1. Loveday 31
33-06 31st Ave., nr. 33rd St. (718-728-4057)
Expertly curated vintage boutique was recently raided by the cast of Ashton Kutcher’s The Beautiful Life.
33-21 31st Ave., at 34th St. (718-777-7011)
The borough’s newest nouveau burger joint slaps elk, lamb, bison, and ostrich patties on the grill.
3. Sweet Afton
30-09 34th St., nr. 30th Ave. (718-777-2570)
Just-opened: classic cocktails and addictive deep-fried pickles from the owners of Wilfie & Nell.
4. Himalaya Teahouse
33-17 31st Ave., nr. 34th St. (718-777-7450)
If the weather’s right, sip tea and sample Tibetan dumplings in the peaceful back garden.
34-04A 31st Ave., nr. 34th St. (718-721-2694)
The flagship of an expanding Balkan burek empire, built on crispy, stuffed phyllo pies.
6. Il Bambino
34-08 31st Ave., nr. 35th St. (718-626-0087)
Presses a mean panini—try the speck with apricot butter.
34-10 31st Ave., nr. 35th St. (718-956-0133)
Every Astorian avenue needs its taverna: whitewashed walls, seaside murals of Cyprus, tasty meze.
8. Candy Plum
30-98 36th St., at 31st Ave. (718-721-2299)
Tiny boutique with a sharp eye for locally designed jewelry.