"Creative" takes on French bistro standards draw locals to this midpriced Astoria cafe via "attentive" chef Gary Anza; granted, the dimensions are "small", but the flavors are "bold" and the overall mood is "comfortable" at this "delightful surprise. http://www.zagat.com/r/bistro-33-new-york
NY Post Best Lobster Rolls (5/4/13)
Flouting conventional soft rolls and dressing, Bistro 33 went with Texas toast (a thick cut of bread served in the Lone Star State) and Kewpie mayo, a Japanese brand that you’d be hard-pressed to find at a New England lobster shack. And its cooking technique is also extraordinary as well. “When we poach the lobster,” says owner Gary Anza, “we do it in dashi, star anise and ginger.” To top it off, shredded cucumbers and shichimi pepper are part of the mix. No, this is not your standard $16 lobster roll — it’s better! http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/food/roll_models_Ps8np5X8Cb3Gqe7l9i3KdO/2
ONE RECENT REVIEW.......
I've been to Bistro 33 for brunch and for dinner and both were delicious.
The brunch is definitely the stand out. First, the menu is not your typical brunch menu, they have a great selection with really interesting choices. I had the frog in the whole, which was messy but super yummy! My boyfriend got the grilled cheese, also great. We both agreed, the bread is so good that it elevated both dishes. We split the cheese grits, they were good but not great (I lived in GA for 10 years, I'm a tough critic!).
For dinner, I got the Moules Frites and we split the lobster mac & cheese. Also a great meal!
Bistro 33 is a little off the beaten path, but I would definitely recommend it if you are in Astoria. http://www.yelp.com/biz/bistro-33-astoria
Food 24 Decor 18 Service 22 Cost $36
Astoria’s on the upswing thanks to this Japanese-French gem dispensing creative bistro eats for a price that won’t break the bank; sidewalk seating helps ease the crush in the intimate dining room, but no matter where you’re parked, the service shines.
Time Out New York 2007
Successful fusion comes to Astoria at this airy, sepia-hued French-Japanese spot.