Be prepared for long lines outside the door of Queens Comfort, a kitschy spot that serves up American comfort food with a modern twist. Mixed Berry, Cream Cheese-Stuffed French Toast, Fried Green Tomato Benedict and Cornflake-Crusted Chicken Sandwich are just a few of the eclectic offerings, and the visuals on the website will give you an idea of the decor, a mash-up of down-home and retro styles. Queens Comfort is cash-only and BYOB.
Queens Comfort, Steinway Street and 30th Avenue, New York, NY, +1 718 728 2350
DiWine offers a relaxing brunch in a classy setting. Dim lighting, candles and earth tones set off an interior that is a blend of industrial and upscale. Highlights are Banana Bread French Toast and a selection of fritattas and pizzas. For an extra charge, you can add unlimited Bloody Marys, mimosas and bellinis.
DiWine, 42nd Street and 31st Avenue, Astoria, NY, +1 718 777 1355
Located on the corner of 31st Avenue and 33rd Street, Brick Cafe is the ideal spot for either a quiet, intimate brunch or a gathering with friends. From the bread basket with olive tapenade to the pasta dishes and the decor, Brick Cafe exudes a modern European vibe. Egg in a Hole, Croque Monsieur and a generous selection of ingredients for ‘create your own’ omelettes are menu staples. Outside dining is also an option here.
Brick Cafe, 33rd Street and 31st Avenue, New York, NY, +1 718 267 2735
If you’re looking for a healthy start to your day, Ovelia is a solid choice. This Greek restaurant has a three-page brunch menu with many options that would make a gluten-free vegetarian happy. You can even substitute ‘fruit fries’ for the traditional home fries. Egg dishes, waffles and flapjacks come with a mimosa, Bloody Mary, coffee or orange juice.
Ovelia, 34th Street and 30th Avenue, New York, NY, +1 718 721 7217
The owners of Sugarfreak have a connection to New Orleans, Louisiana, and their goal is to bring authentic Creole and Cajun food to Astoria. Unique appetizers such as brunch oysters and popcorn alligator share a menu with Jambalaya and eggs, Funnel Cake French Toast, grits, po’boys, waffles and fried chicken. A selection of brunch cocktails keeps the Creole theme going. In addition to brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, Sugarfreak has a Midnight Brunch from Friday into Saturday, 12 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sugarfreak, 37th Street and 30th Avenue, New York, NY, +1 718 726 5850
Vesta Trattoria & Wine Bar features a brunch menu ‘inspired by Italy and guided by the greenmarket.’ Eggs are paired with polenta, buttermilk pancakes come with cara cara marmalade and a ‘hangover pizza’ comes topped with potato, pancetta, sausage, fried eggs and spicy tomato sauce. Refreshing wine cocktails sweeten the experience.
Vesta, 21st Street and 30th Avenue, New York, NY, +1 718 545 5550
The Queens Kickshaw
Although The Queens Kickshaw is best known for its fancy grilled cheese sandwiches and craft beers, don’t count it out as a brunch option. Choices include french toast with satsuma, mandarin oranges and Chinese five spice-infused maple syrup, a layered potato cake, Rancher’s Eggs with jalapeno cornbread and more (including grilled cheese and mac ‘n’ cheese options, of course).
The Queens Kickshaw, 41st Street and Broadway, Astoria, NY, +1 718 777 0913
Mexican restaurant and tequila bar Mojave is a good place for margaritas and bottomless brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. You can have your entree served with unlimited margaritas cocktails plus coffee or tea. A lower-cost prix fixe option includes one cocktail and coffee or tea. Choices from the classic huevos rancheros to sofrito chicken and hash brown quesadillas definitely make for a flavorful start to the day.
Mojave, Ditmars Boulevard and 31st Street, New York, NY, +1 718 545 4100
Front Toward Enemy
Front Toward Enemy puts their own spin on bottomless brunch by offering unlimited punch at ‘Punch Brunch.’ Enjoy Irish-inspired breakfast fare and several varieties of burgers along with this treat.
Front Toward Enemy, 41st Street and 30th Avenue, New York, NY, +1 718 545 2269
Dillingers is a classic, laid-back neighborhood pub. Start your weekend morning here if you want to catch a game and enjoy a more affordable bottomless brunch for. It also offers a quieter, less crowded atmosphere than some of Astoria’s other hot brunch spots.
Dillingers, 47th Street and 30th Avenue, New York, NY, +1 718 956 5601