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Family Friendly Restaurants - Astoria, New York

Family Friendly Restaurants - Astoria, New York

Kid Friendly and Parent Approved, these family restaurants in Astoria are fun to visit with the entire family.

From tasty comfort food dishes and natural, organic meals, to Greek and Italian cuisine, Astoria has it all.
 
Whether you live near Broadway and 30th Avenue or are closer to Steinway or Ditmars Blvd, there is sure to be a family-friendly restaurant within a block or two of your home.

Gaudios- Astoria

If you've got a family to feed, then Gaudio's is destined to be your new go-to place. Owner Nick Gaudio and his chefs really do have something for everyone on their taste-tempting menu.
 
In business since 1958, the Gaudio family have kept their standards sky-high. They still offer one of the best slices in Astoria. The restaurant has a certain, old-school charm about it, yet, exudes a contemporary feel. The place is super clean. Even the bathrooms, which look like they belong in an exclusive hotel, are spotless.

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Moms and Dads; when your baby sitter is available, Gaudio's is the perfect date night spot, so make plans just as soon as you can !
 
One large pie is more than enough for a family of four. The toppings are generously portioned and all pies are made with home made sauce and fresh, never frozen , mozzarella cheese.
Options range from Meatball, pepperoni or sausage to veggie or a delicious White pizza with ricotta and mozzarella. Nick also offers his version of the Sicilian -style pie, topped with special seasonings like basil.
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The pasta portions are huge and there are so many varieties to choose from including baked ziti and made from scratch lasagna, which are always popular with the little ones. The savory ravioli are also quite popular with everyone from parents to kids.
 
Even adults can't resist Gaudio's scrumptious desserts. There's spumoni and Tortoni available as well as Chocolate cake, Italian cheesecake and tartufo.
Go ahead and join in with the kids. You deserve it.

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Location and Hours

40-13 30th Avenue
Astoria, NY 11103
(718) 721-2882
www.gaudiopizza.com
 
Hours
Monday to Saturday 11 AM to 11 PM
Sunday             11 AM to 10 PM
 

Michael's Restaurant - Astoria

When your family is craving classic comfort food and nothing else will do, you can always rely on your friendly, neighborhood diner.
 
Diners are an important and unique slice of Americana. You can find a good diner in almost every town and city across this great nation of ours.

But no matter where you travel, you will be hard-pressed to find any diner that's as good as Michael's, which is located in the hip and happening neighborhood of Astoria.
Michael's has been a part of the community since 1954 and it's not going anywhere, anytime soon.
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Continuing Michael's tradition of excellence, owner Angelo Georgis offers you a warm, welcoming environment. Your taste buds will delight in a menu that reflects a variety of ethnic cuisines, from Italian, Spanish, Greek and Middle Eastern to classic diner comfort dishes.
 
At Michael's moms, dads and kids alike all rave about their house-made pastichio and Spinach pie. They also do a very tasty gyro and souvlaki platter, that comes with a Greek salad and creamy tzatziki sauce.
They've got everything from that diner staple, the mountainous triple decker sandwich and over fifteen types of burgers to choose from to diet delights and sauteed pasta specials. The kitchen's signature dish, though, is the half-roasted chicken with a delicious apple stuffing. Dorothy's pasta, which features penne, goat cheese, arugula in a fresh garlic and olive oil sauce, is also wildly popular.
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Enjoy your weekend to the fullest! Don't cook breakfast on Saturday or Sunday morning. Sleep in and take the kids to brunch at Michael's.
The kitchen turns out some really tasty egg platters and omelets, all served with home fried potatoes and toast.
Other all-day breakfast temptations include Belgian waffles, challah bread French toast that is stuffed with cream cheese ,strawberries and raisins, pancakes and a traditional Irish breakfast.
 
And, let's not forget dessert, because we know that your kids won't. Michael's is known for their thick milk shakes and a banana split that's out of this world. The dessert  refrigerator case highlights everything from lemon meringue pie and carrot cake to chocolate mousse and assorted fruit pies. Why not go all the way and make your slice of pie a la mode with a scoop of ice cream?
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By the way, your entire family will get a kick out of looking at the historic photos of Astoria that line the diner's brick walls. These artful photos, which depict various streets and avenues, going all the way back to the 1920's, will give your children a look at what their neighborhood used to look like. 

Location and Hours

33-17 Broadway
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 726-7474
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Hours
Monday - Sunday Open 24 hours

Djerdan Burek - Astoria

One of the joys of living in an ethnically diverse neighborhood like Astoria is the rainbow of tastes and flavors that are available to you and your family. There's no end to the delicious options.
 
The Djerdan Burek cafe has been one of Astoria's true foodie gems, for over twenty years.

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Family-owned, the cafe specializes in a menu consisting of traditional Balkan dishes including the Burek. These savory, flaky pies are made with hand-stretched Phyllo dough that are stuffed with a variety of fillings, including meat, spinach or cheese.
Your kids will love them. Bureks are fun food and make for a change from the usual pizza or calzone that your kids may be addicted to.
 
The cafe on 31st Avenue is a go-to place for moms and dads coming home from work. You can pick up a meal for the entire family, at a very reasonable price.
Djerdan Cafe has a cute, rustic Eastern European feel to it. The space is not that large, but they do have a few tables, should you want to have a family lunch or dinner here.
 
The cafe was started back in 1997, by refugees from the Balkan wars. Mom and Dad came to America and worked hard at building their version of the American dream. Now the younger generation continues Djerdan's tasty tradition.
 
All Burek pies are made fresh daily and the can even get them by the slice.

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But the menu here is about more than just Burek. The kitchen turns out a variety of grilled dishes like veal cutlets, beef goulash and stuffed peppers and cabbage. If you are into the lighter side of life, then try one of Djerdan's signature salads, which range from mixed greens, cucumber and yogurt and roasted red peppers to a traditional shredded cabbage salad.

Location and Hours

34-04A 31st Avenue
Astoria, NY 11106
1 (888) go-burek
www.djerdan.com
 
Hours
Monday to Sunday 8 AM to 11 PM

Daybreak Cafe - Astoria

This family-owned cafe, which specializes in both American and Mexican comfort food, is a huge hit with  the neighborhood. Everybody from hipsters and families to the car dealerships over on Northern Blvd. love the great food and  affordable prices that you'll find here.

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There's nothing fancy about the atmosphere at Daybreak. But it's a clean, fun place to eat. And when the sun comes streaming through Daybreak's long, floor-to-ceiling picture windows, it seems as though all is right with the world.
When the warm weather takes over, the management throw open the windows and doors to create a side-walk cafe type of effect.
 
Families know that they can get a really good deal here. From 11 AM to 3 PM, the kitchen offers an intriguing menu of $9.95 lunch specials such as  Chicken Marsala with mashed potatoes or rice with salad, Chicken Parm with pasta and a side salad, fried filet of flounder with choice of one side and a classic diner/coffee shop sliced turkey platter with all the fixings.

Daybreak offers all of you Moms and dads out there a special kid's menu that's just filled with things your children will love. The most popular kid's items are the grilled American cheese sandwich, chicken fingers with fries (and Daybreak's fries are the best) and spaghetti with meatballs.
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Mom's, they make a delicious smoothie here with flavors like Strawberry, mango and banana available.
Satisfy your sweet tooth with classic Mexican desserts like flan and the simply outrageous tres leches cake. 

Location and Hours 

45-01 34th Avenue
Astoria, NY 11101
(718) 721-0411
www.daybreakcaferestaurant.com
 
Hours
Monday to Saturday 7 AM to 7 PM
Sunday             7 AM to 5 PM

Portalia -  Astoria

Owner Antonio Trindade is a restaurant industry veteran who has been part of the management team at  respected, five star establishments like Bice, Le Bernardin and the Edwardian Room at The Plaza.
 
A fourteen year resident of Astoria, Antonio enjoys cooking healthy and balanced meals for his family. It was always a goal of his to open a casual but elegant family-friendly restaurant in Astoria. Chef Antonio has achieved success beyond his wildest dreams as Portalia  is widely popular, not only with his  neighbors but with foodies all over the city.
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Antonio's menu is filled with signature specialties, from chicken and fish dishes to house made pasta and risotto. Each and every member of the family will leave the table happy and satisfied.

What kid (or kid at heart) doesn't like ravioli? The chef handcrafts a different ravioli dish every day, so be sure to ask your server what's new when you stop by. The young set, together with their parents, will relish every bite of the spectacular four-cheese gnocchi. You will never look at that boxed mac and cheese in your cup board shelf, the same way again.
 
At Portalia, chef Antonio takes pride in the fact that all desserts are home-made and scrumptious. The Pana Cotta and Ricotta cheesecake are big with moms and dads. Kids adore the chocolate lava cake and the apple crisp that is topped with caramel sauce and ice cream.

Location and Hours 

35-03 Broadway
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 545-3500
www.portalianyc.com
 
Hours
Monday -Thursday  4 PM to 11 PM
Friday                   4 PM to 12 AM
Saturday               11 AM to 12 AM
Sunday                 11 AM to 10 PM

Sanfords - Astoria

When you pass by Sanford's on any given Saturday or Sunday, you'll find a diverse group of people waiting outside to get into brunch.
The line reflects the diversity that is the neighborhood of Astoria. That's no surprise because Sanford's is the kind of friendly, welcoming place that brings people together. There's a very special vibe going on here.Sanfords Astoria 1
On weekends, though, in addition to the hipsters, young professionals, and brunch date couples waiting to get in, you'll always see families with toddlers and strollers. After all, family time spent at Sanford's is quality time.
 
Over the years, Sanford's has been re-invented and renovated a number of times. But it has never strayed far from the tradition of Greek hospitality and great food.
 
The ambiance is casual but trendy. The decor is sleek and very contemporary with a slight retro-industrial touch.
 
Families can come here anytime for a fantastic meal, but your kids will love Sanford's brunch. Sweet but good stuff abounds here.
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Choose from their banana chocolate chip pancakes, cinnamon and pecan French toast with maple and blueberry syrup or an order of Nutella smores waffles or flapjacks. They also do a French toast panini with caramelized onions.
 
All of Sanford's egg platters and omelets are made with organic, cage-free eggs.
You can have a classic eggs Benedict or a five ingredient omelet. When you want something a little different, then the truffled fried egg ciabatta with Applewood bacon, tomato and gruyere cheese is a must-have.
 
For hearty appetites, Sanford's signature steak skillet is your go-to brunch dish. Your piping hot skillet is filled with sliced steak, home fried potatoes, peppers, onions, a couple of poached eggs and gruyere cheese. What more could you want to get your weekend  started off the right way.

Location and Hours 

30-13 Broadway
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 932-9569
www.sanfordsnyc.com/
 
Hours
Sunday to Thursday   8 AM to 1 AM
Friday  and Saturday 8 AM to 2 AM

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