4 Astoria restaurants named among Queens’ ‘hottest new restaurants’
ASTORIA, QUEENS — Fall may be in the air, but Astoria’s dining scene is only heating up, according to a new listing from Eater New York.
Four Astoria restaurants hacked the post New list of the “hottest” new restaurants in Queens, updated Thursday for the month of September.
Here are each:
At Olivia’s (29-11 23rd Avenue, between 31st and 32nd Streets):
This French bistro open this spring in the old storefront of Yard Pizzeria. Its owner, Vincent Caro, also runs Bistro Eloise on 31st Avenue in Jackson Heights, as the Queens Post reported at the time.
Eater reports that Caro, originally from Brittany, outfitted the restaurant with cream-colored walls and wooden floors, serving classic dishes like beef bourguignon, veal stew and snails.
Dar Yemma (25-21 Steinway Street, near 25th Avenue):
Eater shouted Dar Yemma’s chicken pastilla, a “sweet, salty, textured packet of saffron-seasoned chicken and spiced eggs” wrapped in a pastry shell and topped with fried almonds. The free bread, lentils and pickled vegetables are another highlight, says Eater.
Coffee Turkey (37-05 Broadway, between 37th and 38th streets):
Patch reported in May on the imminent arrival of Cafe Turkiye, a family-owned Turkish restaurant operated by a married couple making their first foray into restaurant ownership.
Their chef, Mujdat Gursoy, previously ran the kitchen at Beyoglu, a beloved Turkish restaurant on the Upper East Side that closed during the pandemic.
Eater says Cafe Turkiye’s signature items are its freshly baked pastries, including “canoe-shaped pide flatbreads”, spinach and cheese borek and pogaca cheese buns. Diners can sit inside the café’s “comfortable” interior or enjoy its outdoor courtyard.
Astoria Room (34-39 31st St., between 34th and 35th ave):
Sala’s opening in June marked the latest arrival at the World Artisan Market, a burgeoning complex of globally-minded restaurants beneath the North West train tracks.
As Patch reported, the Spanish restaurant combined two different storefronts to create its 4,000 square foot space. Owner Michael Jannetta has a long interest in Spanish cuisine, having previously run Manhattan restaurant Sala One Nine which closed during the pandemic.
Eater notes that Jannetta brought several “hits” to the new restaurant, including seafood paella and prawns al aijillo – dates wrapped in bacon. Flamenco shows are another plus.