At the end of 2015, I packed up my East Village apartment and did the unthinkable–I moved out of Manhattan and into Queens. I’ve spent the last several months getting to know my new borough, which includes many dinners, afternoons in the dog park, and of course brunch.
After settling in, I had a plethora of restaurants on my to-do list, but the first on my list was Queens Comfort. After one visit, my boyfriend Mark and I were completely hooked. My sister and her fiancé came to visit us so we know it was the perfect excuse to take them to one of our favorite restaurants.
Queens Comfort is located in Astoria, where you walk through the busy streets and up to a somewhat hidden storefront. While you might miss the front, you’ll easily spot the line of people huddled around and the enthusiastic doorman/greeter/comedian by the name of Avatar.
Queens Comfort does not take reservations (expect upwards of an hour wait particularly at brunch) but Avatar makes waiting quite enjoyable. He tells jokes, asks what type of drink you had the night before, which becomes your table name, and encourages you to get coffee or a drink nearby.
One important note, Queens Comfort is cash only, so you can also run to a nearby ATM while you wait. As an insider pro tip, if you’re too hungry to wait, order the “doughnut of the day” from DonutDiva. We had the “Purple Rain” with sweet potatoes, maple marshmallow glaze, and candied pecans, and it was hands down the best doughnut I’ve ever had.
The décor at Queens Comfort could best be described as kitschy with vintage arcade games outside, chandeliers made out of toys, wall-art action figures, and old comic books. They also stream retro movies on the back wall, which is a fun added touch. But don’t worry, there’s no sound. Instead, they’re playing 80’s and 90’s rap in the background.
Another great thing about Queens Comfort is their BYOB policy, a rarity on the NYC brunch scene. You can bring any type of alcohol you want, and they’ll provide the OJ. We opted for champagne and vodka to make our own mimosas and screwdrivers.
The menu is printed on paper adorned with doodles and changes daily. We started with the disco tater tots with sawmill gravy and cheddar cheese. As you’ll start to notice, all of the food at Queens Comfort is just that…pure comfort.
Natalie and I decided to share the Mushroom Sardou. It’s a play on a Benedict (they had six Benny options on their menu at the time) and this variety featured just the right amount of mushroom cream sauce, perfectly cooked poached eggs, sautéed spinach, and hollandaise on a buttery biscuit. We were stuffed even after splitting it.
Mark and Kyle both opted for the chicken and waffles. The chicken was lightly breaded, the waffles were soft, and the maple Tabasco glaze and powdered sugar made them even more delicious. Kyle is a huge fan of chicken and waffles and said this was the best he’s ever had.
In past trips, we’ve had the Captain Crunch French toast balls, fried green tomato Benedict, and the Nutella & banana stuffed brioche French toast. I think Mark and I have now been three times, and we’ve never had something we didn’t like.
With full bellies and an abundant amount of cocktails, we finally left and headed in to the city to do some sightseeing and walk off those doughnuts. Natalie and Kyle have now completely fallen in love with both the restaurant and our new borough.
The Bitches say: A. If you’re looking for a spot in Queens, you shouldn’t pass up the chance to go to Queens Comfort. The food is spectacular, the atmosphere is fun, the prices are low, and it’s BYOB. Just don’t forget to bring cash and go early on weekends to avoid the long wait!
Queens Comfort serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.