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20 Excellent Astoria Restaurants and Bars to Try

The neighborhood is full of outstanding choices, from Greek institutions to Brazilian grill houses and Colombian bakeries

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Few neighborhoods anywhere in New York can rival the diversity of cuisine running through Astoria, from storied Greek institutions to Egyptian seafood spots and Colombian bakeries. And, of course, there are the requisite bars. Here’s where to eat and drink in the Queens area right now.

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1. Telly's Taverna

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28-13 23rd Ave
Queens, NY 11105
(718) 728-9056
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This spacious taverna established in 1990 is a prime spot for Greek families after Sunday church. Here, diners can treat themselves to a vast menu of Greek classics that are superbly executed, like the charcoal-grilled lamb chops, shrimp saganaki, and seafood dishes like grilled octopus, whole branzino, fried spearings, and swordfish kebabs so soft it’s possible to  forget it’s a meaty fish. Make room for the complimentary loukoumades – golden-fried pillowy donuts – at the end of the meal. A cool, foamy frappe makes a great dessert pairing.

2. Taverna Kyclades

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33-07 Ditmars Blvd
Astoria, NY 11105
(718) 545-8666
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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.

3. Hamido Seafood

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3308 Ditmars Blvd
Queens, NY 11105
(718) 545-2200
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Egyptian seafood spot Hamido indulges diners who love to ogle arrays of fresh seafood hauls, from branzino to jumbo shrimp, and thrill in not only picking out the plumpest fish but also the seasoning and preparation. Are customers in the mood for grilled, fried, simply baked with olive oil, garlic and lemon or prepared in the traditional Sengari style (oven-baked with the zing of spiced tomatoes and onions)? Add sides like tahini, beet salad, and moussaka and a refreshing mint lemonade. Take advantage of the $16.99 lunch specials from 12 to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

4. HinoMaru

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33-18 Ditmars Blvd
Astoria, NY 11105
(718) 777-0228
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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.

A dark wood restaurant exterior with a person standing out front, looking into the restaurant’s front window.
HinoMaru.
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5. The Bonnie

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29-12 23rd Ave
Astoria, NY 11105
(718) 274-2105
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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 11:45 p.m. keep things going deep into the night.

6. Via Vai

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3109 23rd Ave
Astoria, NY 11105
(347) 612-4334
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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.

7. Sal, Kris & Charlie's Deli

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33-12 23rd Ave
Astoria, NY 11105
(718) 278-9240

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

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3105 Astoria Blvd N
Astoria, NY 11102
(718) 278-4853
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Head to this neighborhood institution before it gets bulldozed to make way for new condos. 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 local 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.

9. Vesta

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21-02 30th Ave
Astoria, NY 11102
(718) 545-5550
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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.

10. Duzan

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2411 Steinway St
Long Island City, NY 11103
(718) 204-7488
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This Middle Eastern counter-service shop in Astoria’s Little Egypt is a dependable, inexpensiveoption 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

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2512 Steinway St # E
Astoria, NY 11103
(718) 728-9858
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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.

12. Parceros Bakery

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3015 30th Ave
Queens, NY 11102
(929) 328-0155
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This 2021 newcomer is a narrow shop of huge Colombian delights. The glass counter at the foyer leading to the dining section holds extra-large, freshly baked pastries like the almojabanas (cheese bread balls), arepa de choclo (sweet corn cakes), pan de coco, and a pan de yuca that’s the size of someone’s face and has a soft, glutinous texture inside. Parceros also has a hefty Colombian breakfast and a popular selection of beef empanadas, baked chicken, and assorted soups.

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Pan de yuca from Parceros Bakery.
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13. Hoja Santa

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40-17 30th Ave
Astoria, NY 11103
(718) 685-2099
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This modern Mexican establishment treats traditional Mexican dishes with flourishes of technique, presentation, and inventive ingredient combinations. Popular concoctions include the guajillo chile and coconut milk-marinated shrimp tacos, roasted sweet corn soup with huitlacoche mousse, sea bass over a black bean and truffle oil puree, and tostaditas with lumps of crab that the chef is eager to show off, if asked.

14. Sanfords Astoria

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30-13 Broadway
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 932-9569
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The all-day Sanfords executes their dishes 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.

15. Point Brazil

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3801 31st Ave
Queens, NY 11103
(718) 278-1934
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Thanks to the large Brazilian immigrant population here, Astoria has one of the highest concentrations of Brazilian restaurants in the city. That means an abundance of specialized spots whether they’re suco (juice) bars or grill houses – and friendly rivalries of loyalty among locals. Point Brazil is one of the top “kilo,” or by-the-pound, places in Astoria. The buffet bar has a substantial array of traditional fare – feijoada, oxtail stew, shredded collard greens – that gets churned out fast for solo diners on a lunch break, parents feeding their kids, and the gym bros stacking up on protein. Do not miss out on the barbecue corner next to the cashier counter. The juicy, salt-encrusted short ribs are extraordinary.

16. Pye Boat Noodle

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35 13 Broadway
Queens, NY 11106
(718) 685-2329
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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 diners to customize their dishes, just like in Thailand.

17. Sami's Kabab House

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35-57 Crescent St
Astoria, NY 11106
(917) 832-7165
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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.

Chunks of grilled meats are piled on a white platter.
An assortment of kebabs from Sami’s.
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18. Sotto La Luna

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34-39 31st St
Queens, NY 11106
(631) 380-3569
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The housemade pastas and pizzas – like the thick spaghetti-like bucatini all’amatriciana with braised Italian bacon and the “Angel and Devil” Neapolitan pie with mozzarella, spicy soppressata and hot honey – draw a packed house almost every night. Sotto La Luna was the first to open in the new World Artisan Market (ahead of Arepa Lady and two vegan spots) and the third in the lineup for the business partnership that brought local favorites, SoleLuna and Sotto Le Stelle Pizzeria, to Sunnyside.

A man in a white apron slides a pizza onto a metal serving dish. A tiled pizza oven emblazoned with the restaurant’s name is off to the right.
The ‘Angel and Devil’ pie coming out of the oven at Sotto La Luna.
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19. Ćevabdžinica Sarajevo

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37-18 34th Ave
Queens, NY 11101
(718) 752-9528
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This no-frills, old-school, mom-and-pop shop is a holdout from an era when the Balkan immigrant population was heavier in Astoria, and it has some of the best Balkan comfort foods the city has to offer. Its specialities include juicy cevapi sausages (considered the national dish of Bosnia-Herzogovina), saucy karma stuffed cabbage, puffy lepinja bread, and a lightly sweet avjar, a roasted red pepper and eggplant spread. Spend some time there and customers will inevitably see round trays of spinach pie and cheese pie going in and out of the oven.

Diners sit inside a sparse, casual dining room, eating and talking with each other.
Inside Ćevabdžinica Sarajevo.
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20. Astoria Seafood

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3710 33rd St
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 392-2680
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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.

1. Telly's Taverna

28-13 23rd Ave, Queens, NY 11105

This spacious taverna established in 1990 is a prime spot for Greek families after Sunday church. Here, diners can treat themselves to a vast menu of Greek classics that are superbly executed, like the charcoal-grilled lamb chops, shrimp saganaki, and seafood dishes like grilled octopus, whole branzino, fried spearings, and swordfish kebabs so soft it’s possible to  forget it’s a meaty fish. Make room for the complimentary loukoumades – golden-fried pillowy donuts – at the end of the meal. A cool, foamy frappe makes a great dessert pairing.

28-13 23rd Ave
Queens, NY 11105

2. Taverna Kyclades

33-07 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria, NY 11105

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.

33-07 Ditmars Blvd
Astoria, NY 11105

3. Hamido Seafood

3308 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11105

Egyptian seafood spot Hamido indulges diners who love to ogle arrays of fresh seafood hauls, from branzino to jumbo shrimp, and thrill in not only picking out the plumpest fish but also the seasoning and preparation. Are customers in the mood for grilled, fried, simply baked with olive oil, garlic and lemon or prepared in the traditional Sengari style (oven-baked with the zing of spiced tomatoes and onions)? Add sides like tahini, beet salad, and moussaka and a refreshing mint lemonade. Take advantage of the $16.99 lunch specials from 12 to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

3308 Ditmars Blvd
Queens, NY 11105

4. HinoMaru

33-18 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria, NY 11105
A dark wood restaurant exterior with a person standing out front, looking into the restaurant’s front window.
HinoMaru.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

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.

33-18 Ditmars Blvd
Astoria, NY 11105

5. The Bonnie

29-12 23rd Ave, Astoria, NY 11105

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 11:45 p.m. keep things going deep into the night.

29-12 23rd Ave
Astoria, NY 11105

6. Via Vai

3109 23rd Ave, Astoria, NY 11105

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.

3109 23rd Ave
Astoria, NY 11105

7. Sal, Kris & Charlie's Deli

33-12 23rd Ave, 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.

33-12 23rd Ave
Astoria, NY 11105

8. Neptune Diner

3105 Astoria Blvd N, Astoria, NY 11102

Head to this neighborhood institution before it gets bulldozed to make way for new condos. 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 local 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.

3105 Astoria Blvd N
Astoria, NY 11102

9. Vesta

21-02 30th Ave, Astoria, NY 11102

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.

21-02 30th Ave
Astoria, NY 11102

10. Duzan

2411 Steinway St, Long Island City, NY 11103

This Middle Eastern counter-service shop in Astoria’s Little Egypt is a dependable, inexpensiveoption 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.

2411 Steinway St
Long Island City, NY 11103

11. Kabab Cafe

2512 Steinway St # E, Astoria, NY 11103

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.

2512 Steinway St # E
Astoria, NY 11103

12. Parceros Bakery

3015 30th Ave, Queens, NY 11102
A hand holding up a large, yellow baked good with a bite out of the top left corner.
Pan de yuca from Parceros Bakery.
Caroline Shin/Eater NY

This 2021 newcomer is a narrow shop of huge Colombian delights. The glass counter at the foyer leading to the dining section holds extra-large, freshly baked pastries like the almojabanas (cheese bread balls), arepa de choclo (sweet corn cakes), pan de coco, and a pan de yuca that’s the size of someone’s face and has a soft, glutinous texture inside. Parceros also has a hefty Colombian breakfast and a popular selection of beef empanadas, baked chicken, and assorted soups.

3015 30th Ave
Queens, NY 11102

13. Hoja Santa

40-17 30th Ave, Astoria, NY 11103

This modern Mexican establishment treats traditional Mexican dishes with flourishes of technique, presentation, and inventive ingredient combinations. Popular concoctions include the guajillo chile and coconut milk-marinated shrimp tacos, roasted sweet corn soup with huitlacoche mousse, sea bass over a black bean and truffle oil puree, and tostaditas with lumps of crab that the chef is eager to show off, if asked.

40-17 30th Ave
Astoria, NY 11103

14. Sanfords Astoria

30-13 Broadway, Astoria, NY 11106

The all-day Sanfords executes their dishes 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.

30-13 Broadway
Astoria, NY 11106

15. Point Brazil

3801 31st Ave, Queens, NY 11103

Thanks to the large Brazilian immigrant population here, Astoria has one of the highest concentrations of Brazilian restaurants in the city. That means an abundance of specialized spots whether they’re suco (juice) bars or grill houses – and friendly rivalries of loyalty among locals. Point Brazil is one of the top “kilo,” or by-the-pound, places in Astoria. The buffet bar has a substantial array of traditional fare – feijoada, oxtail stew, shredded collard greens – that gets churned out fast for solo diners on a lunch break, parents feeding their kids, and the gym bros stacking up on protein. Do not miss out on the barbecue corner next to the cashier counter. The juicy, salt-encrusted short ribs are extraordinary.

3801 31st Ave
Queens, NY 11103

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16. Pye Boat Noodle

35 13 Broadway, Queens, NY 11106
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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 diners to customize their dishes, just like in Thailand.

35 13 Broadway
Queens, NY 11106

17. Sami's Kabab House

35-57 Crescent St, Astoria, NY 11106
Chunks of grilled meats are piled on a white platter.
An assortment of kebabs from Sami’s.
Caroline Shin/Eater NY

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.

35-57 Crescent St
Astoria, NY 11106

18. Sotto La Luna

34-39 31st St, Queens, NY 11106
A man in a white apron slides a pizza onto a metal serving dish. A tiled pizza oven emblazoned with the restaurant’s name is off to the right.
The ‘Angel and Devil’ pie coming out of the oven at Sotto La Luna.
Caroline Shin/Eater NY

The housemade pastas and pizzas – like the thick spaghetti-like bucatini all’amatriciana with braised Italian bacon and the “Angel and Devil” Neapolitan pie with mozzarella, spicy soppressata and hot honey – draw a packed house almost every night. Sotto La Luna was the first to open in the new World Artisan Market (ahead of Arepa Lady and two vegan spots) and the third in the lineup for the business partnership that brought local favorites, SoleLuna and Sotto Le Stelle Pizzeria, to Sunnyside.

34-39 31st St
Queens, NY 11106

19. Ćevabdžinica Sarajevo

37-18 34th Ave, Queens, NY 11101
Diners sit inside a sparse, casual dining room, eating and talking with each other.
Inside Ćevabdžinica Sarajevo.
Robert Sietsema/Eater NY

This no-frills, old-school, mom-and-pop shop is a holdout from an era when the Balkan immigrant population was heavier in Astoria, and it has some of the best Balkan comfort foods the city has to offer. Its specialities include juicy cevapi sausages (considered the national dish of Bosnia-Herzogovina), saucy karma stuffed cabbage, puffy lepinja bread, and a lightly sweet avjar, a roasted red pepper and eggplant spread. Spend some time there and customers will inevitably see round trays of spinach pie and cheese pie going in and out of the oven.

37-18 34th Ave
Queens, NY 11101

20. Astoria Seafood

3710 33rd St, Long Island City, NY 11101

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.

3710 33rd St
Long Island City, NY 11101

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