Sanfords Restaurant

4.4
441 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food

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About

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 Largest Whisky Bar stocking over 300 single malts and bourbons, as well as 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Comfort Food, Contemporary American, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 4:00pm - 12:00am; Late night: Daily: 12:00am - 2:00am; Brunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
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Phone number
(718) 932-9569
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Alfonso Verdis
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
31st Street
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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.
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Public transit
N & W trains to Broadway.
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great brunch and drinks! Food was excellent and staff was lovely and attentive.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This place, from start to finish, was absolutely terrible.

Food sucked and was forgettable.

Wine was overpriced and disgusting.

Service wasn’t much better.

I felt like I was at a club with how busy it was. Considering how bad this was, I should have just ate at a club.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time here. Reunited with friends and this was the perfect place. The atmosphere was great. The service spectacular. The food was absolutely amazing! The portions were really good. I couldn’t finish it all. I will definitely be back here!

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KL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, awesome atmosphere
It was my first time at Sanfords and I will be a regular.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love the staff at Sanford’s! The food is always amazing and fresh.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and service! Appetizers/small plates are pretty big portions and service is very attentive yet respectful. Will definitively go back again.

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CS
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great $1 oysters for happy hour. Also wine and whisky prices are terrific. It was a delicious fun experience! Glad to see they expanded.

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CM
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch menu is great with 2 drinks for $10 extra and oysters $1.75 each a real bargain!

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CC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Sanfords has been a favorite of our family for many years. They've got something for everyone on the menu and I haven't had a bad experience yet. I do wish they would update the menu a little bit but everything I've had has been great. The atmosphere fits most occasions from a friendly get together to a special night for two. Well worth a visit.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Another great experience! I’ll be returning soon.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

A little misleading. The website / opentable gave more of an upscale vibe but it felt more like a step above a diner. Bar was really cool and had an impressive selection. The food wasn't bad and the wait staff was friendly. Just a lot more casual in person than it presented itself to be online, which is odd for a place that takes reservations. Overall I felt it was pretty expensive for what felt like diner food.

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JM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Very happy with the vibe, loved the six page whisky menu, nice people ...but my trout had clearly been frozen thawed refrozen a lot. Overall we'll go again, nice everyday spot, not a foodie place.

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Charleston
13 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Went on a Saturday evening at 5. Sat at bar for a little, early for reservation. Selection of whiskey and bourbon is awesome. Seated right away once it was our reservation time. Ordered the tuna tartare to start - fresh and delicious. Ordered bone-in ribeye with whipped bourbon sweet potatoes and sesame crusted tuna for entrees. Both really good. Had room for dessert so got the bourbon pecan pie - wowwwieee was that good and so worth it. Overall, really cool and relaxing atmosphere and really good food.

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very good service and food was good. A bit too noisy and seating cramped.

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N
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistent and always good!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came with my family for my husbands bday and we all loved our brunch! It was very enjoyable.

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Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The eggs Benedict with smoked salmon was delicious!

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Leo our server was outstanding, super friendly! Knew I was starving and he delivered all the ordered courses in a timely matter as they got fired. I appreciated that very much! Food was delicious too

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The oysters and Mac and cheese were great! We quickly realized that ordering appetizers and a main was a bit much for us. I had the salmon which was a little dry and fro soup was a bit too salty. I would recommend the salad. Drinks were good. Definitely good ambience

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am absolutely happy that I chose this restaurant . I brought my boyfriend here yesterday for his 24th birthday and everything was just just splendid. The staff was INCREDIBLE. The food was SUPERB - compliments to the chef! The drinks were so FANTASTIC that I had two and was tipsy lol and they were just mimosas. My waiter surprised my boyfriend with cake and ice cream and told me don’t worry it’s on the house! I just want to thank Sanford’s restaurant for making my boyfriends birthday extra special. To see him smile the way he did was PHENOMENAL and you guys definitely played a part. I will definitely be back !!

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A
New York Area
110 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Couldn’t wait to have brunch here after reading all the great reviews. Unfortunately our experience was disappointing. Love the decor however the food was mediocre. Bloody Mary in a bourbon glass was small and just ok. Corned beef hash and sweet chorizo hash lacked any flavor despite the great ingredients. Could not recommend.

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NG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The waitress with the Irish accent was superb!! Onion soup delicious mucho chees and filling. Had to take the rest of the food home.

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New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful experience we had celebrating my birthday. Saul and the whole team made it such an enjoyable night! I will be back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was a bit sloe

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was pretty good vibe to take a date. A bit noisy but it’s durable

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PD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything we tried was delicious. The menu has a lot of variety on it and everything was delicious. Highly recommend the black truffle mac and cheese appetizer!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the ambiance is really great. Very fun spot!

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Delicious food. Busy for brunch hours. Tip: Very loud, not good if hungover

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FI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was here when the original sandfords its still nice, comfortable racially balanced and the food is better. It was always good but the new menu choices are really cool. Will keep going til I have everything on the menu

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for brunch for my daughters birthday. Food was great very large portions. Service was great. Would definitely go back!

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B
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely location for brunch Excellent food and service.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 4

Honestly the food has gone WAY downhill. I asked for french fries well done and twice they came back nearly raw. Falafel sandwich tasted reheated, the whole experience felt rushed and weird. Had to beg to get coffee refilled.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for any special occasion!❤️❤️❤️

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not only was the food amazing, but the staff were so nice!! We were running late because of trains and they still kept our table for us. Looking forward to returning!!!

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great. Awesome brunch menu.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

I went for dinner. The food was ok. I previously went there for brunch. Which I think is better. For dinner we shared the lobster Mac and cheese. There were large pieces of lobster in it so that was a plus. Outside of that, it was ok. It just tasted like lobster, pasta and cheese separately. There wasn’t a connecting flavor, if that makes sense. I also had the truffle burger which I didn’t particularly care for. For brunch and dinner it’s a pretty loud atmosphere. It was hard to hear each other without raising our voices and constantly saying ‘what?’ The service was fine. Attentive. If you want a food experience, go somewhere else. But if you just want a place with not terrible food, energetic atmosphere, that’s open late go here. Everyone’s palate is different, or I may have just picked dishes that are not the highlights of their menu. It’s worth trying at least 2x, once for for dinner and brunch.

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H
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

I was really looking forward to dining here based on so many wonderful reviews. I was disappointed with the quality of the food and the ambiance. It felt like it was trying to be more of a club than a fine dining experience. The food itself was glorified Chili’s or Applebee’s.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Those French toasts were so tasty, they are haunting me!

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MM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and extensive brunch option!

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We recently enjoyed a small family birthday brunch celebration at Sandfords. The decor is attractive, the seating cozy and comfortable and the staff welcoming and attentive. The menu selections were numerous and all looked good! We noticed the dishes of others diners set down and all were plated in an attractive manner. The items we chose were delicious and a special recommendation for the pecan crusted chicken salad. It was really unusual. Overall a very relaxed, tasty and enjoyable meal. One member of our party had already eaten at Sandfords and knew it is a neighborhood gem.

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