The 10 Best Restaurants in Astoria
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.
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.
8. Café Triskell 33-04 36th Avenue, Astoria
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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.