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Astoria

Diners at 718 have a slightly stunned look—they can’t believe

how exceptional and economical the place is. Its high standards have made 718 one of the best restaurants in Queens. Stylish Parisian decor—half-moon banquettes, spangly chandeliers—is a fitting backdrop to inspired, modern takes on tuna (sesame-kissed, sushi-grade and grilled), duck (fruit-brightened terrine, velvety grilled breast) and crème brûlée (in three flavors). Brunch and late-night tapas are equally enticing. It is at once a bar, a warm-weather café, a brunch hang, a late-night tapas haunt, a weekly belly-dancing-and-salsa club and (crucially) a dependable kitchen. Picky eaters are sated by chef Alain Allaire’s savory braised short ribs topped with foie gras, or his rosy duck breast with hazelnut-studded cauliflower puree. And Queens’ dishiest dessert isn’t Ben Faremo’s Italian ices in Corona. It’s 718 pastry chef Raphaël Sutter’s vanilla, chocolate and coffee crème brûlée trio. Eat that, 212.

Venue name: 718
Contact:
Address: 35-01 Ditmars Blvd
Queens
11105-21
Cross street: at 35th St
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 5:30–10:30pm; Fri 5:30pm–11pm; Sat noon–5pm, 5:30pm–1am; Sun noon–4pm, 5:30–10:30pm
Transport: Subway: N to Astoria–Ditmars Blvd
Price: Average main course: $15. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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