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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.