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The Thirsty Koala

129 reviews
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$30 and under
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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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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
Thu, Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:30 pm
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:15 pm
Fri, Sat 3:30 pm–11:15 pm
Sun 3:30 pm–10:15 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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We do catering for corporate lunches, private events
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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.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine


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

What 129 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Love this place the food the staff it is just great

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

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).

vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined 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!

critic (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 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!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Terrific brunch spot. The omelets are outstanding.

vipDenverdiner (Denver)
3.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 8, 2018

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

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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.

ConnieP (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

One of my go to places all year long!

Jtal (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 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