Astoria, Bars, Best Of Astoria, Cocktails, Food and Drink, Mexican, Pizza, Restaurants May 20, 2016 Best of Astoria: Emily’s Picks The votes have been tallied, the winners announced. You, have selected the 2016 Best of Astoria. It’s always interesting to see who is nominated, and who is ultimately selected. After the (…) Share this Scoop by Emily Rios total shares! Twitter Facebook Email Print The votes have been tallied, the winners announced. You, have selected the 2016 Best of Astoria. It’s always interesting to see who is nominated, and who is ultimately selected. After the (…) by Emily Rios Share this Scoop total shares! Twitter Facebook Email Print Related scoops Best of Astoria-Emily’s Picks Best of Astoria-Emily’s Picks Best of Astoria-Lindsay’s Picks The votes have been tallied, the winners announced. You, have selected the 2016 Best of Astoria. It’s always interesting to see who is nominated, and who is ultimately selected. After the dusts settles our team at We Heart Astoria take a moment to highlight some of our personal favorites. Check out Lindsay’s favorites, and stay tuned for Mackenzi and Meg. It’s my turn, let’s go. Best Bar: Mar’s Mar’s has the ability to feel like a local watering hole and upscale drinking/dining experience. The space is old world, the food meticulously prepared in modern fashion, and cocktails concocted with care. You’ll find me at Mar’s sipping a featured cocktail during happy hour with a dozen of raw oysters. No matter my mood that scenario above makes everything alright. Mar’s (34-21 34th Ave, Astoria) | (718) 685-2480) lifeatmars.com| Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Best Greek: Ovelia Psistaria We have a treasure of riches in our neighborhood’s Greek department. My personal favorite, Ovelia. For me, this is classic dishes with modern twists and turns. I also gotta say, I just love those Giannakas brothers, they have a contagious passion for their cooking. Our last trip there has really continued to stand out in my mind. I’m not Greek but when I’m at Ovelia, I feel like family. If you haven’t checked out their new menu..I think you should. Ovelia Psistaria (34-01 30th Ave, Astoria)|(718) 721-7217 ovelia-ny.com| Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Best New Arrival 2015: The Pomeroy Photo by George Chinsee Lady Gaga and I have a lot in common; we’re both fierce, fashionable, and are fans of Ditmars Blvd newcomer The Pomeroy (Chef Bo O’Connor & Gaga are besties ICYMI). Imagine our delight when they agreed to play hosts for this years Best of Astoria Bash! Creative cocktails (check), chill atmosphere (yes), and modern bar fare (I’m looking at you super tasty fried chicken), make this a great spot for a casual hang out or date night. If you don’t get down to Ditmars often, The Pomeroy is worth the trip. Tell them Emily sent you…and I HIGHLY suggest you try that fried chicken. The Pomeroy (36-12 Ditmars Blvd )| (718) 721-1579 thepomeroynyc.com| Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Best Pizzeria: Milkflower Image by Bradley Hawks Need I say more? Yes? Okay I will. Milkflower is my go-to pizza place when I’m going out for pizza. That wood-fire smell when you walk in the door is intoxicating, and that same intoxication is built into the pizza itself. That charred crispy crust brings me happiness. They also have great small plates of shishito peppers, meatballs, and wood roasted octopus (a personal favorite!). Good lord just thinking about the van dammer pizza pictured above, is making my mouth water. One of my favorite Milkflower eating plans? Pick up a pizza and take it next door to Diamond Dogs (a Best of Astoria winner!) and sit outside with friends. Milkflower (34-12 31st Ave )|(718) 204-1300 milkflowernyc.com| Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Best Restaurant: Chela & Garnacha Nopales, Adobo, and Al Pastor tacos. Photo credit: Chela y Garnacha This category is always highly contested (we hear you haters, don’t shoot the messenger). I ask myself three questions for this category; 1) What restaurant do I bring guests? 2) What establishment is consistently on the mark? 3) What place keeps me coming back for more? The answer to all these questions and my pick for Best Astoria Restaurant, Chela & Garnacha. This tucked away taco gem on 36th Ave has great drinks, great appetizers, tacos/tortas, and other signature dishes. If you’re asking me what to have; I would suggest a spicy margarita, an order of chips and guacamole, and for me it’s all about that shrimp taco. If you order the tacos, make sure you do the grilled cheese, and if you like spice-a side order of grilled jalapenos. Chela & Garnacha (33-09 36th Ave)|(917) 832-6876 chela-garnacha.com| Facebook | Instagram | Twitter As always, we want to hear from you! What are your favorites in these categories? Twitter Facebook Email Print Chela Y Garnachamar's oyster barMilkflowerOvelia PsistariaThe Pomeroy About Emily Rios Emily Rios manages special events, sponsored content and advertising clients as WHA's Business Development Director. She is a passionate and dedicated youth developer with a strong background in non-profit management, and works as Senior Manager of Youth Leadership at generationOn. Related scoops Best of Astoria-Emily’s Picks Best of Astoria-Emily’s Picks Best of Astoria-Lindsay’s Picks Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.