atmosphere is very open and comfortable....if i lived in astoria, i'd eat there all the time...they have the best shrimp tacos, stuffed with shrimp...