Spring finally arrived, a little later than I would have liked, but eating outside is here again. These weekends are now spent walking around the neighborhood and exploring all the restaurants and shops we haven’t even had a chance to try as yet. Astoria is constantly growing and recently there is always something new opening but there are still so many places that have been here for a while that I have not made it out to. For example, Monika’s Cafe Bar found on 3290 36th Street is one such place. It is not in the two block radius from where I live and is actually quite further from where I usually head to. I have a bad habit of not venturing to far from my norm but I am going to make a habit of exploring this summer.
Monika’s has a very laid back and relaxed atmosphere. The outside is very simple but inside, the decor is colorful and cozy. The service was friendly and prompt. I had the shrimp tacos and they were well seasoned and full of flavor. They also have a lot of vegetarian and gluten free options. My Bloody Mary was also very spicy. As long as I have a great Bloody Mary, I am happy! Monika’s is in a great location, it is close to the movie theater and the Museum of the Moving Image, which I am looking forward to visiting this summer. Astoria is always surprising me and Monika’s Cafe is no exception.
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