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Sanfords Restaurant

4.5
418 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
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  • Great for Brunch (14)
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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
What 418 People Are Saying
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4.5  based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
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Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New England)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

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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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Service was a bit sloe

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

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PrinceDavid (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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FrannieI (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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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Brigettec (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Lovely location for brunch Excellent food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

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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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Great spot for any special occasion!❤️❤️❤️

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 13, 2018

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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Happyasaclam (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

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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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

Delicious and extensive brunch option!

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Ateam (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

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

Quaint and relaxing..great for a date night. The food was good and the waiters are attentive.

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foodie (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on December 21, 2017

The hostess was TERRIBLY rude. She had me standing for 10 minutes until my entire party of TWO other people got there only for me to tell her they’re already here at the bar waiting, to have her keep me waiting AGAIN. AND she walked right by me TWICE as I asked her a question. Is that really the type of person you want your customers to first see as they enter greeting them? Second, she finally took us to a table where it was freezing! When asked to move, we were told we can’t because all other tables are reserved. Seriously? ALL? Anyway, the food wasn’t really great. I got the ravioli and it tasted very old. The sauce had a really gross taste. My friends didn’t like their food either. Lastly, their dessert was the only good thing on the menu.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

Service was slow, it looked like the entire restaurant had two servers, yet three hostesses were constantly socializing with each other watching customers get impatient and go unattended. I couldn’t even get a refill on my water. My friends did the boozy brunch special and couldn’t even get the second drink that was included because the service was so slow and by the time someone finally got to us, they just took their first drinks and walked away - felt ripped off. The food was good! My dish was poorly made, I got the chilaquiles verdes and it was all soggy and runny. The truffle Mac and cheese was great and the avocado toast was too! The steak skillet was pretty good and my friend loved the crab cake Benedict.

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OpenTable Diner (Atlantic City)
5.0  Dined on December 11, 2017

Great place! Mac and cheese and peanut butter banana pancakes on point! Thanks!

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Amber (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

Staff was friendly, food was delicious, music playlist was great (if you like old school music). Would definitely go back for dinner!

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vipkdavid54 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 1, 2017

Came here for dinner as a second-chance opportunity not having tremendously enjoyed a brunch experience about a year ago. Happy hour was a great deal at $6 a glass, the bourbon cocktail I ordered was delicious, and our meals were filling and tasty. Two Chick Pallards, a truffle burger, and the braised short ribs were enjoyed. Service was friendly and the holiday decor very pretty. Would come back for another go.

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vipEddie (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

Good duck carnitas and the duck burger and bourbons are terrific!

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Sammy (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

stale bread, dry and hard burgers, overpriced cocktails, too dark inside, no draft beer, doesn’t justify the price

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Andim (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 19, 2017

the service wasn't so great. added the package coffee tea drinks for 10 bucks a person, and there was no offer of coffee ever... very busy and wit staff was not catering to us by any means... had to wait a while just to pay bill... everybody enjoyed their meal though....great menu, but not for vegans.

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NicoleC (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on November 19, 2017

Place was nice very pretty inside but extremely loud!! Couldn’t hear anyone at my table talking to me. That won’t stop us from coming back though. People should tone it down a bit though.

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Sharkbait (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

Would leave 5 stars but the waitress asked us to leave when we were still finishing our coffee

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cila (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 29, 2017

Very busy and not many vegetarian options for brunch. Regular menu had more to offer.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 29, 2017

Knew I was in for a treat when I saw people standing in the rain for a table. Was not disappointed. Service, food, price...all great.

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