Astoria, Queens is a wonderful multicultural area with a plethora of things to do. With the NYC Ferry recently announcing a new stop in Astoria, a day trip to this gem is just a hop and a skip away.
What to Do:
Museums: The Museum of the Moving Image is one of the most loved museums in NYC, providing a unique and interactive look into the history of the film and digital media industries. For a museum centered around artwork, check out The Noguchi Museum created by the Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi.
Astoria Park: Sitting right on the East River, Astoria Park boasts views of Manhattan while perfectly nestled between Triborough and Hellsgate Bridges. Pack a picnic and a kite for a relaxing day on the water. If the weather permits, checking out the Astoria Pool is a must-do.
Where to Eat:
Greek Food: Astoria is best known for amazing Greek food due to the high number of Greek immigrants in the early 1900s. According to Yelp, the number one place to eat Greek food is Taverna Kyclades. The pictures are drool-worthy and apparently, there’s always a line, which says a lot!
Desserts: Much like the restaurant scene, Astoria is also known for Greek and Middle Eastern desserts. The number one place on Yelp to grab something sweet is Sweet Scene. People gush over their tasty drinks, selection of treats, and laid-back vibe. Head over to Tea Plus Cafe for eclectic, photogenic tea drinks or to Cafe Triskell for savory crepes.
Where to Drink:
Beer: Iconyc Brewing Company is a trendy and minimalist taproom with superb beers, according to Yelp users. The establishment ranks five stars on Yelp, too, so you know it has to be good! For a craft beer selection that is constantly changing, check out Oliver’s Astoria. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner (with a brunch that looks amazing), this place is a go-to anytime.
Wine: Astoria is a great place for wine lovers. A local wine bar/cafe named Vintage offers a unique wine list served by knowledgeable bartenders plus a menu of tasty tapas and small plates. People also love the wine and ambiance at DiWine, a more romantic wine bar, particularly for date night.
Cocktails: For a tasty cocktail selection, step into La Sala or Mosaic Craft Beer, Cocktail and Wine Bar. Both offer trendy decor and unique cocktail options, along with a selection of beers and wines. Look at these awesome dranks!