Write-ups from the 2017 Survey That Did Not Make the Cut

Not everything that people entered on the survey was a BOAST winner. But we did want to share the write-ups of those places.

Best American Restaurant
Blackbird’s: “Best wings in Astoria! Great selection on tap and super friendly staff.”

Flattopps: “Cool people, great food, fun music.”

The Pomeroy: “The Pomeroy is a cozy, modern American joint with delicious fried chicken, mac and cheese, and all the other amazing food you could want with great drinks.”

Best Bakery
Rose and Joe’s Italian Bakery: “I love their chocolate cigars and their small cakes are moist and delicious no matter the flavor! Pizza is very tasty and if you’re lucky enough you’ll experience the aroma of bread baking from the subway platform.”

Best Brunch
Bowery Bay: “Terrific unlimited drinks option & cheesy grits.”

The Bonnie: “The Bonnie for brunch is a must. Its outdoor area for seating is spectacular. The food and drinks are extremely tasty and mouth-watering offerings. The place is filled with charm.”

Best Budget
BZ Grill: “Very good Greek ‘fast’ food.”

Best Burger
Sunswick 35/35: “This bar has amazing food and an amazing burger. Just the simple bar you always wanted.”

Best Dessert
Bonjour Crepe: “They have wine & sangria in addition to sweet & savory crepes. Laid-back atmosphere too.”

Moonier Cafe: “Have you seen all of their desserts? Whether it’s a milkshake or their cake, cookies…I could go on forever. It’s all tasty!”

Thirsty Koala: “Don’t see it on their menu anymore but enjoyed an amazing dessert involving molten chocolate chip cookie with ice cream and probably some hot fudge. It was to die for!”

Best Diner
Court Square Diner: “Conveniently located near the Court Sq station & very good diner!”

Best Italian Restaurant
Sac’s Place: “The foccacia alone will make your mouth water. The food is fresh and delicious.”

Best Japanese Restaurant
Oishii: “Best sushi! And everyone is so nice!”

Best Mexican Restaurant
Athens Grill Astoria: “Best burritos for tex mex snobs.”

Little Mexico: “AUTHENTIC Mexican Food! Run by the best people.”

Best Pizza
Rose and Joe’s Italian Bakery: “Great when you need a quick bite. Very flavorful.”

Best Cocktails
Butcher Bar: “Decent variety of cocktails at good prices.”

The Ditty: “I want to have every drink on the menu.”

Best Cafe
Brooklyn Bagel and Coffee Company: “Unbelievably fantastic bagels and good coffee.”

Best Happy Hour
Arepas Cafe: “Addictive sangria.”

Best Date Spot
Jujube Tree: “Meet without meat!”

Best Haircut
Niko and Tasoula: “It’s a little mom and pop place. Nikos is a Greek musician with bazoukis and other instruments on the wall. I’m always happy with the haircut I get there, and the price is very reasonable.”