Queens >Food & Dining > Mundo Cafe & Restaurant
31-18 E Broadway, Astoria, NY | Directions 1110640.761587 -73.924817
Extremely disappointing New Year's Eve – We've been coming to Mundo ever since we moved into the neighborhood and we've always found it to be good food, good wine and good company, but last night, we were extremely disappointed.
We'd made a reservation but the couple who had planned to join us backed out, so it ended up being just my husband and me (which we did let Mundo know in advance). It was a $70 prix fixe, not including tax, tip and drinks--a little pricy for Astoria, but worth it for a great meal.
The appetizer platter was unremarkable--Red Sonya was on there and it's always good, plus some sort of pastry thing, a veggie/cheese empanada that was quite good, and some sort of grape leaf-wrapped salmon that was overcooked. So we waited for the main course (...and we waited...and we waited--the pacing of the meal was definitely off). Of the three available choices, we ordered portabello ravioli (a standard on the menu) and squid ink pasta. The ravioli was very good as always--the squid ink pasta was not: congealed pasta, unremarkable sauce, overcooked and cold shrimp. It definitely didn't taste fresh--since it was a prix fixe, perhaps it had been sitting around all night instead of being made to order?
We didn't want to make a scene, so we just asked for dessert--theoretically some sort of creme brulee with a cheese ball on top. Well, the cream wasn't brulee'd--none of the nice crust that you expect on that type of dessert. The flavor was good but the dish had the consistency of runny yogurt with two large cheese balls swimming in it.
And above all, the service was definitely not what we have come to expect from Mundo. Usually the staff is very conversational and engaging, but last night they seemed to disregard most of the diners, except for a couple of larger tables, who seemed like they were friends of the owners. I don't begrudge them giving their friends special treatment, but the complete disregard of the other patrons was quite a surprise.
Also, one of the large groups had brought a two-year-old with them--definitely a buzz-killer for a romantic night out. I don't have a problem with children in restaurants, but when I go into a restaurant that doesn't provide booster seats for a New Year's Eve reservation and I have to share my meal with an unsteady tot walking around tables and/or at times loudly voicing his exhaustion or disapproval, it definitely affects my experience.
Overall, we paid over $200 for a disappointing meal. I'm actually relieved that our dining companions weren't able to join us, because we would have been very embarrassed that we recommended Mundo for such a special night.
Life is less, without Mundo – Arguably the best restaurant I've ever experienced.
Food: Ridiculously Delicious
Atmosphere: Cozy, Friendly
I think I've found a new home in Astoria, Queens!
Best in Astoria for Romantic Meal – My boyfriend and I recently ate at Mundo and had the most delectably romantic evening I have ever had in Astoria. The ambiance of the place is so warm and cozy and eclectic (with the local art on display and a gorgeous contemporary art chandelier in the center of the ceiling). One of the things that really set this place apart from the very beginning for me is the warmth of the hosts/chefs/owners (Willy and John) and the obvious joy they bring to sharing this food with their guests. Before the dishes had even touched our table, we were enchanted.
The food itself is a blend of Mediterranean, Turkish, South American, Middles Eastern (did I miss anything?) and the mixing of all of these different tastes is accomplished so harmoniously. I really did tear up a bit when I had the 'Red Sonja' appetizer-it was that good. So clean, so well spiced and so exuberant a dish. We followed Willy's advice and tried the Peruvian Causa-such a fresh and cool counterpart to the Red Sonjas; we also had the crab croquettes (yum) and the halloumi cheese wrapped in grape leaves. (I am a sucker for Mediterranean food, and this was so clever and well executed.) For our main course we shared the squid-ink tagliolini with a divine assortment of shrimp, mussels, squid rings and I don't know what else. It was superb, and at this point my sweetie and I were getting absolutely lost in this sensual dining experience. To cap it all, we ordered dessert (which we only do when the evening is so fabulous that it demands dessert) and we went for the pot of Belgian chocolate. It was decadent.
I live here in Astoria and I love visiting the local restaurants and am so excited to find these chic, well-run, intimate, and authentic restaurants with exceptional cuisine in my neighborhood. I think that Mundo is the best of all of these, I hope more restaurants to come take their cues from Willy and John.
Great Place! – Mundo Cafe was great! The staff was so polite, the food was delicious, and the atmosphere was very comfortable and cozy. The Red Sonja appetizer was delicious, something I have never had before. I would recommend this restaurant for a nice low key night!
Mundo now does Catering :) – I love you MUNDO! Thank you so much for catering my wedding...YES this wonderful restaurant in Astoria now does CATERING!!! It was great for us because they have so many delicious vegetarian options!!!! Even the meat eaters at the wedding (which were most of our guests) absolutely loved the vegetarian food. The food was absolutely and incredibly delicious and so were the drinks...and get me started on the desserts....they were phenomenal!!! My family (who came from Europe, Latin America and the US) could not get over how tasty and great the food was. The food was fresh and healthy and was made and served with so much love and care. Now, I know what "Water for Chocolate" was really about...the love for cooking by Mundo came through their dishes. You could taste the love in their food; which is perfect for our wedding!
The manager at our event space said that this was the BEST catering she has tasted at a wedding; and they have wedding there every weekend. We agree! While selecting our menu for the wedding, we looked at other caterers and Mundo had the best tasting food at the most affordable prices.
Thank you MUNDO again for all your hard work, great food and wonderful energy!
Simply amazing – This place is simply one of my favorite restaurants to go to. The ambiance is fantastic, the service is so friendly and efficient. You feel like you are home when you come to Mundo. Willy, one of the owners always remembers you when you walk through the door. The food is remarkable. The red sonja is my favorite appetizer. Even my 12 year old daughter always wants to go to Mundo for the red sonja. Their french fries are always crisp and flavorful. The Turkish meatballs are delicious and full of flavor. Everything I have ever had was delicious. Their sangria is so light and refreshing. Their chocolate souffle is pure heaven. I tell all my friends about this place because I simply love to go there. I always feel at home and leave feeling satisfied. Please try this place, you will love it!!!!!
Unique Find!!! – Heard about this restaurant from a website and decided to try....food was really different and one of a kind. Started off with the sour cherry soup which was really refreshing....great soup for the Spring. Next had the Red Sonja which was very flavorful and so tasty! Then had the crab and artichoke dip with pita breads which was also very tasty and palatable. By that time I was about 70% full!!! Then for main course I had their daily special which was the roast beef and wow....it was good. The texture was not dry or extremely tender but in between and the gravy was a perfect match with it! My friend had the chicken cutlet which was a big portion and was really moist!! Would recommend this restaurant because it's not the typical food that most people would eat.
Stop Reading and Make Your Reservation NOW! – Almost every review is glowing that is why I went. All 3 of us have different and picky palates. We all agreed that we will go back and very very soon. The service was very friendly and knowledgeable. Appetizer suggestion: Red Sonja. Unbelievable!! Go quickly my friend, and make a reservation, they will take care of you from start to finish!
Mundo is a gem! This place is wonderful. – Mundo is the place to go when you're tired of the typical sushi-mexican-thai-asianfusion places that all promise to be something new but never are. The 2 guys that own the place have created something very special. The menu is a wonderful combination of new, but not weird, things that up until now you may not have ever considered before. The shredded carrot dip served with pita is flavorful and light. The sour cherry soup is so unusual and distinctive- practically dessert. The beef empanada has cinnamon (?) and raisins in it, such a cool take on it. They even make lentils into something delicious with the Red Sonja patty thingy served in a lettuce leaf- LENTILS for goodness sake! This place has broken the mold with unusual, delicious offerings. Not a ton of stuff on the menu, but everything I tried on it was superb! The location is a bit tricky, it's not on Broadway but 32nd Street, a residential street. It's a find!!
Really, really good – I finally tried Mundo with my girlfriend the other night and I thought it was exceptional. Sorry to repeat what's already been said about it being different (in a good way), but it is. I love the dining options in Astoria, but they can be a little repetitive. This place really offers something different and they pull it off. Mostly vegetarian (which I am not), but you won't notice. I would definitely recommend the crab and artichoke dip. This was not the overly mayonnaise -y version you get at generic restaurants. It was homemade and it was delicious. My girlfriend agreed but also told me to shut up when I told her how good I thought it was for the 10th time.
Anyhow, long story short, this place is worth a visit. I don't usually write reviews (especially positive ones), but I was very impressed. I'll definitely be going back.
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