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Where to Eat in Astoria

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The "Great Balls of Fire" slider at Mighty Balls — a pork meatball with housemade spicy feta cheese in a jalapeño jelly sauce.
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With so many restaurant options in Astoria — from classic Greek tavernas to modern gastropubs — it can be tough to keep track of all those eateries you've been meaning to try.

DNAinfo is here to help.

Below, you'll find a roundup of Astoria restaurants we've covered through the years — or those we just want to tell you about — broken down by cuisine type. We've included information on each eatery, as well as links to our previous stories about them if you want to learn more. 

Know a great local restaurant we missed? Tell your neighbors about it on Neighborhood Square.

Jump to a cuisine by clicking the link: Pizza/ItalianGreek/EuropeanAmerican/Gastropub/BurgersComfort FoodMiddle Eastern/MediterraneanSpanish/Mexican/Latin American; AsianCoffee/Cafes

Pizza/Italian

Milkflower

Trattoria L'incontro, 21-76 31st St.: This upscale eatery, helmed by Chef Rocco Sacramone, serves homemade pasta like a "Mezza Luna" — half moon-shaped ravioli stuffed with mascarpone cheese and pesto with asparagus, brandy and walnut sauce. 

Milkflower, 34-12 31st Ave.: This Neapolitan-style pizzeria was opened by two brothers who use farm-fresh ingredients to top their pies.

Tufino, 36-08 Ditmars Blvd.: Neapolitan-style pizzas at Tufino are cooked in a wood-burning oven that was hand built in Naples.

Il Bambino, 34-08 31st Ave.: This popular restaurant serves fancy grilled panini sandwiches, plus Italian tapas-style sides. The owners have expanded to open a second location in Manhattan.

Greek/European

Taverna Kyclades, 33-07 Ditmars Blvd.: A beloved Greek eatery that's drawn celebrity diners like Bill Murray and George Clooney, and has opened a second spot in the East Village. Be prepared for a wait: this place is popular and usually has a line to get in.

MP Taverna, 31-29 Ditmars Blvd.: Restaurateur Michael Psilakis offers his modern take on classic Greek dishes at this popular two-floor restaurant.

SVL Bar, 30-18 Astoria Blvd.: This casual Greek eatery serves gyros and souvlaki, including mini-gyros that come served in a shot glass. 

Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, 29-19 24th Ave.: This longtime beer garden is a popular spot for outdoor drinkers, and also serves a number of traditional Czech and Slovak dishes. It also hosts special events, like its annual Pork Fest.

Mussels 'N Sausages, 35-01 Ditmars Blvd.: This eatery's menu focuses on the two dishes that make up its name. Styled like a French bistro, the restaurant offers dishes that incorporate influences from around the world.

American/Gastropub/Burgers

Kangaroo burgers at The Thirty Koala

Bareburger, 33-21 31st Ave. and 23-01 31st St.: Now part of a growing international chain, this organic burger joint got its start in Astoria, and has two locations in the neighborhood. Burgers include unique meat options like elk and wild boar, and the chain has an emphasis on natural ingredients.

Snowdonia, 34-55 32nd St.: This Welsh gastropub takes pride in its beer selection. The menu includes classic pub fare like fish and chips plus unique offerings like a mac-and-cheese burger.

The Thirsty Koala, 35-12 Ditmars Blvd.: This restaurant serves Australian fare — including kangaroo burgers — plus cocktails and other specialties from down under.

Oliver's, 37-19 Broadway: Oliver's opened in 2013 with a focus on craft beers, including 16 brews on tap. Food includes higher-end bar fare like mussels or a buttermilk fried chicken sandwich, plus brunch on weekends.

The Pomeroy, 36-12 Ditmars Blvd.: Opened by Lady Gaga's former personal chef, this seasonal eatery serves up upscale comfort food like fried chicken with a jalapeno-herb dipping sauce, plus healthier fare like a Brussels sprouts salad.

Sanfords, 30-13 Broadway: This upscale diner and American restaurant draws a huge brunch crowd. The eatery recently underwent a major renovation, adding more seating and an extensive whiskey bar.

Comfort Food

Mighty Balls, 35-11 34th Ave.: The company got its start serving its meatballs at street fairs and flea markets, and now runs this casual brick-and-mortar eatery where patrons can mix-and-match their meatball selections and sauces.

Nosh Borough, 25-17 Astoria Blvd.: Nosh Borough offers comfort food with southern and Asian-inspired twists, like their Banh Mi Burger or their "Wafcos" — thin taco shells filled with things like smoked beef brisket and pickled carrots and daikon.

The Strand Smokehouse, 25-27 Broadway: This large eatery with communal tables, features barbeque by the pound and a cocktail list that's heavy on the whiskey. The joint often features live bands on weekends.

Queens Kickshaw, 40-17 Broadway: This vegetarian-friendly eatery serving upscale comfort food like grilled cheese sandwiches and mac-and-cheese, as well as a number of beers, ciders and coffee drinks.

Burnside Biscuits, 32-07 30th Ave.: From the team behind the Bareburger Chain, this eatery in the former Athens Cafe space, specializes in southern fried chicken and biscuits.

Middle Eastern/Mediterranean

Duzan

King of Falafel and Shawarma Restaurant, 3015 Broadway: After years running his beloved food truck, Fares "Freddy" Zeideia opened a brick-and-mortar space that serves his famous falafel, shawarma and other Middle Eastern treats.

Duzan, 24-11 Steinway St.: This popular eatery is known for its hummus, kababs and shawarma. It  reopened with a bigger kitchen and a new look in 2015 after some renovations.

Spanish/Mexican/Latin American

Chela & Garnacha, 33-09 36th Ave.: This family-owned eatery was opened by the team behind the popular Mexico Blvd food truck, serving much of the same authentic Mexican fare, including tacos and tortas.

Tacuba, 35-01 36th St.: Chef Julian Medina is behind this eatery, where the emphasis is on "contemporary" Mexican food, and you can drink cocktails out of a pineapple.

Fatty's Cafe, 45-17 28th Ave.: A Latin-inspred eatery that operated for years on Ditmars Boulevard, then moved to its current space in 2013. Popular for its brunch offerings, which include huevos rancheros and mofongo.

Two Lizards, 35-02 Ditmars Blvd.: This is the second location for this eatery, after its first shop opened on the Upper East Side. The menu includes Mexican classics like tacos, fajitas, enchiladas and made-to-order guacamole.

Pao and Cha Cha, 23-03 Astoria Blvd.: This tiny takeout spot is run by a husband-and-wife team who combined their Venezuelan and Chinese roots to craft their homecooked menu.

Asian

The Bao Shoppe, 3066 Steinway St.: This eatery was opened by a Queens native and culinary school grad. It serves up steamed bun sandwiches filled with things like smoked brisket or Korean rib-eye with kimchi. 

Pink Nori, 36-06 30th Ave.: Opened by a 22-year-old and his family, this Japanese spot is known for its "make-your-own roll" option, where diners can choose what ingredients they want in their sushi.

District Mot, 37-15 Broadway: A father-and-son team are behind this Vietnamese eatery, where the focus is on offering a modern twist and traditional dishes.

Kurry Qulture, 36-05 30th Ave.: This restaurant and bar serves upscale Indian cuisine, with a menu that changes seasonally.

Coffee/Cafes

Kinship Coffee Cooperative

Kinship Coffee Cooperative, 30-05 Steinway St.: Opened by a husband-and-wife team, this cafe serves Stumptown and other well-known coffee roasters and hosts coffee-focused community events.

60 Beans, 36-02 Ditmars Blvd.: From the owners of Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company, 60 Beans serves coffee drinks, baked goods, plus beer and wine in the evenings. They've since added an expanded food menu and dinner service.

OK Cafe, 22-04 33rd St.: This cafe serves organic coffee and tea, with coffee beans by Counter Culture, who helped train their baristas. They also serve locally-sourced pastries and baked goods.

Astoria Coffee, 30-04 30th St.: The owners got their start personally delivering coffee beans around the neighborhood, and have since opened their own cafe which features a rotating selection of coffee roasters from around the country.

Caffino, 29-18 Crescent St.: This cozy cafe that serves coffee made with La Colombe beans, pastries from Balthazar and a freshly-made sandwiches.