Astoria, Queens


Koliba's Hibernation Fare, Czech-Style

Max Falkowitz 1 comment

Astoria's Koliba specializes in oversized plates of comfort food. Chief among them: spaetzle with sauerkraut and bacon. More

Smoked Meat-Stuffed Balkan 'Burgers' at Astoria's Djerdan

A Sandwich a Day Max Falkowitz 12 comments

You can find these record-sized wheels of beef at Balkan grill joints and restaurants around the city, from Ukus to Kafana to Bosna Express, but at Astoria's Djerdan, they go the extra mile, stuffing the patty with bacon and crumbled feta. More

What Makes Duzan's Foul Madammas So Damn Good?

Max Falkowitz 4 comments

Palestinian sandwich shop Duzan makes some of the city's best shawarma, but these days I'm all about their bean dip. More

Vegetarian-Friendly Mezze With a Warm Welcome at Gregory's 26 Corner

The Vegetarian Option Lauren Rothman 6 comments

The specialty at Gregory's 26 Corner is, resoundingly, its warm hospitality. The food doesn't disappoint, either. More

Gramercy Tavern's Miroslav Uskokovic Shares His Favorite Astoria Eats

Neighborhood Guides Bao Ong 8 comments

When Miroslav Uskokovic, the head pastry chef at Gramercy Tavern, moved to Astoria in 2009, he felt right at home. As he puts it, "I try to eat in Queens a lot. Everyone comes to Manhattan. Why not support your local places?" More

De Mole's Lighter Take on Enchiladas

Max Falkowitz 7 comments

Cheesy, oily, mega-enchiladas have their place. When you're not in that place yourself, these lighter ones do quite well. More

Astoria's E Taverna Nails its Octopus

Max Falkowitz 1 comment

Few Greek restaurants seem to get everything right; you'd do best to pick your favorite by their specialty. At E Taverna in Astoria, it's molluscs. More

On Your First Visit to Sorriso Pork Store, You're a Regular

A Sandwich a Day Max Falkowitz 12 comments

Sorriso Pork Store is an Italian deli in Astoria with a reputation for good sandwiches, great deli products, and some of the friendliest counter staff you'll find anywhere. It deserves that rep on all fronts. More

Francis Cafe Brings French Back to Ditmars Boulevard

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A satisfying, if imperfect, addition to the neighborhood's lunch options. More

Eat Your (Fried) Vegetables at Telly's Taverna

Max Falkowitz 4 comments

Frying is something of a specialty at Telly's Taverna in Astoria, from the Greek fried doughnuts that end your meal (on the house) to the thinly sliced fried vegetables that should begin it. Zucchini, red pepper, and eggplant are available for $6 apiece or $14 in combination; the zucchini, rendered intensely sweet and tender by the heat of the fryer, is your best bet. More

Decent Tortas, Skip the Cemitas, at La Herradura

A Sandwich a Day Max Falkowitz 1 comment

At New York taquerias, sandwiches are sometimes a safer bet than tacos—New York bakeries produce better bread than our tortilla factories. And at La Herradura in Astoria, a fresh, poofy torta roll makes a welcome base for a Carnitas Torta ($6). More

Mezze Place: The Neighborhood Middle Eastern Restaurant That Astoria Deserves

Max Falkowitz 6 comments

Mezze Place is a Middle Eastern restaurant in Astoria with a quirky talent for vegetables, a friendly, romantic vibe, and one of the greatest chandeliers in New York. In many respects it's an archetypical neighborhood restaurant—welcoming, affordable, often quietly delicious—with some gems worth bragging about to those in farther zip codes. More

The Mozz Makes the Hero at Dave and Tony's Salumeria

A Sandwich a Day Max Falkowitz Post a comment

I wouldn't call Dave and Tony's Salumeria in Astoria a "secret" sandwich shop, but they don't shout their heros from the rooftops either. Go for one with fresh mozzarella, made right in the store. More

Syrup-Soaked Cakes Worth Seeking Out at Titan Foods in Astoria

Sugar Rush Max Falkowitz 7 comments

Even some loyal shoppers tend to ignore the bakery counter at Titan Foods, which is a shame, as this must-visit Greek market makes some of the best sweets in the neighborhood. By and large they're heavily soaked in syrup, which isn't always a great thing for flaky phyllo pastries, but does wonders for cakes. More

Feather-Light Spinach Fritters at The Shady Lady

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The Shady Lady is one of Astoria's two new oyster bars, boasting a nice draught list and a decent hand with classic cocktails. Not all the bar snacks shine, but these reasonably priced, feather-light spinach fritters are one bite I'd return for. More

MP Taverna: Not Your Average Astoria Greek Restaurant

Max Falkowitz 6 comments

In interviews, Michael Psilakis has made clear that MP Taverna, his casual restaurant brand now in Astoria, features a more visceral, less cerebral approach to Greek food. That doesn't mean the menu is dumbed down or made less "ethnic." It means you're happy that the kitchen is generous with that pita, because those stray licks of olive oil on the plate won't finish themselves. More

A Sandwich a Day: Eggplant Parm at Rosario's Deli

A Sandwich a Day Max Falkowitz Post a comment

I can count on one hand—if that—the number of times I've had a still-crisp eggplant parm on a hero. But that's fine by me so long as we adjust our expectations for a successful sandwich. If you like the idea of breaded eggplant spread with sweet tomato and milky mozzarella, the version at Rosario's deli in Astoria ($6.50 on a roll, $5.50 on a roll) is probably up your alley. More

Sugar Rush: Free Loukmades (Greek Doughnuts) Make the Meal at Telly's Taverna

Sugar Rush Max Falkowitz 13 comments

Telly's Taverna is my Astoria Greek restaurant of choice, mostly for their superior vegetables and dips. But it's the loukmades—free every night except Saturday—that win me over. More

Sugar Rush: Samali Cake at Artopolis

Sugar Rush Max Falkowitz 5 comments

A lot of the pastry love at Artopolis goes to their phyllo pastries, and justly so, but give this unassuming semolina cake a try. It's an undercover winner. More

Arepas Cafe: Quality Arepas in Astoria

Paul Yee 1 comment

Arepas Cafe's arepas are thin and overstuffed, with fillings like pulled pork with cheese and avocado or stewed chicken with peppers and tomatoes. More

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