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Jan 11, 2017

What Was Your Favorite Astoria Arrival of 2016?

As we wrap up our “looking back on 2016” posts, let’s talk about some GOOD news. Many new businesses opened, which is always a welcome sign of a thriving community. (…)

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As we wrap up our “looking back on 2016” posts, let’s talk about some GOOD news. Many new businesses opened, which is always a welcome sign of a thriving community. We’re sharing some of our favorites, but we want you to tell us: What was YOUR favorite Astoria Arrival in 2016?

sLICe Astoria


More pizza is always welcome, especially when it’s this good! Whether you’re going for a regular, Margherita, or white slice, you’ll be in for a treat.


Slice Astoria (37-08 30th Ave. 718-606-9258)
| Facebook | Instagram | Yelp


Vite Bar


This casual offshoot of beloved Italian restaurant Vite Vinosteria is welcoming, comfortable, and serves up some fantastic paninis, pastas, and sweets.


Vite Bar (25-07 Broadway, Astoria. 347-813-4702)
Facebook | Yelp




We’re still dreaming about our first heavenly meal at Gaijin. This place is the real deal, bringing special occasion-worthy sushi to our neighborhood.


Gaijin (37-12 31st Avenue, Astoria. 929-328-2890) | Facebook | Instagram | Yelp | Youtube



Leave it to the Queens Comfort folks to bring crazy (and crazy delicious) burgers to the neighborhood. Be sure to get the Gucci Mane, a beef patty with Gruyere cheese, Captain Crunch bacon, and raspberry jam, served on French Toast brioche.


Flattopps (33-06 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria. (718) 267-0400)
Facebook | Instagram | Yelp


The Stonework


Men’s fashion made its way to Ditmars in 2016, with this casual-cool shop opening up in October. You have to love their emphasis on local and U.S.-made goods, and their t-shirt selection is awesome.


The Stonework (37-06 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria.(718) 606-0828)
Instagram | Facebook | Website



Photo Courtesy of Mom's

Photo Courtesy of Mom’s

Mac and cheese pancakes? Supersized shakes with items like Marshmallow Fluff and Fruity Pebbles? It’s all here at Mom’s, the comfort-food creation taking up residence next to Halsey’s Tavern on 31st Ave.

Mom’s 30-95 33rd St | (718) 267-2735
| Facebook | Instagram | Twitter


The Last Word


Photo credit: Francine Dominguez

This hardware store-styled speakeasy presents high-end cocktails with creative ingredients. (And their Instagram account makes me crave each one!)


The Last Word (31-30 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria. 718-440-3378) | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook


Simply Fit

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After enjoying all of these new food and drink options, you’ll want to get your workout on! Luckily for us, when Simply Fit and Simply Cycle merged, this fantastic new Astoria Arrival was born.


Simply Fit (37-20 Astoria Blvd, Astoria. (347) 639-0489) | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook


District Saigon (formerly District Mot)


Affordable, fresh, vegetarian-friendly Vietnamese food on Broadway. Yes, yes, and yes.


District Saigon (37-15 Broadway, Astoria. 718-956-0007)

Website | Facebook | Yelp


What 2016 opening has been your favorite? Tell us 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.


Lauren E.

Who is opening these “comfort” food restaurants, Buddy the Elf? My teeth hurt and my pants feel tighter just reading those descriptions.

That said, I love Vite Bar. The food is great, the atmosphere is lovely, and the staff is friendly. A welcome addition to the hood.


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