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5-Star Reviews: Yelp

Astoria’s 5-star reviews: 9/15-9/22

Congrats to everyone who received Yelp’s highest honor this week: Bareburger got THREE 5-star reviews (2 for its Ditmars location, which just celebrated its 1-year anniversary) … Aliada on Broadway got theirs for showing some Australians a good time… And the week’s winner for Most Concise Review is: “Cheap fast delicious.” (Mama’s Empanadas)

Deliciousness from SugarFreak. Image via their Facebook page.

THREE 5-star reviews: 9/17, 9/18 and 9/19/12 SugarFreak 36-18 30th Ave

“We chose to share the Boudin Balls, Southern Fried Chicken (with a side of collard greens) and… OH those Hush Puppies! Nom nom nom. I also had the Cajun Bloody Mary and my friend had the Sugar Honey Iced Tea. Everything was just as scrumptious as we had imagined…
 After dinner, my friend and I marveled at how adorable the place is—you can tell that they put a lot of love into decorating it—and the food tastes like there’s a lot of love in it too.”—Anima P., Queens, NY

9/15 /12 Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden 29-19 24th Ave

“This place is just magical… So unassuming from the outside, and so bangerang and extensive upon entering. The back patio area is such a fantastic place to congregate with a group of 5 or 20. The food is pretty great and wonderful for sopping up the $14 pitchers of beer they have.”—Michael L., Philadelphia, PA

9/19/12 The Giving Tree Yoga Studio 22-56 31st St
Above: Kundalini yoga class. Photo via their FB page

9/19/12 Basil Brick Oven Pizza 28-17 Astoria Blvd

9/16/12 Bicycle Repairman Corp 40-21a 35th Ave

9/16/12 JJ’s 37-05 31st Ave

“This is crave-able sushi, I wish I lived closer so that I could eat it more often.”—Yael R., Brooklyn, NY

9/15/12 Vesta 21-02 30th Ave

“The place is great! I’ve been there twice for dinner and brunch… The service is great, and they do have some great selections of wine. Intimate ambience, fantastic place in Astoria!”—Julia L, Astoria, NY

Dynamite Balloons —balloon party fun for kids and grown-ups. Image via their Facebook page

9/15/12 Dynamite Balloons (347) 376-6452

“We were thrilled to have Joseph and his incredible talent with balloons entertain family and friends at our son’s fourth birthday party.  Everyone raved about his personality, professionalism and amazing balloon creations.  Adults and the children were enthralled by him.”—Erica G., Port Chester, NY

TWO 5-star reviews: 9/17 and 9/19/12 Dahlia Nails & Spa 41-08 Broadway

“The space is clean, modern and very sanitary. They scrub the pedi tub after every use… you don’t see that often (or more like never). Not only was it a job well done but the price is beyond reasonable. I got the gel done for my week long vacation to Dominican Republic. I’ve been back in the states and after salt water, chlorine and 13 days later my nails still look amazing.”—Shari J., Woodside, NY

9/16/12 Laser It Off 30-26 Steinway

9/17/12 Rocket Laundromat & Cleaners 24-06 31st St

9/17/12 Zante Restaurant 38-38 31st St

“NYC’s best burger,” an Instagram from Bareburger’s Facebook page.

9/18/12 Bareburger 33-21 31st Ave

TWO 5-star reviews: 9/16 and 9/18 Bareburger 23-01 31st St

9/18/12 Harissa 34-05 30th Ave

9/17/12 Mama’s Empanadas 32-41 Steinway

“Cheap, fast, delicious. :)” —Alisa O., Astoria, NY

9/18/12 Sushi Q 25-03 30th Ave 29-19 Broadway

THREE 5-star reviews: 9/18 and 9/19/12 (2) Seva 30-07 34th St

“Service and food is great here. No matter how busy it is, it seems like there’s 10 waiters swarming the place looking for someone whose cup they could refill. I’ve been here probably 15+ times and food was amazing almost every single time.”—Mahfuzur K., Woodside, NY

9/19/12 Brazilian Waxing Center 37-11 35th Ave

9/19/12 Yoga Agora 33-02 Broadway 2nd floor

TWO 5-star reviews: 9/18 and 9/22 Sorriso Italian Pork Store 44-16 30th Ave

TWO 5-star reviews: 9/19 and 9/22/12 Aliada Restaurant 29-19 Broadway

“As travelers from Australia, we were looking for a friendly place to sit down, have a nice coffee, perhaps a tasty meal, and watch the New York scene passing by… Thank you Louie (Loizos), Vicky, the South American connection and the chef. Well done guys and we are going to fit in one more meal before we leave NY tomorrow!!”—Petros P., Australia

9/21/12 Dog Liberty LLC 34025 37th St

“When I found Dog Liberty I was in complete desperation, my dear Pepper (minpin/chihuahua) that we love sooooo much, had taken over the house. Bad behavior and impossible potty training was making our lives miserable.
 With a couple of training sessions and lots of walks from their staff, now we enjoy having her in our family, it changed the experience of having a dog from a nightmare to a dream come true.”—Valeria M., Upper West Side, Manhatttan, NY

9/20/12 Los Portales Taqueria 25-08 Broadway

“I always order via grubhub and pick up. Delicious and cheap. My only gripe is they’re closed a lot of times when I want to eat there, especially around lunchtime most days.”—Andrew S., Astoria, NY

9/20/12 Aji Sushi House 36-06 Ditmars

Indoors, outdoors: Doesn’t matter at Locale. Photo via their Facebook page.

TWO 5-star reviews: 9/17 and 9/18/12 Locale 33-02 34th Ave

“I came here on Saturday for brunch with three friends… The atmosphere at Locale was probably the best thing about this place. It was beautiful outside that day so I was bummed to be sitting inside, but the place was so wide open that I felt like we were sitting outside the whole time… Overall, a great experience—I will definitely come back.”—Kristina K. Long Island City, NY

9/21/12 Rest-au-Rant 30-01 35th Ave

“Very cozy, decent beer & wine selection and the food is fantastic! The ambiance is perfect: subdued candlelight, unique decor, and a good crowd. Regarding service, it’s a small place and there is one bartender/server. If you can accept this for what it is it can be a great experience.”—Luke S., Los Angeles, CA

Astoria businesses: If you get a 5-star review, please let us know! We’d love to include you in this weekly listing. Shoot me an email (tinfield at hotmail dot com) or a tweet: @TracyInfield. Hope to see you here soon!


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