Crave is a very casual eatery, across the street from the popular Avenue Cafe near 30th Avenue. Overall, it's very laid back, and folks usually stop there for a quick bite, instead of for a formal sit down experience (although they do have table service). Dan has tried it several times, as I mentioned but just for take-out with his bro friends.
As we approached, we noticed that it wasn't very crowded. Choosing to sit inside, we opted for table service, which was nice and casual - and since we were the only people in there, it was quick too.
Our attention immediately focused on the falafel balls which we ordered along with a Cuban sandwich. The latter wasn't a highlight for me, so I'm only going to mention the falafel at this time.
Falafel Balls - Yummy little poppable balls of goodness, we both loved the falafel, as they were crunchy on the outside and really tender and flavorful on the inside. Overall, they were pretty mild and I loved the option of choosing a sauce to pair with it, which ended up being their BBQ sauce. Preferring the tanginess of the BBQ sauce instead of the traditional tahini sauce, we devoured the generous portion to the last bite.
Service and Cost:
We were waited on by a lovely British woman who was attentive and helpful. The service was pretty casual but still left a nice impression, and I'd be happy to come back here for an impromptu bite.
Our tasty pitstop, which included a sandwich the falafel balls and a beer set us back just $10 with our Scoutmob coupon. You can't beat that!
Crave Astoria - 28-55 36th Street, Astoria 11105
N/Q Train to 30th Avenue