Il Bambino is a casual Italian spot in Astoria that specializes in paninis on freshly made ciabatta. We particularly enjoy the ones with cured meat, like the speck with apricot butter, apple, and goat cheese. The sandwiches here aren’t very filling, so get one of the huge salads or some crostinis on the side. Il Bambino looks like a coffee shop from the outside, but the dark interior and nice backyard make it a casual date option with charcuterie, crostinis, and wine.
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Diamond Dogs is a casual bar in Astoria where you can drink unusual beers and bring your own food.
Pye Boat Noodle
At Pye Boat Noodle, there’s a bottle of fish sauce on every table. This is for the boat noodles, which you should definitely order.
Akrotiri is an upscale Greek spot in Astoria where you can get a whole fish, some lobster pasta, or a very good plate of octopus.
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Hudson Yards Grill is a big restaurant in Hudson Yards with a broad, but not that interesting, menu.
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Trattoria L’icontro is not only awesome, but worthy of a trip to Astoria with a group of your friends. Everything about the space is thoroughly cheesy and overstated, but that’s kind of the whole point. No gimmicks, just really good Italian food and really nice people.
Taverna Kyclades is a classic spot in Astoria for affordable family-style Greek food.
Milkflower is a neighborhood Italian place in Astoria where you can grab a Swiss chard caesar and a pizza with clams (called the Wu Tang Clam).
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