The Bottom Line
- Bright, airy, and modern yet intimate dining
- Truly warm and welcoming service, ready to explain every dish
- Diverse yet harmonious menu
- Reasonably priced
- Bustling but never too crowded
- Dinner service only
- Not good for large groups
- Address - Mundo, 31-18E Broadway, Astoria, Queens, NY (at 32nd Street)
- Hours - Open 7 days a week, 5-11:30 p.m.
- Phone - 718-777-2829
- Subway - N, W to Broadway
- Menu - Soups, salads, appetizers, seafood, vegetarian, desserts, wine, beer, sangria, exotic sodas
- Prices - Appetizers $3.50-$7; Entrees $11-$15; Wine bottles $18-$32
- Desserts - You must experience pasha mundo ($5.50) and toasted almond cake ($6.50).
- E-mail newsletter keeps diners abreast of seasonal specials and events.
- Delivery menu.
Guide Review - Mundo Cafe and Restaurant - Restaurant Review
The star of the appetizers is the Red Sonja ($7), savory red lentil patties, served at room temperature, wrapped in a leaf of romaine lettuce. Squeeze some lemon on them. They're so tasty that even unfortunate jokes about the movie Red Sonja and Schwarzenegger's loincloth cannot thwart your appetite. Croquettes get sophisticated with the Brazilian coxinha ($3.50), a ball of shredded chicken and melty catupiry cheese within a sublimely thin layer of mashed potato, its outside deep-fried and crispy.
If the feast of small plates leaves you enough gumption to tackle an entree, go Turkish with Mundo's flagship dish the Ottoman dumplings ($12) with seasoned ground beef. Or try the Turkish meatballs ($12), traditional and comforting even if you've never set foot in Istanbul.
To wash down your meal, try the tasty yet rare Xingu, a black Brazilian beer. Kids of any age will enjoy Uludag, a fruity soda from Turkey's Uludag Mountains. Yes, even the sodas bring you the best of the world at Mundo.