Posts tagged amuse bouche

Did you know Pita Pan serves a rather killer personal pizza? Their mozzarella sticks are some of the best around, too, served with a special house creamy tomato sauce. You can even order a pizza covered with gyro meat, a Greek pizza, or a delicious version of the Hawaiian with pineapple and ham.  Pita Pan | 37-15 30th Ave, Astoria | (718) 204-1633 | www.pitapanastoria.com

Did you know Pita Pan serves a rather killer personal pizza? Their mozzarella sticks are some of the best around, too, served with a special house creamy tomato sauce. You can even order a pizza covered with gyro meat, a Greek pizza, or a delicious version of the Hawaiian with pineapple and ham.  Pita Pan | 37-15 30th Ave, Astoria | (718) 204-1633 | www.pitapanastoria.com

If you get a late night craving this weekend, remember that Crave Astoria is open until 5 a.m. (they deliver, too).  Serving Greek classics with a contemporary twist in a casual setting, you can find something for almost any palate.  Pictured: (top) Philly Cheesesteak Crave Bowl in an iron skillet over twice-cooked ‘chips’; (bottom left) Greek Bowl of french fries topped with lamb gyro, cherry tomatoes, red onion, feta cheese, and warm lemon vinaigrette; (bottom-right) Crave Burger with black angus beef, lettuce, tomato, american cheese, and house remoulade.  They also serve souvlaki sticks, loaded baked potatoes, fish ‘n chips, and nearly 20 different sauces for dipping french fries (try the kung fu ketchup!)  Crave Astoria | 28-55 36th St, Astoria | (718)726-4976 | www.craveastoria.com

This is just the cross-section of the newest vegetarian sandwich from Queens Comfort—a gargantuan, crispy fried mozzarella ball stuffed with roasted red peppers and portobello mushrooms, sandwiched with a smoky mayo coleslaw and served with fries.  Queens Comfort * 40-09 30th Ave, Astoria * (718) 728-2350 * queenscomfort.blogspot.com

This is just the cross-section of the newest vegetarian sandwich from Queens Comfort—a gargantuan, crispy fried mozzarella ball stuffed with roasted red peppers and portobello mushrooms, sandwiched with a smoky mayo coleslaw and served with fries.  Queens Comfort * 40-09 30th Ave, Astoria * (718) 728-2350 * queenscomfort.blogspot.com

Chef Stephen Menna is experimenting with some pretty cool weekend specials at Tufino Pizzeria, like this cappellini cake—a breaded round of angel hair pasta tossed with ricotta, caciocavallo, and fior di latte cheeses, which is then deep-fried and served surrounded by a moat of creamy alfredo, all garnished with shavings of grana padano. Tufino Pizzeria Napoletana | 36-08 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria | 718-278-4800 | www.tufinopizzeria.com

Chef Stephen Menna is experimenting with some pretty cool weekend specials at Tufino Pizzeria, like this cappellini cake—a breaded round of angel hair pasta tossed with ricotta, caciocavallo, and fior di latte cheeses, which is then deep-fried and served surrounded by a moat of creamy alfredo, all garnished with shavings of grana padano. Tufino Pizzeria Napoletana | 36-08 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria | 718-278-4800 | www.tufinopizzeria.com

This crepe is bursting with delicately sweet poached pears, topped with crushed toasted almonds, a dusting of confectioners sugar, and a drizzle of chocolate.  Cafe Triskell * 33-04 36th Ave, Astoria * (718) 472-0612 * www.cafetriskell.com

This crepe is bursting with delicately sweet poached pears, topped with crushed toasted almonds, a dusting of confectioners sugar, and a drizzle of chocolate.  Cafe Triskell * 33-04 36th Ave, Astoria * (718) 472-0612 * www.cafetriskell.com

Authentic Mexican food doesn’t get much better than this rather hidden gem… Athens Grill.  Don’t be fooled by the name and walk past like so many erroneously do.  The owners may be Greek, but it’s definitely a Mexican run and patronized restaurant that serves killer tortas & cemitas (try the al pastor), huaraches, tamales ($1.50) and even tops their tacos with grilled nopales (cactus).  Wash it back with a MexiCoke, Jaritos, or tequila.  They even deliver, open daily ‘til the wee hours of the night (usually 4AM). Athens Grill * 30-11 30th Ave, Astoria * 718-777-5366

No need to rub your eyes… yes, that’s a hot dog topped with mac & cheese with toasted bread crumbs on a grilled New England style bun.  They also come wrapped in bacon, topped with guacamole, chili, or even a fried egg.  Pretty cool hot dog menu at Bud’s Ale House.   34-02 Steinway, Astoria | www.budsalehouse.com

No need to rub your eyes… yes, that’s a hot dog topped with mac & cheese with toasted bread crumbs on a grilled New England style bun.  They also come wrapped in bacon, topped with guacamole, chili, or even a fried egg.  Pretty cool hot dog menu at Bud’s Ale House.   34-02 Steinway, Astoria | www.budsalehouse.com

Always fun to discover new changes at DiWine… like this lobster and leek pizza… a brick oven pie accented with sherry cream sauce, asparagus, corn, tomatoes, and slices of manchego cheese.  I also enjoy that all wines are $9 a glass or $32 a bottle—allowing you to focus on the wine selection without debating which price to choose.  DiWine * 41-15  31st Ave, Astoria * (718) 777-1355 * www.diwineonline.com

Always fun to discover new changes at DiWine… like this lobster and leek pizza… a brick oven pie accented with sherry cream sauce, asparagus, corn, tomatoes, and slices of manchego cheese.  I also enjoy that all wines are $9 a glass or $32 a bottle—allowing you to focus on the wine selection without debating which price to choose.  DiWine * 41-15  31st Ave, Astoria * (718) 777-1355 * www.diwineonline.com

Rapunzel’s got nothing on the noodles at Biang! which stretch endlessly, as if the entire bowl were one continuous mile-long strand.  They’re fun, delicious, chewy, and the hand-torn edges catch bits of oil and sauce like spunky little pockets of flavor.  The name, Biang!, may be intended to mimic the sound of the hand-stretched noodles slapping the cutting board as they are formed, but “Biang!” should also pop-up like  a cartoon dialog box over your head as the spices hit your palate like a superhero’s punch.  The flavors and textures are intense, but ultimately very rewarding.  If you enjoyed the Xi’an stall in the Flushing underground food court, then savor a more comfortable dining experience with the same excellent dishes (that’s a lamb face salad above—and yes, that’s an eyeball), and a few special additions. Biang! * 41-10 Main Street, Flushing * http://www.biang-nyc.com/

While the bitter winter wind nips at your ears, these peppery little niblets are as toasty as ever.  Yup, on the ever-evolving small plate menu at HinoMaru, they’ve added these chili-dusted crispy pig ears…  HinoMaru Ramen | 33-18 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria | (718) 777-0228 | www.hinomaruramen.com

While the bitter winter wind nips at your ears, these peppery little niblets are as toasty as ever.  Yup, on the ever-evolving small plate menu at HinoMaru, they’ve added these chili-dusted crispy pig ears…  HinoMaru Ramen | 33-18 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria | (718) 777-0228 | www.hinomaruramen.com

Really enjoying the pomegranate touches on the small plates at Mezze Place—puree in the red lentil kofte and seeds in the tabouli. Mezze Place * 31-18 #E Broadway, Astoria * 718-777-2829 * www.mezzeplace.com

Stove remains one of Astoria’s best-kept secrets.  If you haven’t been in awhile, check out their new menu, featuring mesquite pork loin with frizzled onions and BBQ butter, honey five-spiced ribs with ginger slaw, and Chef Declan’s baked treats, like warm apple pie with creme anglaise.  Be sure to try their Sunday brunch, with Irish classics like corned beef hash.  Stove | 45-17 28th Ave, Astoria | http://www.stoveastoria.com

Recently really impressed with a terrific banh mi (Vietnamese ham, roasted ground pork, paté, pickled daikon, carrots, cilantro, cucumber, sriracha, & soy sauce) at Cyclo, the new Vietnamese restaurant in Long Island City.  They also serve a tasty beef pho in oxtail broth, as well as several other Vietnamese dishes… great lunch specials, too (banh mi with veggie soup for $6.50)… Cyclo * 5-51 47th Ave, Long Island City * http://www.cyclolic.com

The Queens Kickshaw introduces its brand new “egg-centric” brunch starting today!  Be sure to check out the outrageously inventive and delicious dishes, like these cold-poached eggs… an umami benedict with miso butter and pickled mustard seed “caviar” on cranberry walnut toast.  Brunch will be served Saturdays and Sundays from 9 to 4…  The Queens Kickshaw | 40-17 Broadway, Astoria | http://www.thequeenskickshaw.com/

The Queens Kickshaw introduces its brand new “egg-centric” brunch starting today!  Be sure to check out the outrageously inventive and delicious dishes, like these cold-poached eggs… an umami benedict with miso butter and pickled mustard seed “caviar” on cranberry walnut toast.  Brunch will be served Saturdays and Sundays from 9 to 4…  The Queens Kickshaw | 40-17 Broadway, Astoria | http://www.thequeenskickshaw.com/

Ornella Trattoria is bringing a whole new meaning to a “pot of pasta” with two new dishes featuring hemp flour noodles.  One is sautéed in olive oil with garlic and roasted tomatoes, allowing the pasta’s rich, nutty flavor to come through.  A second presentation showcases the pasta tossed in a pistachio truffle cream sauce.  Ornella Trattoria Italiana | 29-17 23rd Ave, Astoria | www.ornellatrattoria.com