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5-Star Reviews: Yelp

Astoria 5-star reviews: 12/1-12/8

Congratulations to these Astoria businesses for getting Yelp’s highest honor this week.


Ovelia  | 34-01 30th Ave “Fans of moussaka ($14) are in for a potential treat. Their version is fluffy, well layered, and very tasty. There is a meat free version for $2 more, which should appease most vegan palates. Equally delicious is the pasticio ($13), a creamy execution worth repeating over and over. The semi-skimpy sides, especially the $6 lemon potatoes, could use a “little” work in portion and pricing.

Looking for less traditional fare? Ovelia has it. Everything from a creatively named lamb burger in the “lamburgini” ($22) to a stir fry ouzo ($14) to a house special linguini ($16)…” —Jando S., Queens, NY 12/4/12

THREE beautiful 5-star reviews for the new-ish Leli’s Bakery | 35-14 30th Ave: “The pastries here remind me of home recipes that someone went to culinary school to perfect…. 
A notch above the other 30th Ave bakeries.  Welcome to the neighborhood Leli’s Bakery!”—12/1 Ryan D, Manhattan, NY 12/1/12 •  “These might have to be the best rainbow cookies I’ve ever had, and I’ve had rainbow cookies pretty much everywhere in NY! They’re moist and the jam is evenly distributed between the layers… It’s a bit slow at the cash registers, but it’s a new business so they’re still getting adjusted…” —Judy C., Long Island City, NY 12/2/12 • “I’ve been here a couple of times. Each time I’ve been blown away by what I’ve eaten. The latest treat was a mushroom and gruyere stuffed croissant. Still warm from having just come out of the oven, the filling was luscious succulent sliced mushrooms with just enough melted gruyere to glue everything together…

I’m looking forward to making more visits here.”—Elle P., Astoria, NY 12/4/12

Love these two 5-star reviews from A.B., Astoria, NY: De Mole. | 42-20 30th Ave “I really like this place!! I have been here twice now. I have had a burrito, guacamole, enchilada and tried other people’s food. It seems more traditional. Service stinks. It seems like they do not want to be there. My boyfriend and I joke that it must be their parents restaurants and they are forced to work there. But either way, I will go back!” (12/2/12) and Pita House | 25-15 30th Ave “Excellent service….Excellent food…..Excellent location….EXCELLENT.” 

Screen shot 2012-12-09 at 3.18.25 PM Kaufman Astoria Studios 34-12 36th St “Not as large as Steiner Studios over in Brooklyn.  It is however WONDERFUL to work in if you get the opportunity to.” —Anderson C., Queens, NY 12/1

Bowl of deliciousness from Mezze Place. Click thru for their Facebook page

Bowl of deliciousness from Mezze Place. Click thru for their Facebook page

Mezze Place | 31-18 Broadway/32nd St “Glad I found this hidden gem in reviews—if I walk down the street, I would never notice this little cozy place. 
Stepping inside I am surrounded by neighborhood charm. Waitress is attentive without being overbearing. Portions just right to fill you up without taking leftovers home.” —Isabel G., Brooklyn NY 12/2/12

El Grill Restaurant and Bar | 30-11 30th Ave “By far the best Mexican I’ve found in Astoria so far. Prices are reasonable and there are usually leftovers from my serving no matter how hungry I am. Only complaint is that the TVs are sometimes blaring.” —Ryan E., New York, NY 12/4/12

Healing Hands | 35-03 29th St 4B “Abhyanga with shirodhara with Amanda is Out of this World!! The oils are prepared for your body type and they really do absorb into the skin and pull out serious toxins. They smell amazing and you kinda want to keep the oil on all the time because it makes your skin feel incredible!”  —Wesley C., Jackson Heights, NY 12/3/12

Sakura | 35-15 Ditmars “I’ve been ordering from this restaurant at least once a week since I discovered them. Continues to be AMAZING. Ordering for delivery is simply the best!  I’m sure dining in the restaurant can be challenging since it is small and very popular. So, go ahead and order for delivery! ” —Jimmy Z., Flushing, NY 12/4/12

TWO 5-star reviews for Mad Donkey Beer Bar & Grille | 32-07 36th Ave, including this one from Charlie C. of Ozone Park: “Best location to grab a beer and watch the game … nice & mellow.” And this more detailed one from Michael I. of Astoria: “My favorite hole in the wall where the drinks are cheap and the brews expansive. They serve the ever famous fishbowl at a reasonable price (compared to similarly served drinks in the neighborhood *coughCANZcough*) … 
Service is great with daily specials (“Wing Night” Tuesday should be a holiday) and backed by friendly staff. I can guarantee drinks will be in your hands a few moments you step into the bar. Note that this is a DIVE BAR and if you expect some kind of kiss-ass service, I hear the Plaza hotel has some vacant rooms…”

sweet & sara

Sweet & Sara  | 43-31 33rd St 4th Floor “They make the best marshmallows. The peanut butter s’mores is beyond delicious and the rice krispy treats are out of this world.”—V.V., Brooklyn, NY (12/6/12)

More 5-star reviews: 12/2/12 Michael Angelo’s Pizza 29-11 23rd Ave • 12/4/12 MexiBBQ 37-11 30th Ave • TWO 5-star reviews, 12/2 & 12/8/12 La Bottega Astoria 40-17 30th Ave • 12/6/12 Samaria Pizza 21-07 Broadway • 12/7/12 Leng Thai 33-09 Broadway •



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