I love Queens. As a native of Queens, I have enjoyed my own childhood and my childrens here and I can say without a doubt that Queens has more to offer in the way of culture than any other area of New York. The neighborhoods from Flushing’s China Town to the Italians in Rockaway there are so many undiscovered areas for families to enjoy. At every turn another cluster of cultural wonder could be waiting for you. Take Astoria for example, “IF one wanted to encapsulate everything that defines Queens into a single neighborhood — and who wouldn’t, really — the result might very well be Astoria.” NY Times
Next on our Best Neighborhoods in Queens list, Astoria.
This cute burger joint has a reasonably priced kids meal made of organic beef and yummy fries. They also have amazing choices of meat for grown up burgers as well.
33 – 21 31st Avenue
Astoria, NY 11106
La Papa Astoria
Imagine the biggest potato that you have ever seen, now double it. That is the size of La Papa’s amazing baked potatoes. Kids and adults alike can mix and match their own toppings from a large menu of healthy and yummy add ons.
25-13 30th Ave (between Crescent and 27th Sts)
Pastries and cookies and sweats oh my! The endless counter at Omonia will make you want to buy everything in the place. For adults, try the Greek coffee which makes a great mid day pick me up.
Uncle Georges Tavern
Plastic table cloths? Check. No regard for manners? Check. A traditional Greek menu that your kids will actually eat? Super Check.
Astoria, NY 11106
Gorgeous pastries and cookies in baskets covered in thin gold mesh line this beautiful bakery. Tucked in the back of a mini mall, you would never think that this gem was hiding. Kids can have mini Spanakopitia (spinach pie) or a sweet biscuit to teeth on.
2318 31st Street
Astoria, NY 11105-2892
Astoria Park and Pool
Astoria Park South, 21 Street, Hoyt Avenue, Ditmars Boulevard, East River
Although widely known for its beautiful pool, the oldest and largest in the city, Astoria Park offers more than aquatic pleasures. Outdoor tennis courts, a track, a bandstand, multiple trails, basketball courts, and playgrounds lure visitors from the five boroughs and beyond. And the views! Sitting on the edge of the East River and resting between the Triborough Bridge and Hell Gate Bridge, the park offers shoreline sights and sounds that make the benches along its perimeter popular spots year-round.
The Yoga Room
Prenatal Yoga uses postures, breathing, and meditation to help ease pregnancy, delivery, and the after effects of birth. The classes create strength, focus, flexibility and awareness through a gentle practice designed especially for the pregnant woman's needs. Prenatal Yoga classes provide a safe, peaceful and supportive environment for expectant mothers and are a wonderful way to connect with other mothers-to-be.
38-01 35th Avenue
Astoria, New York 11101
Creative Vibrations Yoga Studio
Has a variety of Yoga classes but the coolest part about this place is the Belly Dancing! They even have classes for kids and a great selection of classes on the weekends.
22-55 31st street, 2nd fl., Suite 200
Astoria NY 11105
3149 Steinway St
I am a huge fan of the non maternity, maternity wear. If you hate the thought of shopping for maternity wear then head over to Loveday. They have a super chic selection of clothing even if you are larger than life.
The Little Soap Shop
Sneeze and you will miss this very little store front just off of Ditmars Ave. If you are craving something yummy smelling and delicious for your aching bod, then head in and check out their selection.
22-07B 36th Street
Things to Do
Museum of the Moving Image
Do not let the fact that they are under construction keep you from checking out the Museum. They have free film series and tons of great exhibits for children. Also nearby is the legendary movie studio Kaufman Astoria Studios.
35 Avenue at 37 Street
Astoria, New York 11106
Astoria Sports Complex
34-38 38th St (btw 34th & 35th Ave)
Batting cages, a pool, and birthday party room are just some of the good times that can be had here.
Ditmars Ave and 31st Street
The end of the N Subway line in Astoria is the prettiest area of the neighborhood. Houses, churches, and little shops fill the streets. You can also find a good share of outdoor cafes and restaurants to chill with the kids. Our favorite is Watawa Sushi on 33rd St and Ditmars Ave. where they welcome strollers and have great sushi treats.
Astoria on the Web
Why Leave Astoria is a great site for all things Astoria. If you need a change from Queens Mamas then head over there for some Mommy and Daddy date night ideas.
A blog about where to eat in Astoria
Queens Mamas Astoria Page
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