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Posted by Sammy LIC on 06/26/2013
After living in the Astoria/LIC area for about 9 years, my wife and I have tried just about every restaurant worth trying. Bistro 33 was one we went back to repeatedly because it seemed to have potential. There are some noteworthy items on the menu that were great, namely the short ribs I had a while back, the steak frites and their burger, which was solid although pricey once I added cheese and bacon (which I ended up removing). It came out to $17. That's a lot for a hamburger in Astoria that has a slice of cheese and regular bacon on it. My wife had the lobster roll there on our most recent visit and, again, while it was done nicely, it was $17 and it wasn't a lot of lobster meat. A lot of the menu items come off like they are trying to be very gourmet but the restaurant itself doesn't provide the atmosphere for it. Bistro 33 is laid back and dark with good music playing and the servers wear t-shirts and jeans. They don't serve bread with your meal unless you ask for it and they don't give you butter with your bread unless you ask for that separately too. It just seems like they are trying to be very fancy and cutting edge one way but leaving out some basic factors. There is Escargo and Rabbit Confit on the menu along with whacky made up cocktails from the bar but they don't have espresso or cappuccino with dessert . Also, each time we went, they seemed to be out of a few different menu items that we were interested in. If they shortened the menu and stopped trying to be out there with the ingredients, it would be a lot better. There are just too many other good places in Astoria to eat to pay what they are asking there.