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The best Astoria restaurants

Looking for a great meal in Queens? Eat at all the best Astoria restaurants, from ramen shops to steakhouses.

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By Marion Bernstein |

There’s no shortage of things to do in Queens, NY, but among them, eating is particularly primo. Astoria restaurants feature incredibly varied cuisine, as it’s one of the most diverse places on the planet, so you can find some of the best restaurants in NYC housed within this northern nook of the city. From the best dumplings in NYC to all the famous beer gardens of the borough, here the best Astoria restaurants to snag a reservation at right now.

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Best Astoria restaurants

Pao de Queijo
Restaurants, Brazilian

Pão de Queijo

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This Brazilian, mostly takeout spot offers breakfast all day and its authentic meats make appearances throughout lunch and dinner, heavy on inventive sandwiches and burgers. Fresh fruit juices and smoothies, and the popular Brazilian soda, Guarana, round out refreshing memories of Rio at this hidden spot.

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Restaurants, French

Café Triskell

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Philippe Fallait brings the flavors of his native Brittany to Astoria with this blue-and-white-walled café. The diminutive spot specializes in sweet and savory crêpes; sample hearty fillings like lamb and aged cheddar, and poached pear with aged goat cheese and toasted almonds.

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Restaurants, Pizza

Rizzo’s Fine Pizza

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A neighborhood staple for over 55 years, Rizzo’s is a family-owned pizza parlor that still slings their pies from scratch, using family recipes. Made famous for their mozzarella-topped square pizza, known for its thin, crispy crust and sharp Parmigiano and Romano cheeses, this original Astoria location also serves up addictive garlic knots, classic pizza rounds and a variety of specialty pies to a dedicated Queens clientele.

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Restaurants, Italian

Vesta Trattoria and Winebar

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Some Astorians deem Vesta the best thing to have happened to the ’hood since Elias Corner. (Only, it’s Italian.) This perpetually packed trattoria attracts diners nightly with its modern rustic cuisine—and pasta in particular. We can’t say no to the orecchiette with pork sausage and Swiss chard and hearty wild boar lasagna.

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Restaurants, Italian

Il Bambino

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Paninis are the focus of this 32-seat spot, decked out with wooden farm tables and an outdoor garden. Choose from fillings like house-made porchetta and spicy pickle slaw, or opt for small plates like chickpea panzanella and baked stuffed portobello.

Kabab Cafe
Restaurants, Central Asian

Kabab Café

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If you don’t feel like splurging at Mombar, head a few doors down to the pint-sized Kabab Café. The food is just as delectable, but cheaper and less gussied-up. Cheerful proprietor Ali el-Sayed wants you to be happy; start on your way with velvety baba ghanoush (studded with apples for a sweet twist) and perfectly crisped, creamy sweetbreads. Logs of ground lamb and beef kofta are well-spiced, and the classic moussaka is a hearty vegetarian option.

Hinomaru Ramen
Restaurants, Japanese

HinoMaru Ramen

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Steaming bowls of umami-laden ramen are dished out from an open kitchen at this neighborhood staple. Choose from 14 soups, including the Kagoshima-style tonkotsu (pork bone), Nagoya-style (chicken bone) and vegetable broths, along with add-on toppings like chashu (barbecued) pork, poached egg and menma (bamboo shoots). Gyoza, ebi shumai and the rice-bowl dish donburi round out the simple menu.

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Pye Boat Noodle

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In the Thai language, the word "pye" means paddles—necessary tools for guiding the small wooden boats that transport noodle soup along the canals of Bangkok. A simple menu of Thai street food (called "hawker food") is found in the old D & F Deli space, where the noodles and soups come with beer and creamy Thai iced tea to wash it all down. The sukhothai soup epitomizes the style of Bangkok street food with its quick cooking ingredients: thin rice noodles, long beans, roast pork, dried baby shrimp and ground pork in a spicy chicken broth.

Sugar Freak
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Restaurants, Cajun

Sugar Freak

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Chow down on po' boy sandwiches, jambalaya and blackened catfish at this 80-seat New Orleans-inspired restaurant known for its spicy fried chicken, macaroni and cheese and killer brunch of cajun classics and requisite mimosas.

trattoria l'incontro
Restaurants, Italian

Trattoria L’Incontro

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When you reserve a table, bear in mind that this wood-beamed restaurant is a rare Queens spot where diners are known to dress for dinner. Service is appropriately suave, though the waiter's absurdly long recitation of specials veers into Monty Python territory. Still, whatever he brings out is likely to be good. Salads, pizzas and pastas are nicely put together; zuppa di pesce and braised short rib are richly flavorful. The tiramisu makes a lovely nightcap.

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