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Where to Drink Outdoors in New York City, 2014 Edition

The Serious Eats Team 6 comments

Rooftop bars, low-key gardens, people-watching patios—whatever your inclination (and whatever your drink), we've got you covered in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. More

Epic Wait at Taverna Kyclades? Where to Eat Instead

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Taverna Kyclades is the easier-to-get-into Rao's of Astoria's Greek restaurant scene. You'll find some good grilled fish there, but the real draw is the clubby community that leads to two hour waits for a table on peak nights. Fortunately, if you're looking for good traditional Greek, Kyclades is far from your only option. More

Koliba's Hibernation Fare, Czech-Style

New York Max Falkowitz 1 comment

Astoria's Koliba specializes in oversized plates of comfort food. Chief among them: spaetzle with sauerkraut and bacon. More

Smoked Meat-Stuffed Balkan 'Burgers' at Astoria's Djerdan

New York Max Falkowitz 12 comments

You can find these record-sized wheels of beef at Balkan grill joints and restaurants around the city, from Ukus to Kafana to Bosna Express, but at Astoria's Djerdan, they go the extra mile, stuffing the patty with bacon and crumbled feta. More

What Makes Duzan's Foul Madammas So Damn Good?

New York Max Falkowitz 4 comments

Palestinian sandwich shop Duzan makes some of the city's best shawarma, but these days I'm all about their bean dip. More

Vegetarian-Friendly Mezze With a Warm Welcome at Gregory's 26 Corner

New York Lauren Rothman 6 comments

The specialty at Gregory's 26 Corner is, resoundingly, its warm hospitality. The food doesn't disappoint, either. More

Gramercy Tavern's Miroslav Uskokovic Shares His Favorite Astoria Eats

New York Bao Ong 8 comments

When Miroslav Uskokovic, the head pastry chef at Gramercy Tavern, moved to Astoria in 2009, he felt right at home. As he puts it, "I try to eat in Queens a lot. Everyone comes to Manhattan. Why not support your local places?" More

De Mole's Lighter Take on Enchiladas

New York Max Falkowitz 7 comments

Cheesy, oily, mega-enchiladas have their place. When you're not in that place yourself, these lighter ones do quite well. More

Astoria's E Taverna Nails its Octopus

New York Max Falkowitz 1 comment

Few Greek restaurants seem to get everything right; you'd do best to pick your favorite by their specialty. At E Taverna in Astoria, it's molluscs. More

On Your First Visit to Sorriso Pork Store, You're a Regular

New York Max Falkowitz 12 comments

Sorriso Pork Store is an Italian deli in Astoria with a reputation for good sandwiches, great deli products, and some of the friendliest counter staff you'll find anywhere. It deserves that rep on all fronts. More

Francis Cafe Brings French Back to Ditmars Boulevard

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A satisfying, if imperfect, addition to the neighborhood's lunch options. More

Two New Wood Ovens in Astoria: Milkflower and Tufino

Slice Max Falkowitz 11 comments

In a neighborhood with lots of solid pizza but little that's exceptional, a place that makes destination-worthy pies remains Astoria's golden unicorn. Though Basil Brick Oven is a go-to spot for Neapolitan pizza in the neighborhood, the market's gotten more crowded lately, wood burning ovens and all. More

Eat Your (Fried) Vegetables at Telly's Taverna

New York Max Falkowitz 4 comments

Frying is something of a specialty at Telly's Taverna in Astoria, from the Greek fried doughnuts that end your meal (on the house) to the thinly sliced fried vegetables that should begin it. Zucchini, red pepper, and eggplant are available for $6 apiece or $14 in combination; the zucchini, rendered intensely sweet and tender by the heat of the fryer, is your best bet. More

Decent Tortas, Skip the Cemitas, at La Herradura

New York Max Falkowitz 1 comment

At New York taquerias, sandwiches are sometimes a safer bet than tacos—New York bakeries produce better bread than our tortilla factories. And at La Herradura in Astoria, a fresh, poofy torta roll makes a welcome base for a Carnitas Torta ($6). More

Mezze Place: The Neighborhood Middle Eastern Restaurant That Astoria Deserves

New York Max Falkowitz 6 comments

Mezze Place is a Middle Eastern restaurant in Astoria with a quirky talent for vegetables, a friendly, romantic vibe, and one of the greatest chandeliers in New York. In many respects it's an archetypical neighborhood restaurant—welcoming, affordable, often quietly delicious—with some gems worth bragging about to those in farther zip codes. More

The Mozz Makes the Hero at Dave and Tony's Salumeria

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I wouldn't call Dave and Tony's Salumeria in Astoria a "secret" sandwich shop, but they don't shout their heros from the rooftops either. Go for one with fresh mozzarella, made right in the store. More

Syrup-Soaked Cakes Worth Seeking Out at Titan Foods in Astoria

New York Max Falkowitz 7 comments

Even some loyal shoppers tend to ignore the bakery counter at Titan Foods, which is a shame, as this must-visit Greek market makes some of the best sweets in the neighborhood. By and large they're heavily soaked in syrup, which isn't always a great thing for flaky phyllo pastries, but does wonders for cakes. More

Feather-Light Spinach Fritters at The Shady Lady

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The Shady Lady is one of Astoria's two new oyster bars, boasting a nice draught list and a decent hand with classic cocktails. Not all the bar snacks shine, but these reasonably priced, feather-light spinach fritters are one bite I'd return for. More

MP Taverna: Not Your Average Astoria Greek Restaurant

New York Max Falkowitz 6 comments

In interviews, Michael Psilakis has made clear that MP Taverna, his casual restaurant brand now in Astoria, features a more visceral, less cerebral approach to Greek food. That doesn't mean the menu is dumbed down or made less "ethnic." It means you're happy that the kitchen is generous with that pita, because those stray licks of olive oil on the plate won't finish themselves. More

Michael Psilakis on Cooking for Family, Serving Greek in Astoria

New York Jacqueline Raposo 8 comments

Chef Michael Psilakis is no stranger to restaurant openings and intense food, but his newly opened MP Taverna comes with the added challenge of it's location being in the heart of Astoria. We chatted with Psilakis on what Greek food means to him now, what it meant when he first started cooking and where he still wants the conversation on Greek cuisine to go. More

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