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Mar 26, 2014

We Heart Astoria Food Talk *Best of Astoria Edition*

Food Talk covers the Best of Astoria, The New Bao Shoppe, Crescent Grill, Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, William Hallet, Queens Comfort, Best Pizza in Astoria

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The time has almost come for our big We Heart Astoria soiree where we announce the Best of Astoria winners.  Can you guess who’ll take home the glory? We love all the excitement from the media and the neighborhood at large – just have a look at some of this awesome coverage (Village Voice, House of Mimosa).  Additionally, in some other food news…

kimchi friesThe Bao Shoppe is now officially open and the We Heart Astoria crew had the pleasure to sample a good portion of its menu.  Our highlights included the kimchi fries, pulled pork bao and the smoky/sweet pork belly bao.  30-66 Steinway St, Astoria. 718.777.1883

pappardelle-duck-raguIn other yummy news, Meg and I also had the pleasure of properly trying the new Crescent Grill in the Dutch Kills neighborhood and were utterly impressed.  The best items were the simplest including the twice-fried French Fries, the classic Crescent burger, and the fresh papperdelle pasta with duck ragu.  38-40 Crescent Street, LIC.  718.729.4040

bohemian-beer-garden-astoria-queensThe Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden is running a fun contest on their new house beer, which is actually brewed by SingleCut Beersmiths.  Come up with a fun name for this new beer and you’ll achieve ultimate brew glory status.  Chime in with your thoughts here.

boozy-brunch-william-halletDid you know that William Hallet has an unlimited brunch cocktail option, featuring Bloody Marys, Mimosas, Schaefer cans and draft beers? Just ask your server about it, and enjoy until about 4 p.m. Drink responsibly.  36-10 30th Avenue, Astoria. 718.269.3443

3rd-year-anniversary-party-queens-comfortSpeaking of festive, Queens Comfort will be ringing in their 3rd Anniversary celebration this coming Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Featuring classic fried, baked and smoked comfort food, old school music and a slew of your closest Astoria buds, you’re in for a treat.  40-09 30th Avenue, Astoria. 718.728.2350

sophia loren pizza (1)Did you catch our big 10 Best Pizzas in Astoria post last week? Eater sure did, and featured a few our top picks in their special Pizza Week coverage.



Bao Shoppe was not a good experience at all. The tables were all occupied by family and friends of the owners, who weren’t even eating anything. So while waiting 35 minutes for my 3 baos, I couldn’t sit anywhere, and then had to eat outside. The bubble tea is made with a cheap powder, and they didn’t even use enough. It tasted like watery garbage. The chicken bao was hard. The pulled pork was good, and the ribeye was mediocre. Not worth the experience at all.

Management never indicated such a long wait. Some people who arrived after me got food before me as well. No communication at all.


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