New Astoria Restaurant Brings Contemporary Comfort Food to the Borough

To some disappointment, the old Blue Restaurant shuttered its doors last December with little speak of what its future held until now.


Photo: The old Blue Restaurant by craneboy on Flickr


We're happy to announce a new restaurant called Queens Comfort will be opening up next week in the same location. New owners, new look, new menu. Queens Comfort will have a lot of the stylings of a diner, but with a contemporary rustic attitude.


An employee preparing their sign for opening day. Note the large, central communal table

We spoke with the owner, a WLA member, the other day as he described his new restaurant as a combination of comfort and regional food.


He gave us a sneak peek at the menu-in-progress:


While they will not be serving alcohol upon opening, they are encouraging patrons to BYOW (whatever). They will serve weekend brunch and initially be open from 10a-10p. 


As an interesting side note, they're big fans of ping-pong and plan to open the restaurant for after-hours ping-pong tournaments once they get moving.


What do you think? Is there room for a contemporary diner serving comfort food in Astoria? 

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Comment by Lo Fisch on February 21, 2011 at 6:12pm
Oh, mashed potatoes sound REALLY good right now, Megan. Amy, I second the vote on western 30th Ave food movement.... and good coffee.... PLLEEEEASE!!!  I love some bfast and comfort food, I am looking forward to trying this!
Comment by megan on February 21, 2011 at 2:57pm
HOO RAY - better have some catfish on that menu... i was looking EVERYWHERE for some cajun catfish and some mashed potatoes and it's definitely missing in our hood!
Comment by Kristin Miller on February 19, 2011 at 10:06pm
This place looks AWESOME! Met some of the guys Friday night. If the food is anything compared to the decor/atmosphere, downtown chic delicious brunch: meet Astoria.
Comment by Amy Litt on February 19, 2011 at 3:57pm
Nice!  With their Stumptown shingle out, I was kind of hoping they'd also have some take-away baked goods for the morning commute.  Perhaps in time.  Nonetheless, I'm excited to check it out next week and support them as they lead the way for more restaurants to move up the west side of 30th towards my apartment!  (Yeah, I'm a little selfish.)
Comment by jessica jess on February 18, 2011 at 5:06pm

I also was a fun of the Blue,but I think we need another diner on 30th ave more than Mini star (n its anoying music),,I hope the new one save me from cooking also..

FYI the Blue staff moved to the pizzeria on Northern blvd & 58th st. w the same menu plus great pizzas.Enjoy!!

Comment by Ran Craycraft on February 18, 2011 at 2:24pm
I was also a fan of Blue--seemed to be more easygoing than Mini Star. I just wish we had a 24-hour diner on 30th ave.
Comment by Andrew on February 18, 2011 at 2:14pm
I think so. What are actual, good, comfort food restaurants in our little nabe? Also, ANYTHING is better than Blue Restaurant! Yeesh...
Comment by Mike Saffert on February 18, 2011 at 2:12pm
I know there's room for it in my stomach. Cheers to the BYO as well! I was very sad to see Blue go, but hopefully this will prove to be a success.



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