October 20, 2017

I spy Astoria @ The Astor Room

It’s Wednesday and that means “Pine Island oysters and Stella from 5pm – 7pm at The Astor Room, all for the low low low low price of$15! I could probably stop right here but then it wouldn’t be a blog post would it.

This could be one of those nights that you talk about at the end of summer. To quote my friend Mark “You’re gonna have to roll me outta there”. Mark is smart, full of “one liners” and hungry. The kind of good buddy you look for when planning a gluttonistic (?) night out. Heck, I might even be a generous type and pay. Nothing like looking good for cheap. And by the way, if you miss it tonight you can always try again next Wednesday or the one after that.

I spy Astoria food scene

Let’s talk about restaurants. First off let me say that, Yes, I am a chef and yes the food matters. BUT it is not all about the food. It is not the scene or the atmosphere or the “farm to table” thing that does it for me. You too(?) perhaps. It is the people who really make it.

Our local restaurants here in Astoria really stand out in this category. These are the places I have started writing about and will continue to share more stories in the coming months. Many of our best places are run by people who care more about more than the bottom line. These people are part of the community. They work in the “Arts” or do community work. Others simply put their life and love into every dish that comes out of the kitchen. That is why your food tastes so good. A few names come to mind here. Evan at the Queens Kickshaw, Chris at The Astor room and Piccola Venezia, Gary at Bistro 33 and William Hallet, Natasha at Bear, Darren at Il Bambino, Michelle at Sugar Freak. Good people, family people, community people. And oh yeah, their food kicks ass and can make your swoon.