Happy Thanksgiving Astoria! This fun holiday is finally upon us (one of our favorites!) and we hope you have plans in store. But if you’re still not sure what exactly it is you’re doing tomorrow, we’re at your service. Here’s a list of our personal recommendations on how you can spend your holiday. Not surprisingly, most of them involve the activity you can’t live without on Thanksgiving – eating!
WHERE TO SHOP:
Make sure you check out the wonderful “Thanksgiving Resources” recommended just for you by Astoria food expert and Forkin’ Fantastic cookbook author, Tamara Reynolds. Some of our other favorite places to get Thanksgiving essentials include the Plaza Meat Market (23-18 31st Street), where they have excellent and affordable cuts of meat (the lamb is a personal favorite); the Parrot Coffee Market (31-12 Ditmars Blvd) for dates, nuts, thick cut bacon and all your international food needs; as well as Rosario’s Deli (22-55 31st Street) for specialty pasta, great cheeses, coffee, cookies and other interesting things you’ve never heard of.
If you’re looking to buy sweets to impress family and friends, Astoria has no shortage of fabulous bakeries to pick up a tasty pie, flaky baklava, crusty bread and other delicacies. A couple of our beloved stand-bys include Rose & Joe’s Italian Bakery (22-40 31st Street) where you can get crunchy black olive bread, long baguettes stuffed with green olives and even sausage rolls; Artopolis (23-18 31st Street) for their countless flavors of baklava and rustic rosemary bread that pairs well with any kind of dip; La Guli Pastry Shop (29-15 Ditmars Blvd) for classic Italian cookies and delectable pies such as coconut custard, sweet potato and even a “green pie” made of whole wheat dough.
If you’re looking for some last minute decorations for your Thanksgiving dinner and don’t want to break the bank, we suggest taking a walk over to the Bargain Stop (33-02 30th Avenue). This discount store might not look appealing from the outside, but don’t be fooled, as they boast a great selection of little accessories and kitchenware that might just be what you need to spruce up your Thanksgiving table. I’ve found some very cool things here over the years, such as Ralph Lauren cloth napkins for $.99 each, simple candles, vases, pitchers, wine glasses and more.
And if you’re in the nabe, walk across the street to Astoria Fashion Fabrics (33-13 30th Avenue) where you’ll find affordable and creative fabric choices that you can buy in large or small quantities to make your Thanksgiving table more colorful. Whether you decide to create a new table runner, make your own cloth napkins (everyone can get a unique design) or maybe a placemat refresh, this could be a fantastic resource for you.
Not yet shopped out? Feel free to take advantage of a great promotion from our partner, SITE on Black Friday, featuring a generous 15% discount on all merchandise.
WHERE TO EAT:
For something a little non-traditional, take a peek at Tamara’s awesome Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Thanksgiving picks.
Additionally, there are a couple of restaurants that are having prix-fixe Thanksgiving menus such as Mojave (22-36 31st Street) which also includes a choice of a complimentary cocktail; as well as Locale (33-02 34th Avenue) that boasts a modern, casual feel and a traditional Turkey Feast.
Select restaurants will stick to their regular menu such as L’Artiste Restaurant (42-20 31st Avenue), where you can enjoy classic French fare and exceptional desserts; Seva (30-07 34th Street), which serves up excellent and very affordable Indian eats (a fantastic option for vegetarians); or one of our personal faves, Ornella Trattoria (29-17 23rd Avenue), which specializes in homemade pasta, delectable meatballs (such as the duck meatballs pictured above) and some of the most authentic and delicious Italian desserts in the borough.
And since this is a major, national holiday, you’ll find that a lot of establishments will be taking a well-deserved day off. Some of these restaurants include 5 Napkin Burger, Bistro 33, 718 Restaurant, BareBurger, Cafe Bar, Taverna Kyclades among others.
We hope that everyone has a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. We have a lot to be thankful for this year, and you, our readers are one of them. A big thanks goes out to you!