Queens >Food & Dining > Island Cafe
35-15 36th St, Astoria, NY | Directions 1110240.755843 -73.924841
Example: great place for good bread – I just want to let you know that I opened a city search account just to tell people about my experience tonight.
My friend suggested we go to "Island" tonight. It just re-opened and it's under a new management Ha.ha couldn't tell.. just as bad as the original owner .
When we got there about 50 guys where waiting at the door. Us - 2 guys and 2 girls walked right in no drama. The coat check girl asked for $2 per coat, I gave her a $20 she never returned change ( I don't think she did it purposely since she later returned all of it ). The place was packed at 11.30pm ( good sign ). We went upstairs and straight to the bar for our first round of drinks. It took 10 min to get the bartenders attention. When he made the drinks he took my credit card, ID and never came back. FYI: $13 for Vodka- Redbull.
We went out for a cigarette, the minute we lit up the security was screaming for everyone to go inside becouse Kim Kardashian was in her limo waiting to join the party. Cool .. I can imagine how much they paid her to show up.
So far we are having a good time. The music is great, the crowd is mixed. It was over all fine. Then boomm..
2 glasses dropped from the balcony on my friends had I'm serious... this was purposely done I don't think 2 people can drop their glasses at the same time.
The worst is that the security didnt even bother to come check on my friend who is not only covered in Vodka/cranberry but also hurt. When I tried to say something to one of the guards outside he smiled and looked away. Are you f...k kidding me ? we just spent over $300 ( 2 more people join us) for drinks and he can't even say sorry... the managment should take a good look at their employs.
Good luck ! I don't think me or my friends are ever coming back.
"Island" - fabulous Astoria find – Discovered a great place last week - "Island", at 35-15 36th Street. Really exotic atmosphere with awesome food! Started with the grilled calamari with spicy avocado sauce (really fresh and tender) and the tuna tartare (delicious). Also shared the meze platter; olives, incredibly creamy hummus, eggplant caviar, feta cheese, etc., accompanied by warm, grilled, perfectly salted triangles of pita bread with garlicky olive oil for dipping. (Great coupled with their gorgeous cocktails.... definitely check out the cucumber Mojito, speckled with fresh mint). Followed up with the lamb with mushroom risotto and a fish dish with roasted vegetables and couscous. Everything was beautifully presented, too.
I would absolutely recommend "Island" for a chic date restaurant. It's also a perfect choice if you're planning to throw a party (It's enormous......check out the upstairs, with it's harem-style bed!). The owners and servers are very sweet and accommodating; evidently it's under new management.
Overall, a fantastic experience. I loved it.
Good nightlife is you dont want to travel to city, pricey bottle service! – First time there, nice place altogether. Great atmosphere in Astoria with NYC nightlife presence. Upstairs they have VIP and main bar and dance floor. Music was good, around 2am they played some Greek music but i didn't mind wasn't bad at all! Beware however, vip service is a little pricey, 1 liter greygoose $350 ($275+ included gratuity and tax $75). If your just going for a few drinks i DON'T RECOMMEND vip, single drinks are strong and very affordable. I guess the only negative thing i have to say about the place is the expensive bottle service which is almost as pricey as Pacha And Mansion, otherwise i would definitely go back again!!
My favorite Spot... – No drama, not too expensive, Great music, gorgeous people, just an overall great lounge/club on a Sat night. My favorite spot by far and I've been to them all in NYC. If you wanna be comfortable at a club scene then this is where to go...plenty of space to sit down even when it is packed. I absolutely love this place and I miss it terribly since it has been closed I hope to be there when they open again in Sept....and 'm not even Greek :)
Gorgeous Place – Love the ambiance and the music, really unexpected...feels like stepping into Greece! Really fun late at night.
Would never recommend! Terrible – I would never go back...Not even if someone else was footing the bill. Service was horrible to say the least...servers didn't know if they were coming or going and were more concerned with socializing than on their tables. The owners are complete a-holes who still think they are still in the city as everything is wayyy overpriced and they are not at all accommodating. The people are pretentious and overboard. I would never go back or recommend to anyone. Save yourself the aggravation.
pretentious... – If you are a smoker and you can't stand being out in the cold, then this place is for you. Frankly, I could not figure out where it's acceptable to be smoking inside a bar/lounge... oh wait aahhh nyc circa 2005ish or so right before Bloomberg banned it! So if you think you look cool puffing on that cigarette then head to this lounge right away... and if you think it's not cool, DON'T GO! Food was overshadowed by my disappointment.. and I have a headache now...
The Owners are COLD – Beautiful, 110% Perfection in decoration. Staff didn't really know what was going on, where the menu's were, how to refill water, how to clear a table, bar didn't understand a whole lot either. I would reccomend the place for drinks and apts. Don't take a date! Don't take your mother! I did leave that place with a smile on my face though, it wasn't a complete failure. I just didn't get any warm feelings from the staff or owners at all. Oh yeah, those bouncers that everyone is complaining about... I didn't have any problem getting in at all. I would suggest, Don't expect the world should treat you like royalty, wait in line, be respectful and give these meatheads a break, they have feelings too!! lol The good thing is that if you can't get enough of okay food and borderline retarded service you can always go next store to the diner. Things that are alike stick together apparently.
Bottle service was good restaurant was horrible, would never reccomend – Where to start, I was at Island for my 29th birthday this past Saturday night. I had dinner plans for 7 people with 5 freinds meeting us at 12 for bottle service. The dinner was definitly one of the worst I have ever had. To start the waiter never took our drink orders, he forgot to even ask me what I wanted to eat, but those were small problems as two of my guest never received their appetizers and when the main courses came out well the three people who ordered steaks were given them first two other people weren't given their meals for fifteen minutes later and two others waited an additional fifteen. One persons steak was not cooked anywhere near enough as it was completely red as she ordered medium. Another persons Lamb was completely raw. I approached the manager who seemed really apologetic and agreed to comp our whole meal. After dinner when the check came the waiter informed us that they had taken forty percent off I informed him that the manager who by now was nowhere to be seen had told me the whole meal was taken care of he informed that no she only said forty percent. To avoid further problems since wewere going to stay for the rest of the night we preceded to pay the bill when we noticed yes they had taken forty percent off only to charge us twenty percent gratuity. Im sorry I am usually not cheap at all with a tip but twenty percent for a complete waste of a b-day dinner im sorry. The night club part of the evening was fine but to be honest most were so turned off by the dinner portion i doubt every one had as good a time as they would have had anywhere else.
Fantastic food – I've been to Island for dinner twice. I can't review it as a lounge because both times, I ate there long before the DJ had set up. That's how exciting my life it. The food was outstanding, the service excellent, and it has a lovely ambiance.
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