Sanfords Restaurant
Sanfords Restaurant

Sanfords Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sanfordsnyc.com/
  • Phone: 7189329569x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:00am - 11:00am; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 12:00am; Late night: Daily: 12:00am - 6:00am; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Raymond Animas
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Sanford’s Caterers is a full service off premise Caterer. We provide custom menu planning, black tie servers & bartenders, full event rental services, music and floral design. The same high quality, fresh and delicious food that has been bringing you back to our restaurant for years, can now be delivered to you, anytime, anywhere, whether you have it at “Our Place or Yours”.
  • Private Party Contact: Gus 646-739-9582x
  • Entertainment: While Sanfords has no live music, it has become known for the unique bossanova, chill-out, and international tunes played in its state of the art sound system for diners to enjoy in the background while enjoying their meals.
  • Special Events: Off Premise Catered events only.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 31st Street
  • Public Transit: N & W trains to Broadway.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Metered street parking is available from 8:30am – 7:00pm, a private parking lot is located around the corner on 31st Street, and a municipal public parking lot is located on 31st Street next to McDonalds.
A word from Sanfords Restaurant
Sanfords has been an Astoria landmark since 1922. The Sanfords of today serves exceptionally well prepared American comfort food, in a modern, casual & sleek environment. The space is bright & alive during the day. Dim, candlelit and relaxing in the evening, with loungy tunes playing in the background. The combination of lighting, sound & warm colors create a truly unique vibe in the space.
Aside from the great food & atmosphere, Sanford’s also boasts Queens most affordable & diverse premium beer & bottled wine list, with over 30 wines by the glass. All of our wines are maintained in the Le Ver devin Wine preservation system, which pumps the precise amount of air out of each bottle of wine that is opened.
The only things we love more than food & wine at Sanford’s, is people, and the fact that
Good food and drink brings people together. Sanford’s is a place for people old and young, to come to eat, drink and celebrate life, family and friends.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Sanfords Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (16)neighborhood gem (10)fit for foodies (8)great for lunch (8)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (3)special occasion (2)romantic (2)hot spot (2)notable wine list (2)good for groups (1)Show More
  • Eclectic menu
    ShanaMaidelVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Really fun takes on "diner" food. Duck burger was amazing. Most entrees come with soup or salad and potato. Strange that burgers do not come with fries. Charge an extra $$ and include fries or salad with burgers. Bad business tactic.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nu2astoria
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I was in Astoria last week with a friend and we decided to have a late lunch here. I was blown away by the flavors in every dish that was brought out, from the soup to the salad and the main dish was perfection (I had the scallops). I really wanted to have dessert but I was just too full. I would definitely come back here again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great brunch
    SBen
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Enjoyed all the food; they were a bit too strict about not letting us get seated without everyone being there, so that's the only thing they can possibly improve on, but overall experience was great. Nutella s'mores pancakes are amazing, peach and cherry juices are great. No complaints!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This was a perfect choice! The food was delicious and our table was ready as soon as we arrived even though the restaurant was full and people were waiting. plus it's a couple of steps to the subway, so after brunch it was very convenient to hop on the subway to head to manhattan and all of the excitement of NYC. Food was delicious and service was very friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 213 reviews are from the Sanfords Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Love this place!
    BbbbbbbVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We're regulars and love it! Delicious food, great coffee, unbeatable prices! Just make sure you're ready to wait!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy brunch
    firefly
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Had a 9:30 am reservation to beat the line. Although they list their brunch as starting at 10 am, we were given the brunch menu. We ordered bellinis (one free refill and can get coffee, tea, or hot chocolate along with your alcohol), duck confit with waffles, crab cakes benedict, and the pulled pork sandwich. Everything tasted very good. The Belgian waffle went well with the crispy fried duck drumsticks. The best value was probably the crab cakes, because it came with two sizable ones on top of a halved English muffin along with a large side of potatoes. It came out to about $20 per person with tax and tip. I would like to come back, and definitely would try to use a reservation again since there were a few parties waiting when we left.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Comfort food well prepared
    BeachcomberVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Comfort food well prepared and served in a casual but elegant setting. Good value.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently great fare!
    Rhinox
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    This place is the greatest! Try the Tuna Tartare appetizer, it's the best!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed ..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    My dates pasta and scallops were over cooked.. My chicken skewers were boring ...
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Problem with staff.
    FunSizeFoodieVIP
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    I've been here a couple times & the food is usually good. The saltiness of the food isn't consistent. There is this one waitress who isn't very good. I didn't want to make a big deal & call the manager but she really didn't make our dining experience a nice one. She was clearly annoyed when we took awhile to order. When I tried to order the scallops, she said they had run out so I ordered something else but I saw the scallop dish being serviced 3 times while I was there (To customers who can in later than us). & when I asked for A1 steak sauce, she said they didn't carry that & asked if I wanted Tabasco instead, so I said sure, & she brought me this other weird hot sauce instead. I know they carry A1 sauce because I ask for it all the time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch was outstanding
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Went to Sanford's for brunch and it was outstanding. The prix fix deal is fantastic at a great price and with a ton of options. I had the smores waffles, but I had a hard time deciding what I wanted! Others had the french toast panini, corned beef hash and duck burger. All were very happy with their meals.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot at all times!!!
    mykonos2010
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Place is always great! I've been there a few times and I'm always satisfied with my experience! Tomato soup!!!! Duck burger!!!! Desserts!!! Omg
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food/Service
    kOZAR
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    The food and variety was excellent as well as the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food and service-felt
    aek21
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Very good food and service-felt a bit rushed with no coffee refill until i asked but understandable on some level it was saturday morning breakfast rush
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/25/2013
    The food was awesome, the restaurant was clean, the service was quick. i think the only negative i could give the place is that whenever i am there i always feel hurried. the waiters hover and they present you the check before you are even finished sometimes. i understand there is sometimes a line out the door but i don't like feeling rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant, bad services
    jmm399
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    This place is always busy for bunch, so i decided to make a reservation on opentable for 4 people. My girlfriend and i were meeting our friends there at 10am. We got there around 10am, but they would not seat us until the rest of our party was there. I told the lady they were right around the corner. The hosts refused to sit us, so the table that just opened up went to some one else. about 2 minutes later our friends arrived, but there were no open tables. We had to wait 30 minutes for a table. The whole reason i made the reservation was so that i wouldn't have to wait for a table. I will never eat here again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Whats the point of a reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 10/7/2013
    Its like the Oke Coral, at this place with a reservation no reservation its first come first serve Told by the Hostess after being 5 mins late we dont honor reservations after 9 pm you well have to wait. I then ask well whats the point of taking reservations if you are not going to honor them. She got the manager returned who repeated the same story. And that its the owners fault that people are allowed to make reservation after 9 pm. Well I walked out of the leaving to hostess and the Manager arguing with one another. Went to Grand Cafe 3701 30th Ave, Queens. Nicer waitstaff, very accommodating, food was excellent , lots to choice from. The staff makes recommendations on food if you ask and I bet they HONOR reservations made after 9 pm.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • AMAZING service from waitress HIND
    jrshapVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    Another good dinner at Sanford's for us and while the food was good the service was AMAZING!!! Hind, our waitress, was awesome and is really a standout in this restaurant as almost ALL of the other wait staff that works here isn't that amazingly friendly and attentive as Hind is and could use some lessons on how to serve and be more friendly. We continue to go because of the food and the hope that we can have Hind wait on us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible food and management
    luckylouisVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2013
    We used to love this place but for the last 4 times we visited it was actually very bad. The food is not as good anymore, not sure if there is a new manager, but the last guy we spoke to was very rude and sarcastic. We asked why it is so dark, because it was darker than usual and the manager came by and said if we have complaints we should visit the restaurant during the day time. But other than this food is really bad now here and someone needs to check if they really serve organic, grass fed beef. Will not go back, there are 100 other places in Astoria.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not dissapointed!
    HeleneVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    Great service, comfortable seating. We ordered tuna tartare and shared it as an appetizer. It needed more flavor possibly soy sauce and some more spice but our salads were excellent and so were our dinners. I had the mushroom, chicken risotto with truffle oil and my husband had the shell pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe. The only thing I would work on is that my husband 's broccoli rabe was hard to chew. The portions were generous. Overall good meal. We were too full for dessert but we will be back most likely on the weekend to try Sanford's for Brunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rainy Night - Excellent Service!
    jrshapVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    This was not your typical night at Sanford's restaurant. It had been raining all night and the restaurant was very slow and quiet. We were lucky to get the best waitress in the restaurant for a second time in a row. Her service is normally great, but tonight it was exceptional as the slow pace of the restaurant allowed this to happen. Typically the service at Sanford's it's not as good as it should be and doesn't match the image that they are trying to project. The food was great, the restaurant was quiet and it was an excellent and unusual night at Sanford's. We enjoyed it. We've dined here over 2 dozen times and will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't believe this is a 24 HOURS!
    Stace
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    Don't let your preconceived notion of 24 hour restaurants fool you - this place is no diner! While breakfast and brunch is a really great choice (I had the smores waffle=decadent and amazing!), I can't wait to go back for dinner or late night snack! Clean and wait staff wears nice uniforms that class the place up, but it's mostly casual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as usual
    mixie
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    I can't seem to get enough of Sanford's! The service is immaculate! They accommodated our party of 6 without hesitation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DONT EVER GO TO BELAIRE DINER!!!!
    jetblu2001VIP
    Dined on 6/30/2013
    DONT EVER GO TO BELAIRE DINER!!!! This place is the BOMB!!! and the service is great too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    Cammie22
    Dined on 6/30/2013
    They have a great prix fix menu. $16 gets you an alcoholic beverage, tea or coffee, and an entree. I had the crab cake eggs benedict and it was really good. The crab cake had a lot of lump crab meat. My friend had the pecan crusted chicken salad and she said it was really good. There was so much chicken that we joked that it was chicken with just a bit of salad.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun find!
    PCK84
    Dined on 6/4/2013
    Found this restaurant by accident. Great menu and really a delightful venue. Service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great prices,
    JillAnnYVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    Great food, great prices, perfect neighborhood spot!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    Favorite restaurant! Florentine Spring rolls! Yes please!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, great prices,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    Excellent food, great prices, AWESOME brunch deal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Doesn't disappoint
    NYCFoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    Pretty much everything on the menu is great and reasonably priced for what you get (especially brunch). It's a small space, so make reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great brunch spot for the
    NessaNYC
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Great brunch spot for the weekends with a $14 prix fix that comes with 2 drink refills plus a coffee or tea. The steak and eggs are to die for!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Needed a place to meet in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    Needed a place to meet in Astoria . Was very pleasantly surpeised by Sanfords. Brunch menu was great . Recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing service and good food....in
    NYCfoodjudgeVIP
    Dined on 3/26/2013
    Amazing service and good food....in Astoria!!! I will definitely be a regular here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So glad this place is in Astoria.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/25/2013
    So glad this place is in Astoria. Its really awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I love this place so much,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    I love this place so much, but it is getting really expensive. Especially for this neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing food. I love this
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/4/2013
    Amazing food. I love this place but its getting expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Reservations & Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/21/2013
    Not the greatest in honoring reservations. Was told we had to wait another 30 min from the reservation time. Usually that's ok, however, there is really no place to stand and wait. Otherwise, food was very good and the overall decor of the restaurant is very nice. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My dining companion and I
    Yumj
    Dined on 1/14/2013
    My dining companion and I both ordered from the specials menu. We ordered the seafood appetizer, which was quite good. But our entrees took a very long time to prepare (maybe an hour). My companion ordered the stuffed chicken breast (chicken was dry) and I the speared scallops (pretty good). Servers were friendly and came often. The ambiance was very modern.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I'm a frequent diner here
    RosinaVIP
    Dined on 1/10/2013
    I'm a frequent diner here at Sanfords and usually the food is excellent. My companion ordered a shrimp salad that I could smell from across the table. Shrimp should never have a fish smell and by the time a different entree was brought over we had to leave as we had movie tickets.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved everything here! Ebi
    lifeonmacro
    Dined on 1/6/2013
    Loved everything here! Ebi fry, crab cakes to start. Apple cider was overpriced but decent. Loved my duck burger! It was a little too dark at times, and very noisy that my friends and I couldn't hear each other at all! But other than that, everything was top notch. I would come back here anyway.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic