Thursday, May 6, 2010

Happy Mother's Day Astoria

Wow this week is busy with two big special occasions happening so close to each other - yesterday's Cinco de Mayo and of course Mother's Day, which is this Sunday.  Below are 10 fun suggestions for Mother's Day in Astoria and Long Island City.  I hope whichever route you take, you treat Mom to something nice and make her feel special.

Ovelia -
 Although they're completely booked for brunch, dinner reservations are still available.  There's no Mother's Day menu, but they are serving their Sunday Night 3-course prix-fixe for $25.  That's a great deal on a regular night, but especially for Mother's Day when a lot of restaurants jack up their prices. 34-01 30th Ave, Astoria. 718.721.7217

Bistro Les Minots - This quaint little French bistro is also doing an affordable $29.95 prix-fixe menu for Mother's Day with a 3-course French meal and even a complimentary glass of sangria.  The offer runs from noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday.  47-16 30th Avenue, Astoria NY 11103. 718.606.2535

Seva - My all-time favorite Indian restaurant in Astoria, they'll be doing business as usual on Mother's Day.  Because it's so intimate and often-times busy, I suggest you make a reservation.  My favorite dishes here are the apricot lamb curry as well as the chicken Korma.  And definitely get the naan! 30-07 34th Street, Astoria. 718.626.4440

718 - I love going to 718 for Mother's day and took my mom there two years ago.  She loved the clean, modern atmosphere and enjoyed her tarte flambee very much.  This year for Mother's Day, they'll serve brunch as usual and for dinner they're featuring a lamb special. Everything can be ordered a la carte, which is great. 35-01 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria, NY 11105. 718.204.5553

Akti - If you're in the mood for wonderfully fresh Greek food, give Akti a try.  They'll be serving their regular menu, which is fabulous for Greek meze and fresh fish.  I highly recommend the dip platter and the zucchini croquettes. 34-19 30th Avenue, Astoria, NY 11103. 718.721.3530

- In addition to being a big fan of their burgers, I've recently discovered their amazing brunch and highly recommend it for Mother's Day.  The menu will remain the same and so will the prices.  If you want to indulge, I urge you to try their organic omelette with Danish blue cheese, applewood bacon and caramelized onions. Need I say more? 33-21 31st Avenue, Astoria NY 11106.  718.777.7011

Zenon Taverna
- This deliciously homey Greek restaurant will be offering a great deal for Mother's Day with a 3-course prix fixe (including your choice of a separate side dish with your entree) for $24.95.  Reservations are highly recommended. 34-10 31st Avenue, Astoria, NY 11106. 718.956.0133

- Want to take mom somewhere a bit fancy? Cavo is a great place, especially if the weather is cooperating because they have a large outdoor garden.  The Mother's Day offering is a 3-course meal for $35 per person.  You can come for brunch or dinner - service starts at 1p.m. 42-18 31st Avenue, Astoria. 718.721.1001

- I think moms will enjoy a casual meal with panache at this adorable LIC bistro.  The cuisine is French and the menu will remain unchanged on Sunday.  However, they will be featuring a lamb special.  If you try it, definitely don't skimp on dessert - the bread pudding is amazing.  50-12 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101. 718.472.4355

Manducatis Rustica
- Tradition and homestyle cooking is the theme here with tasty thin crust pizzas, pasta favorites and homemade gelato.  The menu won't change so you can enjoy all their regular specialties at their gentle prices.   46-35 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101. 718.937.1312



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