Sangria is a delicious cocktail, a magical beverage that brings summer to the lips even in the heart of winter. Who knew a mixture of wine and fruit (and maybe a little sugar and/or rum) could be so amazing? There are a number of places in Astoria where you can find sangria of all kinds - red, (the more elusive) white, and some is even available on tap.
Waltz-Astoria, a lovely little cafe and performance space on Ditmars Blvd, serves many delicious things - the watermelon icy, big slices of red velvet cake, and some tasty sandwiches. Waltz also offer red and white sangria. They're nicely balanced, not overly sweet, and very refreshing. The white sangria is particularly pretty. Waltz's sangria is available by the glass only.
- Waltz-Astoria, 23-14 Ditmars Boulevard, Astoria, NY, 718-956-8742
Ovelia serves as one of the Greek cafes on 30th Ave, but also has a substantial food menu that offers everything from grilled halloumi cheese to some seriously delicious barbecue ribs. Ovelia also offer sangria - both in classic red and another called ambrosia sangria (pictured above). The latter sangria is unique, as it's made with rosé wine. It's flavored with kiwis and strawberries, and is simply a beautiful drink, not to mention refreshing. Ovelia's sangria can be ordered by the glass or the pitcher.
- Ovelia, 3401 30th Avenue, Astoria, NY, 718-721-7217
As Astoria's only Southwest-influenced restaurant, Mojave offers a delicious glass of red sangria, often referred to as "addictive" by many patrons. It's a great choice for a relaxing brunch, especially. Mojave serves both red and white sangria, as well as a more unusual (and delicious) Champagne sangria. The red and white sangrias are available by the glass or the pitcher, whereas the Champagne sangria is only available by the glass.
- Mojave, 22-36 31st St, Astoria, NY, 718-545-4100
Studio Square, one of Astoria's two major beer gardens, gained notoriety with its sangria by serving it on tap, just like beer. It originates downstairs in a giant walk-in refrigerator, and is piped up along side the beer. Fresh fruit is added after it's poured in a pitcher or glass.
It has a bit of a floral aroma, which could be from either honey or agave nectar, but this element is considered a "secret." Studio Square only serve red sangria, and it is very tasty, by the glass or the pitcher.
- Studio Square NYC, 35-33 36th Street, Long Island City, NY, 718-383-1001
Compared to the others in this list, Pachanga Patterson is the new kid on the block, and the staff serves up a terrific sangria. The "Pachanga Sangria" is a red sangria with the addition of apples, oranges, mango juice, and a bit of rum. It's offered in half liter and full liter sizes.
The sangria is also one of the drink choices in the $10 "El Brunch Completo," which is a simple prix fixe brunch. This is one of the best brunch deals in Astoria.
- Pachanga Patterson, 33-17 31st Ave., Astoria, NY, 718-554-0525