Sweet Afton

Sweet Afton

Pub and American Restaurant$$$$
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    The experts at Time Out New York and The New Yorker recommend this place
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    • The New Yorker
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    Scott M.
    "Great staff, beer of the month, fried pickles, grilled cheese..."(52 Tips)
    "Service here is always awesome, best bar in Astoria..."(5 Tips)
    Erika R.
    "Pickle back shots, great burger, and fresh yummy lemonade!"(9 Tips)
    Selena F.
    "Agree with the red lemonade, though."(6 Tips)
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  • mac & cheese
  • good for dates
  • sandwiches
  • bar
  • trendy
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  • Kathleen V.heart icon on user image
    Kathleen VargasNovember 7, 2016
    It's a cute place for date night! Love their brunch special. Get there fries pickles and there biscuit and gravy. I was in love with their food. Definitely would recommend to others
  • Ranjanabh B.heart icon on user image
    Ranjanabh BahukhandiJuly 20, 2018
    Been here 25+ times
    If you are in mood for great summer and refreshing drink with Ginger candies and Bourbon - The Penicillin is a must try! Pro Tip: It's not always on the menu, but you can still order it!
  • Russell H.heart icon on user image
    Russell HirschornFebruary 9, 2016
    Excellent, excellent whiskey list, VERY reasonably priced. Very nice place, gets crowded, service is fast, they turn tables. Got a pickleback w/ four roses and an Akashi White Oak blend
  • Jennifer J.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer JFebruary 19, 2019
    Been here 25+ times
    The fried pickles were amazing, but I had to tell literally everyone I know about the Frozen Peach Cobbler cocktail. Please keep that around because I need to order it about 18405837 more times.
  • Cole K.heart icon on user image
    Cole KennedyFebruary 5, 2020
    Been here 10+ times
    You can’t dislike a neighborhood bar this good. Same owners as a handful of other popular bars, but genuinely great on its own merit.
  • Gabriel C.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel ChungApril 18, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    A very nice bar but can get crowded. Great for singles, mingling, and meeting new people. They serve good drinks and the fried pickles are pretty cool.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatApril 23, 2014
    This is a cute after work spot. Try their delicious mac & cheese and their specialty cocktails!
  • Gothamist
    GothamistMay 5, 2015
    This popular Astoria spot gets crowded as hell on weekend evenings, so it's quite fortuitous that the outdoor garden provides a respite from all the loud-talkers boozing inside. Read more
  • Aleson H.heart icon on user image
    Aleson HoAugust 2, 2015
    Many thumbs up for the cocktails. Also, I love any bar that serves bacon mac and cheese, but this one is particularly yummy. I saw they have pickle backs and a pickle cocktail that I want to try!
  • Kinoheart icon on user image
    KinoSeptember 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Very Williamsburg. Happy Hour $4 drafts. Sweet Afton Breakfast Burger (Pat Lafreida beef, fried egg, & bib lettuce) during brunch (until 6:30pm) is delicious. Mac & Cheese and Fried Pickles are tasty.
  • rogey_macheart icon on user image
    rogey_macSeptember 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    You have to try the deep fried pickles, the ribs, the Afton burger with Gruyere and also, a side of fries with dashings of malt vinegar! Service here is always awesome, best bar in Astoria...
  • Carolineheart icon on user image
    CarolineFebruary 28, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Get anything with pickles in it (def the martini). This is a great space with a great menu and service. Very well done.
  • Gabriel H.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel HayesJuly 17, 2015
    Loved the Mac & Cheese. Made with scallions, new york state cheddar, muenster & gruyere. Get the Double Smoked Brooklyn Bacon on it.
  • Graylyn R.heart icon on user image
    Graylyn RooseJuly 29, 2016
    Fried pickles are amazing and you have to try the fried chicken sandwich. The fish tacos were very good too. Pretty much anything on the menu is a win.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkFebruary 1, 2012
    This laid-back Queens gastropub offers an array of reasonably priced suds from craft breweries like Sixpoint, Lagunitas and Captain Lawrence. Complement your brew with beer-battered McClure’s pickles. Read more
  • Basakheart icon on user image
    BasakJanuary 21, 2016
    Come here for delicious food and four dollar happy hour beer. Definitely try the burger!
  • Asli S.heart icon on user image
    Asli SDecember 30, 2021
    Cozy atmosphere, good for dates. Great cocktail menu. Try the “She’s the One” and fried pickles!
  • Chris B.
    Chris BattiasOctober 26, 2013
    Best thing on the menu is the Bua Fried Chicken Sandwich. Get a side of spicy mayo with it. The ribs and burger are ok. The fried pickles are so-so at best IMHO. Breading to pickle ratio is off.
  • Sean W.heart icon on user image
    Sean WilkinsAugust 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    I love weekend brunch and afternoon drinks. Mike makes the best cocktails in the Burroughs, and the breakfast burger of chicken and biscuit can't be beat.
  • Tony X.heart icon on user image
    Tony XerriJanuary 22, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Enough with the fried pickle tips. We get it. When you're here, get yourself a Rootbeer Cocktail. If you're hungry, share the Mac and Cheese. If you're feeling frisky, talk to the girl at the bar.
  • Jereme B.heart icon on user image
    Jereme BivinsAugust 7, 2014
    Fantastic beer menu and awesome food -- especially for brunch. Atmosphere is laid back and comfortable, and there's blue-grass/folk music on Monday nights.
  • Elvis R.
    Elvis RodricksApril 4, 2015
    Decent brunch. Had sumtin diff - the tea infused rum cocktail. Reco the beer battered pickle with beer. Avocado Toast was a simple and right execution. Seems g8 for after hours drinks with a group.
  • Sean S.heart icon on user image
    Sean SmithNovember 1, 2014
    Comfort pub food and great tap list. I love the sauce that comes with the fried pickles!
  • Humayun R.heart icon on user image
    Humayun RashidFebruary 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Probably one of the best bars in Queens. Serious cocktails that are all surprisingly priced under 10 bucks. Always a packed house with tons of fun!
  • Gothamist
    GothamistMay 29, 2015
    There's not much space here, but what's offered up is a lovely stone-walled cloister complete with wreaths and hanging plants, a perfect spot for imbibing cocktails.
  • Megan P.
    Megan PaoloneJuly 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the environment here, though it can get crowded in the evening and on the weekends. Check out the back porch if the weather's good.
  • Rich B.
    Rich BinningJanuary 9, 2012
    Favorite Astoria bar! Also, the mushroom burger is the BEST in the city. Any day of the week there is a good crowd. Drinks are great, bartenders awesome, vibe is always fun.
  • Tyler C.heart icon on user image
    Tyler CaineAugust 9, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    A great authentic bat spot with a solid menu and creative beverage list. Atmosphere is excellent with a solid local crowd.
  • Davidheart icon on user image
    DavidAugust 9, 2014
    Delicious pickle martinis and fried pickles - usually with a bluegrass band on Mondays. One of the best bars in Astoria.
  • Adam T.heart icon on user image
    Adam ThompsonAugust 27, 2013
    Happy hour brunch! I will order for you: Burger medium rare with gruyere and bacon. Black coffee. Brown ale. Yes it was delicious. You're welcome.
  • Jase E.heart icon on user image
    Jase EngAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Irish pub that has a wonderful menu of drinks and food. No TVs so you can actually have a conversation. Cute and cozy.
  • Selena F.
    Selena FrederickJune 13, 2011
    Everyone talks a big game about the mac and cheese, but don't forget to try the ribs. Also, their brunch Grilled Cheese with gruyere is amazing. Agree with the red lemonade, though. Mmmm.
  • Demetrius B.heart icon on user image
    Demetrius BagleyJanuary 5, 2018
    BBQBacon Cheese Burger” is a new vegan menu item per We Heart Astoria
  • Roger R.heart icon on user image
    Roger RJune 26, 2016
    Mac and cheese and the pork sliders are off the hook
  • jon f.heart icon on user image
    jon ferrerAugust 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    the burger is great. it's even better during brunch when it's served with an egg on top. excellent fried pickles too.
  • Lauren D.heart icon on user image
    Lauren DocktorNovember 10, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    The french toast sticks and chorizo hash 😍! Plus any cocktail...
  • Danny G.
    Danny GarciaMay 23, 2013
    Hipster haven in Astoria. Seriously though, good beer selection. Tends to run crowded as the hours wane on. The mac and cheese is ridonkulous. That is all.
  • Aj N.
    Aj NarohnaSeptember 10, 2012
    seriously you should try fried pickles and mac and cheese with bacon holy shit yum yum yum and ask Mike (bartender) for a spl drink called dark and stormy
  • Magdalena H.heart icon on user image
    Magdalena HollandMarch 14, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    Fantastic pub! Always friendly staff, and very solid drinks/fare. We need a place like that in Brooklyn. 😘
  • Laura B.heart icon on user image
    Laura BoutwellMay 26, 2014
    The fried pickles are the best in town, and the music is usually really good, too. And of course always tasty beers.
  • Morgan P.heart icon on user image
    Morgan PolotanApril 5, 2015
    Has some of the best cocktails in Astoria, and their kale Cobb salad is delicious. Good whisky selection.
  • Robinheart icon on user image
    RobinJuly 25, 2014
    The sweet afton punch is Christmas in a glass. It's a good mix between a fir tree and a gingerbread cookie.
  • Kristi
    KristiFebruary 23, 2013
    Afton Punch is really good. Fried pickles were also surprisingly good too. Great atmosphere, perfect for catching up with old friends.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 8, 2013
    "A dozen beers on tap and as many bottles, supported by a menu of pub fare that promotes local ingredients."
  • Scott M.heart icon on user image
    Scott MAugust 3, 2010
    Solid spot. Great staff, beer of the month, fried pickles, grilled cheese... The mac n cheese is a pretty big deal, my sugg is to split it w someone, its a lot of cheese (but yes its good)
  • Ana P.heart icon on user image
    Ana PavNovember 17, 2014
    Had the BLT sandwich YUM. Wanted the grilled cheese sandwich but only served evenings. Also the hot apple cider was glorious.
  • Burger Weekly
    Burger WeeklyJanuary 9, 2014
    http://www.burgerweekly.com/sweet-afton/ If you find yourself in Astoria, go for the fried pickles and stay for the burger.
  • Escape C.heart icon on user image
    Escape CardonaDecember 13, 2015
    Awesome place to grab a drink. It gets crowded but the good kind of crowded. The drinks are pretty good. The atmosphere is great.
  • DR G.heart icon on user image
    DR GAugust 18, 2015
    Wonderful laid-back bar. Easy to meet and chat with people even on a busy Saturday night.
  • Orinda K.
    Orinda KalemiApril 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Its been stated enough times but the fried pickles are awesome. I tried the pickle martini and really didn't enjoy - couldn't even finish it, not my taste. Awesome atmosphere though!
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