Astoria Seafood is fun, unique, and very busy. It’s a fish market/restaurant where you pick what you want and specify how you’d like it cooked. There’s a big selection of fish and shellfish, and you’ll wind up paying less than you do at a traditional restaurant. It’s also BYOB, although you might have to drink your wine out of a small plastic cup.
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Trattoria L’icontro is not only awesome, but worthy of a trip to Astoria with a group of your friends. Everything about the space is thoroughly cheesy and overstated, but that’s kind of the whole point. No gimmicks, just really good Italian food and really nice people.
"NO MENUS. JUST FISH" is pretty much everything you need to know about this Astoria restaurant.
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Aquagrill is a West Village raw bar classic. If you're not prepared to eat a dozen oysters on your own, you're not prepared to eat here.
A Carroll Gardens neighborhood seafood gem, where the chef might throw a lobster at you. God bless this city.
La Esquina Del Camarón Mexicano
La Esquina Del Camarón Mexicano is a tiny, cash-only spot in the back of a bodega, and it’s a wonderful place to eat a cup of shrimp and octopus.
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Milkflower is a neighborhood Italian place in Astoria where you can grab a Swiss chard caesar and a pizza with clams (called the Wu Tang Clam).
Pye Boat Noodle
At Pye Boat Noodle, there’s a bottle of fish sauce on every table. This is for the boat noodles, which you should definitely order.
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