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Nov 10, 2016

Let’s Talk About Steinway!

There are certain Astoria epicenters (like 30th Ave, Ditmars, Arts District, and Steinway Street) that give you an immediate reaction. 30th Ave is a well-known dining and nightlife destination. The (…)

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There are certain Astoria epicenters (like 30th Ave, Ditmars, Arts District, and Steinway Street) that give you an immediate reaction. 30th Ave is a well-known dining and nightlife destination. The once-quiet Ditmars Blvd is having a moment. The Arts District near Kaufman Studios is a cultural hub. Meanwhile, Steinway Street has a reputation for….well, being kind of weird.

And while that odd reputation isn’t unwarranted, we think there ARE reasons to love Steinway. Check out our favorites, and let us know what you like about the street that’s home to great eats, shopping, and entertainment!

Food

The food options on Steinway are as unique and diverse as Astoria itself. You have classic pizza, Egyptian, Turkish, and Colombian (among others!) all within walking distance. Here are some of our choices:

Rizzo’s

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There’s no shortage of awesome pizza in Astoria, but Rizzo’s has a place in our hearts for their simple, no-frills slices and pies. Their old-school ambiance instantly makes you feel at home, and when those ‘za cravings hit, you’ll be happy to be in their capable hands.

Rizzo’s is located at 30-13 Steinway.

 

Mombar

Mombar

Arguable the most notable of Steinway’s “Little Egypt” area, Mombar serves up from-scratch Egyptian cuisine for a unique dining experience. The constantly-changing specials, funky decor, and authentic eats make for a must-visit for all Astorians.

Mombar is located at 25-22 Steinway Street.

 

Duzan

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Mmmm, shawarma. Duzan Mediterranean Grill has great options for meat lovers and vegetarians alike, whether you’re a chicken shawarma person, or more into falafel/hummus. A big sandwich is some of the best comfort food around, and Duzan offers something for everybody.

Duzan is located at 24-11 Steinway.

 

Cafe Istanbul

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Brand new to the Astoria dining scene is Turkish restaurant Cafe Istanbul, who recently celebrated their Grand Opening. I’m definitely intrigued to try their gourmet squab, rabbit, and huge racks of lamb!

Cafe Istanbul is located at 25-47 Steinway.

 

Tu Casa

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Image by Tu Casa

If you’re looking for tasty Latin fare with a Peruvian influence, Tu Casa is your spot. Enjoy dishes like meat empanadas, Peruvian fried rice, whole rotisserie chickens with a variety of sides, steaks and so much more.

Tu Casa is located at 30-10 Steinway Street.

 

Basurero

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Sure, the service can be a little quirky, and the decor can give you whiplash,  but the food at Colombian restaurant (and World Cup epicenter) Basurero is definitely worth the visit. Stop by for mojitos, ceviche, rice and beans, and a variety of plates.

Basurero is located at 32-17 Steinway.

 

Shopping

You know those shopping trips that are more of an errand than an all-out shopping spree? When you desperately need a plain white t-shirt, new undergarments, basic socks, or simple jeans? Look no further than Steinway! The combination of Express, Victoria’s Secret, and The Gap have saved me many trips into the city for quick, in-and-out shopping. If I need a specific undergarment for a bridesmaid dress, I stop in VS. If I need a batch of tank tops or other simple wardrobe staple, I make my way to Express or The Gap. It’s obviously not high fashion, but it’s fast, affordable, and convenient.

Victoria’s Secret is located at 31-35 Steinway St., The Gap is located at 31-48 Steinway St., and Express is located at 31-01 Steinway St.

If you’re shopping for music, HiFi Records is a vinyl fan’s dream, and they also host live music frequently. They also have one of the friendliest staffs I’ve ever met, so even if you just want to browse, or talk music, it’s worth the walk.

HiFi Records is located at 23-19 Steinway St.

 

Nightlife

Sissy McGinty’s

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Some nights call for a casual, no-frills Irish bar, and Sissy McGinty’s hits the spot. Friendly bartenders, a well-stocked jukebox, dartboards, and a pool table give patrons all they need for a laid-back night out.

Sissy McGinty’s is located at 25-67 Steinway St. 

 

Karaoke Shout

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Other nights, you just need to let your hair down and break into song. Karaoke Shout has you covered, whether you’re busting out your best Whitney, Madonna, or Michael. Did you know–they have song selections available in English, Spanish, and Korean?

Karaoke Shout is located at 32-46 Steinway St.

 

Luna Asian Bistro & Lounge

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Luna is combination sushi restaurant/rooftop lounge, with some of the best views in the neighborhood. If classy cocktails, Asian fusion cuisine, and a break from the norm sound like fun, definitely check this place out!

Luna Rooftop Lounge is located at 32-72 Steinway St.
 

 

Now tell us: what do YOU love about Steinway? Share on Facebook and in the comments.

 

About Lindsay Goyette

Lindsay has been eating and drinking her way through Queens since 2011. A casting director by day and Astoria explorer by night, you can usually find her checking out live music, theatre, or the newest neighborhood spot to enjoy a craft beer.

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