One of my favorite things about summer is eating and drinking outdoors. Rooftop happy hours and patio brunches become a regular part of life, and I couldn’t be happier about it.
Fortunately, my neighborhood, Astoria, offers a wide range of bars and restaurants with outdoor seating, including the Sweet Afton, where I recently enjoyed brunch with my friend Hanna.
Hanna was running a little late to our brunch date on a recent Sunday, but the host took me back to our table anyway. I got started with some much-needed iced coffee. It was an incredibly hot day, and this chilled beverage was just what I needed after walking the approximately 15 minutes to Sweet Afton from my apartment.
In addition to some seating in front of the restaurant, Sweet Afton also has an outdoor space in back, which is small but charming, and you could easily spend an afternoon hanging out there if it suited you. To my surprise, it wasn’t packed on this particular Sunday, perhaps because at a little after 2 p.m., we had missed the big brunch rush.
After Hanna arrived, we excitedly perused the cocktail menu and decided to start with a carafe of sangria. The sangria was light and refreshing, but it lacked flavor. Regardless, we were happy to have a cold drink to keep us from overheating.
Per usual, we decided to order an appetizer to split, as well as two entrees. We were both intrigued by the BEC Bites from the appetizer section and promptly placed an order of those to get started.
Made with scrambled eggs, smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, cornmeal, and Chipotle sauce, these are basically a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich rolled up into bite-size balls. Hanna and I both expected these to be tasty, because we love breakfast sandwiches. They were even better than expected — my favorite part of the meal, actually. There was the perfect amount of every ingredient in each bite, and they were a fun appetizer we haven’t seen anywhere else.
After our appetizer, we were ready for another drink. Sweet Afton is known for its cocktails, so we decided to try something new this time around. We ordered the Puesta Del Sol, crafted with chamomile-infused Pisco, white rum, tequila, Velvet Falernum, strawberry, lemongrass, lime, and citrus bitters. This drink was fruity, refreshing, and definitely had more flavor than the sangria.
For our entrees, we ordered the avocado toast (we of course added bacon) and the fried chicken and biscuit. All of Sweet Afton’s entree options sounded amazing, so we had a tough time deciding, but thankfully our friendly server helped us narrow things down.
Because Sweet Afton is owned by the same people behind The Bonnie — another Astoria hotspot with delicious avocado toast — I expected this avocado toast to be spectacular as well, but sadly it was just average. There was nothing wrong with it, but it was nothing to write home about either.
Our other main dish, however, was absolutely mouth-watering. The chicken was perfectly cooked; and the red eye gravy gave it the perfect kick. Topped with a sunnyside-up egg and placed between two biscuits, this dish was the perfect way to end our meal.
The Bitches say: Five Flutes. Sweet Afton has creative cocktails, a variety of tasty dining options, and a beautiful outdoor space to enjoy brunch.
Sweet Afton serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.