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The Thirsty Koala

4.2
139 reviews
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$30 and under
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Australian
Perfect For:
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Creative Cuisine
The Thirsty Koala is an Australian inspired garden to table eatery.
We only use seasonal, natural, organic fruit & vegetables grown locally. All of our breads, desserts, sauces are freshly made on site on a daily basis. All of our meats are pastured, free range, hormone and antibiotic free. 98% of our menu is gluten free and we serve many vegetarian/vegan options.
Our mission is to provide healthy, great tasting, quality food in a friendly, casual atmosphere that reflects the Australian spirit & way of life. The Thirsty Koala changing the world one bite at a time.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Australian, Vegetarian / Vegan, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Mon–Wed 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Thu, Sun 11:00 am–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 11:00 am–12:00 am
Lunch
Thu, Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:30 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:15 pm
Fri, Sat 3:30 pm–11:15 pm
Sun 3:30 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(718) 626-5430
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Katherine Fuchs
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Catering
We do catering for corporate lunches, private events
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
between 35th & 36th Sts
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Parking details
There is a large municipal parking available 33rd St and Ditmars Blvd 2 blocks away
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Public transit
N & W trains Go to the last stop Ditmars Blvd Astoria - Turn right at TD Bank located on the corner of 31st & Ditmars Blvd walk 3 blocks down. Restaurant is located on Ditmars between 35th & 36th St - 3 minute walk from the train station.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Thu 3:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Fri - Sat 4:00PM - 7:00PM 9:30PM - 11:00PM

What 139 People Are Saying
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4.0
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4.1
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

The food was pretty good but I don’t know that it was worth the price.. I had the fish tacos, $18 for okay/ barely seasoned tacos is a bit much. The biggest issue I had with this place was the wait.. I can honestly say I’ve never experienced something that bad.

I totally get that busy nights happen and sometimes there are new people working; however, this was crazy. Waiting almost an hour for bread/ appetizers, having a server that clearly didn’t know the menu (told my friend that she didn’t know how big the meals were cause it was up to the Chef / really?), also forgetting to give us menus for a long time.. That was a bit much. The owner was really nice & tried to jump in a few times to help speed things along but I wasn’t interested in a 2+ hrs meal for tacos and an app.. They need to get it together because combining the wait with the okay food, the price and overall experience is absurd.

I will say that they comp’d our drinks because of the whole affair so that was really nice/ helped alleviate some of the annoyance - & the gluten free fries were AMAZING! But the server clearly couldn’t handle all the tables and it kind of dragged out our night unnecessarily.

We had really high hopes for this place so maybe I’d come back on a slower night to give it another shot, but I’m not sure cause the first experience was just a bit much.

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1.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Making this reservation was meaningless - waited 25 minutes after our reservation time with no apologies from staff whatsoever. Left to dine elsewhere.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Whether you're looking to have meat, fish or vegan options, this is the place. Fresh salads, well seasoned food and great combinations, look no further.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food, great service. Our friend is gluten free great to see so many options and authentic Aussie dishes. Will be back soon with other friends.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Always amazing, Brunch was perfect!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I came here on a busy Saturday night a little earlier than my reservation time and we didn't have to wait long before being seated. I loved everything about this place! Had to get the Nicole cocktail (obviously) which was fresh and tasted great when made with gin. I was beyond excited about all of the gluten free options and how the server asked about allergies/was knowledgable. They also value the ingredients they serve, which you can tell when tasting everything. I got my own GF garlic bread to start with a tomato jam which is a plus. The Halloumi fries were a generous portion for an appetizer (in a good way). The GF fried chicken served with mashed potatoes & charred kale, and the pork belly with sweet fries went beyond my expectations. The desserts, made in house, were also pretty good, alongside a shot of espresso.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great food. A little wait to get seated and after that for the food. Noise level was high.

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2.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Had high hopes for this place, but the first time was a let down. Food was ok, but took way too long to arrive. Over an hour is too long even for a crowded restaurant. What started as a pleasant date, having a drink before dinner, turned into a slow, painful build up of hanger. Last point to vent: I've had pork belly many, many times before in ramen, tacos, breakfast sandwiches, you name it. Not once have I suffered from such awful stomach pain. Something was off about that dish.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Went to thirsty koala for brunch. It far exceeding my expectations with regards to food. The fish tacos were amazing!!! Fish cooked perfectly and a combination of flavors that worked together perfectly.

I also had the steak and eggs, every cooked the exact way I asked for it and was very flavorful.

My only issue was that this place can get very very loud which particularly I’m ok with but if you’re looking for an intimate meal, going during high traffic time may not be the best idea.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

It's a quirky spot but the proprietors are clearly focused on serving absolutely wonderful food. This restaurant was a good choice for a first date, we were able to chat and take our time. There were a couple families in the dining room celebrating events but it didn't feel too loud or cramped at all. The service was very good. They had two or three wait staff despite the restaurant not being very large, so we didn't feel neglected or anything like that.

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

I've been to Thirsty Koala now and always love it! The staff is super friendly and they are great with allergies.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Love this place the food the staff it is just great

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The food was delicious. Super fresh ingredients. My husband and I are vegan and we really appreciated our options and enjoyed our food (chili and black bean burger).

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The chili aioli was amazing with the sweet potato shoe string fries. The staff was friendly and very attentive. It was amazing having vegan options. The olive/pesto spread with the fresh bread was delicious!

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

They were out of the number one thing I wanted to order which is always a disappointment but what I got what's good my date was also happy with her food had a good time overall and we'll go back. Service while very friendly is also too aloof and such a small place you would think they would be more attentive

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Everything was great but the service. The server never checked on us after taking our order. The drink order took 25 min to get out and the food order took another 40 min. Al with out anyone checking in on us.

When the food arrived, it was extremely tasty. I’ll try the place again maybe not on a Saturday evening.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Excellent food, and so many gluten free options! We'll definitely be back!

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Koala has always been my favorite go to place for brunch! I love their brunch menu, they provide a variety of options fit for any picky individual. I have been going there for the past 3 years, the staff is always energetic, sweet and always have a smile on their face.

I love their omelet selection, and every person I have bought there always leaves feeling full and good! I'm not sure why they don't do boozy brunch but no complaints for me (their bellini is the best one I have had yet thus far)!

Until next time Koala for a weekend brunch!

Happy Eating!

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1.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Reserved for 8pm made us wait an hour and couldn’t give a time when we would be seated. Never seen that before. Was a first and last time thing.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Terrific brunch spot. The omelets are outstanding.

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3.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Could have been an off night, but service was slow and inattentive. Appetizers were good (calamari and corn fritters) but the acorn squash was unexceptional and the quinoa salad light on dressing and flavor.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2018

Love this place. Drinks are great and so is the food.

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2018

We really enjoyed our time like we always do here! The service is superb, and so is the food. There's something on the menu for everyone. The ambience was lively on a Saturday night, and the perfect setting for a family meal, friends gathering, a date or drinks at the bar.
Definitely recommend this restaurant!

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5.0Dined on January 8, 2018

Delicious food brought out with impeccable timing. Knowledgeable courteous and fast server. Will definitely come back!

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2017

We love the food at TK. The menu has many yummy choices, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. This particular visit was on New Year's Eve with 6 people in our group. I had the fried half-chicken and it was delicious. I ended up taking some home because I couldn't finish the whole plate. The cocktails are quite fun and good -- weekday happy hour is a great deal.

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3.0Dined on December 27, 2017

Great for brunch. For dinner we waited quite a while for our food to be brought out & it was not hot. The service and servers are great though.

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2017

Fantastic as always. Great food, dessert and drinks selection. The manager and the waiters are very friendly and professional. They are definitely one of the reasons why we love dining here so much.
We had friends with us who were visiting from out of town, and they loved the place too.

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5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

What a wonderful and a wonderful experience. We were treated to plenty of attention that was not overbearing. The awesome number of choices ensured something for everyone. The restaurant was full but we were not crowded. And the food - OMG! Mouthwatering. I would go back in a heartbeat. Parking was great on Xmas day but might be an issue on a 'normal' day. Brunch, lunch, or dinner, you can't go wrong at the Thirsty Koala.

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5.0Dined on December 24, 2017

One of my go to places all year long!

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

I love this place.
Burgers are great , love the chilli sauce they serve, great fries....
My go to place when I’m craving a good burger

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5.0Dined on December 17, 2017

Great food. good price. Definitely recommend making a reservation since it is really busy for brunch. If I hadn’t made one the wait would have been an hour. Staff is super friendly and attentive. Great experience.

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2017

Delicious brunch found in Astoria. Service was just a little slow.

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2017

Great food! Everyone at our table loved the food. The waiter was really nice and helpful! Food came out a little slow and there were a few mistakes but overall great experience!

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4.0Dined on December 10, 2017

There were 10 in our party and they were sure to bring out our Sunday Brunch dishes out at the same time. The mimosa and bellinis were quite delish as was all the food. Would recommend and would visit again.

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4.0Dined on December 8, 2017

Fun, easy place for every day dining, especially if you're willing to try some of the authentic Australian specialties! I had the kangaroo, and it was perfect. Would recommend.

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4.0Dined on December 8, 2017

We both enjoyed our food at this true "neighborhood gem" - a lot. The entire staff is terrific, and the service is unusually warm and responsive. The happy hour special is pretty great, though the cocktails were just okay. The TVs have now multiplied from the bar into the dining room. That would be the biggest negative, for me, and I hope their expressed consideration of editing them out does happen. Despite the commercials and "the game" being in my face, we both enjoyed our meal and will be going back.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

It was a Saturday night so it was pretty crowded, but from the time we ordered, it took over 45 minutes to get our food. Wouldn't have been much of an issue if we didn't have a toddler with us.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

This place is so great when it comes to food sensitivities, especially celiac. I feel safe eating here. The food is very good and so is the service!

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3.0Dined on November 27, 2017

Some dishes were very tasty while others were almost inedible (scallops). The fish iof the day, barramundi, was delicious. Service was spotty —took a little while to bring two drinksand to take the order— it wasnt busy. Great for gluten free or other dietary restrictions. Always get the thai basil yogurt

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4.0Dined on November 26, 2017

Great for dining with a group and very kid-friendly. An imaginative menu and reasonable prices.

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