What’s the deal with Astoria?
If you haven't been to Astoria, you're missing out on one of the coolest neighborhoods in the world—and NYC's coolest overall. We're not exaggerating.
The neighborhood is a melting pot of cultures with huge Greek and Middle Eastern populations and, unsurprisingly, a thriving bar and restaurant scene that there's always something new to try. Maybe you've heard of Taverna Kyclades? It's been named one of the best Greek restaurants in all of New York. In fact, some of the neighborhood's best recipes can be found in a new cookbook!
What's the best part about Astoria? Going out is budget-friendly. Prices are generally less than Manhattan's, from its menu prices to what you'll pay at its independent boutiques and record stores.
Astoria definitely gives hip Brooklyn neighborhoods a run for their money—it's more affordable and just as cool.
If you only do one thing
Go off the beaten track
Walk to the Socrates Sculpture Garden for incredible views of the Manhattan skyline and fun art installations you can take selfies with.
On a sunny day
On a rainy day
Catch stand-up comedy or a class at Q.E.D Astoria, the neighborhood's much-loved resource for all things educational and fun. You can take lessons from swing dancing to podcasting.
Catch a film at the Museum of the Moving Image and peruse its incredible exhibits, including the one about Jim Henson and his Muppets.
Meet friends at the Beer Garden at Bohemian Hall for a chill night out with Czech beer and grilled bratwurst.
Nearest subway stations
Get on the N or W train and head to 36th Avenue, Broadway, 30th Avenue, Astoria Boulevard or Astoria-Ditmars stops. Alternatively, you can take the M or R train to Steinway.
What else is nearby?
Long Island City (take the train to Queensboro Plaza) is a culture hub, where MoMA PS1, Obie-winning theater the Chocolate Factory, and new writers’ and artists’ salon the Oracle Club are found.
Things to do in Astoria, Queens
You can now download recipes from some of Astoria's best restaurants
Some of Astoria's most delicious meals, cocktails and desserts can now be made at home. A group of Astoria residents, chefs and restauranteurs huddled together to make a cookbook with 32 recipes, which they released last week to benefit the Astoria Mutual Aid Network. Already, it's raised about $7,300. RECOMMENDED: Astoria, Queens neighborhood guide The Astoria At Home Cookbook includes small plates, mains, cocktails and desserts that most Astorians know and love but have never been able to recreate at home until now, like The Last Word's "The Last Word" drink, spanakopita from Taverna Kyclades, Mom's pancake burrito and Vesta Trattoria's "Baby Jesus cake." Other restaurants included are Oliver's Astoria, Sweet Afton, Diamond Dogs, sek'end sun, Duzan, Ovelia, Anassa Taverna, Queens Room, Astoria Bier & Cheese, Comfort Land, Via Vai, Nneji, Snowdonia, Bench Flour Bakers, The Thirsty Koala and more. There's even a recipe (the Donated Plum Galette) from Astoria Food Pantry. (The full recipe for Queens Comfort's Sugar Hill Burger is below.) Cookies from Bench Flour BakersPhotograph: Courtesy Desmond Thorne/Bench Flour Bakers The cookbook is digital only right now so that production costs are kept as low as possible allowing more money to go toward the Astoria Mutual Aid Network. So when you purchase the book for $25, it's a PDF you can download onto your phone or computer. That means you can start creating your favorite dishes immediately instead of waiting for a book t
5 great outdoor dining spots in Astoria
Astoria may be known best for its large Greek community, but it actually offers much more. From crisp Puerto Rican pasteles to flavorful bowls of Thai noodle soups, there’s a wide-range of cuisines to be found here. This summer, we’ll be enjoying our meals outdoors as indoor eating and drinking are on hold. But this popular Queens neighborhood’s vibrant streets set the perfect stage for dining al fresco. Here’s where to go:
Six secrets of Astoria, Queens
You can live in New York for years and still not know everything about its vibrant neighborhoods. Sure, we know the best New York attractions, the best parks and our favorite restaurants, but the city is still full of surprises. That's why we love it. We named Astoria one of the 50 coolest neighborhoods in the world in 2019 and while certainly earned it because of its laid-back vibe and identity as a beautiful melting pot with incredible restaurants and bars, it also has character you can't find anywhere else. Below, we're spilling six Astoria secrets so you can examine some lesser-known aspects of this outerborough enclave. RECOMMENDED: Astoria, Queens neighborhood guide