Five Napkin Burger in Astoria – Long Island City

Posted on June 16, 2010. Filed under: American/Nouveau, Astoria, Burgers, Cheap Dining, Diners, LIC, Outdoor Seating/Patio |

I was invited to a preview opening at Five Napkin Burger (formerly known as Cup Diner) in Astoria. In addition to meat burgers they also offer veggie burgers and sushi. Everything was absolutely delicious and the service was flawless and friendly. Traces of a meat packing factory were brought out in the restaurant’s decor, such as the ominous meat hooks and lone light bulbs hanging from the ceiling.  This is a classy place to go for a burger or a larger social get together. They have a large oak bar, outdoor seating and a private party room for those special occasions. Here are some photos of the things I tasted- my favorite being the tempura pastrami with pickle… and of course the burger!

Five Napkin Burger 3501 36th Street, Long Island City – (718) 433-2727

tiny taco topped with pulled pork

sushi with shrimp

cilantro and onion infused burgers

lobster burgers

breaded pastrami and pickle on a toothpick

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Krave Astoria Cafe and Grill

Posted on January 31, 2010. Filed under: Astoria, Burgers, Cheap Dining, Diners |

Greek Omelet and Home Fries

Krave (45-01 Ditmars 718.204.7711) Despite the name of this brand new eatery, it really wasn’t what I was craving at all. Their extensive menu and unlimited mimosas for Saturday and Sunday brunch were enticing, yet the skeptic in me warned that all free things come with a price. I stopped into this place two days after they opened, here is a recap of the experience. Although the decor is nice, much like the food, there is nothing that particularly stands out to make Krave unique. The menu is similar to that of a scaled-down diner. There are many breakfast, sandwich, wrap, salad and burger plates to choose from at inexpensive prices (items average about $7-$10). The brunch menu (that they advertise on the main menu) is not available for another week, so one Spanish omelet and one Greek omelet were ordered from the standard breakfast menu. The plates arrived nice and hot, but the food on the plate was luke warm at best. The proportions were relatively small and mediocre in taste. Although they serve a sizable cup of gourmet Illy coffee, watch your wallet if you are expecting a  bottomless cup. At Krave you will be charged for each cup of coffee, thus adding a few extra dollars onto your tab. Overall the service was friendly, but a little scattered. Needless to say, Krave has room for improvement. The experience wasn’t completely negative, but first impressions are difficult to erase. See for yourself what their brunch or dinner has to offer and let me know how you like it!

*Thanks for all your comments! I am tempted to give this place another try, as so much of the feedback is positive. I will let you know when I go there again!

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Jackson Hole Brunch in Queens

Posted on November 9, 2009. Filed under: American/Nouveau, Astoria, Brunch, Burgers, Cheap Dining, Diners, Jackson Heights | Tags: , , , , , |


7oz of Juicy Beef


The Fruits of Labor from the Open Kitchen

Famous for the steam grilled 7oz burger (that feels more like the 7lb burger) Jackson Hole Diner is a classic cliché of what makes a great diner. From the antique Pepsi Cola ads, and the red vinyl stools to the jukebox in the corner, it is a throw-back to the simpler days of poodle skirts and  bobby socks. Just like Happy Days, Jackson Hole was made in the seventies, but resembles the 1950s. No matter what time warp you are living in- the food is consistently tasty and the service is hospitable and timely at this old-fashioned roadside establishment. Made to look like an old train-car diner with an open-kitchen, you can perch yourself up to the bar with a hot coffee and watch your burger being prepared right before your eyes. There are about 27 different burger combinations to choose from- the Texas burger, topped with a fried egg, the pizza burger smothered in mozzarella and marinara sauce, the bacon burger and of course the classic burger- all ranging in prices $8.50-$14. The beef isn’t the only thing on the menu worth ordering. There is an extensive breakfast menu with hearty omelets and various pancake and french toast platters covered in heaping piles of fresh fruit. Despite this restaurant being a popular New York chain, it continues to impress patrons (like me) with quality comfort food and reliable service at the Queens location. I didn’t get the feeling I was eating a processed meal that just slid off the factory conveyer belt. The ingredients are markedly fresh and the food well made. Set far from the main strip, it’s a great place to take a Sunday stroll on a warm Autumn afternoon.

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Family Corner Diner in Astoria

Posted on February 4, 2008. Filed under: American/Nouveau, Astoria, Burgers, Cheap Dining, Diners, Greek |

Family Corner Diner (2102 31st St corner of 21st Ave & Ditmars (718) 204-7915 Astoria, Queens)

Family Corner's Cheese Burger

Diners don’t get much better than this.  Family Corner is a Queens diner but minus the bad service, sketchy servers, mediocore food, menu too extensive to navigate, and late night drunks.  The food here, mostly consisting of NYC diner staples, is great.  Admittedly I haven’t tried all the menu, but the mushroom/feta omelette, chicken fingers (the best I’ve ever had), and soups stand out.  They have scrumptious-looking daily specials that I’ve yet to try.  From the cozy, small dining area to the friendly, very efficient staff this place stands out in the sea of Astoria diners.  Be aware, those with the midnight munchies will be out of luck.  Family Corner is open during normal restaurant hours.
–Adam Naill

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