Astoria Park
UA Kaufman Astoria Cinemas 14 & RPX
The Astoria Bookshop
Museum of the Moving Image

These are the winners for the best museums, boutiques, gyms, music venues, parks, and more. Get going!

Best Activity

1st NYRR free 5K at Astoria Park

19th St and 23rd Dr, (718) 626-8620,

NYRR free 5K is every Saturday at 9am. Additionally, there are tons of things to do in the park, including tennis, track, volleyball, basketball, skateboarding, swimming, and movies in the summer.

2nd Stand-up comedy at Q.E.D.

27-16 23rd Ave, (347) 451-3873,

Besides stand-up shows, there is trivia and classes, among other things. Check out the calendar because there’s always something cool or interesting happening.

3rd Astoria Social,

Astoria Social has co-ed leagues for Darts, Trivia, Softball and Kickball.

3rd Pool at Break Bar and Billiards

32-04 Broadway, (718) 777-5400,

Lots of HDTVs to watch the game, and so many fun things to do here, including ping-pong, pop-a-shot, Giant Jenga, and yes, billiards.

Best Date Spot

1st Q.E.D.

27-16 23rd Ave, (347) 451-3873,

Survey says: “They’re not just comedy! They have a nice range of activities for a night out — or daytime on the weekends! They’re essentially a community center in some ways, trying to have events for different audiences, and I’m glad they’re here.”

2nd Sek’end Sun

32-11 Broadway, (917) 832-6414,

Survey says: “Sexy, sleek spot with varied seating, unique cocktails and tasty bites.”

3rd Mosaic

25-19 24th Ave, (718) 728-0708,

If your date enjoys craft beer, impress them by taking them to this spot down 24th Ave a bit off the beaten path. If the owner is working that day, have him pick out some seasonal items for you and your date to drink while noshing on the quite tasty flatbread and dips. Especially great during the week when it’s quieter and you can cozy up next to each other on one of the couches.

Best Gift Shop

1st Lockwood

32-15 33rd St, (718) 626-6030,

Survey says: “They have everything you could ever need and more.”

2nd The Brass Owl

36-19 Ditmars Blvd, (347) 848-0905,

This homey boutique offers a selection of shoes, accessories, and gifts.

3rd Astoria Bookshop

31-29 31st St, (718) 278-2665,

In addition to books, there are lots of events that happen here.

3rd Inside Astoria

28-07 Ditmars Blvd, (718) 956-4000,

Google says: “Always tons of beautiful gifts and very nice people working there.”

Best Gym

1st New York Sports Clubs

38-11 30th Ave, (718) 932-1400,

Survey says: “Can’t beat the price!”

2nd Club Fitness New York

31-11 Broadway, (718) 545-0004,

Google says: “New equipment, a lot of space, and nice atmosphere.”

3rd Simply Fit Astoria

37-20 Astoria Blvd S, (347) 639-0489,

Google says: “Clean space and nice workout rooms.”

Best Live Music Venue

1st The Wolfhound

38-14 30th Ave, (718) 204-2111,

Live music on Sundays with the Sunday Sessions, and Mondays with Irish Trad Session.

2nd The Last Word

31-30 Ditmars Blvd, (718) 440-3378,

Survey says: “They always have great music and it’s always varied.”

3rd The Quays Pub

45-02 30th Ave,

Facebook says: “Great neighborhood/local atmosphere with the friendliest bartenders imaginable, engaging patrons, and live music. Couldn’t ask for a better place to play and listen to music.”

Best Massage

1st J’Aime Nails

28-39 31st St, (718) 204-7835,

Google says: “Great prices, love the aesthetic, very clean, nice staff!”

2nd Active Outlook Massage

30-97 Steinway St #303, (646) 283-4657,

Massage Book says: “Excellent communication. She asked if it was too much or too little, and when I said she could go harder she did. Couldn’t believe 90 minutes was up when she was done.”

Best Movie Theater

1st UA Kaufman Astoria Stadium 14

35-30 38th St, (718) 786-1722,

If you sign up for the Regal app (for free) you can earn points towards free popcorn, soda and movies!

2nd Museum of the Moving Image

36-01 35th Ave, (718) 777-6888,

Each year the museum screens more than 400 films in a stimulating mix of the classic and the contemporary. With live music for silent films, restored prints from the world’s leading archives, and outstanding new films from the international festival circuit, museum programs are recognized for their quality as well as their scope.

Best Museum

1st Museum of the Moving Image

36-01 35th Ave, (718) 777-6888,

This museum immerses visitors in the creative process of making moving images. It features over 1,400 artifacts—from nineteenth-century optical toys to video games—as well as an array of interactive experiences, audiovisual material, and artworks.

Survey says: “A fun place to spend the afternoon learning about modern media.”

2nd MoMA PS1

22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, (718) 784-2084,
This museum is in LIC, but worth listing. It devotes its energy and resources to displaying the most experimental art in the world and throws awesome outdoor parties on Saturdays in the summer. Also, if you have an ID with zip code 11101–11109 you get free admission.

3rd The Noguchi Museum

9-01 33rd Rd, Long Island City, (718) 204-7088,
Google says: “The attention to space and light of the exhibitions brings the work to life.”

Best Nail/Beauty Salon

1st Bin Bin’s Nails

28-61 Steinway St, (718) 274-6145

Google says: “Expert nail artists can create awesome gel manicures with beautiful designs.”

2nd J’Aime Nails

28-39 31st St, (718) 204-7835,

Google says: “Love the service and cleanliness of the place!”

3rd Nails by Sue

29-16 23rd Ave, (929) 522-0898,
Google says: “This is the best place to get a beautiful mani pedi at a great price.”

Best Park

1st Astoria Park

19th St and 23rd Dr, (718) 626-8620,

Survey says: “Whether it’s Fourth of July fireworks, running, a picnic, or whatever else, I’m so grateful we have this park in our neighborhood.”

2nd Socrates Sculpture Park

32-01 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, (718) 956-1819,

A small gem of a park. Especially great in the summertime when they have a weekly farmers market, free yoga and tai chi, and movie screenings during the week. The unique sculpture art adds a special touch. Also great for dogs!

3rd Whitey Ford Field

2nd St and 26th Ave,

This is where Astoria Social has softball games.

Best Performing Arts Venue

1st Q.E.D.

27-16 23rd Ave, (347) 451-3873,

Q.E.D. settled into the Ditmars area and is bringing in comedians, trivia shows and great classes for adults to learn and laugh.

2nd Astoria Performing Arts Center

30-44 Crescent St, (718) 706-5750,

Astoria Performing Arts Center’s mission is to bring high quality theater to Astoria and to support local youth and senior citizens. Ever wanted to help build or paint a set? The group is always looking for volunteers.

Best Stand-Up Comedy Venue

1st Q.E.D.

27-16 23rd Ave, (347) 451-3873,

Survey says: “Great community.”

2nd The Creek and The Cave

10-93 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, (718) 706-8783,

Editor’s Note: This is LIC, but we’ll include it! Affordable (read: low cost or FREE) comedy shows all week and weekend, with opportunities for improv as well. Big names come through here and it’s also a great way to check out the local talent.

Best Supermarket

1st Greenbay Marketplace

32-06 Broadway, (718) 204-6400

This supermarket has a focus on fresh produce, and you can find a number of craft beers as well.

2nd Natural Frontier Market

31-28 Ditmars Blvd, (718) 255-6530

Google says: “Great collection of products, price is comparatively low.”

3rd United Brothers Fruit Markets

32-24 30th Ave, (718) 932-9876,

Google says: “Great selection of fresh fruits and vegetables moderately priced.”

Best Place to Work or Study

1st Gossip Coffee

37-04 30th Ave, (718) 440-8792,

Nice, comfortable space. Relax with a coffee or tea while you surf the web on your device of choice.

2nd Astoria Coffee

30-04 30th St, (347) 410-7399,

Survey says: “The Twitter feed is amazing and the coffee is even better!”

3rd Queens Library

Various locations,

The librarians make sure it’s quiet. Shhhhhhh!

DO & SEE Write-in

Best Way to Meet New People: Astoria Social,

Astoria Social’s Mission: We aim to bring people passionate about their community together to give their time to worthy causes while meeting new people and building friendships.

Best Best-Of: BOAST

Editor’s Note: Aw, thanks!

Survey results from December 2018. Click here for the results from December 2017, December 2016, January 2016, July 2015, January 2015.