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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.

Photograph: Courtesy Kabab Café

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 northwestern 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

1

Pão de Queijo

This Brazilian, mostly takeout spot offers breakfast all day and its authentic meats make appearances throughout all menu sections, 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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Café Triskell

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 unique fillings like tomato confit with Swiss and herb butter, and poached pear with chocolate sauce and toasted almonds.

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Rizzo’s Fine Pizza

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 parmiagano 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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Vesta Trattoria and Winebar

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 cavatappi with spicy cauliflower and bread crumbs and hearty three-meat lasagna.

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Il Bambino

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 fried eggplant, or opt for Italian and Spanish small plates, like chickpea panzanella and marinated sardines.

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Kabab Café

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 eggeh, a golden-brown egg fritter. Logs of ground lamb and beef kofta are well-spiced, and the classic moussaka is a hearty vegetarian option.

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7

HinoMaru Ramen

Slurp noodles at this Astoria ramen house, from the Chace Restaurant Group (Ember Room, Spot Dessert Bar). Japanese native Koji Miyamoto dishes out steaming bowls from an open kitchen. The 60-seat space also features high ceilings, a dining-room skylight, and an abstract sculpture made of steel and Japanese paper mounted on one wall. Choose from eight soups, including the Hakata-style tonkotsu (pork bone), Nagoya-style (chicken bone) and vegetable broths, along with add-on toppings like chashu (barbecued) pork, onsen tamago (boiled egg) and menma (bamboo shoots). Gyoza, meat-stuffed buns and the rice-bowl dish donburi round out the simple menu.

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8

Pye Boat Noodle

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 Bangok street food on the menu with its quick cooking ingredients: thin rice noodles, bean sprouts, roast pork, dried baby shrimp and ground pork in a chicken broth.

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9

Sugar Freak

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.

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Trattoria L’Incontro

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 lamb shank are richly flavorful. The house-made hazelnut gelato makes a lovely nightcap.

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4 comments
Paul P
Paul P

Chela y Garnacha should definitely be on the list. I dream of their shrimp tacos and spicy margaritas.

Pooja C
Pooja C

How the hell is Queens Comfort not on this list??!!!! Best brunch in Queens hands down!

Lyn E
Lyn E

I've eaten at Vesta, L'Incontro, Hinomaru and SugarFreak and indeed they are all great.  I haven't eaten at any of the others yet.  I'd add to your list Milkflower, Queens Kickshaw and..... my #1 place where I eat all the time is Sixty Bean Kitchen & Coffee.  The food there rivals any of the top fine dining restaurants in the city when it comes to execution and presentation.  Understated, yet no mistaking the high level of skill and artistic vision in the kitchen.  ;-)

Lillie O
Lillie O

@Lyn E I absolutely agree - Milkflower and Queens Kickshaw totally need to be on this list!