The famous Astoria brunch place, Queens Comfort, also has this coffee and donut shop down the street. It’s generally much less crowded than the original (which almost always has a line during brunch), but it’s also a lot more casual - since you order at a counter and the majority of the menu involves extravagantly decorated donuts. They have a good biscuit breakfast sandwich and daily-changing specials, and if you’re looking for something quick or a meal with kids, this place works well.
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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.
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The National is a seasonal restaurant and brasserie in Midtown with solid eats for all meals at prices that aren’t cheap but aren’t abusive.
Frankel’s is a Jewish deli in the same vein as Russ & Daughters, but on its own level entirely.
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Taverna Kyclades is a classic spot in Astoria for affordable family-style Greek food.
LIC Market is a casual neighborhood spot in LIC with seasonal American food and a nice back patio.
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