My wife and I, having moved to Astoria over three years ago, love to check out a different place, every now and then, to find something good to eat and have some drinks, of course, at the same time. This option is not a problem where we live as there is an abundance of choices and all one has to do is do some walking.
We've visited quite a few places ranging from the not so local and somewhat pricey to the "hole-in-the-wall" that, more often than not, suprises.
We've passed by the Astor Room numerous times while walking around the neighborhood and, mostly, while taking our dog for a walk. We've always wanted to check the place out as it really seems interesting and somewhat different from most of the bars and restaurants by us, but just never really had the chance to. Until yesterday, that is. The wife and I, out of the blue, as most of our trips around the neigborhood is, decided to go and visit the place
Designed to project and evoke the 30's bar scenes, my wife loved the decor and the atmosphere that the place presented. They do accept reservations but also welcome walk-ins. We decided to just sit by the bar, as we normally do. The service could not be better. And the food, just perfect. More suprisingly, and albeit very minimal, the place actually offered a happy hour drinks menu. This is definitely a plus as most places of the same caliber would not even offer this additional option.
We ordered a few appetizers and had a few drinks. This was just enough as the portions was absolutely perfect. The oysters were done just right, tempura-style and not raw which they also offer ($1 each during happy hour). The flat-bread pizza was not too heavy and the mussels were a great complement to the beer and cocktail that we had. The price is as expected and, actually, not that bad as I have paid more for a lesser experience.
We had such a great time catching up with the bartender who we've met at a different place, that we decided that we'll heading back soon.
While in Astoria, and if in search of a nice place with an ambiance that may just take you back, service that's uncommon these days, and food that may just surprise, I highly recommend the Astor Room.
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