Slush Astoria, the new pop-up for hand-crafted slushees that opened in mid-July and located where Kurry Qulture used to be (30th Ave between 36th and 37th St), is a refreshing addition to the Astoria outdoor dining scene. With plenty of outdoor seating options, Slush Astoria offers more than 30 slushees, all without artificial flavors, and the menu is divided by type of alcohol (vodka, whiskey/bourbon, rum/tequila, and liqueur) with both fruit-based and dessert-like options. There are a few non-alcoholic options as well, but Olga—one of the owners, along with her husband Eric—said that any of the slushees can be made without alcohol. Since each drink is made to order, changes and substitutions are not a problem, and are even encouraged to ensure you’ll enjoy what you’ve chosen. We tried Baileys Blizzard, Banana Split, Tropical Colada, and Coco Butter. Baileys Blizzard, made with ice cream, Irish cream syrup and peppermint snaps, was delicious. The Banana Split, with ice cream, banana, strawberry and dark creme de cacau, was very good with a strong ice cream flavor. Tropical Colada was a delicious upgrade to a Piña Colada, with the addition of banana and mango. The Coco Butter was a sweet treat made with Piña Colada, ice cream, and butterscotch schnapps. That one was so delicious and flavorful, someone in our group said they may go back just for that one. While we were there, the owner created a new slushee for us to sample and called it Neon Margarita, which was like a party in your mouth. Top sellers include Bahama Mama, Coco Butter, Raspberry Tea, and Lynchburg Lemonade. Due to the requirement that food be served with alcoholic beverages, Slush Astoria also serves tasty and flavorful beef empanadas with the slushees at no extra cost. Slush Astoria will be around until at least October, but it’s TBD after that, so be sure to get some slushees soon!
—Rachelle, Jamie and Jonah