Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Friday is National Eat Outside Day - For Real!
Recently learning about this random yet fun little food holiday through Mojave's newsletter, I was only too happy to start thinking about some of my favorite places in Astoria with the best outdoor spots. Mojave of course tops the list, but here are a few others. For the record, National Eat Outside Day is this Friday, August 31st. Happy dining!
Mojave - My We Heart Astoria colleague, Meg recently shouted them out as having a beautiful outdoor space, and she has some pretty neat pictures up on the site. I couldn't agree more and think Mojave is a great respite after a long grueling day in the city. My favorites to get are their frozen margaritas (especially the mango), the plantain empanadas appetizer, Motherroad Roadhouse Chili (yes...even during the summer!) and any of their fajitas. 22-36 31st Street, Astoria. 718.545.4100
Ovelia - Being around for a few years now, Ovelia has always had fabulous sidewalk seating that snakes around the side of the restaurant. It's also great when they open up their "garage door" window, which makes you feel like you're sitting outside even if you're technically inside. There's so many awesome yummies you can grab here including their fried feta cubes, coated in black sesame seeds; fried-to-perfection zucchini croquettes; the spicy kafteri feta dip and more! 34-01 30th Avenue, Astoria. 718.721.7217
5 Napkin Burger - Even though you normally may not think of this place as a choice for outdoor dining, their sidewalk seating is enormous, and it's right in the middle of the 35th Avenue action. I love this place a lot because their food really accommodates any kind of diet restrictions, as both carnivores and vegetarians can chow down without compromise. Although I'm far from a vegetarian, I often get their veggie burger, since it's so darn exceptional and filling. Don't forget to get a side of sweet potato fries along with it. 35-01 36th Street, Astoria. 718.433.2727
Winegasm - Recently coming here with Mackenzi, we sat outside and enjoyed a really pleasant evening. While the outdoor seating isn't as extensive as some of the other places I mention here, it's really nice and generally provides a private atmosphere. If you're just stopping in for a quick snack, I urge you to try the mushroom crostini, which contains generous amounts of truffle oil and gooey fontina cheese. 31-86 37th Street, Astoria. 718.932.3331
At Home! - While we enjoy eating out as a special treat, there's nothing like cooking your own homemade meal and eating it on the porch, in the backyard, on the front stoop, front yard or what have you. Some delicious resources that will surely keep you stocked with interesting foods include: Mediterranean Foods, Artopolis Bakery (just next door to Med Foods), Titan Foods, Parrot Coffee Market, Rosario's and more.
Happy Eat Outside Day!