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Astoria Walking Tour

Hey everyone -- just wanted to let you know how our day went and our thoughts on the different places we tried!

We started at Arepas Cafe and thought it was absolutely delicious. We split the Mami arepa (roast pork, avocado and white cheese) and a couple of Aguila beers. We really enjoyed our experience here and the service was very friendly.

Next we moved on to Cevabdzinica Sarajevo and had some cevapi (beef and lamb sausages), which came with some really good hot bread and a roasted red pepper sauce. The cevapi was surprisingly delicious and we really enjoyed this restaurant as well. The ambiance of this restaurant is a little bit like a fast food restaurant, but hey, the food is good.

Next we went to Laziza pastry shop and sampled a variety of baklava and other pastries. We really enjoyed this sweet break and thought the pastries were very good. However, while the baklava was delicious, I can't say I thought it was significantly better than other baklava I have had around the city.

Moving on, we ended up at Zenon Taverna for some greek/cypriot food. The ambiance was really cute and the service was friendly, but we were not blown away by the food. We ordered the hot antipasto plate (which came with a variety of meat, cheese and mushrooms) and the Cyrpus meatballs (fried meatballs made with pork, potatoes and mint). Clearly, we should have balanced out our ordering just a little bit (friend meat is still meat afterall, and we were on overload), but we did not think anything we ate here was particularly noteworthy.

After we left Zenon Taverna, we decided to take a bit of a break from eating (the meat overload plus the heat took its toll on us!) so we went to Koliba, a Czech restaurant/bar on 23rd Avenue and had a few beers. The ambiance here is great and low-key, and we met some friendly people.

We then moved on to the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, which has an entirely different feel! Whereas Koliba is small and low-key (and definitely less touristy), Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden was huge and packed, but fun on a nice summer evening. Koliba and the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden definitely bring completely different things to the table, but they are both worth spending some time in.

Lastly, we decided that we had room for one more meal before getting back on the subway, so we made our way to BZ Grill and shared a pork gyro. Delicious!!!! Definitely the best gyro we have ever had (in fairness, we don't eat them very often), but really great. The pork was so flavorful, it almost tasted like bacon. The pita and the tzatziki was wonderful too. We were really happy we decided to try this place :-)

All in all, we had a wonderful day in Astoria, and we can't wait to get back out to try more places (and visit some now favorites)! Thanks again for all your help.

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Cevabdzinica Sarajevo
37-18 34th Ave, Queens, NY 11101

Arepas Cafe
33-07 36th Ave, Queens, NY 11106

Bohemian Hall
2919 24th Ave, Queens, NY 11102

Laziza of New York Pastry Shop
25-78 Steinway St, Queens, NY 11103

Zenon
34-10 31st Ave, Queens, NY 11106

BZ Grill
2702 Astoria Blvd, Queens, NY 11102

Koliba
31-11 23rd Ave, Queens, NY 11105

Jul 19, 2010
sara123 in Outer Boroughs

Astoria Walking Tour

Thanks everyone for your help and suggestions!

Jul 15, 2010
sara123 in Outer Boroughs

Astoria Walking Tour

Thank you Anicca -- this is beyond helpful. We really appreciate it!!!

Jul 15, 2010
sara123 in Outer Boroughs

Astoria Walking Tour

Hi all,

I am planning to go on a walking food tour of Astoria this weekend and I could use your help! I have been searching the boards for Astoria recommendations, and walking tour recommendations (I have seen plenty for Queens in general, although I have not found any for Astoria in particular). I have a list of good recommendations for restaurants in Astoria, but since we are looking to try a bunch of different things over the course of a few hours, we will probably need to focus more on street food or carry-out type places than sit-down restaurants. Any recommendations you have for these types of places would be much appreciated!

Thanks in advance.

Jul 14, 2010
sara123 in Outer Boroughs

Dessert in West Village?

We're going out for a celebratory dinner tonight at Crispo and are looking for somewhere in the area to have dessert afterwards...any recommendations? Thanks in advance!

Dec 08, 2007
sara123 in Manhattan

Hells Kitchen Spots

vice versa on 51st between 8th and 9th is great italian.

seeda thai on 49th between 8th and 9th is the best in the area.

Nov 17, 2007
sara123 in Manhattan

Need a restaurant/bar in Rock Center area that makes great mojitos

Bamboo 52 on 52nd between 8th and 9th makes GREAT mojitos--- and they are half price from 12-9 everyday (with all other drinks).

Oct 10, 2007
sara123 in Manhattan

Dinner tonight around 21st and 5th?

Any suggestions for dinner in the general vicinity of 21st and 5th? I'm not too familiar with the area. Looking for about $25-35 pp with a drink or two... more fun than serious atmosphere and any type of food. We have a group of between 4 and 7.

Thanks so much!

Oct 06, 2007
sara123 in Manhattan

Vegetarian friendly place in NY?

There's a vegetarian restaurant called Counter on the Lower East Side that is great.... and if you go, definitely try the chickpea fries.

Sep 29, 2007
sara123 in Manhattan

Entertaining sister-in-law.....

Nook is great! Just a heads up that it only seats about 15 people and doesn't take reservations, so it is a good idea to have a back up plan in case you can't get in...

Sep 13, 2007
sara123 in Manhattan

Restaurants in Times Square/Javits Convention Ctr area?

As a starting off point... there are lots of great places to check out on 9th avenue in the 40s-50s area so just stroll down from your hotel. In particular, I recommend Vice Versa (on 51st around 8th), which has a great setting and great italian food with a mediterranean twist, Shimizu (across the street from Vice Versa) for great sushi, Amy's Bread on 9th in the upper 40s for sandwiches and baked goods, Hell's Kitchen (a restaurant) on 9th, Nook (on 9th) around 50th is BYOB and delicious although small and doesn't take reservations. Eatery on 53rd and 9th is also pretty good. For Thai, my favorite place is called Seeda Thai on 49th by 8th Ave (right by your hotel). There's a restaurant called Pigalle that is right outside your hotel (or within the block) and it's worth checking out for good bistro fare.

Sep 10, 2007
sara123 in Manhattan

Best cocktails in the city?

I'm a huge fan of Bamboo 52 on 52nd between 8th and 9th. It has great cocktails, and half price on ALL drinks from 12-9 every single day. Can't beat that! The mojitos are the best I've ever had. They also have delicious sushi, which is great for a snack or meal while you're there.

Sep 07, 2007
sara123 in Manhattan

Best pad thai

Hey everyone---I'm looking for the best pad thai in Manhattan, midtown west would be a plus. I've tried many places and they are ok (Wondee Siam, Pam Real, Tiny Thai, Q Thai, etc.), but their pad thai is all the same--- ORANGE and sweet. I'm looking for pad thai that is not orange, and does not have that sweet sauce-- but rather you can taste the peanuts, etc. Any suggestions? Thanks a lot!

Aug 01, 2007
sara123 in Manhattan

Outdoor burger in Hell's Kitchen?

the place you're looking for is Mr. Bigg's around 43rd on 10th. Burgers, outside seating, beer, and M-F lunch special burger and a beer for $5.95

Jul 26, 2007
sara123 in Manhattan

Places around Metropolitan Pavillion?

Hey all, I'm looking for a good dinner place around the Metropolitan Pavillion on 18th... nothing too fancy, but something fun. American, Asian, Meditterean, Fusion..... I know that isnt too discerning a list, but the closer to the Pavillion the better (I'm just not very familiar with the area). Any thoughts? Thanks!

Jul 21, 2007
sara123 in Manhattan

Wined Up?

Has anyone been here? I am looking for a chill, fun place to celebrate something next Thursday and was wondering about how the food is, price reasonableness of wine, etc. Thanks in advance for any info!

Jul 19, 2007
sara123 in Manhattan

Best of 9th Avenue

i agree... i was shocked to see old san juan on this list!

Jul 18, 2007
sara123 in Manhattan

Amish markets or food?

haha... yea i realized it would be a long shot in nyc. however, i dont agree that amish food can be recreated in a diner! even if they serve "basic fare," they do it in a special way. amish fried chicken and "diner fried chicken" are not the same. also, there are many, many unique amish dishes... so just wanted to put the feelers out

Jul 09, 2007
sara123 in Manhattan

Amish markets or food?

I know this may be a long shot... but does anyone know of an Amish Market or even restaurant in the city? There is a place called "Amish Market" on 9th in Hell's Kitchen but it isnt actually one. Thanks!

Jul 08, 2007
sara123 in Manhattan

solid restaurant around 51st and bway

vice versa on 51st between 8th and 9th is great. www.viceversarestaurant.com

Jul 08, 2007
sara123 in Manhattan

Suggestions in Hell's Kitchen

I would recommend Chelsea Grill... it is delicious, but basic, and is open-air. It's in the 40s somewhere on 9th--- dont know the exact cross street off the top of my head

Jun 25, 2007
sara123 in Manhattan

Broadway & W. 47th Area - Any Great Dinner Ideas?

there are 3 restaurants that fit your bill on 51st between 8th and 9th: Tout Va Bien, Vice Versa, and Shimizu (if you like sushi). They are all really delicious, small, cute.

Jun 23, 2007
sara123 in Manhattan

Worth It?

sure it's not "cuisine," but the savory waffles are just delicious. and the desserts--- heavenly. sometimes its great to just have some fun and not be serious with food.

Jun 21, 2007
sara123 in Manhattan

Best chowish neighborhood?

Hell's Kitchen and the whole 9th Avenue stretch in the 40s and 50s is wonderful. Nothing but restaurants.

Jun 21, 2007
sara123 in Manhattan

Favorite chefs

Who do you think are the great up-and-coming chefs of nyc right now?

Jun 21, 2007
sara123 in Manhattan

Mesa Grill tonight - what to get?

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Jun 21, 2007
sara123 in Manhattan

best unique restaurant

I am new to the city and my family is coming to visit next week. I want to take them somewhere great, but not something they could have just anywhere--- just a little something special. Any thoughts? Looking for American, French, Asian-ish, or really anything except Italian (I know that's broad but just looking for input of great places)! Thanks

Jun 21, 2007
sara123 in Manhattan