The 10 Best Restaurants in Astoria

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Milkflower
Astoria is blessed with multiple thoroughfares brimming with restaurants, cafes, and bars, which honor the flavors brought here by the many waves of immigrants from Italy, Greece, North Africa, and Latin America. And as interest in the area surges among young people priced out of Brooklyn, shiny new spots focusing on seasonality and cutting edge ingredients are entering the market almost daily. Not that there's anything wrong with that -- for now, the old and the new coexist happily in this corner of NYC. Here are the 10 best restaurants in Astoria.

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10. Pao de Queijo, 31-90 30th Street, Astoria
A casual Brazilian spot off Broadway, Pao de Queijo's eponymous cheese bread is a treat made chewy with tapioca flour. The restaurant also turns out hand grenade-sized empanadas with fillings like chicken and cream cheese and hearts of palm, and sandwiches stacked with ingredients like a thin burger, Brazilian sausage, potato sticks, corn, lettuce, and tomato. Our favorite is the Goiana Burger, whose chunks of pineapple bring sweetness to the delicious mess. There are fresh squeezed juices and smoothies as well -- go for the pineapple and mint, a bestseller.

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9. Bear 12-14 31st Avenue, Astoria
Roasted mushrooms, borscht, and sausage and kraut dumplings might sound like winter fare, but chef Natasha Pogrebinsky is deft at balancing seasonal ingredients, and her Slavic-influenced food works just as well in the summertime. On a recent visit, the borscht was chilled, the beet flavor delicate and refreshing; it worked well with a sangria cocktail. If you're coming from out of town, the walk back to the train down a quiet residential block will help you work off desserts like the truffles, which tasted like brownie batter dusted with cinnamon.

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Cafe Triskell via Facebook
8. Café Triskell 33-04 36th Avenue, Astoria
Authentic French food is hard to come by in Queens, which makes this tiny spot at the southern edge of Astoria a real gem. Chef and owner Philippe Fallait originally hails from Brittany, a region of France famed for its buckwheat crepes. Triskell's don't disappoint: incredibly light, they encase combinations like ham and cheese, or mushrooms and herb butter, and elevate the ingredients above their simplicity. The café's French onion soup has been crowned best of New York, and the brioche French toast is a huge draw at brunch.

Location Info

Bear

12-14 31st Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Vesta Trattoria and Winebar

2102 30th Ave., Long Island City, NY

Category: Restaurant

Gregory's 26 Corner Taverna

26-02 23rd Ave., New York, NY

Category: Restaurant

Kabab Café

25-12 Steinway St., Long Island City, NY

Category: Restaurant

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bdenton9
bdenton9

Café Triskell. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu.  

michaelhogwood
michaelhogwood

This is not a bad list.  Very glad to see Milkflower on there - a surprise for sure.  MP Taverna should be there, as well as Arepa's Cafe.  But then, I'm not sure what I would take off (I've never been to Pao de Queijo) for they are all solid.  A list of the top  20 would perhaps be more useful since there is so much good food.


Try_try_again
Try_try_again

Embarrassing.  Leaving Trattoria L'Incontro off a "best in Astoria" list is like ranking the top members of Public Enemy and including Professor Griff, Khari Wynn, DJ Lord and the S1W's, but forgetting Chuck D. 

bub3325
bub3325

Clearly someone from Not from Astoria made this list. Trattoria lIcontro is not just the best restraunt in Astoria but one of the best in the city.

Kieren Smith
Kieren Smith

No Queens Comfort or Kickshaw? VV once again doesn't do their research.

Funda Erol Unver
Funda Erol Unver

Whoever came up with this list is obviously not from Astoria. Some of these restaurants, cafés are so new they probably won't even be around for too long to be considered The Best.

Joshua Eli
Joshua Eli

too bad they are not blessed with good train service

michaelhogwood
michaelhogwood

Not a big fan of Queens Comfort.  Hipster overindulgence in my humble opinion.  And the service is rather obnoxious.  

jamiestellini
jamiestellini

yeah, cuz those places NEVER get any media coverage. 

jeanette.duffy
jeanette.duffy

Was the name of the list the 10 Best Restaurants That Will Guaranteed Be Here For Ever and Ever and Ever Cross My Heart Hope to Die? Or was the list meant to imply these are the current ten best in the opinion of one person/publication? Please Advise.

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