Indigo - 28-50 31st Street, Astoria NY 11102
N/W Train to 30th Avenue
It's true that Indigo doesn't look like much from the outside--to be quite honest, it looks a bit gimmicky and ordinary. But just like many establishments in Astoria, what awaits you inside is a modern, sleek and welcoming hangout.
The front of this restaurant/bar is filled with loud and crazy sports buffs, chomping on big burgers and sipping full glasses of their favorite brew. Even the bartenders join the fun and wear sports jerseys on football Sunday, when you can catch all the games. But if you walk a few steps towards the back, you'll find a lovely--and quiet--garden room filled with plants, lanterns, candles and a cozy fireplace. While I've only seen this in daylight, I heard that it's lit up at night, providing an especially charming atmosphere.
My friends have been forever raving about the brunch here so I finally gave it a try. And after my experience, all that I can say is, I can't wait to go back next week! The brunch was point-blank awesome--and in my book ranks as one of the best in Astoria. I ordered a large Belgian waffle with fresh strawberries and bananas on top served with Vermont maple syrup--yum! The waffle was fluffy, airy and not too big to finish. My friend Margot got challah french toast with bacon and orange flavored butter--this last ingredient really made this dish and I've never tasted something so savory and sweet in one. I've yet to try Indigo's burgers and sandwiches but judging from neighboring plates, they looked great and were thoroughly devoured.
Service and Cost:
The service here is efficient and it doesn't make you feel rushed. After we finished our meal, my friend and I chatted comfortably for another half hour without interruptions. Although Indigo's brunch price can't beat cafes such as Grand or Ovelia, it's still pretty reasonable with a $12.95 prix fix for a main dish and a choice of 2 drinks.