Where to Eat Now: Snow Part Deux. Restaurants open during the snowstorm.



While the snow is coming down as we speak, it’s not surprising that a lot of establishments will be closed this evening.  But hey…we all have to eat!  In honor of of our wintry night, we thought to put together a quick round-up of restaurants that will remain open and ready to cater to your wintry needs.

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A Gluten-Free Stroll Down Broadway in Astoria

Guest blogger and gluten-free expert Erin Smith guides us down a stretch of GF-friendly Astoria.  A pro at living with Celiac disease and eating gluten-free for 30+ years and counting, Erin blogs about her favorite food adventures on her popular blogs Gluten-Free Fun and Gluten-Free Globetrotter.  Check them out for more great tips!


All photos courtesy of Erin Smith.

Over the past 5 years, Astoria has become a much more gluten-free friendly place to live, eat, and shop in. With the opening of new health food stores, the expansion of produce markets, and new craft coffee and beer shops in the neighborhood, there are more gluten-free options than ever before. Let’s take a stroll down Broadway in Astoria looking for some gluten-free treats.

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Pick up a fresh juice (naturally gluten-free) and a package of gluten-free bagels to start your day. Vitality also has gluten-free baking mixes, cookies, crackers, chips, and a decent gluten-free bread selection. 
Grab a cappuccino and an egg and cheese sandwich on gluten-free bread (extra charge for GF bread). Come back later in the day to taste one of their hard apple ciders and have a gluten-free grilled cheese while listening to some live music.

At only $2.50 a pop, the tacos on corn tortillas are a bargain. Order a pollo (chicken) taco with “everything” and ask if they have any aqua frescas. 
Astoria Bier and Cheese usually as at least one or two gluten-free beers in the fridge and hard ciders too. Bring your gluten-guzzling friends with you to try the tap and bottled beers. No one will go home disappointed… or sober. Be sure to take look through the drunk photos on the iPads in the wall! It’s always good for a laugh.

This newly-expanded store has an awesome selection of regular and organic produce. Shop the aisles for your favorite gluten-free snacks from Glutino or baking mixes from Bob’s Red Mill.
If you aren’t stuffed yet from your gluten-free walk down Broadway, grab a picnic table seat at the Strand Smokehouse. According to the staff, the dry rubs are gluten-free but be sure to ask the staff to confirm. Sides like mashed potatoes, coleslaw, and pickles should also be safe for the gluten-free smokehouse connoisseur. Wash down the amazing food with a cold hard cider on tap. 

Look but don’t touch! The gluten-filled bakery cases might be tempting, but sadly nothing in the display is gluten-free. Instead, order an ice cream sundae and a Greek frappe to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

Museum Day in Astoria


The Museum of the Moving Image is a fun, interactive museum with eclectic exhibits and frequent movie screenings. Here’s how to make a day out of it:

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A. COFFEED 37-18 Northern Blvd

B. Museum of the Moving Image 36-01 35 Avenue

C. Cevabdzinica Sarajevo 37-18 34th Ave

D. Salon de Coffee 37-14 34th Ave

A. Coffee + Breakfast

Start your morning off with Queens-roasted coffee and a pastry from COFFEED on Northern Blvd. If you head over after 11am on Saturdays or Sundays, you can also catch the new QNS URBAN MKT featuring some great local vendors.


Try the origina bibingka from Bibingka-Esk, made with sweet rice flour and coconut milk (and get a little drizzle of caramel on top).


B. Museum

The Breaking Bad exhibit is going on now until October 27th, 2013. Although it’s cool to see things like Walt’s underwear and the family portraits that hung on the set of Walt & Skyler’s house, the exhibit is in a small corner of the museum and gets pretty crowded on the weekend.

Once you take it all in (about 5-10 minutes), be sure to spend some time perusing the rest of the exhibits and playing some vintage video games.


Right now, view the Persol Magnificent Obsessions: 30 stories of craftsmanship in film, and delve into 30 “stories of cinematic craftsmanship,” including one of my favorites, Catch Me if You Can.



My other favorite thing at the museum, which is fun and makes for a unique souvenir, is the Video Flipbook. Stand in front of a white screen with some friends and make a series of movements which are taken as still photos. Have your stills printed as a flipbook when you head down to the gift shop on your way out. $10.85 for one and $15.85 for two.

C. Lunch

There’s a 5 napkin burger across the street from the museum, which has great burgers. However, if you’re looking for something delicious and different, walk an avenue and short block away to get some Bosnian food at Cevabdzinica Sarajevo.


What to order:

  • Cevapi - a type of Bosnian sausage (without casing). It’s really delicious with the bosnian bread and is served with onions and a roasted red pepper sauce.


  • Burek - a flaky savory pastry filled with either meat, cheese, or potatoes.


D. Afternoon Coffee

If you need another coffee pick-me-up, there’s a cozy new coffee shop right next to the Bosnian restaurant called Salon de Coffee.


E. Nap


Sunday dinner in Astoria…

Dinner with my dad included a delicious portobello sandwich and fried chicken sandwich from Sweet Afton and pastries to-go from Leli’s Bakery, just a short walk away!

Sweet Afton
30-09 34th Street
Astoria, NY (map)

Leli’s Bakery
35-14 30th Avenue
Astoria, NY (map)

Where we want to eat next in Queens (for various reasons) and those who have tried them before us: 
  Venturo - Sunnyside (via  gothamist ) 
 MP Taverna - Astoria (1 star via  NYTimes ) 
  Zhu Ji Guo Tie - Flushing (fried dumplings via Abuelo)  
 Alchemy Texas - Jackson Heights (via  Edible Queens ) 
 Cascon Cheesecakes - Whitestone (via  Serious Eats )

Where we want to eat next in Queens (for various reasons) and those who have tried them before us:

  1. Venturo - Sunnyside (via gothamist)
  2. MP Taverna - Astoria (1 star via NYTimes)
  3. Zhu Ji Guo Tie - Flushing (fried dumplings via Abuelo)
  4. Alchemy Texas - Jackson Heights (via Edible Queens)
  5. Cascon Cheesecakes - Whitestone (via Serious Eats)

Milkflower Pizza in Astoria


I’ve read some good things about Milkflower Wood Fired Pizza (via weheartastoria.com) so it was added to my extensive, never-ending list of restaurants to try next.  A rainy Thursday night and craving for pizza brought it to the top of the list.

What we ordered for two to share:

  • The special fig, arugula, and prosciutto salad with a balsamic reduction (the fresh figs were SO good)
  • Meatball appetizer
  • Brussels Sprout pizza (mozzarella, egg, and truffle oil)



What we’ll try next time:

  • Homemade burrata appetizer
  • Shishito peppers with lemon aioli appetizer
  • Spicy Soppressata pizza
  • Dessert!!

We didn’t get dessert this time because we were stuffed and wanted to head to Queens Kickshaw to get some coffee.  But next time, we just might have to make some room for their gelato.


Aside from the food, I loved the restaurant interior as well, especially the seat backs made from burlap coffee bags.


34-12 31st Avenue
Astoria, NY (map)
Closed Mondays

Meat Market

meatmarket2 It’s stressful hosting your family and friends during the holidays. With prime rib for 20 people on the Christmas menu this year, my mother is already stressing out! So she took a trip (all the way from Middle Village) to Astoria to the International Meat Market. With the extremely helpful and knowledgable staff she was able to pick out the largest prime rib they had to feed our hungry familia. International Meat Market 36-12 30th Ave Astoria, NY 11103 (718) 626-6656 meatmarket
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