Astoria, Street Food
May 25, 2016

The Breakfast Shack Food Truck Is Coming to 30th Avenue

The Breakfast Shack, a new food truck selling classic and inventive breakfast items, is planning an early summer opening in front of Athens Square Park, at the corner of 30th Ave and 30th Street.

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Yesterday DNAinfo reminded us of The Breakfast Shack, a new food truck setting up shop in front of Athens Square Park this summer.

It’s the brainchild of Queens native Joe DeMato, who grew up in Bayside but spent a lot of time in his youth here in Astoria, where his grandparents are from. Because of this, he feels a connection to the neighborhood, so much so that it drove him to eventually choose to locate his truck here, rather than near parks in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.


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Greek yogurt with home-baked granola and seasonal fruit.

He has a background in the food and hospitality business. As a kid, he helped his mother and grandmothers in the kitchen and liked it so much he decided to get a culinary degree. Later on in life he worked for several years at the Carlyle Hotel, essentially as a “jack of all kitchen trades,” working in the kitchen, as a bartender, and managing the staff cafeteria.


Photo credit: The Breakfast Shack

Joe says his mantra is “We believe in breakfast” (his favorite meal of the day) and breakfast is what you’ll get at The Breakfast Shack (hello, tautology). Look for familiar things like pancakes, omelettes, French toast, yogurt, granola, and home fries as well as some specialty items. More from DNAinfo:

His signature dish is the “Shack Bites,” which are made with scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon and cheese that’s dipped in pancake batter and rolled in honey corn flakes and deep-fried. “Basically breakfast in a bite,” DeMato said. Other dishes include braised short ribs over cheesy jalapeño grits, a pork chop with tostones, sweet potatoes and a fried egg over bacon shallot jam, and bourbon chicken hash.

Organic, fair-trade coffee will accompany all the food, and Joe will get his beans from local roaster White Coffee.


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Bourbon chicken hash with bacon, pesto, and a fried egg. 

On the topic of ingredients and sourcing, The Breakfast Shack is making efforts to be conscientious on this front. They’re doing their best to incorporate local and organic ingredients, humanely-raised meats (e.g., grass-fed beef), and their takeout containers (boxes, utensils, cups) will be made from compostable and/or recycled materials. Joe tells DNAinfo, “The menu items will rotate depending on what’s available and what’s seasonal.”


Photo credit: The Breakfast Shack

Herb-crusted pork, breakfast potatoes, bacon-onion jam, tostones, and a fried egg.

Look for them opening in early to mid June. Planned hours are 6-11am on weekdays and 8am-3pm on Sundays. And you never know, you might catch Joe’s father and cousin helping serve food and drinks at the truck!

Welcome to the neighborhood, Breakfast Shack! We can’t wait to stop by and enjoy your food.

Organic Breakfast and Brunch Truck Coming to Astoria’s Athens Square Park [DNAinfo]
Bayside native to open The Breakfast Shack food truck in Astoria [QNS]

The Breakfast Shack (located in front of Athens Square Park, 30th Avenue and 30th Street, Astoria) | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Yelp

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.



Delicious French toast and chicken bourbon hash. We are out of owners but will be back during this stay.


YAS! This is exciting, especially for Sundays. Not sure they can drum up enough business on weekday mornings, though.


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