Celebrating the Roaring 20’s in Astoria
By Ilija Sekulovski
Have you ever dreamt about the glamour and sophistication of the 1920’s? Wished you were there with the big band music and ladies in the flapper dresses? How about… watched The Great Gatsby and wanted to be in that world? Then, The Astor Room is the place for you.
The Astor room is modeled to pay homage to it’s buldings former tenants: Paramount Studios. Paramount Studios resided in the building from 1924 to 1937, before they moved to Hollywood.
So many famous silent movies were made in the building, like the world famous Charlie Chaplin films. Other big, swanky names of the time that shot here were Rudolph Valentino, Gloria Swanson, Douglas Fairbanks, and Mary Pickford. The building is currently home to shows like Sesame Street, Orange is the New Black, and Nurse Jackie. So, if you stop by, you might catch a glimpse of a famous actor or two!
The goal of the restaurant is to capture the “golden age,” of film. At The Astor Room, they want to transport you to a former time, and they do just that. From the food, to the ambiance, the decor, and the music, everything at The Astor Room screams 20’s.
You can enjoy live singers performing authentic music from the 1920’s, while you indulge in hearty, authentic food. The music is easy on the ears, filling the beautifully decorated restaurant with the sounds of jazz.
The food here fits in perfectly with the theme– it’s classic American Bistro food. The star of their show is the raw oyster bar bar, filled with local Pine Island oysters. The Astor Room strives to use the highest quality local seafood in all their dishes.
The Queens Platter (which happens to be larger than the King’s Platter), consists of lobster cocktail, shrimp cocktail, and every oyster they sell. It’s absolutely amazing. They also have favorites like calamari and salmon.
The Astor Room also offers their own take on classic cocktails like the Sazerac and New Yorker, as well as the Side Car. They’ve got a huge variety of bourbon, rye and single malt scotches. They also happen to have an awesome happy hour from 5 to 7, with their great drinks and oysters! Definitely worth checking out.