One of the hot spot in Astoria. Sweet Afton is a lively and friendly Irish pub with a hip vibe, beautiful exposed brick and beam interior, and most of all, “locally sourced” amazing food. Some local Astorians say this place has the best burger in the Astoria, so I had to go check it out. We went on a weekend for brunch, right after they opened. The inside is warm and inviting with wood furniture and cute little wild flowers on the table. It has that comfortable, relaxing atmosphere and their setting offers perfect “chilling-out” style.
We started off with hot and iced coffee: Gramercy Park Coffee ($3.5) and Stompton Cold Brew Coffee ($4). They do have solid coffee here, the cold brew coffee was really excellent, it was strong but had great flavor, adding milk made the strong flavor just right.
Then, we moved onto the burger: Sweet Afton Breakfast Burger ($11). It comes with La Frieda Beef served on Country White Bun with Fried Egg, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, and Pickles. You can add the choice of cheese for additional cost, I added Gruyere cheese for $1.50, and also caramelized onion for another $1. The burger was soooo juicy, I see why the locals claim they have the best burger in town. The cheese melting over the burger, almost covering it completely. The egg was cooked perfectly. This was a “get-down-and-dirty” kinda burger, and I was all in! The burger had such great flavor, without being too salty or dry, each bite was food heaven. It is worth getting your hands all dirty for…!
We also ordered Fried Chicken & Biscuits ($12), which comes with buttermilk biscuits, Red Eye Gravy, and Sunnyside Egg. We didn’t have high expectation on this dish, as our main dish was their burger. But, to our surprise, this was really amazing dish! The seasoning on this chicken was excellent, it was bursting with flavor! The biscuit was soft and moist, and the sauce added extra flavor to all. Chicken was crunchy on the outside and juicy in the inside, it certainly could complete again their awesome burger.
Another thing we kept hearing about at this place was Beer Battered Pickles ($6) with smokey sauce. We were very happy we ordered this side dish. I am not a huge fan of pickles, but this one was a bomb! I don’t know how they were able to fry the pickles without getting them to be dry nor greasy. The pickles itself had a great flavor, and there was no greasiness from being fried. It kept its juice from pickles juice, and the sauce had nice spicy kick to it.
I would definitely go back to Sweet Afton for more amazing food. I also heard they have outside seating in the back, I would have to check that out too!
Sweet Afton – 30-09 34th Street, Astoria, NY 11103