New York Today: An Excursion to Astoria


A heavenly view of Hell Gate Bridge in Astoria.

Michael Kirby Smith for The New York Times

Good morning on this drizzly Monday.

With a week of summer remaining, there’s still time to plan a last-minute getaway in the city.

NYC Ferry recently launched a new route, expanding the service to Roosevelt Island, Long Island City and Astoria, Queens.

We recently spent time in Astoria as part of our series highlighting things to see, do, eat and drink in neighborhoods near our ferry landings.

What to do. Museums. A few blocks from the ferry landing is the Noguchi Museum, which houses the works of the Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi. Its gardens and interior feel like an oasis in an otherwise industrial area of the neighborhood. A bit farther away, but worth the trek, is the Museum of the Moving Image, where you can visit Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and nearly 50 other puppets at the new Jim Henson exhibition.

What to drink. Beer. Until recently, the Bohemian Hall, built in 1910, was the only beer garden in the city. While others have cropped up around town, it’s hard to beat the bar’s shady, walled-off courtyard and lively atmosphere. We stopped by on a hot afternoon and cooled off with samples of ice-cold BrouCzech and the Bernard Bohemian lagers.

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What to eat. Everything. With so much good food in the neighborhood, we turned to Mackenzi Farquer, the owner of the neighborhood blog We Heart Astoria, for recommendations. For a taste of classic Astoria, she suggested the “The Bomb” sandwich at Sal, Kris, and Charlie’s Deli. It’s loaded with just about every deli meat you can imagine and weighs over a pound. To sample the neighborhood’s Middle Eastern fare, head to Mombar, “an Astoria institution,” or Duzan, for the best hummus in the area, Ms. Farquer said. Newcomers worth checking out, she said, include the “millennial go-to” Flattops, where we tried the sweet and tangy Cap’n Crunch popcorn chicken. She raved about the crème brûlée doughnut at Astoria Provision, which recently opened near the ferry terminal. It was yummy, yes, but we preferred their freshly baked rum cake topped with walnuts and a side of homemade mint chip ice…

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