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Old 05-22-2012, 10:22 AM
 
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gonna take a big trek around Astoria this weekend/next week including staying there for a few nights so we can really get the feel for the area.
We love greek food so looking for an affordable option there as well as other things of interest...parks, walks, historic places, etc.
So please give me some suggestions for affordable food options and other cool things to do in the area, oh and a dive bar or two could be cool as well


Talk to me friends!!
thanks everyone
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Old 05-22-2012, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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I'm listening too. The only trip I've ever made was to the main branch of Astoria Federal Saving on DItmars and back to NJ.

A nice Spring day's exploration in Astoria is in the cards, and I'd like the same things that Vanguard does, but I'll probably be going on a weekday.
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Old 05-22-2012, 12:36 PM
 
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Visit the Museum of the Moving Image: Museum of the Moving Image .
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Old 05-22-2012, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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I'll give you me two favorite cheap spots to eat in Astoria;

1) Villa Brazil Cafe grill. It's on 34th Ave and 43 St.
this place has a nice deco and it looks really clean despite the volume of people that come in daily.
The fellow who cuts your meats by the grill (His name is Beto) is super friendly and always recommends good cuts.
I suggest everyone who comes with me to this place to try "Picahna" (sic?) and hanger steak.

The sweets at this place are also very good. Try the dulce do leite with coconut glazing. It will feel like the Rio Carnival in your palate.

2)Crave. On 36st and 30ave.
And like the name says, you'll crave it after the first bite.

This is a greek place, and as such the first dish I would recommend is...... The greek lamb gyro bowl.
It's basically a bowl of sliced meat topped with cherry tomatoes, red onion, diced fried potatoes, feta cheese and lemon vinaigrette with sides of warm pita bread. Very, Very good, IMO.



On both places you won't spend more than 25 bucks for the two of you.


Enjoy!

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Old 05-22-2012, 03:32 PM
 
Location: New York
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Astoria Park, definitely!

Omonia Cafe for good desserts, Grand Cafe for food or drinks, Pitaria for gyros, JJ's for sushi (one of the best in Queens).
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Old 05-22-2012, 03:38 PM
 
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sweet, thanks!!
and keep em comin!
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Old 05-22-2012, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Astoria Park, definitely!

Omonia Cafe for good desserts, Grand Cafe for food or drinks, Pitaria for gyros, JJ's for sushi (one of the best in Queens).
I would avoid Grand Cafe. It's highly over-rated.
The food is bland, rushed, non-special and over-priced.
Besides who can have dinner while the music is blasting ? not me.

If you can get a seat outside, getting a drink there might be ok.
But again it's nothing special about it.
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Old 05-22-2012, 03:41 PM
 
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I would avoid Grand Cafe. It's highly over-rated.
The food is bland, rushed, non-special and over-priced.
Besides who can have dinner while the music is blasting ? not me.

If you can get a seat outside, getting a drink there might be ok.
But again it's nothing special about it.
I think I got sucked into the overrated-ness to realize this. There's definitely a lot of good-looking models who were hired for their looks there but I think the food isn't too bad.
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Old 05-22-2012, 08:44 PM
 
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check out whyleaveastoria.com and astorians.com for more info/suggestions
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Old 05-23-2012, 06:54 AM
 
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I suggest Michael's Restaurant on Broadway. Whenever I have been there, I have always enjoyed the experience. (See Michael's Restaurant | 33-17 Broadway, Astoria, NY)
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