Best Restaurants in Astoria

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Here are the top-rated restaurants in Astoria, Queens. 

Trattoria L'incontro
Italian · Astoria · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.5

This “special-occasion” Italian is a borough “institution” thanks to its "huge" menu of “divine” “traditional” dishes, plus a specials list “longer than the Sunday Times” ( “rattled off” by “patient” waiters); “multigenerational families” fill the “old-school” surrounds, where chef Rocco Sacramone can often be found “greeting each table.”
Piccola Venezia
Italian · Astoria · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.4

The “classic” Northern Italian cooking is “superb” and “they’ll make whatever you want” at this Astoria “oldie but goodie” that’s kept “regulars returning” “for generations” ; if “the decor needs a redo” , that’s “easy to overlook” given “fabulous” service from a staff out of “central casting.”
Taverna Kyclades
Seafood · Astoria · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.9

The “excellently prepared” fish and seafood ( “especially the octopus” ) are “the name of the game” at these “no-frills” tavernas where “traditional” Greek specialties are “delicious” too; “huge” portions add “value” , and while no reservations can make for “painful” waits, they’re “packed” for a reason.
Loukoumi Taverna
Greek · Astoria · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.4

“Excellent” , “authentic” taverna fare leads the charge at this “warm, inviting” Astoria Greek; it's located “a bit away” from the main neighborhood action, but “affordable” tabs and a back garden clinch the “good-on-all-counts” endorsement.
Elias Corner
Seafood · Astoria · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.0 · Service 3.7

Grilled fish so fresh it tastes like it was “caught an hour ago” is the specialty of this “no-frills” Astoria Greek with not much decor and “no menus” (just check out the “cold case” and point); though it only accepts cash and service is “so-so” , the tabs are sure “hard to beat.”
IL Bambino
Astoria · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

Panini fans and “pork lovers” dig these “homey” Italian “nooks” serving “imaginative” pressed sandwiches (many that are pig-centric) on “crunchy” bread, plus small plates, wines and “fantastic” brunch; backyards and “cheap” tabs are more reasons “locals flock there.”
Bahari Estiatorio
Greek · Astoria · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.0

“Excellent” Hellenic “home cooking” served “with a smile” explains why this Astoria “neighborhood” joint is usually “packed” ; the spare storefront space may be “a little tight” , but given the “authentic” eats and “bargain prices” , no one minds.
Italian · Astoria · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

“Neighborhood” spots don’t get much more “cozy” than this “off-the-beaten-path” Astoria Italian fielding “spot-on” , “farm-to-table” fare dispatched by an “attentive” team; though the menu is rather “limited” , it “changes often” , while the “welcoming” vibe is a constant.