718 Restaurant, Astoria, Queens
Named after the original zip code, 718 Restaurant serves up a little bit of French heaven in Astoria, Queens. This French bistro fuses classic cuisine with a hint of Espanola flair. The relaxed, family-friendly ambiance with its out-side seating, cozy booths lining the walls and the invitingly colorful red and orange hues gives it a warm, distinctive escape amidst the bustling strip of Ditmars Blvd.
Whether you’re looking to dine-out for brunch or dinner, the café offers daily recession specials, theme nights and a Sunday three-course pri-fixe menu for $22, which includes appetizer, main dish, dessert and a choice of brunch cocktail mimosa or Bloody Mary.
It’s all about the ingredients and presentation—and this restaurant has it! A great spot for brunch without having to trek to the overpriced locales in Manhattan, 718 is the brainchild of great friends whose love of food is shown in every delightful dish. With scrumptious appetizers like brie and cheese baguette with Black Forest Ham, the Shrimp salad with mango and cucumber dressing (one of my fav’s) to the poached eggs Benedict with Spinach, Canadian bacon and Mesclun salad and perfect fries or the tarte flambee entrées are mouth-watering addition to your Saturday or Sunday morning.
I love desserts! The homemade chocolate and banana bread pudding with chocolate sauce, vanilla ice cream or warm apple tart with vanilla ice-cream are sinfully, delicious. Offering more than just brunch, they serve up savory dinner items such as the Roasted Rack of Veal with gratin dauphinois, baby bok choy, burgundy sauce or Grilled Trout, with French string beans, almond in a lemon grass sauce.
Seeking to venture outside of the city or craving for a spot close to home, this eatery offers generous portions with a striking mix of two fantastic cultures that makes your taste buds jump and definitely worth it!