A Taste of Greece in Astoria

Astoria has been home to one of the largest Greek communities in America for decades, and so it has taken on many of the culture’s aspects, most notably its rich Mediterranean cuisine. The flavors of Greece are plentiful in Astoria and can be found in many restaurants in the area. 
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Meet Astoria:

You’ve seen her on the corner of Ditmars and 33rd Street for as long as you can remember, her products’ captivating aroma grabbing a hold of you from several blocks away. You’ve seen her cart proudly toting the name she’s bestowed upon herself and from others in the community. And now you get to know the woman behind the Souvlaki Lady.

Sweet Scene

Sweet Scene is a sweet escape from impersonal, large chain coffee shops and cafes. Sweet Scene is a lovely, motherdaughter operation run by Vera and Eleni, with the help of a sweet friend, Katie, who put their love, baking skills, and friend-making skills into everything they do here.

The Thirsty Koala

Bask in the breezes on the outdoor patio at The Thirsty Koala, while you quench your thirst with one of their inventive cocktails, available during Happy Hour for just $5. “Gimme a Push” with rum, coconut, cucumber, and lime is the perfect summer drink, as is the “Gingeroo” with ginger beer, gin, and fresh lime juice.


A tradition that dates back to the early 1800s, barbecue is one of the best-loved parts of a perfect Independence Day. While hotdogs, hamburgers and chicken wings are often the most popular dishes at any holiday cookout, there are a plethora of delicious and nutritious options to make anyone’s stomach rumble. 

Astoria World Manor

By Teresa Barile
Astoria World Manor has been an icon of catering in the area for 63 years, offering personalized service for all of life’s special occasions. With six rooms that can accommodate from 50 to 1,000 people, you are sure to find one that suits you. Mr.

Mom’s Kitchen & Bar

Looking for a place to take Mom for Mother’s Day? Try the aptly named Mom’s Kitchen & Bar, located at 33-01 31st Avenue. Mom’s Kitchen and Bar features comfort food, adult beverages, delicious milkshakes and all-day brunch.

Get Gorgeous With Fruit Smoothies!

Smoothies are a great way to have a sweet, refreshing treat while sneaking in something healthy into your diet. Some people actually don’t like to eat fruit, but with a shake you can take in a considerable amount of nutrition, and fill up fast. You can even toss in some avocado for creaminess and not even taste it. Your blood lipids will thank you. 

Spring Treats!

If there’s one thing that’s true about Astoria, it’s that we know our food. You can’t walk more than a block without finding some kind of highly rated restaurant. Heck, even our delis and bodegas are the best in the city. But what about places to get food? We’re not talking supermarkets, we’re talking bakeries. 

United Brothers Fruit Markets

United Brothers Fruit Markets, at 33rd Street and 30th Avenue in Astoria, provided some great fruits and veggies for us to photograph to help us form the inspiration for this month’s Queens Sce