When restaurant professionals working in Manhattan want to unwind with a glass of wine, quite a few find their way to Sanfords restaurant in Astoria, Queens. This 24-hour diner-turned-contemporary restaurant and bar offers many of the same wines they…
“Sanfords Restaurant has been around for 80 years and has been my family business for over 25, starting as a coffee shop and constantly evolving with the neighborhood, it is now an upscale eatery and a hip Whisky Bar. During the redesign, we wanted the feel of reclaimed wood to complement the warm copper tones of the adjacent space.
Whiskey drinkers take note: Sanford’s Restaurant in Astoria, Queens has transformed into a hotspot for brown spirits. The business has been family owned and operated for 80 years. But only in the past year has it added a substantial whiskey menu. Sanford’s now boasts 300-plus bottles.
The process of getting a big group of friends together to go out can be painful. It can also be the reason your night was so amazing.
Run by brothers Chris and Gus Karalekas, Sanford’s is a well-known and well-loved Astoria joint. Their omelets are the stand-outs on their brunch menu and can be customized with up to five different fillings. If you have a sweet tooth, try the French Toast Panini with caramelized bananas and crushed pecans. Brunch runs the reasonable price of $16 for an entree and a cocktail (refill included).
Brunch is likely the most controversial meal of the day. Some folks live for the hangover killing eggs benedict and Bloody one-two punch. Some people loathe the idea of queuing for 45 minutes for a frittata. But for those of you who love it, the selection is without much debate. Is it dim sum or a French brasserie or a flapjack house? Those sleepy-eyed conversations can get heated, especially before coffee.
Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence for 2015
Tony Tantillo Visits Sanfords Astoria for a lesson on making a beautiful Seared Ahi Tuna Dish from owner Gus Karalekas.
The time has come, Astorians for the final results to the Best of Astoria poll. We love the enthusiasm you’ve poured into the whole process, including selecting the nominees, the finalists and now the winners. The list below truly reflects the best of the best through your lens, but don’t worry, we’ve added in a few “editor’s choice” mentions of our own as well. You’ll find them in select categories.
Status Magazine – Brunch Feature, Out-of-Borough EXPERIENCE
“HONORABLE MENTION / RUNNER UP AWARD / BEST SANDWICHES IN AMERICA”
VOTED 1 OF THE TOP 100 RESTAURANTS FOR BRUNCH IN AMERICA
Sanfords on Broadway Street is now this culinary hot spot in Astoria—and this fact alone speaks volumes about the owners’ skills and dedication to running a vibrant, adventurous and successful restaurant.
Sanfords has been around nearly 100 years at the same location it stands today with the current owners’ …
Sanfords is NY Mets Mike Baxter favorite restaurant
Article by the Nation’s Restaurant News
.. another added benefit, according to Gus Karalekas, owner of Sanford’s restaurant in Astoria, N.Y. is the cost. “it took a liitle leg work to find them, but it was actually cheaper to buy local spirits…
…the Sanford Diner – family owned business recently renovated to a first class restaurant – and I have to say that the food was incredible and our Irish waitress was simply superb – make sure you experience it – it’s open 24/7; and Crescent & Wine – wine, cheese, and beer bar in Astoria – really sweet place with a fabulous ambience….
I’ve chosen Sanford’s as the Astoria restaurant for our Epic Betty White Feast. As a brunch institution, Sanford’s is well known among Astorians. Their French Toast is the French-iest and their Bloody Mary’s are…the bloodiest? I kid. Each and every Sunday that I’ve stumbled over to Sanford’s, I’ve been met with a crowd of hungry New Yorkers waiting for their chance at some amazing food.
Dinner with the Wandering Foodie found us at Sanford’s. Established in 1922 as a coffee shop, it’s been made over into a restaurant that still operates 24/7, but with a more polished menu (and a three-page beer list, including tasting notes), moody music, and even moodier lighting. After nightfall, photos were well-nigh impossible; just a passing mention, then, of tender mushroom ravioli…
Less than 10 minutes after I asked Rachel to marry me, the first thing we did was celebrate over dinner and glass of champagne. When it came to picking the spot, we didn’t even think about it. We hopped in the car and drove straight to our favorite place: Sanfords.
Loved the bustling atmosphere of a diner. Sanford’s is more of an upscale modern diner. The $14 prefix is an awesome deal, especially when the food and service was spectacular. For that price you get an entree, your choice of Mimosa / Champagne / Wine / Bloody Mary / Bellinion.
A neighborhood mainstay, Sanfords, which has been on the same corner for more than 75 years,also recently underwent an upgrade to appeal to the affluent newcomers. The restaurant aims for upscale comfort food, and popular dishes include almond-encrusted butternut squash ravioli. Even late on a weekday evening, it was filled with 20-somethings speaking Russian, English and Greek.
“We’ve seen a big influx of people from the city,” said Gus Karale, a co-owner. “We’re packed every night.”
.. neighborhood mainstay, Sanfords, which has been on the same corner for more than 75 years, also recently underwent an upgrade to appeal to the affluent newcomers. The restaurant aims for upscale comfort food, and popular dishes include almond-encrusted butternut squash ravioli. Even late on a weekday evening, it was filled with 20-something speaking Russian, English and Greek.
What can you possibly say about Sanford’s that has not already been echoed in the ears of foodies far and wide. For over 75 years, Sanford’s has been an Astoria institution dedicated to serving great food any time of the day or night. Their menu consists of contemporary American cuisine and comfort food, along with a stellar wine and unique beer list thanks to Chris Karalekas, a certified sommelier, who along with his brother Gus have owned and operated Sanford’s for over 15 years since …
Yesterday, my partner‐in‐booze and I were on the hunt for the Mad Elf once again. Here is our original review. Being that this particular beer is seasonal, and Spring is NOT the season, we found ourselves S.O.L. However, dreams sometimes do come true. Luckily, down the road from my house in Astoria, there lies a fantastic establishment called Sanfords.
In January, I visited Sanford’s in Astoria as part of my 93 Plates project.
The owner, Gus (above – His brother and co owner Chris is below) was talking about some of the stuff that…
Mike Woods from Good day new york does the local weather direct from Sanfords Restaurant in Astoria, and makes some mean Peanut Butter Pancakes
All New York / Tri-State Area – BEST LATE NIGHT FOOD
#1. Sanfords Restaurant
…The amiable staff and appetizing aromas that flow effortlessly from the kitchen leave no doubt in the diner’s mind that it is a well-run operation. Perusing the menu you will find classic dishes as well as a few inventive selections like the banana pecan whole wheat pancakes, crab cake benedict and the charity burger…
DINERS’ CHOICE AWARD – All New York / Tri-State Area
… they have one of the sickest, most value-driven beer and wine lists in the city. Their prices on everything from half bottles of vino to rare beer finds are mind-boggling…
Sanfords is the exception. Not only would I recommend this place as a last stop on the way home after a late evening of drinking, but I would recommend it as a top brunch spot, the ideal lunch rendezvous, and a perfect casual date place.
Revisiting the neighborhood where I grew up never ceases to amaze me. When I left Astoria over 30 years ago there was a coffee shop on Broadway called Sanford’s Cafeteria that back then was already there for over 55 years and a mainstay of the neighborhood. So it was great to see a CBS TV review of the new and improved Sanfords Restaurant. Brothers Chris and Gus Karalekas reinvented the place which was passed down to them from their father John Karalekas.
The night before last, I started a new tradition in my house: visit a new Queens restaurant every Wednesday night. I started with a trip to Sanford’s in Astoria, on Broadway at 31st St., right underneath the subway stop. We had a good meal – my companion had the pork osso buco which literally melted in my mouth; I had the roasted chicken, which was moist and flavorful. We said hello to Gus Karalekas, one of the Astoria-born-and-raised owners, who with his brother Chris, has transformed Sanford’s…
Sanfords was featured on CBS’ Tony Tantillos Dining Deals Segment the whole week of October 5, 2009
… round out the evening with the timeless dinner at Sanford’s Restaurant, where you can find everything from chicken teryaki to Cowboy Steak on the extensive menu…
…Their breakfast and brunch menu are both extremely well priced and offer some delicious options. Dina says the Eggs Benedict are a classic and done very well and we also have our eyes on the Banana Chocolate Chip Pancakes. Not to mention, what’s a better way to start the day than having a yummy breakfast and soaking up a seriously cute ambiance….
Ins&Outs TV visited Sanford’s Restaurant at 30-13 Broadway in Astoria. Open since the 1920s and recently renovated, the restaurant (open 24 hours!) offers high-end comfort food, great music, a wide selection of wines & beers, and chic atmosphere.
…The banana-chocolate-chip pancakes are a stack of edible utopia with chunks of banana well-preserved within the batter- a great brunch choice to share. For a slightly more refined morsel, the mesquite BBQ chicken salad is sprinkled with Roquefort cheese, pine nuts, and grape plus a tangy balsamic over fresh greens, making it a solid option. The meat is wonderfully smoky and adds extra dimension to the meal…