Friday, May 05, 2006

Astorian Weekend Edition 05.05.06 (Cinco De Mayo!)

How about going Chinese for Cinco de Mayo? Well you can this Friday at P.S. 84 (22-45 41 St.) From 7-9pm bring your $5 to the Chinese Auction and help stock the school library with new books! I don’t think 5 bucks has ever had a better chance of going a such a long way. There are tons of prizes and gift certificates to all sorts of local business. Some hot prizes that stick out in my mind are $50 GC for Wave Thai, Lunch for 2 at Taverna Kyclades, a hefty $75 meal at the much talked about Trattoria L’incontro and dozens of other great treats. Its a win win situation!

Local artists will be selling their work (cheap) this Saturday at the United Methodist Church on the corner of 30th Road and Crescent St. Goodies like paintings, sculpture and handicrafts all from Astorian talent. From 10am - 5pm take a walk by and maybe invest in tomorrow's Van Gogh's and Pollock's.

Sunday brings the 5 Borough Bike Tour. The route takes them along 21st St. (and all its bumps) from the Queensboro Bridge up to Astoria Park then onto Vernon on its way to Brooklyn. You can get a gander at the multitudes from the park or at the Con Ed Learning Center (i wasn't aware of the "learning center") where they have a scheduled rest stops . They start at 8am in Battery Park- so it shouldn't be too long after that when they arrive here. You should be able to catch the action between 9am and noon.

Sometime this weekend, find the time to stop by Sal, Chris & Charlie Deli, better known as The Sandwich Kings of Astoria (33-12 23rd Ave. near the overpass (718) 278-9240). I had heard about this place from so many people but noone could ever give me the exact address- It was always "Near the train off 23rd i think, you can't miss it" Well i always missed it-until this past weekend when walking home from the line at the Beer Garden i ran smack into it. And boy am i glad i did! This meat and cheese filled roll with the works, a bag of chips and a cherry coke (a treat) all yours for $6.50. Can't beat that. I think the key here is the thinly sliced super tastey coldcuts and my new favorite addition- sweet peppers. This place should definitely be a stop on anyone's trip to the beach for a packed lunch.


Anonymous said...

May 7, 2006


The Greater Astoria Historical Society invites you to an opening day screening of
"The Steinway Mansion"
a documentary by James Sabastian.

A synopsis of the film tates: "The landmark Steinway mansion is up for sale, and may fall into the wrong hands. It is the last of the standing mansions on the East River in Queens, and has historic importance. The current owner shows us the inside and talks about it's history especially with the Steinway & Sons piano company."

The documentary, supplemented with rare archival material from the Greater Astoria Historical Society, includes a special interview with current owner, Michael Halberian.

The screening is part of the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, considered the largest film festival in the world. Founded in 1993, at has been recognized by the film and entertainment industry as one of the leading film events on the independent festival circuit. The festival hosts film, music and art events in the two entertainment capitals of the United States: New York and Los Angeles.

The Steinway documentary will be shown on 12:00 noon on Sunday, May 7th, in theVillage East Cinema located at 181 2nd Avenue (12th Street) in Manhattan. Call the society at 718-278-0700 for more information.

You can buy tickets for $12 each at the door or at

Anonymous said...

Don't forget Sal

"Sal, Chris and Charlie's". Best sandwich in New York City

Hilary said...

I stumbled onto your blog when searching for info on Astoria restaurants. I just moved to the area- thanks a lot!

Unknown said...

ack! i knew there was another name missing, my apologies to Sal!!!

and hilary, glad to be of service-welcome to the nabe.

Anonymous said...

try "the bomb" next time you go to sal's. it is biggest sandwich ever!

Anonymous said...

What's the matter with you. That sandwhich is round. If you're not getting a hero, you're not really at Sal, Kris, and Charlie's. The Bomb is the Bomb by the way, though I say hold the mustard.

Unknown said...

As Far as I am concerned I think Sandwich king is great but they recently changed there bread to a new bakery. This sandwich is just not the same anymore. The old bread had that great golden brown color to it and the crunch that we all loved. The new bread is light in color and looks like supermarket bread. Really it tastes like rubber if you ask me and my friends. I use to love to go to sandwich king but since the change I wont be going anymore. I guess a new Product makes a bigger difference than we all think. Any true new yorker will tell you that Great bread it key to any great sandwich.

I guess the KING is DEAD. Its a shame.

A long time Astorian.

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