The Astor Room
34-12 36th St. (near corner of 35th Ave), Astoria
It is not often that a new restaurant opens and has 90 years of history to live up to. The Astor Room was originally built in 1920 as a commissary for the Kaufman Astoria studios, and is now back as a classic supper club-themed eatery. This studio that started in the silent era is still cranking out movies and tv series today. I respect that the owners have thought to keep the rich history of this Astoria landmark alive and have done a nice job of converting a difficult lower level space into a transporting setting, complete with 1920’s photos and music, and Chaplin movies on the television over the beautiful bar. The drop ceiling gets complaints, but remember, this is Astoria, and not Park Avenue South, and the menu is very reasonably priced.
All the menus contain a combination of true American classics (Beef Wellington, Oysters Rockefeller, Eggs Benedict) and more modern fare. We tried the brunch and were very happy. We had the not-so-classic combination of a fried oyster & egg sandwich and spaghetti carbonara. The sandwich was rich and flavorful with a nice balance of the crispy oyster and eggs. Carbonara can be an overwhelming dish, but this one was lighter than expected, yet just as bold and creamy. To top if off, the brunch which I think was $12, comes with a mimosa or bloody mary and bonus chocolate truffles at the end! Spud was in heaven and wanted to return the following day.
I hope the Astor Room is catching on, because the owners and staff have but a lot of work into this place and are very attentive. I very much want to go back and try their dinner menu. Perhaps me and my gal will dine on Beef Wellington and a martini? (I have heard the drinks are something special.)