Grabbing lunch has to be one of the best moments of our lives, and having a bad lunch could ruin the rest of your day. Living in Astoria means having a tough time picking where to grab a great lunch without having to regret your choice of restaurant or spend a fortune.
Whether you’re visiting New York or you’ve been living there all your life, knowing where to grab lunch always seems to be a tough decision with so many restaurants in Queens. Well, after putting a test to the culinary skills and customer service, we were able to select fifteen amazing restaurants for the best lunch in Astoria. Here we go!
1. Sugar Freak
If you’re looking for a restaurant with good food, music and, enough space to hang out with friends and have fun, Sugar Freak is just the right restaurant for you. Sugar freak is a beauty to behold, with washboard tables, jell jar lights, and enough space to eat conveniently. Take your taste buds to heaven with the Sugar Freak special, served on a French baguette. You also get enough outdoor space to enjoy the beautiful weather.
2. Via Trenta Wine Bar and Osteria
Enjoy the beauty of the Italian cuisine for lunch in the Via Trenta Wine Bar and Osteria. With a fireplace for warmth and its dim lighting, you get to enjoy not just lunch here, but dinner too. Its tasty pasta and perfectly cooked pizza accompanied with wine, cocktails, or beer would keep you coming for more.
3. Astoria Seafood
Enjoy deliciously prepared seafood in Queens at the Astoria Seafood restaurant. It is no surprise that the Astoria Seafood restaurant is usually very busy, they cook fish fillets that are to die for.
All you have to do to enjoy a nice lunch from this restaurant is; select your favorite sea animal (shrimps, fish, squid, octopus) from a counter display, pack them in a plastic bag and watch the cooks prepare your lunch just how you like it. Meals are affordable, and prices depend on the weight of your meal.
4. Pao de Queijo
Need a place to have amazing Brazilian snacks for lunch – the Pao de Queijo restaurant is just where you need to be. They make the best sandwiches and burgers accompanied with fresh juices, smoothies, Guarana (the popular Brazilian soda). Give your taste buds a nice treat by having their X Calabresa for lunch.
5. Neptune Diner
With impeccable customer service and an amazing menu, the Neptune Diner will sweep you off of your feet in no time. They’re open 24/7, which gives you unlimited access to delicious pancakes, triple-decker sandwiches, and a couple of Greek options. It is also a perfect spot to grab lunch with friends and family while downing in on a bowl of banana split.
6. Trattoria L’incontro
Looking for where to eat more Italian dishes, that’ll blow your mind? Trattoria L’incontro has just the right menu for you. Their Spaghetti and meatballs will give you a run for your money and is one of the many reasons why grabbing lunch here is a great idea. See the beauty and taste the goodness of Italy, all in one restaurant.
7. Avenue Café
Popularly known for their relaxing sidewalk seating, just in case you enjoy eating outdoors. With an attractive menu, ranging from Greek dishes to Italian dishes to a sip of the best American coffees, Avenue Café is just the right place to be, to up your lunch game, and to enjoy a variety of dishes every day.
8. The Strand Smokehouse
Catching up on old times with old friends in Astoria doesn’t have to be boring, The Stranded Smokehouse has just the right atmosphere and menu to lift your spirit. This restaurant is big enough for large gatherings with quite a number of picnic tables, and barbecues to die for. Enjoy the beauty of Astoria nights too as they are open till 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
9. HinoMaru Ramen
A bowl of Ramen can never go wrong, especially if you’re having one from the HinoMaru restaurant. What could possibly go wrong, with fourteen soup options to select from, like the shoyu, miso and, vegetables for vegetarians and people on a diet. Enjoy your ramen to the fullest with toppings, like chashu pork, poached egg and memma, and many more. The HinoMaru Ramen restaurant is a nice place to grab lunch anytime you feel like it.
10. Artopolis Bakery
The beautiful aroma from the Artopolis Bakery is just enough reason to draw you into this restaurant and a bite from any of their baked goods will keep you coming for more. Amazing desserts with a variety of Greek pastries to taste from, the Artopolis Bakery is just the right place to be if you’re going to taste the sweetness of Astoria. You could also get strong coffee to keep you up and going as an accompaniment with the baked beauties of the Artopolis Bakery.
11. Kabab Café
The Kabab Café is the perfect example of the expression, small but mighty. It is quite small, but the size of this restaurant isn’t a hindrance to the great customer service and the amazing delicacies that are cooked here. All thanks to Chief Ali el-Sayed, you get to taste deliciously made stews and grilled meat. There’s also moussaka for vegetarians – the Kabab Café is a home for all.
12. Arepas Café
For a quick and affordable dish, this Venezuelan restaurant is just about right. You can get arepa with cheese, sweet plantains, or avocado stuffing, and literally any meat you want to be stuffed in it. There are a couple of amazing drinks and juices to go with each meal you order like the passion fruit drink and the cinnamon-rice drink.
13. Pye Boat Noodle
Enjoy the famous Thai noodles served in a bowl of broth with pork rinds and meatballs for toppings. Enjoy your meal in the cool breeze as this restaurant has a nice backyard when it gets too hot inside and enjoy the beautiful sight of its pond and fountain. You get to spice up your meal with sugar, chili, garlic, and vinegary peppers – all present on the table. You also get to order other Thai food asides from the famous boat noodles with a cup of beer or ice tea to step down.
14. Gregory’s 26 Corner Taverna
If you’re willing to taste beautiful Greek dishes and enjoy the unique interiors of Greece while having lunch, Gregory’s 26 Corner Taverna Restaurant is the right place to be. With red-checkered tablecloths carefully laid on each table and an outdoor seating area with beautiful plants for lovers of nature. Beyond the aesthetics of this restaurant lies great customer service and delicious dishes like their Greek salad and grilled meat.
15. Rizzo’s Fine Pizza
Rizzo’s Fine Pizza has been consistent for a long while now, making pies using the family recipe for over 55 years and still impressing the Astorian residents to date. Their thin and crispy crusted square pizza with mozzarella toppings is one of the many reasons why you’d love having pizza for lunch here. With a variety of delicious pies and garlic knots, you’d come back for more in no time.
Whether you’re trying to grab lunch quickly before heading back to work or you’re going out on a date. These reputable restaurants with great customer services and amazing delicacies will cheer you up and brighten up the rest of your day effortlessly. If you’re new in Astoria or you’ve been here for quite some time, and you need meals worthy of your money, try out these restaurants and have a taste of the various mouth-watering dishes made in Astoria.