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May 09, 2016

Best of Astoria 2016 Winners

See who triumphed in the 2016 edition of We Heart Astoria’s Best of Astoria competition!

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Well, the time has come to post the winners of this year’s Best of Astoria competition. The party’s over and we had the best time tonight with all our guests, and huge thanks to our host, The Pomeroy. Big congrats to all who were nominated this year, and especially to those who won. We look forward to shopping, eating, and visiting all these businesses and organizations have to offer.

Thanks again for another terrific Best of Astoria! And now for the winners (and their runners up). UPDATE: here is a complete list of the top 5 finalists in each category.

Favorite Astoria Restaurant: Sac’s Place

Runner up: Il Bambino

Favorite Greek Restaurant: Taverna Kyclades

Runner up: MP Taverna

Favorite Mexican Restaurant: Mojave

Runner up: Pachanga Patterson

Favorite Thai Restaurant: Pye Boat Noodle

Runner up: Enthaice

Favorite Vegetarian/Vegan Friendly Restaurant: Seva

Runner up: Bareburger

Favorite Brunch: Queens Comfort

Runner up: Sugar Freak

Favorite Bar: Sweet Afton

Runner up: The Bonnie

Favorite Coffee Shop/Café: Astoria Coffee

Runner up: 60 Beans

Favorite Wine Store: Grand Liquors

Runner up: Astoria Wine and Spirits

Favorite Natural Foods Store: Greenbay

Runner up: Broadway Natural

Favorite Bakery: Martha’s Country Bakery

Runner up: Parisi

Favorite Bagel Shop: Brooklyn Bagels

Runner up: Lots O Bagels

Favorite Burger Joint: Bareburger

Runner up: Burger Club

Favorite Pizzeria: Sac’s Place

Runner up: Milkflower

Favorite Boutique: Lockwood

Runner up: The Brass Owl

Favorite Yoga Studio: Yoga Agora

Runner up: The Giving Tree

Favorite Gym: Blink Fitness

Runner up: NY Sports Club

Favorite Hair Salon/Stylist: SPACE

Runner up: Gigi Salon

Favorite Place to Experience the Arts: MOMI

Runner up: Socrates Sculpture Park

Favorite Local Instagram: @astoryofastoria

Runner up: @queenseats

Favorite New Arrival (2015): Diamond Dogs

Runner up: Burnside Biscuits

About Meg Cotner

Meg Cotner was trained as a harpsichordist and now works as a freelance writer and editor. She is the author of "Food Lovers' Guide to Queens," and is a skilled and avid home cook, baker, and preserver.


Skip Seglipse

Wow these restaurants. Sac’s as the best Astoria restaurant? Their pizza is good, but for a coal fired oven the crust is never crisp, always floppy.

Bareburger sucks. It’s the most overrated place to come around in the last 5+ years. Their success is confounding to me. I’ve never had a good burger there. Burger club exceeds them in every way (except for making completely unverifiable claims about everything being organic).

Funky Murmaid

Some of y’all need to relax. These are all fine places. Some are my faves, some are not. I go where I like, and you should, too. But feel free to tell us other places you enjoy without shitting on the winners of this arbitrary poll. We all love Astoria.


I was born and raised in Astoria. Are you joking me with these choices?


Wow, I had no idea my neighbors had such mediocre taste. How are Queens Kickshaw, Gregory’s 26 Corner taverna, Petey’s, Mar’s, Chela y Garnacha, and Vesta not on this list anywhere? Sac’s is pretty good but nowhere near as good as Milkflower or Antika. Bareburger has almost never actually cooked my meat to the temperature I ordered. I’m disappointed Astoria.

christopher cummings

I agree, very surprised at some of these, I guess this shows how many people have moved here that don’t know the real places.


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