Pachanga Patterson is a casual Mexican spot in Astoria serving very good tacos and large plates. We’re fans of the adobo shrimp tacos with mango, and the slow-roasted pork flautas with chili mayo and crumbled cheese. The narrow space has bar and table seating, and they play loud music like The Killers and Run-DMC. During nice weather, the big backyard is a great spot for a group dinner and some margaritas with housemade hibiscus syrup.
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Favela Grill is a Brazilian spot in Astoria that’s a good option for group dinners, especially on weekends when there’s live music.
Zenon Taverna is a Greek-Cypriot restaurant in Astoria where you can get a great, affordable prix-fixe with an excessive amount of (very good) food.
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If it’s a weekend, and you need somewhere to dance in Bushwick, try Mad Tropical. It’s a divey bar with a tropical theme, a dance floor, and tacos.
Calexico is a small chain in NYC, and their location on the UES is a decent spot for a weeknight meal. It isn’t authentic Mexican, but it’s solid.
Otto’s Tacos is a casual East Village taco place with a simple menu, homemade tortillas, and much-needed West Coast flavor.
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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.
Astoria Seafood is a seafood market and restaurant where you pick your fish and tell them how you’d like it cooked.
Taverna Kyclades is a classic spot in Astoria for affordable family-style Greek food.
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