The Astor Room

The Astor Room

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.astorroom.com/
  • Phone: 7182551947
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 1:00am, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:30pm - 3:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Entertainment: The Astor Room offers a variety of musical entertainment from background piano dinner music to full bands. Please call or check our website for upcoming entertainment.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 35th Ave.
  • Public Transit: Subway: R and M train to Steinway St.; N and Q train to 36th Ave. Bus: Q66 to 36th St. and 35th Ave.; Q101 and 104 to Steinway St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is plentiful during the week. Saturdays we offer complimentary valet service.
A word from The Astor Room
The Astor Room, brought to you by Chris Vlacich of the renowned Piccola Venezia, is located at the corner of the Kaufman Astoria Movie Studio. Descend the marble staircase to the mahogany bar in the original Paramount Studio dinner club where Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, and Rudolph Valentino once dined. Enjoy Chef Richard Pims' contemporary interpretation of American classics and Jerry Madden's handcrafted artisanal cocktails.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContinental
The Astor Room reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (14)romantic (11)special occasion (10)great for brunch (10)fit for foodies (9)good for groups (7)great for outdoor dining (7)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (5)notable wine list (3)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (2)Show More
  • Dinner
    Birthday55
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Unfortinatelly i have to say that my party and me Did not like the experience. First it was very cold inside, astor burger was rare instead of well done. It ruined our birthday dinner. We could not wait for desert and we left . We will be back for coctails and jazz in winter since that is why we first fell in love last year with This place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Late-Night Treat
    CrunchyFriesVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    My dining companion and I had a wonderful meal at the Astor Room. We came in right before closing time, though were never rushed and treated with top-notch hospitality. Everything was delicious, tasted fresh, and prepared perfectly--you must get the fried corn and try not to fill up on the yummy biscuits & scrumptious butter. I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tremendous service; great food!
    Loulu
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We took a family group of 5, ages 22 to 76. The food appealed to all of us. The ambiance was Insta-worthy and the waiter JOSE is a true Astoria treasure. I will be back! Thank you for a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worth looking for
    Gamma56
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Found in the basement of the Kaufman Studios the restaurant has added outdoors seating on the newly created studio back lot. Cocktails are always imaginative and well prepared. Food reliable and the service always friendly but at times a tad overwhelmed
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Little Place
    MJY1112
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I went for a first date brunch on a perfect summer day and it turned out to be a great time. We sat outside and the ambience was perfect with jazz playing at the perfect volume. After eating (and the food was really good btw) we went to the bar inside for a drink and there was a very talented trio playing live jazz. Definitely recommend it for a brunch, I can only guess that lunch or dinner would be equally enjoyable. :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Special Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Our favorite place in Astoria. Has a speakeasy feel. Very 20's. A wonderful place to dine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Old Menu
    miadris4
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I liked the old menu better. I really missed the short ribs over pasta
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Late night dinner
    NickVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The restaurant has a great ambiance paired with good food. Service was a little shaky at first but OK incomparason to other restaurants in the neighborhood. Fried calamari! Must try!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great chef.
    Aficionado747
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Dinner was delectable. Service well intentioned but somewhat amateurish. Ambience very pleasant for a basement space (windows high up on the wall). The bar area is quite elegant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Basement gem
    Gamma56
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    A tad hard to find next to the entrance to the Kaufman back lot. Excellent cocktails and fréquent nice live music. Above average food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Live jazz and brunch!
    olivia
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Made a reservation for Father's Day Sunday, and despite being a holiday, it wasn't a madhouse. My parents at 60+ years old really enjoyed the place, as did me and my twenty six year old sister. The brunch cocktails were not that strong, but I did like that it came as a set with the brunch. Highlights of the brunch were the Donut Holes that came with different fruit preserves and cream, the Chicken and Waffles(best that I've had- the chicken was crispy but moist inside and the waffles were super crispy but doughy enough inside.) I also really liked the Crab Cake Sandwich. Would probably go back for the chicken and waffles.... though perhaps because a party of seven arrived just before us we had to wait close to an hour for our entrees.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MS1969
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Excellent service and food. Highly recommended to others.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic setting for a great meal
    Byronious
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Went to the Astor room to celebrate my birthday with family. I arrived a bit early before my reservation but everybody there was extremely accommodating. A fantastic raw bar selection, and signature cocktails led to some amazing dinner entrees. I would definitely feel confident ordering anything on that menu and would expect excellent quality. The service was great. I am a sucker for when management takes the time to come around and check to make sure everything is going well. They really won me over. The only complaint to be had was the occasional fire alarm system that seemed to be going through a test and therefore had screeching alarms for about 60 seconds at a time. That may be a deal breaker for some if it happens again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 285 reviews are from the The Astor Room reviews archive.
  • Nice, but disappointed
    KatRoc
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I had wanted to visit the Astor Room as it has a wonderful history. We planned a visit for Mother's Day Brunch. I live an hour away and my daughter near by . Nice decor, but smaller than I thought. The jazz band was in bar area. Good, but took many breaks. In fact, they played less than the piped in music while we ate. I had asked if the menu would be the same for Mother's Day prix fixe brunch, as for other Sunday brunches, also prix fixe. I was told yes, except the cost was more since mimosas and bloody marys were unlimited. Turned out not to be true, much less selection and not what we had hoped for. The tables in the band area where not set the same, some very nice with cloths others not. Food was ok, but overall disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day Brunch. Just okay.
    Mrsh
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I was notified two days before my reservation about a price increase and menu change. The service was just okay. When you add an automatic 20% sometimes it feels like the service is less. The servers spent more time talking to each other than actually serving us. My food was delivered wrong twice. I paid for both plates just to be on the safe side and still didn't get anything. The manager never came by to inquire.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food. lackluster service
    NYCfoodie
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Wow. I was so excited to finally go to the Astor Room. The dreamy history is by far the best part. The food was delicious. I wish the service was good but it was so slow and no one ever checks in the table or asks if we want more drinks. We didn't receive our main "brunch stuff" until 45 minutes after we ordered!. I then decided to ts me my leftovers home and the server decided to throw out my truffle fries and just box my half sandwich. Really?
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Jazz Brunch Experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    My mother and I came to the Astor Room on the last day of her visit, and it was the perfect ending to the weekend! The food was delicious, pace of the two courses was just right, and the atmosphere was fantastic. We had the pain au chocolate and donut holes to start and then the omlette and crab cake for our mains. Everything was perfeclty cooked and well seasoned. The Bloody Mary's were nice and moderately spicy. We had a wonderful time and would recommend it to visitors and locals to Astoria alike! I took a look at the dinner menu online and am planning to come back to check it out.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prix-fixe offerings are a steal.
    Roann
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The jazz brunch is a must-try: you get a mimosa/bellini/bloody mary, coffee/tea, one appetizer, and one entree for $23 per person. Definitely get the Astor Disaster if you're nursing a hangover. Reservation recommended on Sundays.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, special occasion, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Astor Room continues to impress
    NativeAstorian87
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Between the delicious food, unique ambiance, attentive service and beautiful live jazz, it's hard to find any qualm with this Restaurant. We were a party of 5 out for my father's birthday and every member of our party was impressed. Cocktails are professionally mixed and I've yet to try a dish I haven't liked (if you're a burger person, this place definitely contends for #1 Astoria burger). Anyone looking to celebrate a special occasion or a romantic evening out, please head over here and give this place your business.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • UnknownVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Wonderful, unique atmosphere. Very friendly and good service. Attention to detail. Very relaxing and nice place to be. Live music adds to the ambiance. Matra d exceptionally pleasant.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Went for Sunday brunch. Having jazz in the background was perfect! Food was really good too.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ok
    Addy
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Been here a couple of times before but this time around I was not too crazy about the food. Good spot for drinks and Sunday afternoon music is very good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Above and Beyond!
    MaXx
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    From the moment you walk in, you feel like you have gone back in time, starting with a beautiful lady singing jazz that made you want to snap your fingers and smile. The servers made you feel welcome from the moment you sat down, to the moment you left. The food was AMAZING! We had ordered the Oysters Astoria, Pan Seared Scallops (Special of the day), Short Rib Stroganoff and a salad (Special of the day) along with a good bottle of Malbec. For dessert, we had the Rocky Road Baked Alaska and Nutella Crepe. EVERYTHING was phenomenal, the seafood was fresh and perfectly prepared, the short rib melted in your mouth and the dessert was the perfect ending to our meal. I will definitely be coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Sammie2007
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    From the host to the server to the manger! Everyone made my boyfriends 24th birthday amazing!!! Thank you all!!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Emily Is Superb
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    We had a wonderful first-time dining experience at The Astor Room. Emily is superb! Judith Roberts, Patricia Randell and I love her.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, but poor service
    Kmoney
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Would love to go again for the outstanding food. But the servers were not very attentive. We waited longer than 5 minutes for a drink refill and when our plates were clear the bus boy just stood there on his phone! It's a shame because the food is top notch as well as the drinks. I had the short ribs and my bf had the beef wellington, both were cooked to perfection.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • FIrst Date
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    A great place for a first date. Its not over the top. and not to cheesy. Its a perfect balance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    goodfoodonly
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Music was great but service was lacking and food was average - better ops in Bushwick
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Ambiance
    mapi480
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    My husband and I avoid doing anything for Valentine's Day but were looking forward to The Astor Room since it's where we held our engagement dinner March 2013. We dined here on Saturday 2/15. We made an early reservation (7:45pm) and were greeted politely and seated promptly. The service and food were great. My husband had the salmon and I had the striped bass. We also got the warm chocolate molten cake for dessert and though it says 15 minutes on the menu, it took less. We love the Jazz group, although the layout can be awkward, the sound is lovely without being obnoxiously loud. You can carry a conversation. The manager, Mark, greeted all the couples and groups and even brought out wine for some of the tables. I love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Valentines dinner
    Genian
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Nice atmosphere, good service, great jazz duo and pretty good food. The scallops were the highlight of our meal. Nice wine selection. Would like to see more by the glass options.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sophisticated Dining
    sweet16
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    I felt like I was an old time Hollywood movie star. The food was great, the atmosphere was great and the service was ok.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's a great spot, and it
    Ranger
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    It's a great spot, and it has great ambiance. The server was very nice. He food was not good.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Brunch!
    Jenny
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    Nice ambience! Great brunch, live jazz, and cocktail list! Yum! And our server was delightful! I'd go back!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Place to Brunch
    southernbelle
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    When my daughter moved to New York we found the Astor Room and we go for brunch whenever we visit. The music and decor makes us feel like we've gone back in time, the food is excellent and the servers are very attentive. We've thoroughly enjoyed all of our meals from the burger, chicken and waffles, eggs benedict to the Astor Disaster...everything is excellent and it's become one of our favorite places!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lovely
    tonitrus
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    I've been here for brunch before, and I have always had a great time - good service, good food, good music.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Nice Find In Astoria
    drfsf
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    My wife and I have been to the Astor Room before. We enjoy the food and the quaint atmosphere, but we particularly enjoy the music of the band which plays jazz and tunes from the Big Band Era. It reminds us of those now obsolete lounges in NYC where one could enjoy dinner, a drink and listen to romantic tunes. The food and service is good, but the main attraction for us is the music.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dining experience
    Bridget
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    This place was absolutely wonderful. The staff was very friendly, and the food was amazing. Being a first-time patron, I ordered one of their classics and was very pleased. You know a restaurant is great if it has been around for a long time... Highly recommend this place, and I would come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    We love visiting the Astor Room. We initially visited because we love the history and the vibe and keep coming back because of the service and delicious food! You haven't been to one of the best restaurants in the NYC area if you haven't been to the Astor Room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • There's definitely better out there
    DiningDivaVIP
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    I learned of this "gem" in Astoria through a Gilt City Deal that was forwarded to me. I must say that a multitude of corners were cut. For starters, I know for a fact that the "house selected" bottle of wine was something that I've on sale in a grocery store for $3.99 a bottle. Two glasses of quality wine would have been appropriate. The salad and onion soup were OK. As for the Stroganoff and Ravioli, they were just OK. As fro the dessert, we were appointed a creme brulee to share. I must admit that this was the most shallow creme brulee I've ever had. I must say that the presentation of a very limited prix fix menu and their insistence on sharing a sparingly made dessert was a huge turnoff. I'm sure I won't be back. On to the next....
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  • Daughter time
    DEJ2
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    What a wonderful place. The food & service was great, while the character of the room & music set the stage for a wonderful meal with my daughter. Will recommend to all for aust stop.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.