Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Fit For a Queen

Queens is pretty awesome, I'm not gonna lie.  I stayed in Astoria with friends this past week and I enjoyed trying out some good food in one of the other boroughs.  Here are some yummy things I tried...

Brick Cafe
3095 33rd St
Astoria, NY 11102
(718) 267-2735

My friends suggested we have brunch here last weekend, and I went along knowing nothing about the restaurant except that they served food and I was hungry.  When we showed up, I immediately fell in like with the decor... I thought it was rustic and sweet and almost reminded me of a country home in some ways.  I can't really explain it, but I think the sunshine just shining through the window just brought happiness into my soul.

 We started off by sharing a tuna tartare with avocado. I stated previously that this is a perfect combination, and this one was really light and tasty, served over fresh cucumber and greens, the tuna was lightly tossed in some lemon and olive oil, keeping all the flavors really fresh.  I of course enjoyed this entree turned starter...

Tuna Tartare with Avocado $13

For my entree, I chose one of the specials that day, which was crepes stuffed with crisp asparagus, creamy, tart goat cheese, and a thin film of salty prosciutto and napped with vodka sauce, which was a perfect compliment.  It was really good and perfectly satisfying.  I would really love to replicate this dish sometime in the future because it seems really simple, but with a great balance of flavors, colors, and textures (a trifecta!).  Also, my friends all pretty much decided that the open-faced steak sandwich that one of my other friends had was incredibly awesome.  I officially really like this place :)

Crepes with Asparagus, Goat Cheese, and Prosciutto with Vodka Sauce

Pomme Cafe
3719 Broadway Ave
Astoria, NY 11103
(718) 545-4301

Pomme Cafe was an accident for me.  I had no idea where to eat, but I was hungry.  It appeared, I love French food, and so I walked inside and sat down. I thought the decor was cute, but perhaps a little cliche.  The wine bottle display was nice, but kind of defeats the purpose of storing wine since they were not placed on their sides as they should be.  I ordered a creamy tomato soup and croque monsieur.  The soup was average, but satisfying.  The sandwich was served open-faced on brioche which was slightly burned on the edges.  Otherwise, it was a nice balance of ham, cheese, and creamy bechamel (another trifecta).  I ate all of it along with most of the lightly dressed organic greens that came alongside it.  I've read that this is a new restaurant, so I'm sure they are getting into the swing of things.  Overall the experience was satisfying, but didn't stand out at all from other similar restaurants I've tried in the past.  I'm sure it's one of the only or few French bistros in the area so I think it's a great choice if that's what you are craving but don't want to extend yourself too far to make it happen.

Creamy Tomato Soup $6

Croque Monsieur $8

Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company
35-05 Broadway
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 204-0141

I've been here before.  It's good.  Really good.  I came back, didn't I?  Enough said.  They have really great bagels of all types with a whole mess of fillings and spreads to choose from.  This time I opted for a toasted wheat everything bagel with bacon scallion cream cheese.  I could barely finish it.  It was awesome.


Lucine said...

Ok, when you decide to replicate that FABULOUS crepe dish (what is better than asparagus, goat cheese and prosciutto together!?!??) you BETTER include me in the tasting!!! And MAN, is that a meaty looking bagel!!! I miss NYC..... =(

Victoria K. said...

Sounds like a plan :)

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