Since we're officially in holiday season and most of us are spending lots of dough, I thought it'd be helpful to provide you with some weeknight restaurant specials to help you save those much-needed dollars. These are some of my favorite deals in the nabe. Some of them you may have heard of already but others could be new discoveries to share with friends, family and colleagues. Enjoy!
Bistro 33 - I'm never disappointed when I step foot into this eclectic French/Japanese fused eatery. Since it's getting so chilly out, I highly encourage trying their hearty soups, which I've always found flavorful. Take advantage of 2 for $10 Tuesdays, where you can order some of their most popular appetizers, sushi and drinks for that very attractive price-point. 19-33 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria, NY 11105. 718.721.1933
718 Restaurant - 718 is one of my go-tos in Astoria for modern French food. My all-time favorite item on the menu is a classic Tarte Flambee (thin, crunchy dough topped with caramelized onions and smoky bacon). But besides this one, there are four other awesome options. If you come in on Wednesday night, all tarte flambees are just $9. 35-01 Ditmars Blvd, Astoria, NY 11105. 718.204.5553
Ornella - This delicious pasta-haven is not only personal, the food is just a little bit different than what you're used to when you think of Italian. I mean that in the best way possible. On Thursdays, enjoy a "pick-your-pasta" special where any pasta item on the menu is just $10 between 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. 29-17 23rd Avenue, Astoria NY 11105 718.777.9477
Ovelia - This recently 4-year-old modern Greek resto never has a shortage of fun, festive activities, at a fair price-point. Stop in this Thursday for live Greek Blues or "Kotobuki" and enjoy their mildly priced meze ($6 - $16) and drinks. 34-01 30th Ave, Astoria, NY 11103. 718.721.7217
5 Napkin Burger - One of the best Happy Hour deals in town, you can sample 5 Napkin's mighty sliders, which are a perfect size to satisfy that end-of-day hunger. You can enjoy these sliders for just $2 every day (even weekends) and $4 beer drafts between 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. 35-01 36th Street, Astoria, NY 11106. 718.433.2727