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Tue - Wed: 5PM - 11PM
Thu - Fri: 5PM - Midnight
Sat - Sun: 11:30AM - 3:30PM
It "feels like the 1920s" at this "throwback" spot inside Kaufman Astoria Studios, supplying American eats to "TV and movie" industry types; "speakeasy" looks, a "great bar" mixing "vintage" drinks and frequent "live jazz" complete the "old-school" vibe.
You don't have to be a film fanatic to enjoy the Astor Room, a modern-day supper club that revitalized the commissary beneath the Kaufman Astoria Studios (home to Paramount Pictures in the 1920s and 1930s). But movie buffs will relish walking down the same marble staircase that Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and Rudolph Valentino descended on their way to the cafeteria. Curvy mahogany bistro chairs, a dark wooden bar and walls trimmed in turquoise tiles hint at old Hollywood glamour; the menu includes classically regal dishes such as oysters Rockefeller, shrimp cocktail and Beef Wellington. Even the burger gets gussied up with truffle aioli, portobello mushroom and Gruyere cheese. Depending on the evening, the Astor Room's live entertainment might involve a jazz ensemble, a musical vaudeville act or a tiki trio. During the prix fixe Sunday brunch, guests chow down on specialties like the Astor Disaster (a hefty stack of brioche French toast, eggs, bacon, barbecue short ribs, cheddar cheese and onion rings, plus coffee, tea and a Mimosa or Bloody Mary) while musicians channel the swingy, big band sounds of the 1930s and 1940s.
M, R to Steinway St.; N, Q to Broadway or 36th Ave.
What to tell a cabbie
Take me to the Kaufman Astoria Studios at the corner of 36th St. and 35th Ave. in Queens — it's a block away from the Museum of the Moving Image.
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