New Year, New Menu
At the beginning of the year 5 Napkin Burger Astoria quietly rolled out a completely overhauled menu, and last night I met up with some of my fellow food-obsessed Astorians to check it out. Well-loved staples like the eponymous 5 Napkin Burger, The Astoria Lamb Burger and their Veggie Burger remain, but there are quite a few new surprises as well. 5 Napkin Burger is a great place to have a beer and share some appetizers, and they have added some excellent new small plates to the menu. My favorites included the wasabi deviled eggs with sriracha and crispy rice which had a nice flavor balance and a sinus-clearing after kick, and the crispy fried calamari “diavolo,” with a mildly spicy tomato sauce and little fried half-moons of sliced jalapeno which really make the dish. They have also expanded their selection of maki rolls and added a taco menu that includes a chipotle tofu taco - perhaps the only one you’ll find in our neighborhood!
A Food Happy Hour is the Holy Grail of Happy Hours
I’ve been a long time fan of 5 Napkin Burger in Astoria, in part because of their food and drink happy hour. In other cities, food happy hours are ubiquitous, but here in New York City they are far fewer and further between. Right now, between the hours of 4pm and 7pm and again from 9pm until close, you can get a Chuck Slider, Veggie Slider, or Turkey-Mushroom Slider for a mere $2. As I’ve gushed elsewhere on this blog, the Veggie Slider is one of my favorite snacks in town. 5 Napkin also offers $4 draft beers, $5 house red or white wine, and a $5 Cosmopolitan. I would recommend heading straight for the beer since they have two taps from Astoria’s own Singlecut Brewery right now, the crisp Czech Pilsener style 19-33 Lagrrr and the Dean Pacific Northwest Mahogany Ale.
The First Rule of Pint Night is Tell Everyone about Pint Night
Starting next week on January 24th, 5 Napkin Burger will kick off their Thursday night Pint Nights. Every Thursday from 6pm to 10pm they will offer $5 pints from select breweries with brewers and representatives on hand to talk about the beer. There may be giveaways too and who doesn’t love beer swag? Appropriately, Astoria’s Singlecut Brewery will be the star of the show for the inaugural pint night on the 24th. In the weeks to follow, other great breweries like Coney Island Brewing Company, Sam Adams, Thomas Hooker and Peroni will be featured.
It’s the Economy, Sailors
With happy hour specials and the addition of $5 Pint Nights, 5 Napkin Burger goes out of its way to be an intentionally good deal. And last week they added an new economy-minded incentive to the menu, a ¼ lb CheeseBurger Special with melted cheese, lettuce, tomato and pickles priced at $5. This burger special will be available Monday through Friday, 11:30am to 5pm and is a great lunch option for folks who work and live in the area.
Location, Location, Location
Sometimes called Dutch Kills or Long Island City, I like to claim 35th Street as Southern Astoria. Somewhat less bustling than the rest of Astoria, this is one of my favorite parts of the neighborhood, and 5 Napkin Burger serves as an anchor store on a wonderful block. So after trying out the new menu at 5 Napkin Burger, visit some of my other favorite spots nearby including craft beer heaven in a cozy dive, Sunswick 35/35, the enchanting Museum of the Moving Image (5 Napkin offers a 10% discount to Museum Members), the epic beer hall Studio Square, and the wonderfully unique boutique store, SITE. Make a day of it in Southern Astoria and have some great food and drink along the way.