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Thirsty Koala

35-12 Ditmars Blvd, Queens, NY 11105 40.774408 -73.908724
nr. 36th St.   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-626-5430 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Australian
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    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
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Official Website

thethirstykoala.com

Hours

Mon-Thu, 3pm-11pm; Fri-Sun, 11am-midnight

Nearby Subway Stops

N, Q at Astoria-Ditmars Blvd.

Prices

$16-$31.95

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Delivery
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Kids' Menu
  • Take-Out
  • Delivery after 10pm
  • Reservations Not Required

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery Area

25 blocks

Profile

Decorated with boomerangs and a didgeridoo, Aussie-by-way-of-Astoria restaurant the Thirsty Koala brings some Queensland to Queens. The Koala is the collaboration of three Astoria mates, the former FDNY chief Katherine Fuchs, a Greek-born bartender Alex Styponias, and Christine Chellos, a financial adviser from Australia.

Fuchs says her opening menu reflects an "Australian flair," a mixture of English traditions and Pacific Rim flavors. Australian-sourced lamb lollies are served over caramelized pumpkin, and the fish for the fish and chips is ginger-beer-battered. There's a true Aussie-style beet-and-pineapple-topped burger, and even a few vegan options including a black bean, edamame, and otherwise legume-rich "Earth Chili." Grilled prawns round out "boomerang" tacos. Down Under desserts include pavlovas, lamingtons, and tiramisu made from Tim Tams. Of course, there are Coopers and Fosters on tap, but also a broader array of wines and craft beer from Australia and New Zealand. Cocktails include the "Hooly Dooly caipirinha" and the "Gabba," a gin and honey blend named after the Brisbane Cricket Ground.

Recommended Dishes

Earth chili, $7.50

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