BOAST: Best of Astoria & LIC 2021 Winners by the Numbers

Here are the BOAST: Best of Astoria & LIC 2021 Winners by the numbers. Since we added LIC to every category, there were more winners than ever before.

By Section
25 categories
128 winners

13 categories
57 winners

12 categories
51 winners

Total Categories: 50
Total Winners: 236

By Location
33 – 30th Ave
26 – Astoria-Ditmars Blvd (N/W)
25 – Broadway (N/W)
24 – Vernon Blvd/Jackson Ave (7)
19 – Court Square (E/G/M/7)
15 – 31st Ave
14 – Astoria Blvd (N/W)
12 – Steinway (M/R)
10 – Queensboro Plaza (N/W/7)
3 – 36th Ave (N/W)

BOAST: Best of Astoria & LIC 2021 Winners (complete list)

Here is the complete list of the BOAST: Best of Astoria & LIC 2021 Winners. The winners in Astoria are ranked first to third, and the winners in LIC are listed alphabetically since there were so many less responses on the survey for LIC.

Best Outdoor Dining
1. The Bonnie
2. The Bier & Cheese Collective
3. Sweet Afton

Il Falco
Jackson’s Eatery | Bar
Top Quality

Best American Restaurant
1. Burger Village
2. Cronin & Phelan’s
3. Queen’s Room
3. Sugar Freak

The Baroness

Best Bagels
1. Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company
2. New York City Bagel & Coffee House

Bricktown Bagels & Cafe
Pumpernickel Bagel and Delicatessen
We Bagel

Best Bakery
1. Parisi Bakery
2. Martha’s Country Bakery
3. Queens Bake House

Blackstar Bakery & Cafe

Best Brunch
1. The Bonnie
2. Astoria Provisions
3. Mom’s Kitchen & Bar
3. The Shady Lady

The Baroness
Jackson’s Eatery | Bar
Sweet Chick
Top Quality (more…)

Best Organizations or Causes to Contribute To in Astoria and LIC


Before the end of the year, and before we post all of this year’s winners, we wanted to share the results from the BOAST: Best of Astoria & LIC 2021 Survey for Best Organizations or Causes to Contribute To. Thank you to everyone who filled out this survey question. These are in alphabetical order.

First for Astoria:
Astoria Food Pantry (Website, Instagram)
Astoria Music Collective (Instagram, Facebook)
Astoria Mutual Aid (Website, Instagram, Facebook)
Astoria Pug Composting (Instagram, Twitter)
Hour Children (Website, Twitter, Facebook)
LiveOne.TV Studio (Website, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook)
Paul the Cat Guy (Website, Instagram, Facebook)
Queens Together (Website, Instagram, Facebook)
Tikkun BBQ (Instagram)

And for LIC:
ACE Programs for the Homeless (Website, Instagram)
The Connected Chef (Website, Instagram, Facebook)
Variety Boys & Girls Club of Queens (Website, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook)

BOAST: Best of Astoria & LIC 2021 Survey is LIVE


Let us know your favorites in the BOAST: Best of Astoria & LIC 2021 Survey!

The BOAST: Best of Astoria & LIC 2021 Survey is LIVE! The site is

Please fill it out by December 28, 2021, and be sure to add your name and email at the end of the survey for a chance to win a prize. We always appreciate short write-ups with your entries, and please share the survey with anyone who knows and loves Astoria or LIC! Also, this year you can fill out part of the survey, and then come back to it later and make changes until you submit it.

This year we are expanding the survey to include LIC, so each question has space for Astoria (plus write-up) and LIC (plus write-up). We appreciate you filling out as much as you can, but no need to fill out more than you’d like.

Outdoor dining is still very much a thing, so that leads off the EAT section of the survey. There have been a lot of dessert spots popping up, so a new category this year is Best New Sweet Shop. And in the DO & SEE section we wanted to highlight the category Best Organization or Cause to Contribute To.

We hope you have a great holiday season.

Stay safe and healthy,
The BOAST Team

APAC’s PATRONAGE Begins November 12th!



November 12th – November 21st 

There is a suitor; He loves a countess.
There is a writer; She loves someone lost.
There is a countess; She loves words.
She loves them passionately, desperately, and literally.

A new fairytale from award-winning playwright Kati Frazier explores our relationship with the written word, sexuality, and how we learn to love one another properly.
Alexander Cannon, Maggie Cino, Adelaine Mollo
Directed by Tony Williams II

LIMITED ENGAGEMENT! November 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21 at 7:00pm
Matinees on November 20 and 21 at 3pm. Run Time 85 minutes
Playing at APAC, 44-02 23rd Street in Long Island City

COVID safety protocols are in effect. Audiences are required to wear masks and seating accommodated social distancing requirements. Proof of vaccination and ID required. 



Link for tickets here.

LIC Adventure Day


Gantry Plaza State Park in LIC

Andrew Karistinos’s mustache is amazing. So amazing, in fact, that it became the logo for his restaurant. He owns Jackson’s Eatery | Bar — located at 10-37 Jackson Ave. in Long Island City. Apparently, it’s a rare occasion if you don’t spot Andrew while there.

The dining experience was top-notch. Brunch was fantastic — we had egg dishes, French Toast and pancakes. The pancakes came with a generous portion of blueberry compote and homemade whipped cream — which the bruncher took home and said were just as divine later. The pancakes themselves were nice and fluffy and the compote was so fresh that it tasted like homemade jam. The French Toast was elevated with caramelized bananas and Nutella drizzled on — which was just the right amount. This bruncher said it was just delightful! The omelete was nicely fluffy and the gal who ordered this proclaimed that the potatoes it came with were the best part of her meal. One of our brunchers ordered a dish called Fixin’ to Feast — which included two fried eggs, biscuits ‘n gravy and yam hash browns. He said it was incredible, but wanted to know more about the meat in his gravy. Our host for our LIC adventure got the Southern Eggs Benny — a reliable and enjoyable dish, and he liked the mini sour cream cajun pancakes instead of the English Muffins. There was plenty of outdoor seating and the menu was accessible by scanning a QR code. We appreciated how the coffee was presented (check out the picture), and the cocktails were delectable. Also, the music gave off a chill vibe, and it was key that it wasn’t too loud.

The waitstaff were not only attentive to the human guests, but also to the dogs. Each dog accompanying their owners at the outdoor seating at this establishment was greeted with a big bowl of water.


Before our group left, we asked the owner, Andrew, if he’d be in a photo with us. He happily joined. We can’t wait to go back and try all their mac & cheese options and the chicken and waffles dish we saw on other tables. Both looked amazing!


The next item on our LIC agenda was to find a bubble tea place. Our host brought us to Mango Mango (which is just fun to say!) at 47-43 Vernon Blvd. and the ambience was just as bright and bubbly as the beverages! There was a mango-shaped chair swing which we all took turns being photographed in while waiting for our drinks. It was nice and clean inside and the employees were friendly. Most of the brunch crew got bubble tea (Oreo Creme Brulee, Passion Fruit and Signature White Bubble Tea) while others got smoothies (Strawberry and Coconut Mango). The bubble teas tasted very fresh, and there are many other desserts, such as ice cream, cakes, and waffles, so there should be something for everyone wanting a treat.

Our fearless leader continued to show off his new stomping grounds with a walk through Gantry Plaza State Park — where we stopped to snap photos and take breaks to just enjoy the New York City skyline and our drinks.

It was a wonderful adventure to explore LIC a little more. It’s a great neighborhood full of color and inspiring messages. (These signs were outside Black Star Bakery & Kitchen at 10-01 50th Ave.)

Text and photos by Emily, Jennie, Rachelle, Jamie and Jonah

APAC Welcomes new Artistic Director

[From Astoria Performing Arts Center]

unnamedAstoria Performing Arts Center welcomes Tony Williams II as new Artistic Director

Astoria, NY, August 2, 2021—Astoria Performing Arts Center has announced that Tony Williams II will take the lead as Artistic Director in August 2021. Tony recently co-directed and choreographed APAC’s Big Green Theater’s The Mystical Jungle and Luminescent City, a co-production with Superhero Clubhouse (now on FiveOhm.TV) and directed last year’s Summer Stars production of You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Tony will lead the previously planned 2021-22 Fall Season and curate the remainder of the Season this summer. “I look forward to continuing excellence that APAC is known for and elevating it to new heights,” said Williams.

Tony Williams II is a New York transplant who has worked regionally as both a director and a choreographer. His love of theatre and dance took him to Jacksonville University earning him a B.F.A with minors in Dance and Music. Since graduating in 2011 Tony has worked for companies such as Clayton State University, Players Theatre, Prospect Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company, Crosswalk Ministries USA. Bronx Arts Ensemble, and New York City Center.

APAC’s 2021-22 Season will contain premiere works of plays and musicals, plus dance, music, and art performances presented at their new permanent home in Long Island City. Currently announced works are Solo Flight (co-production with Heidi Latsky Dance) in July 2021, the postponed production of Man of La Mancha, a musical by Joe Darion, Mitch Leigh, and Dale Wasserman, directed and choreographed by Tony Williams II, Theatre of the Film Noir a play by George F. Walker, and the popular annual community programs Summer Stars and Senior Stars among others. The company will also present free readings and workshops and a new music series to be announced. For more information please visit

Ophira Eisenberg to Record Her New Live Comedy Album on Aug. 1


Ophira Eisenberg is Back From The ‘Quar’ To Record Her New Live Comedy Album at New York Comedy Club on Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 7pm and 9:30pm

Stand-UP Clips From The Comedy Cellar:
Being Nice
High Dog-Walker

WHAT: Brooklyn-based, Canadian comedian and host of NPR’s trivia radio show Ask Me Another Ophira Eisenberg is recording her new comedy album at the iconic New York Comedy Club, for upcoming release on 800 Pound Gorilla.

Having released her last album in 2014, Ophira was scheduled to record a new comedy album in April of 2020 but we all remember the lock-down canceling our plans. This was no exception. But she now has even more new material to share, including her thoughts on modern cultural obsessions like CBD, Venmo, and escape rooms, as well as her experiences being a rookie mom, and as a Canadian living in America. Come listen as she transforms these realizations into a hilarious new comedy hour!

WHO: Ophira Eisenberg is a standup comedian, writer and host of NPR’s national syndicated comedy trivia radio show and podcast Ask Me Another where she interviews, jokes around with and plays silly games with Sir Patrick Harris, Tan France, Awkwafina, Roxanne Gay, Terry Crews, Jessica Walter, Bowen Yang, Julio Torres, Nick Kroll, Ben Sinclair, Ethan Hawke and more. She is also a regular host and teller on The Moth Radio Hour.

WHEN: Sunday, August 1, 2021: Shows at 7:00pm and 9:30pm

WHERE: New York Comedy Club, 241 E 24th St, New York, NY 10010

TICKET INFO: 16+, $18.00 drink minimum, $25, or $10 with discount code CANADA.

Tickets available for purchase here

About Ophira Eisenberg:
After her April 2020 album taping was postponed by the pandemic, Ophira Eisenberg is finally poised to record her new hour of material, which now has even more new material informed by a year in the ‘quar.’ Eisenberg is a standup comedian, writer and host of NPR’s national syndicated comedy trivia radio show and podcast Ask Me Another where she interviews, jokes around with and plays silly games with Sir Patrick Harris, Tan France, Awkwafina, Roxanne Gay, Terry Crews, Jessica Walter, Bowen Yang, Julio Torres, Nick Kroll, Ben Sinclair, Ethan Hawke and more. She’s appeared on Comedy Central many times, as well as The Late Late Show, Gotham Live, The New Yorker Festival, Kevin Hart’s LOL Network, and HBO’s Girls. Selected as one of New York Magazine‘s “Top 10 Comics that Funny People Find Funny,” and featured in The New York Times as a skilled comedian and storyteller with a “bleakly stylish” sense of humor.

She is also a regular host and teller on The Moth Radio Hour. Her stories have also been included in two of The Moth’s best-selling collections, including the most recent: Occasional Magic: True Stories About Defying the Impossible. Ophira’s own comedic memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy was optioned for a feature film. Her comedy special, Inside Joke, is available on Amazon now.

Ophira Eisenberg Online:

SOLO FLIGHT Final Week — Extended to Aug. 1


[From Astoria Performing Arts Center]

Now extended through Sunday, August 1, APAC presents Heidi Latsky Dance in the New York City premiere of SOLO FLIGHT, an intimate and provocative volumetric video and film installation playing its final week! Featuring three dance films and three holographic performances, visitors will experience a unique, immersive dance piece that celebrates the complexity and beauty of exquisite, disabled and non-disabled women athletes.

Thursday, July 29 at 6pm/7pm/8pm/9pm
Friday, July 30 at 6pm/7pm/8pm/9pm
Saturday, July 31 at 3pm/4pm/5pm/6pm
Sunday, August 1 at 3pm, 4pm and 5pm JUST ADDED!

Tickets only $15, reservations required, maximum of 6 guests per hour time slot. This production is entirely accessible and open to everyone.

Astoria Performing Arts Center: 44-02 23rd St. in Long Island City
Trains: 7, E, M to Court Square. Limited Street Parking.