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#1 StephanieL

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Posted 05 May 2015 - 02:35 PM

Well, you asked for them (or some of you did, anyway):

 

Restaurants

  • Greek Cypriot: Zenon
  • Other Greek: MP Taverna
  • Old-school pizza: Sac's (the other offerings are just OK.  And now, if you go on Tuesdays, you get 25% off your bill), Rizzo's (Sicilian)
  • New-school pizza: Milkflower, Basil Brick Oven
  • Thai: Enthaice.  Not the most authentic, but the best of the neighborhood
  • Gastropubs: Sweet Afton, The Bonnie (both run by the same people), Snowdonia
  • Vegetarian/cider: Queens Kickshaw
  • Colombian: La Gata Golosa for coffee and snacks; Tierras Colombianas for larger plates
  • Spanish: La Rioja
  • Bosnian: Djerdan, Cevabdzinica Sarajevo
  • Australian: The Thirsty Koala
  • Brazilian buffet: Villa Brazil
  • Brazilian restaurant: Malagueta
  • New Orleans: Sugarfreak
  • Seafood: Mar's
  • Barbecue: Butcher Bar

Shopping/cafes

  • Everything under the sun: Food Bazaar on Northern Boulevard, on the border of LIC & Astoria.  The biggest supermarket I've ever seen in NYC.
  • All things Euro, plus beer: EuroMart
  • Fancy beer and growlers: Astoria Bier and Cheese.  You can get beer flights and meat and cheese platters
  • Smoked meats: Muncan Foods
  • Greek supermarket: Titan
  • Japanese: Family Market
  • Bakeries: Artopolis (Greek), Café Boulis (Greek, but only for the fresh loukomades), La Guli (Italian/Sicilian), Leli's (Maltese), Astor Bake Shop (American), Gulluouglu (Turkish)
  • Fancy coffee: Astoria Coffee, 60 Beans

And of course, there's Freddy the King of Falafel and Shawarma truck parked on Broadway and 30th Street.  He's getting a brick-and-mortar place one block down the street.  And there's that souvlaki truck on 31st Avenue and 31st Street.

 

I'm sure I'm forgetting things, but will update as I remember them.


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#2 Sneakeater

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Posted 05 May 2015 - 02:41 PM

This is great.


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Posted 05 May 2015 - 02:41 PM

Thanks.


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#4 Shichman

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Posted 05 May 2015 - 02:56 PM

I lived in Astoria for 6 years, this is an excellent list!

 

Also thrilled you have my 2 personal fav Greek places, in the order I would put them in:

  • Greek Cypriot: Zenon (Greek Cypriot)
  • Other Greek: MP Taverna

May I just add that Ovelia has perhaps the best brunch, Ornella is awesome, and Il Bambino is a must try incredible place.



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Posted 05 May 2015 - 03:03 PM

For those of you outside the hood, Ovelia is "modern" Greek (they have lots of organic food), Ornella is Italian (homemade pastas and unusual offerings, like sweet blood pudding), and Il Bambino has mostly paninis and other sandwiches.


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#6 LiquidNY

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Posted 05 May 2015 - 04:14 PM

Next time I'm in the hood I'm definitely going to that Cypriot place.

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#7 Shichman

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Posted 05 May 2015 - 07:51 PM

Next time I'm in the hood I'm definitely going to that Cypriot place.

 

Its REALLY good, and I highly recommend one of the meze meals... Its about 10 or 12 courses, cold food first then hot food, and you can choice either fish or meat all for around $25... Its seriously an incredible value, really fun for groups too, I've taken many many people there and its always a huge hit. That place is really a gem. 

 

Oh and THIS: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RjcPgxyCPU

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Posted 05 May 2015 - 11:48 PM

There's a Maltese place, and I didn't know!


sandwiches that are large and filling and do not contain tuna or prawns


#9 LiquidNY

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Posted 06 May 2015 - 12:25 AM

Oh and THIS:
:)


That's almost as great as the Troy commercial:

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#10 StephanieL

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Posted 06 May 2015 - 02:11 PM

But Zenon has much better food.


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Posted 18 April 2016 - 08:22 PM

I "needed" to go to Muncan Foods last week for as much cured pork/beef/lamb/duck as I could possibly ever eat. God, is that place great!

 

The duck "prosciutto" is outstanding. As was one or two of the beef salamis I bought. Not that there was anything wrong with the pork products either.

 

If you're going, just don't tell your cardiologist.

 

And I had lunch at Zenon.  Also quite good, but now I need to go back with a crew in tow to sample the meze meal offerings.

 

Muncan Foods...

 

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Posted 18 April 2016 - 08:50 PM

God, that place is great.  On my way out I always buy a couple of links of kabanos to munch as I walk down the street.


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#13 StephanieL

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Posted 18 April 2016 - 10:59 PM

Muncan does mail order now.


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