Finding the best places to eat in Astoria means getting the options of Manhattan but the prices of Queens. Astoria has built a reputation for authentic ethnic food at reasonable prices (even with drinks). The neighborhood has two popular avenues for restaurants- Broadway Ave and 30th Ave, but even 31st Ave has its showstoppers. You’ll find that the restaurants enjoy both flavorful food and ambiances. Unless a dining on a holiday weekend or with a large party, it’s likely you can visit this trendy neighborhood without a reservation. So take the trip to Queens and eat like a King with this list of the best restaurants.
Thai from Enthaice Thai Kitchen 33-20 31st Ave, Astoria, NY 11106
There are plenty of Thai restaurants in Astoria, but none with such memorable noodle dishes as Enthaice. While we pictured Pad Thai, we recommend people try Pad Kee Mau (also known as Drunken Noodles). The portions are generous, both for dine-in and delivery. But if eating at the restaurant, you can enjoy the contemporary decor and open space. Curry, noodle and entree prices vary by meat, with tofu/chicken costing just $10.
Italian from Brick Cafe 30-95 33rd St, Astoria, NY 11102
Brick Cafe has an impressive range of vegetarian, seafood and meat appetizers and entrees. Their fried zucchini and fried ravioli dipping sauces are divine. Indecisive visitors should pick what to order ahead of time. Not because the menu is overwhelming, but because everything sounds so good. With daily specials for soup, risotto, meat and pasta dishes you will never get bored eating at Brick Cafe!
American from Sugar Freak 36-18 30th Ave, Astoria, NY 11103
Sugar Freak’s southern comfort food is your destination for a lively restaurant experience. The menu items have as much personality as the decor. While famous for their brunch, the dinner menu also boasts southern gems like jambalaya, hushpuppies, fried chicken and mac and cheese variations. You can even find Sugar Freak at Smorgasburg in Queens. Just remember- dieting is for the weak.
Local Ingredients from Vesta Trattoria 21-02 30th Ave, Astoria, NY 11102
Astoria may not be known for its Italian, but it’s twice on this list for a reason. Every menu item at Vesta highlights locally grown food. The pizza and pasta options feature fresh, seasonal ingredients. Please don’t visit Vesta without trying the house red wine. And while the Sweet Baby Jesus may be a little overrated, you should order it and decide for yourself.
What are your other favorite restaurants in Astoria?