Best brunch places in Astoria: The weekend starts here
Which places in Astoria are worth getting out of bed for? Check out the best brunch spots for a late-morning weekend meal.
Start your perfect Saturday or Sunday in leisurely fashion at one of Astoria’s best brunch places. Hit French fusion spot Bistro 33 for globe-trotting fare, Brick Café or William Hallet for classic egg dishes or The Queens Kickshaw for serious java and creative riffs on grilled cheese. Afterward, hit the neighborhood’s shops or the Museum of the Moving Image.
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Successful French-Japanese fusion makes this sepia-hued eatery stand out from Astoria’s armada of Greek tavernas. Arresting sushi rolls are marked by complex flavors (mango, chili pepper, a sweet balsamic reduction) and unanticipated textures (crunchy potato strings and toasted almonds), while mains include a succulent entrée of braised duck leg and velvety breast in a tart-cherry sauce. Desserts also impress: Inquire about the flavor of the seasonal bread pudding.
- 19-33 Ditmars Blvd, (at 21st St)
- Price band: 1/4
At last, bistros are booming in Queens. Owned by Adnan Krilic, a Bosnian transplant who once designed European concert halls, Brick Café has the requisite brick walls, stamped-tin ceiling and lace-curtained French windows that can be flung open for breezy brunches and sultry evenings, plus a lively same-name bar next door. Krilic’s sound-man chops guarantee an intriguing jazz-inflected music mix matched by adroit acoustics. Postcollegiate artists in ironic shags and Slavic
- 30-95 33rd St, (between 30th and 31st Aves), 11102-14
- Price band: 1/4
Fernando Peña knows the way to a woman’s heart; his family’s Dominican cuisine won over girlfriend Suzanne Furboter, who then persuaded him to start a Latin-inspired restaurant with her. The result is hip Fatty’s Café, serving jalapeño turkey burgers, grilled cheese, creative takes on pressed Cuban sandwiches and one of the best mojitos around. Furboter and Peña serve as waitress and bartender, respectively, and treat each customer like family. On weekends, they offer a
- 25-01 Ditmars Blvd, (at Crescent St), 11105-31
This sincere, unpretentious cafe has been catering to neighborhood regulars—with its mix-and-match decor, and seasonal, Mediterranean-influenced cuisine—since 1996.
- 32-90 36th St, (at 34th Ave)
Serious java draws caffeine fiends to this airy café, which also specializes in grilled-cheese sandwiches. While the pedigreed beans—from Tarrytown, New York’s Coffee Labs Roasters—are brewed with Hario V60 drip cones and a La Marzocco Strada espresso machine, there’s no coffee-snob tude here. Of the fancy grilled-cheese choices, the simplest riffs are best: One morning offering features soft egg folded with ricotta, a Gruyère crisp and maple hot sauce between two
- 40-17 Broadway, (between Steinway and 41st Sts), 11103
Tuck into American classics at this 52-seat tavern from the owners of Bistro 33. The menu of hearty eats includes refined updates like cobb salad with braised pork belly and turducken with bourbon ketchup. Drinkers can perch at the oak bar and choose from an all-American list of beers, wines and bourbons.
- 36-10 30th Ave, (between 36th and 37th Sts), 11105