Top Brunch Spots In Astoria, New York

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Andrea Crowley-Hughes

Astoria, Queens has long been a great place for brunch, and the recent influx of young professionals to the New York neighborhood has only helped this trend along. Whether you’re looking for casual or elegant, healthy or bottomless, we think you’ll find what you want in this list of our 10 best picks.

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DiWine

DiWine, Queens

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.

Ovelia

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.

Sugarfreak

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.

Vesta

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.

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).

Mojave

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.

Dillingers

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.

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