There's something you should know about Astoria, Queens, where cones of gyro mystery meat spin in infinite circles in restaurants on every block.
You can be a vegetarian here.
When I first e-mailed a friend about this blog, she replied, “Is it possible to eat vegetarian in Astoria? I lived there for a year in the '80s – will never forget the smell of roasting lamb on Easter.”
The answer, of course, is yes. The lambs are still here – their skinned carcasses hang in every butcher-shop window – but Astorians can happily consume three meals a day that contain nary an ounce of flesh.
So join me as I sample the best of what the 'hood has to offer, from burek to crostini to dolmadakia. I’m not trying to convince you to give up burgers (that’s what PETA is for). But if you’re looking for some meatless meals in the food nirvana that is Western Queens, I’m here to help.
Restaurants will be rated on three criteria: veg friendliness, food quality and vibe. Ratings are on a scale of 1 to 5 beets. (Why beets? Because they're weird.)
P.S. Any resemblance to Brooklyn Vegan is entirely unintentional. Unless it gets me page views.