The Astor Room

The Astor Room

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.astorroom.com/
  • Phone: 7182551947x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:30pm - 3:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Nathaniel Felder
  • 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, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, 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: On street parking is readily available.
A word from The Astor Room
The Astor Room, managed by Mark A. Atkocaitis in association with Kaufman Astoria Studios, is located at the corner of the Kaufman Astoria Studios.
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 Nathaniel Felder's contemporary interpretation of American classics and Michael Molnar's handcrafted artisanal cocktails.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
The Astor Room reviews from OpenTable diners
29 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (15)neighborhood gem (15)romantic (14)special occasion (12)great for outdoor dining (10)good for groups (9)great for brunch (7)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (5)notable wine list (3)great for lunch (2)hot spot (2)Show More
  • Great dining experience
    margie
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I have to follow a gluten free diet for medical reasons. They were very attentive to my needs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant old-world dining
    Foodie
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Loved the space. It's charming and romantic. The food was quite good. The service was lazy. The idea of live music was lovely. The night we were there: bass, piano, and vocalist. The vocalist over-powered the musicians, which was a shame, because she wasn't that good. It was very empty - on a Saturday night! It helped that we got a discount with our MOMI membership. Not sure I'd go back honestly. A pity. It has such potential!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth a Visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We really enjoyed our dinner at the Astor Room. We sat outside at a table that is essentially in between 2 buildings at Kaufmann Astoria Studios. It was quiet and pleasant. We did not dine inside, so we can't really comment on the decor or ambiance there. The food was yummy -- the free biscuits and cornbread with honey butter are so good and filling. The fried calamari dish is not like ANY other anywhere, and the whole lobster salad is pricey but SO GOOD. At least 1 person in your party should order it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I will definitely be back. I loved the jazz band and the outdoor tables were so pretty I felt like I was in Miami but in a refined Miami. The food was delicious and so were the drinks. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 289 reviews are from the The Astor Room reviews archive.
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MS1969
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Excellent service and food. Highly recommended to others.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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.
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet