The Best Boozy Brunches in the Borough
By Bonnie Ellman
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These astronomical delights are the hottest spots in the neighborhood for the most important meal- Brunch! Grab a bite and a cocktail in the heart of Astoria. Visit these restaurants for delicious brunch specials.
The Last Word
Open 7 days a week, this unique craft cocktail and speakeasy bar has a mélange of hand-crafted flavored drinks, which pairs with their brunch specials.
The menu boasts lots of delicious choices, including Last Word’s signature dishes, like the tastefully named Al Capone’s Roasted Mini Hero, completed with roasted eggplant and zucchini.
With your meal try a hand-crafted signature cocktail, such as Rosemary’s Garden, an earthly, cold Warwick gin with pisco, sherry, and cucumber, or their exotic Butterfly Punch, a lavender-infused vodka, elder ower vinegar, and cassis liqueur. The bar has a varied and delicious offering of specialty drinks carefully created by The Last Word’s team of mixologists.
31-30 Ditmars Blvd. | 718.440.3378 | @thelastword_astoria
4.5 Stars on Yelp
Look no further than Ovelia Greek Grill House for the “quintessential Astoria brunch”, which has specials featuring Greek-American flare. Elegant and classy, but also bohemian SoHo vibe.
This dining establishment in the heart of Astoria, offers a Greek- chic experience with Hellenic specialties, such as a three-greek cheese omelet with kefalograviera, feta & halloumi, Ovelia sausage, and Canadian bacon. Their brunch menu even features delectably sweet Greek desserts, like Kaimaki and classic Loukoumades. And make sure to try their authentic Greek coffee!
Ovelia also appeals to the gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian, serving up dishes such as the Beet Omelet, infused with beets, filled with goat cheese, and topped with scallions and dill. Pair your meal with the Ovelia Sikatini – Metaxa Brandy, Sky Vodka, and cranberry juice.
34-01 30th Ave. | 718.721.7217 | @oveliapsistaria
4.5 Stars on Yelp
If you’re looking for dining with a tropical air, try The Highwater. The fusion boasts brunch and tropical cocktails in a Hawaii- like atmosphere. So grab a seat at their outdoor patio!
The cocktail bar serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, featuring delights like the Butternut Squash Hash, complete with butternut squash hash browns, sunny side up eggs, and chorizo. If you’re craving something from the sea, you can try the Crab Cake Benedict, which has slow-roasted pulled pork served on an English muffin with hollandaise sauce, and a choice of salad or home fries. There are vegetarian and vegan options, including The Impossible Loco Moco- an impossible burger with fried tofu, mushroom gravy, avocado, and rice.
The Highwater’s cocktail selections are both shaken AND stirred. Try the aptly named Fear and Loathing in Astoria, made up of Cacacha, absinthe, blood orange, lime, and coconut creme. This is the go-to spot if you don’t feel like saying goodbye to summer yet!
34-20 Broadway | 917.745.0407 | @thehighwaternyc
4.5 Stars on Yelp
A fairly new brunch location and gastropub, The Bonnie, has become a popular spot for the millennial crowd with a relaxed, casual atmosphere. The Bonnie Burger is one of their most delicious choices on the menu with doubled American cheese and frizzled onions served on a brioche bun.
Want a not so boozy brunch? Don’t worry, the owner, inspired by his wife’s teetotaling ways makes sure to o er a few non-alcoholic drinks. These “zero-proof” drinks include the most popular mix the Top Buck, consisting of grapefruit juice, honey, and ginger beer. All drinks pair perfectly with the Vegan “Pastrami” Ruben, with house-smoked vegan pastrami, sauerkraut, coconut provolone on marble rye.