Martha’s Country Bakery
Bareburger
Sanfords Restaurant
Ample Hills Creamery
King of Falafel & Shawarma
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These are the winners for the best restaurants, bakeries, street carts, and diners. Bon appétit!

Best American

1st Sanfords Restaurant

30-13 Broadway, (718) 932-9569, sanfordsnyc.com

Survey says: “Sanfords is classic New American comfort fare and offers a classy, upscale environment with a mix of eclectic dishes for all tastes.”

2nd Queens Comfort

36-18 30th Ave, (718) 721-3800, places.singleplatform.com

Google says: “Great host and service, scrumptious food and awesome vibe and music.”

3rd Sugar Freak

37-11 30th Ave, (718) 606-1900, sugarfreak.com

Google says: “I absolutely love the sweet corn and bacon mac & cheese!”

Best Bagels

1st Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company

36-14 30th Ave, (718) 777-1121; 35-05 Broadway, (718) 204-0141; 35-09 Ditmars Blvd, (718) 932-8280, bkbagel.com

Survey says: “Though the name is deceiving, this Astoria based company makes large fluffy decadent bagels!”

2nd New York City Bagel & Coffee House

33-10 30th Ave, (718) 728-9512; 40-05 Broadway, (718) 728-9511; 29-10 Broadway, (718) 777-0324; 29-08 23rd Ave, (718) 728-9500, nycbch.com

Survey says: “This is the type of bagel place dreams are made of: heavenly smells, everything homemade, unique options (like Blueberry bagels), massive drink selection and made-to-order breakfast items such as omelettes! What’s not to love?”

3rd Lots O Bagels

30-05 Broadway, (718) 267-7777, places.singleplatform.com

Google says: “Amazing egg bagel and salmon cream cheese is so good too!!”

Best Bakery

1st Martha’s Country Bakery

36-21 Ditmars Blvd, (718) 545-9737, marthascountrybakery.com

Survey says: “it is hard to count the amount of homemade and incredible items that they serve. If you want a slice of amazingness and down country goodness – you need to come to this spot!”

1st Parisi Bakery

30-17 Broadway, (718) 728-5282, parisibakeryastoria.com

Survey says: “Parisi is a feel-good mom and pop bakery – an absolute gem. The crumb cake is out of this world and so are the amazing other desserts. When you approach and get that ’bakery’ smell it’s absolute heaven.”

3rd Artopolis Bakery

23-18 31st St, (718) 728-8484, allmenus.com
Survey says: “If you get a loaf of their tsoureki while it’s fresh out of the oven on cooling racks in the days leading up to Greek Easter, you’ll be transported by the heavenly flavors of cardamom and orange zest in the lighter than air egg bread. Check out their cookies, spoon sweets and savory pastries, in addition to the other beauties filling their shelves. A special Shangri La.”

Best Brazilian

1st Pao De Queijo

31-90 30th St, (718) 204-1979, astoriapaodequeijo.com

Survey says: “Love their cheese bread.”

2nd Kilo Astoria

31-27 Ditmars Blvd, (718) 606-9300, facebook.com/kiloastoria

Survey says: “Great buffet, excellent meats, and very friendly staff.”

3rd Rio Market

32-15 36th Ave, (718) 706-7272, riosupermarket.com

Google says: “The space is clean, ample; no long wait times; service super-friendly.”

Best Brunch

1st Sanfords Restaurant

30-13 Broadway, (718) 932-9569, sanfordsnyc.com

They have a very large brunch menu, and it’s all quite good. Be warned that people know about Sanfords weekend brunch, so expect to wait if you get there at a normal brunch time. Or get there earlier and stroll right in.

2nd The Bonnie

34-19 30th Ave, (718) 440-9081, tk.com

Survey says: “Great decor, outdoor patio, and… Chicken with Waffle. Yum!”

3rd Queens Comfort

36-18 30th Ave, (718) 721-3800, places.singleplatform.com

Expect long lines for weekend brunch. Delicious food, but service is not speedy, so be sure to come with plenty of time.

3rd The Trestle

34-02 Broadway, (347) 808-0290, trestleastoria.com

The egg dishes are flavorful, and we love that they have chocolate chip pancakes!

Best Budget

1st Mama’s Empanadas

32-41 Steinway St, (718) 626-1272, allmenus.com

Google says: “I ordered a variety of empanadas that were filled with beef, chicken and pork.”

2nd Create

36-03 30th Ave, (718) 204-0333; 29-21 Ditmars Blvd, (718) 777-0504, createastoria.com

Google says: Excellent food; you can get very good, fresh salads made to order, sandwiches, burger (beef, turkey, veggie), smoothies, etc. in a casual seat yourself or take-out environment.”

3rd Arepas Cafe

33-07 36th Ave, (718) 937-3835, menupages.com

Survey says: “So much delicousness that’s skinny wallet friendly.”

Best Burger

1st Bareburger

33-21 31st Ave, (718) 777-7011; 23-01 31st St, (718) 204-7167, bareburger.com

Survey says: “They are the only place that makes a proper Jake wrapped burger. Plus loads of vegan, vegetarian, abd gluten free options.”

2nd Burger Club

32-02 30th Ave, (718) 777-7788, burger-club.com

Yes, the burgers are excellent, but have you had the hand-cut french fries with cheddar cheese drizzled with beef short rib? Enough said.

3rd Petey’s Burger

30-17 30th Ave, (718) 267-6300, peteysburger.com

Google says: “Great burgers,sweet potato fries better than most places.”

Best Chinese

1st Jujube Tree

35-02 30th Ave, (718) 545-1888, jujubetreeastoria.com

Survey says: “It’s pan-Asian, not strictly Chinese, but if it’s perfect for Christmas Eve dining, then it works here. They have a wide range of vegetarian/vegan dishes that will please vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. I especially like the Kung Po Bean Curd, but I’m probably up to about seven different “go-to” dishes here. Perfect for weekday lunch specials, weekend lunch, any-night dinner, takeout… you name it!”

2nd Golden Dragon

3406 31st Ave, (718) 777-2727, goldendragonastoria.com

Google says: “Lunch specials are attractively priced and served up quickly.”

Best Deli

1st Sal, Kris, and Charlie’s Deli

33-12 23rd Ave, (718) 278-9240, places.singleplatform.com

Survey says: “When you walk into this classic deli, be prepared for the absolute classics, including mega-large sandwiches of meaty goodness.”

2nd D & F Italian Deli

35-17 Broadway, (718) 728-2422, dandfitaliandeli.com

Google says: “I love this place, their coffee is awesome and so is the customer service.”

Best Dessert

1st Ample Hills Creamery

34-02 30th Ave, (347) 242-2026, amplehills.com

Survey says: “Can you say ice cream for dinner?”

2nd Omonia Café

32-20 Broadway, (718) 274-6650, omoniacafe.com

An extremely large selection of sweets. Insider’s tip: You can go next door to Omonia Next Door for even more treats.

3rd Biskoti

37-20 30th Ave, (844) 247-5684, biskoti.com

Google says: “Great selection of teas, nice coffee selection, delicious desserts and pastries.”

3rd Chip

30-06 34th St, (917) 745-0101, chipnewyorkcity.com

Survey says: “Well worth the wait and the size is generous for the price.”

Best Diner

1st Bel Aire Diner

31-91 21st St, (718) 721-3160, belairediner.com

One of the best 24-hour options in Astoria. You can get there by bus, which will drop you off right in front, or have the food delivered by ordering online. They have a large selection of different cuisines and great desserts.

2nd Neptune Diner

31-05 Astoria Blvd S, (718) 278-4853, places.singleplatform.com

This Greek-themed diner is a stone’s throw away from the recently-renovated Astoria Blvd subway station, and if you drive, they have a parking lot! While open 24 hours, best service is before the late night hours.

3rd Michael’s

33-17 Broadway, (718) 726-7474, michaelrestaurant.com

Google says: “Delicious Irish Breakfast Special with fried chicken and waffles.”

3rd Court Square Diner

45-30 23rd St, Long Island City, (718) 392-1222, courtsquarediner.com

Google says: “Portions were huge and prices alright with very friendly staff.”

Best Greek

1st Taverna Kyclades

33-07 Ditmars Blvd, (718) 545-8666, tavernakyclades.com

Survey says: “Classic Greek taverna with amazing seafood, bread and fun with great wine and dessert.”

2nd Bahari Estiatorio

31-14 Broadway, (718) 204-8968, bahariestiatorio.com

Google says: “Fresh fish, great vegetables, good Greek wine + service that feels like family.”

3rd Agnanti

19-06 Ditmars Blvd, (718) 545-4554, places.singleplatform.com

Google says: “They do have a great selection of home made dishes, and the portions are large.”

Best Indian

1st Seva

30-07 34th St, (718) 626-4440, sevaindianrestaurant.com

Survey says: “There’s just nothing better. It’s flavorful, and just a great price. And it’s across the street from Chip sandwich shop.”

2nd Yaar

22-55 31st St, (718) 721-0205, yaarindianrestaurant.com

Survey says: “Beautiful Decor, great food and always friendly service.”

3rd Tikka Indian Grill

34-14 30th Ave, (718) 255-1085, tikkaindiangrill.com

Survey says: “A pleasing menu for vegetarians and omnivores alike! Good for both dining in and takeout. They can tailor the spice level to match your request.”

3rd Kurry Qulture

36-05 30th Ave, (718) 674-1212, kurryqulture.com

Survey says: “I have tried so many Indian restaurants around the entire city and this is by far the best one!”

Best Italian

1st Trattoria L’Incontro

21-76 31st St, (718) 721-3532, trattorialincontro.com

Survey says: “A bit on the pricey side, but you really get the best Italian meal around.”

2nd Ornella Trattoria Italiana

29-17 23rd Ave, (718) 777-9477, ornellatrattoria.com

Survey says: “$10 pasta night on Thursdays. Need I say more?”

3rd Vesta Trattoria & Wine Bar

21-02 30th Ave, (718) 545-5550, vestavino.com

Survey says: “Focused menu, epic wine selection, cozy atmosphere.”

Best Japanese

1st Watawa Sushi

33-10 Ditmars Blvd, (718) 545-9596, www.watawasushi.com

Survey says: “Ever since they expanded, it’s a lovely dining experience. I’d take a date here if I were still dating!”

2nd Pink Nori

36-06 30th Ave, (718) 685-2365, pinknorinyc.com

Survey says: “Fresh sushi with a romantic ambience and great service makes for a great experience. Also great for take-out as well!”

3rd JJ’s Fusion

37-05 31st Ave, (718) 626-8888, jjsfusionny.com

Google says: “My favorite place to sit down for a no frills bit of sushi.”

Best Mexican

1st Tacuba

35-01 36th St, (718) 786-2727, tacubanyc.com

Google says: “Empanadas were homey and filling, and nice selection of Mexican beer.”

2nd De Mole Astoria

42-20 30th Ave, (718) 777-1655, demoleastoria.com

Survey says: “Their seitan burritos and fajitas are delicious vegetarian fare, and of course they have a menu with mostly options for meat-eaters. The chips they put out at the beginning of the meal are fantastic too.”

3rd Chela & Garnacha

33-09 36th Ave, (917) 832-6876, chela-garnacha.com

Google says: “Yummy little taco spot… Don’t miss the fried cheese.”

Best New Restaurant

1st Lokanta

31-16 Broadway, (718) 728-4477, thelokanta.com

Google says: “Excellent Turkish restaurant with great service – the small plates are awesome!”

2nd Veggie Lin Garden

48-14 Broadway, (718) 932-0002, veggielingardenny.com

Survey says: “I haven’t actually been there, but BOAST captured the experience nicely. ;-)”
Editor’s note: See our restaurant review here.

3rd Ela Taverna Astoria

26-19 23rd Ave, (718) 255-6236, menupages.com

Survey says: “Superior Greek food, comfortable ambiance, and unusually friendly, genial staff. The current BYOB status while waiting for their liquor license is great, too!”

Best Pizza

1st Milkflower

34-12 31st Ave, (718) 204-1300, milkflowernyc.com

Survey says: “This incredible gem has stepped up the pizza game in Astoria – no doubt. How about egg and brussel sprouts on a pizza? Check. Great appetizers and dessert. Check. This is the place to be!”

2nd Dino’s Pizzeria

30-01 Broadway, (718) 545-4775, dinos-pizzeria.com

Survey says: “Delicous gluten free pizza. Yum!”

3rd Retro Pizza Cafe

41-02 Broadway, (347) 612-4460, retropizzaastoria.com

Google says: “We often get that pie delivered when we have family in town.”

3rd Tufino Pizzeria

36-08 Ditmars Blvd, (718) 278-4800, tufinopizza.com

Google says: “The risotto crust is crispy and creamy with warm cheese and sausage inside.”

Best Sandwich

1st Sal, Kris, and Charlie’s Deli

33-12 23rd Ave, (718) 278-9240, places.singleplatform.com

Survey says: “Sandwich Kings.”

2nd iKraveit Foods

34-02 30th St, (718) 777-0030, ikraveitfoods.com

Big, tasty, filling sandwiches, and at a reasonable price. We often get a sandwich there when going for a day excursion.

3rd The Bonnie

29-12 23rd Ave, (718) 274-2105, thebonnie.com

On their menu, there’s a Fried Chicken Sandwich, a vegan “pastrami” reuben, and a couple burgers.

Best Street Cart

1st King of Falafel & Shawarma

30-15 Broadway, (718) 626-3838; 33-01 30th Ave, (718) 838-4413; 30-16 Ditmars Blvd, (917) 912-7870, thekingfalafel.com

Survey says: “Where else can you get a filling container with enough food for two people? Even four falafels for two bucks is a filling cheap snack.”

2nd King Souvlaki

31st St and 31st Ave, (917) 416-1189, kingsouvlakinyc.com

Google says: “The food is fresh and you can smell the flavor of roasted meat from a distance.”

Best Thai

1st Enthaice Thai Kitchen

33-20 31st Ave, (718) 932-1111, enthaicethaikitchen.com

Survey says: “Great value and variety.”

2nd Pye Boat Noodle

35-13 Broadway, (718) 685-2329, pyeboatnoodle.com

Survey says: “The food was tasty, and the outdoor seating area makes you feel like you’re eating in a sukkah!”

3rd Hero Thai & Izakaya

34-16 Broadway, (718) 932-8826, heroastoria.com

Google says: “Love their spicy basil fried rice, crispy duck salad and duck red curry.”

Best Vegetarian

1st Jujube Tree

35-02 30th Ave, (718) 545-1888, jujubetreeastoria.com

Survey says: “They have a wide range of vegetarian/vegan dishes that will please vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. I especially like the Kung Po Bean Curd, but I’m probably up to about seven different “go-to” dishes here. Perfect for weekday lunch specials, weekend lunch, any-night dinner, takeout… you name it!”

2nd Seva

30-07 34th St, (718) 626-4440, sevaindianrestaurant.com

Survey says: “Get amazingly delicious and flavorful classic Indian cuisine at this classic mainstay with great deals and service.”

3rd Veggie Lin Garden

4814 Broadway, (718) 932-0002, veggielingardenny.com

Google says: “Such amazing, authentic vegetarian/vegan Chinese food!”

3rd Yaar

22-55 31st St, (718) 721-0205, yaarindianrestaurant.com

Survey says: “Beautiful Decor, great food and always friendly service.”

EAT Write-in

Best Arepas: La Vecina

30-66 Steinway St, (718) 433-9399, lavecinaastoria.com

Best Bar Food: Break Bar & Billiards

32-04 Broadway, (718) 777-5400, facebook.com

Best Brisket: Mothership Meat Company

27-20 40th Ave, (347) 808-7078, facebook.com

Best Pho and Vietnamese Food: District Saigon

37-15 Broadway, (718) 956-0007, districtsaigonnyc.com

Best Wings: Blackbird’s

41-19 30th Ave, (718) 943-6899, blackbirdsbar.com

Delicious for any time of day: Il Bambino

34-08 31st Ave, (718) 626-0087, ilbambinonyc.com

Great Local Hangout: The Pomeroy

36-12 Ditmars Blvd, (718) 721-1579, thepomeroynyc.com

Restaurant That Someone Who Just Left Astoria Most Misses: Jujube Tree

35-02 30th Ave, (718) 545-1888, jujubetreeastoria.com

EAT Best of the Decade

Gainjin

Permanently closed.

Il Bambino

34-08 31st Ave, (718) 626-0087, ilbambinonyc.com

Survey says: “Always leave there so satisfied and it’s always so relaxed there.”

Jujube Tree

35-02 30th Ave, (718) 545-1888, jujubetreeastoria.com

Survey says: “They have a wide range of vegetarian/vegan dishes that will please vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. I especially like the Kung Po Bean Curd, but I’m probably up to about seven different “go-to” dishes here. Perfect for weekday lunch specials, weekend lunch, any-night dinner, takeout… you name it!”

Mom’s Kitchen & Bar

33-01 31st Ave, (718) 267-0142, momsastoria.com

Queens Kickshaw (sad face!)

Permanently closed.

Sac’s Place

3511 35th Ave, (718) 204-5002, sacsplace.com

Trattoria L’Incontro

21-76 31st St, (718) 721-3532, trattorialincontro.com

Vesta Trattoria & Wine Bar

21-02 30th Ave, (718) 545-5550, vestavino.com

Survey results from December 2019. Click here for the results from December 2018, December 2017, December 2016, January 2016, July 2015, January 2015.