Astoria in Queens is quickly becoming an “it” neighborhood for all of the new bars and restaurants popping up to satisfy the crowds of young people moving in. While the new spots are very exciting, it’s getting harder to find the cheap mom and pop shops. Here are a few cheap lunches you can find in the ‘hood, so you can save your money for fancy cocktails that night.
There are a ton of Thai options throughout the neighborhood, but we love this spot for its cozy service, no-frills atmosphere and $8 lunch special that includes a soup, spring roll, salad and an entree. We stick with the tofu pad thai every time.
The King indeed! This was the food truck to go to, so popular they’ve opened up a brick and mortar shop. Serving up all of their filling favorites — almost all under $10 — you can still order to go, or sit at one of the tables they have set up. The falafel is great for food on the go, but the platters are super filling if you’re looking for a bit more.
3. Arepa Cafe
With most of their arepas costing less than $8 — by the way, NOT the fried kind you find at street fairs — you can have the Venezuelan corn-meal pockets filled with anything from roasted pork to cotija cheese to baby shark (for real!). Feeling creative? You don’t have to stick to the menu. In fact, our go to is ordering a custom ham and avocado with Guyanese cheese. Also notable is their sangria, the Chicha drink (sort of like a thick milkshake made from rice and cinnamon), and the tequeños (fried cheese…need we say more?).
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