Few neighborhoods anywhere in New York can rival the diversity of cuisine running through Astoria, from storied Greek institutions and fresh seafood to Brazilian and Thai. And, of course, there are the requisite bars. Here’s where to eat and drink in the Queens area right now.Read More
20 Excellent Astoria Restaurants and Bars to Try
Thai street food, Brazilian classics, and a whole lot of Greek
1. Gregory's 26 Corner Taverna
Long Island City, NY 11105
Gregory’s 26 delivers solid, well-priced Greek specialties — entrees stay under $30, with many under $20 — with amiable service and a charming outdoor seating area decorated with plants and checkered tablecloths. Any fish is recommended, but it’s hard to go wrong with Greek salad, grilled lamb chops, or pork souvlaki.
2. Taverna Kyclades
There’s no shortage of competition in Astoria’s Greek scene, but Taverna Kyclades stands out for its consistency. The seafood-heavy menu’s stars are the grilled octopus and heaping portions of grilled fish. Expect a wait for tables in the indoor and outdoor seating areas. There’s an additional crowded location in the East Village.
HinoMaru’s barebones room with communal wooden tables belies the exceptional ramen served at the Japanese restaurant. There’s a creamy pork-based tonkatsu broth or savory soy vegetarian soup, and before the noodles, izakaya-style dishes like takoyaki (savory round cakes with octopus) and crisp broccoli tempura piled high and drizzled in sticky sweet soy sauce, are a worthy diversion.
4. The Bonnie
Hospitality group Sleeping Giant (the Wren, the Spaniard, Bua, Wilfie & Nell, the Penrose and Astoria’s own Sweet Afton) runs this gastropub in a sleek space with exposed brick and a sizeable backyard. The menu leans on hearty offerings like honey rosemary waffles topped with chicken schnitzel at brunch, and at dinner, a burger utilizing Pat LaFrieda beef adorned with pork belly and frizzled onions. Cocktails and a late-night menu available until 1 a.m. keep things going deep into the night.
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5. Via Vai
Via Vai is an undersung destination for Italian food in a snug space with rustic furniture. It specializes in housemade pastas like gnocchi and orecchiette and Roman-style thin-crust pizzas that come out of a brick oven. Don’t skip the top-notch meatballs appetizer and tiramisu for dessert. Fourth-generation Astorian, chef-owner Antonio Morichini and his wife, Cynthia, grew up in the neighborhood, and after meeting and starting their family in Italy, returned home to share their riff on Italian cuisine locally.
6. Artopolis Bakery
Queens, NY 11105
The gleaming lights of Artopolis, tucked into a shopping center underneath the train, highlight meticulously made Greek pastries as if they were museum pieces. Strong coffee accompanies the wide selection of sweet and savory items, from the custard pie known as galaktoboureko to spinach and cheese wrapped in phyllo.
7. Sal, Kris & Charlie's Deli
Astoria, NY 11105
This slim but efficient deli is popular with local workers and sandwich aficionados alike, particularly for its meat-loaded signature, the Bomb, with five types of meat, three cheeses, and the typical hero toppers of lettuce, tomato, and onion. Regulars know to grab a bag of chips and a beverage before stepping up to the counter, with cash ready and an exact order to share with the notoriously gruff staff. Cold sandwiches are served on rolls or heros, are all customizable, and cost under $10. Cash only, and no seating.
8. Neptune Diner
The blue-and-white paper placements at this 24/7 spot won’t let customers forget that it was once voted the best diner in Queens, in the Y2K era. Still, it’s a neighborhood favorite for diner classics, like hefty breakfast combos, multi-level hot sandwiches, and a nostalgic banana split. Greek options also abound, and with waiters in penguin-esque suits kindly attending to plastic booths all night long, there’s never a wrong time for a platter of moussaka followed by fresh seafood.
Vesta, a popular Italian spot, emphasizes seasonal and local ingredients in a menu that runs the gamut from thin-crust pizza topped with housemade pork sausage to lasagna layered with wild boar bolognese. The chic, candlelit space at dinner carries a romantic atmosphere
This Middle Eastern counter-service shop in Astoria’s Little Egypt is a dependable cheap eats option in the neighborhood. Shawarma off a spit roast is available in chicken or a mix of beef and lamb. Get it packed in a pita or fill up with a platter and douse liberally with the spicy harissa and Duzan sauces.
11. Kabab Cafe
This tiny spot on Astoria’s Little Egypt stretch has been turning out Egyptian dishes since 1989. Chef Ali El Sayed makes stews and grills meats, including offal items like sweetbreads and lamb brain. Cash only.
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12. Kurry Qulture
Punjab native Sonny Solomon worked under big-name Manhattan chefs before opening his own restaurant in his Astoria neighborhood in 2015, teaming up with Punjabi chef Binder Saini to lead the kitchen. Dishes shift seasonally, though consistently offer high-end riffs on Indian classics. A samosa chaat is elegantly dressed in chickpeas, tamarind and mint chutney, and over a dozen varieties of bread and rice are offered for curry absorption. The restaurant has a full bar, open until midnight, two hours past when food service stops.
13. Diamond Dogs
Astoria, NY 11106
This homey, darkly lit mixology den has a cute outdoor area with white picnic tables in addition to an indoor space. Grab a house cocktail, a classic, or a brew from the decent draft list, and feel free to bring in food.
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14. Pao de Queijo
This small, no-frills Brazilian restaurant is named for the fluffy pieces of tapioca cheese bread eaten as a snack in the country. The food here is comforting and richly flavored, as in the X Calabresa burger decked with beef, smoked sausage, cheese, corn, and potato sticks.
15. Sanfords Astoria
The all-day Sanfords executes American standards with sophistication, from wild mushroom and truffle risotto to a gouda-stuffed duck burger. The chic setting includes a backlit bar with an expansive (and affordable) whiskey selection.
16. King of Falafel and Shawarma
The beloved Middle Eastern food truck has expanded into a brick-and-mortar restaurant with a replica of the original vehicle staring out at customers. A larger kitchen doles out the familiar shawarma with white sauce and fried chickpea to a dozen tables in a room with murals, including one of Jerusalem, as well as a map of Palestine that doesn’t reflect the area’s current borders.
This Astoria newcomer quickly earned critical acclaim for its stunning Turkish cuisine. Restaurateur and chef Orhan Yegen, known for Turtle Bay’s Sip Sak, curated lengthy lunch and dinner menu of dishes such as cheese bourekas, moussaka, and baklava. Chic black bistro chairs, marble tabletops and green plant-embellished wallpaper offer a trendy yet casual atmosphere. No reservations.
18. Pye Boat Noodle
This cozy, brightly colored Thai restaurant has a narrow indoor area that managed to fit in a full bar, as well as a romantic back garden with a fountain and pond. Hawker food, like yum woon sen (glass noodle salad), doesn’t skimp on the country’s intense flavor and heat. Signature boat noodles offer the option of four types of noodle (rice, wide ribbon, egg, or vermicelli) dunked in a deep bath of broth (pork, beef or vegetarian) alongside toppings like meatballs and pork rinds for crunch. On the table, caddies of vinegary peppers, sugar, chili and garlic allow diner to customize their dishes, just like in Thailand.
19. Sami's Kabab House
Owner Sami Zaman found a home for his Afghan specialties in this simple storefront adorned with rugs. Start with mantu dumplings delicately enveloping cumin-spiced beef and drenched in yogurt. Kebabs come with mammoth servings of meat on a bed of rice.
20. Astoria Seafood
Customers at Astoria Seafood walk past packed tables under harsh lighting to the seafood market in the back, where they can select their desired fresh catch, cash out by seafood weight, and watch the open kitchen cook the seafood to their liking. Shrimp and calamari arrive in a pool of lemon-spiked oil, fish is expertly grilled, a flurry of Greek sides help build a generous family-style meal. Prices are fair, and the BYOB policy keeps meals affordable.