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Meson Asturias

40-12 83rd St., Queens, NY 11373 40.747648 -73.883016
at Roosevelt Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-446-9154 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Spanish/Tapas
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Official Website

elmesonasturias.com

Nearby Subway Stops

7 at 82nd St.-Jackson Heights

Prices

$14.50-$23.95

Special Features

  • Business Lunch
  • Classic NY
  • Delivery
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Live Music
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery Area

Elmhurst, Jackson Heights

Profile

This venue is closed.

Mad-scientist modern Spanish chefs may challenge the palate, but old-school Spanish tabernas like this one furnish the comfort of familiarity. There’s something undeniably cozy about Queens’ Meson Asturias, open since 1979. You know the joint even before you walk in: flamenco guitarist, classic Iberian menu, waiters in vests, stucco and timber walls. The restaurant’s original clientele of first-wave Jackson Heights Latinos—Colombians and Argentinians—now rubs elbows with more recent Hispanic immigrants and new trendy residents toting toddlers and tattoos. The place’s namesake province, Asturias, is a rugged coastal patch known for seafood casseroles and rustic beef, veal, and chicken dishes spiked with Spanish olives, Cabrales cheese, sherry, or cider. Basic tapas, like toothpick-speared grilled chorizo, are popular at the hospitable bar. But a great many diners go straight for the paella, which is accompanied by a thick, garlicky caldo gallego soup. Crowds can throw the restaurant off-kilter; on a Friday or Saturday night, your paella might be dry and your service lackluster. But any other evening, you’re odds-on for a moist, saffron-perfumed platter and napkin-changing attention.

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The bargain “business lunch,” complete with glass of sangria, is a standby for Roosevelt Ave. businesspeople, who run the strip’s botanicas, English-language schools, and legal storefronts for immigration and divorcios rapidos.

Music
Live flamenco performances on Saturday nights start at 9 p.m.

Recommended Dishes

Paella Valenciana, $16.95; sirloin with blue cheese, $18.25; veal with olives, $19.95; caldo gallego soup, free with entrée

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