I have lived in Astoria since February of 2011 and I can honestly say I chose the perfect neighborhood in the five boroughs. My first apartment, on 31st Street near 24th Avenue was a little rocky since the N and Q line was outside my third floor bedroom window, but I loved the neighborhood and the people. When my two friends and I decided to move in together I refused to leave Astoria (you can call that bratty but it was the best decision). The family and young adult friendly city has the perfect mix of bars, restaurants, shopping, entertainment and quiet side streets.

On November 1, 2011 we moved onto 44th Street off Broadway and we knew we made the right decision. It takes 15 minutes to walk to New York Sports Club, the grocery store and the movie theater.   The R and M line is a five minute walk from our living room, it takes less than 10 minutes to get into the east side of Manhattan and about 15 to 20 to get to midtown west. Some days I forget I live in a city because our street is so quiet. There are hundreds of restaurant options within a two to 15 minute walk radius and there are also a ton of options for food, drinks and fun. Here are some of my favorite spots:

  •  Dillingers Pub and Grill
  • The Quays
  • Doyle’s Corner
  • Blackbirds Bar & Restaurant
  • Diwine Wine Lounge
  • Bohemian Hall Beer Garden

Places I Still Need to Try:

  • The Sparrow Tavern
  • Sweet Aftons
  • Cavo
  • Broadway Station
  • Astoria Brewhouse Bar
  • Studio Square
  • Irish Rover

Will I stay here forever? God no. I’m not a city person by any means, but for now Astoria works! So if you’re looking to move down to the city and can’t afford paying around $1,500/month for rent, I recommend Astoria. I promise you won’t regret it.

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