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Bistro 33 New Menu

Posted on December 8, 2008. Filed under: Astoria, French, Japanese, LIC, Pan Asian, Pan European |

Astoria’s beloved Bistro33 is now open from a holiday break and showing off their new menu-you have to eat there to see it, but here are some highlights(Bistro33 1933 Ditmars BlvdLong Island City, NY 11105, (718) 721-1933)

The weather outside may be frightening, but we have some news to warm you up this season…
 
New Menu! 
Our winter menu is now available
 
New Nightly Specials! 
 

 

Welcome to Wine Wednesdays  
Join us for dinner and every second glass of wine is on us! 
A great way to try the new wines on our list
 

 

Tuesdays are still 2-for-$10 nights
 with many of our small plates, sushi, wine and beer in any combination just 2 for $10
 
 
See you soon!
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Winegasm Wine bar and restaurant Astoria

Posted on July 28, 2008. Filed under: Astoria, Bar-Hopping in Queens, Brunch, Date Spot/ Romantic, Fine Dining, French, Pan European, Wine Tasting | Tags: |

Winegasm (31-86 37th St 718-932-3331) is a classy low-key eatery that brings the heart of Europe to central Astoria. The rustic wooden decor is simple yet elegant, just like the vibe of the restaurant. There is nothing flashy about Winegasm. With wines hailing from France, Italy, Argentina, Russia, Spain and California, it leans more on the side of sophistication rather than snobbery. Service is friendly and the staff is knowledgeable. The unique selection of wines ranges in price as does the rest of the menu.  The food is a European fusion of creativity. If you’re looking for small plates to accompany your drinks, Winegasm offers a variety of Socas- tapas friendly cousin from France. There is a delectable choice of cheeses, meats, savory bacon wrapped prunes, warm olives, arugula and feta and chablis shrimp. There are hearty panino and salads for light meals. For more substantial fare, try one of the main courses like skirt steak with cheese, sauteed chicken or pan seared salmon. The crab-cakes are rich and full of taste– and small enough to leave just enough room for the deliciously warm cheese cake. The wine-by-the-glass selection is reasonable, but you’re better off ordering by the bottle- as the selection is much larger. Winegasm also offers brunch specials. The citrus infused pancakes with caramelized apples and berries will send you into a pancake-asm. Choose from the buttery crusted quiche lorraine or florentine with a baby green salad or smoked salmon on multi-grain toast. There are also the conventional egg dishes, socas or croque madame or monsieur- Frances traditional breakfast sandwiches. Winegasm is definitely worth the trip for low key sophisticated fare in a friendly environment. Happy hours run from Tuesday-Saturday 5-7 and wine tasting on Thursday evenings 7-9- Around the World in Seven Wines

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718 French Spanish bistro Astoria

Posted on February 1, 2008. Filed under: Astoria, French, Spanish |

718 (35-01 Ditmars blvd at 35th st). This romantic venue offers fine cuisine with an eclectic wine list. The attractive and super modern décor of the dimly lit bistro offers a Manhattan ambience in the heart of Astoria. There is a full bar with a variety of drinks and starters if you find yourself waiting for a table, and on a weekend night this is most likely the case. Service is inconsistent here- with a friendly but unorganized waitstaff that can sometimes leave you waiting too long or bring you the wrong item. Food is more reliable than the service- well prepared and tasty. The thin crust pizza is sufficient as a meal or a starter if you are sharing. The large plates of herbed chicken with garlic potatoes and generous chocolate ice cream desserts are reasonably priced considering you might have enough left over to eat for lunch tomorrow, if you prefer that sort of thing. Be sure you bring your appetite because the more-than-ample acoustics make conversation somewhat challenging. 718 is open late and serves tapas.

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