Just prepared this list for the folks who will be cat-sitting for us over the holidays. It's by no means comprehensive, not particularly detailed, and focuses on our area around the 30th Ave. stop on the N/Q line, but thought I'd share it for any Astoria newbies:
This is a slightly more upscale Italian restaurant. Entrees are in the $15-25 range. They use local ingredients, including farm-raised meats. This is probably our favorite restaurant in the neighborhood. They also do an outstanding brunch.
This is a small quirky place with a wide-ranging international menu. Entrees are in the $15 range. You might want to call ahead for reservations.
This is a place right that only serves baked potatoes. It’s a good, cheap dinner if you don’t feel like cooking. Better for take-out than dine-in.
Malagueta is a Brazilian restaurant. It’s excellent and the entrees are around $15.
Very authentic Spanish (Spain) food. Reasonably priced tapas, or entrees (mostly paellas) in the $20 range.
This is a Greek / Cypriot restaurant. The mezze platters are especially good and people seem to like their quail dish.
Cedar’s Meat House
This Lebanese butcher / lunch counter is probably the best place in the neighborhood for Middle Eastern sandwiches.
Astor Bake Shop
This is a new café in the opposite direction of most other destinations in Astoria. The baked goods are out of this world. We’ve never eaten in, but they offer meals as well. This would be a good place to sit and read.
Dining at Ali’s is an unforgettable experience. It’s a tiny place and all service and cooking is done by Ali himself. Don’t order off the menu. Let Ali bring you the sampler appetizer and then choose your meal from what he tells you he’s cooking today. We’ve never had a bad meal here, but it’s tricky because he doesn’t tell you the prices of anything and seems to charge arbitrarily. The last time we were there, we paid about $65 pp with wine and tip. It’s been less on other visits. The wine is awful and you’re better off not ordering it. He’s probably okay with you bringing your own bottle, but offer him a taste if you do so. He may or may not charge you a corkage fee. Presumably the beer is not so godawfully marked up.
This is a very old-school, formal, traditional restaurant in the Italian vein, though they’re actually Istrians. Entrees are in the $20–35 range. If you want to splurge and have a real Queens experience, this is the place. I suggest walking the 15 or so minutes there and back so that you can sample some of their famous grappas.
This is just a couple of blocks away. The food isn’t extraordinary, but it’s an opportunity to try traditional Bosnian food. The food is cheap and the people nice.
This is the Balkan take on pizza.
When we order delivery, we usually use this online service. Type in your address and it will give you a list of all the places that deliver here. We like Osaka for sushi, Leng for Thai, and Seva for Indian.
There are two grocery stores within a few blocks. Trade Fair is open 24 hours and is located on 30th Ave. at 29th Street. It’s a bit grungy and tends to be crowded but it has a vast array of ethnic ingredients—South and Central American, Greek, Middle Eastern, Indian, etc.
The Key Foods is located on Newtown at 32nd. It’s cleaner and has more traditional groceries.
There are two fruit and vegetable markets on 30st Ave. at 32nd St. We get our meats at International Meat Market on 30th Ave. at 36th St. and our fish at Ocean Fish Market on 30th Ave. at 35th St. There are a number of specialty / ethnic markets: Mediterranean Foods on 34th St. just south of 30th Ave.; Euro Mart (incredible cured meats and international beers) on 31st St. just south of 30th Ave.; and Titan Foods on 31st St. just south of Astoria Blvd. Artopolis, further up 30th St. toward Ditmars Blvd., has amazing Greek pastries. It’s in a little mall area that also has another branch of Mediterranean Foods.
34-04 31st Ave, Queens, NY 11106
25-12 Steinway St, Queens, NY 11103
42-01 28th Ave, Queens, NY 11103
31-18 Broadway, Queens, NY 11106
30-12 34th St, Queens, NY 11103
23-18 31st St, Queens, NY 11105
25-56 31st St, Queens, NY 11102
34-10 31st Ave, Queens, NY 11106
25-35 36th Ave, Queens, NY 11106
23-18 31st St, Queens, NY 11105
33-09 Broadway, Queens, NY 11106
31-01 31st St, Queens, NY 11102
30-07 34th St, Queens, NY 11103
Cedars Meat House
41-08 30th Ave, Queens, NY 11103
21-02 30th Ave, Queens, NY 11102
International Meat Market
36-12 30th Ave, Queens, NY 11103
30-46 31st St, Queens, NY 11106
2524 Broadway, Queens, NY 11106
Astor Bake Shop
12-23 Astoria Blvd, Queens, NY 11102
33-05 Broadway, Queens, NY 11106
25-13 30th Ave, Queens, NY 11102
Ocean 1 Fish Market
35-08 30th Ave, Queens, NY 11103
30-08 30th Ave, Queens, NY 11102