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Know Your Side Street

A latecomer to outer-borough gentrification, Astoria is slowly getting stylish, with 31st Avenue its emergent epicenter.

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Map by Remie Geoffroi  

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.

2. BareBurger
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.

5. Djerdan
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.

7. Zenon
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.


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