The Sparrow Tavern

Bar and American Restaurant$$$$
Astoria, Astoria
  • The experts at Food Network and Gothamist recommend this place
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    • Gothamist
  • Kristin R.
    "Brunch it up with speck & eggs and a chipotle Bloody Mary!"(3 Tips)
    Nicholas B.
    "... Lavender Mojito and Saffron Sour that would feel at home in a more upscale..."(3 Tips)
    Joe S.
    "Great beer selection, and try the grilled cheese or veggie burger."(7 Tips)
    C L.
    "The veggie burger and tater tots are the best."(9 Tips)
123 Tips and reviews
  • burgers
  • brunch food
  • Bloody Marys
  • french fries
  • tater tots
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  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceApril 3, 2015
    This bar is an ideal spot for solo diners to hunker down and enjoy elevated pub food — like the swiss chard quesadilla, or a grass-fed beef burger and herbed fries. Read more
  • Gothamist
    GothamistMay 23, 2017
    Two bloody Mary choices (one with smoked chipotle pepper) and a rum maple egg cream, an adult spin on the classic beverage with spiced rum and McClure’s maple syrup. Read more
  • Robin B.
    Robin BrunelleFebruary 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Cozy and laidback complement to the expansive Bohemian beer garden across the street. Spend the bright afternoon there with your large group then come here for a casual meal with your closest pal(s).
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 17, 2011
    Host Guy Fieri, of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, checks out The Sparrow Tavern, a dive bar dishing out slow-roasted lamb ribs and raisin-sweetened cole slaw. Find more tips at Food Network Local. Read more
  • Sanders K.
    Sanders KeelMarch 27, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Best bartenders and staff around. Very friendly atmosphere and top notch food not expected in a bar. Not for the hip, just the real. Also go by brunch as it is great!
  • Leah E.
    Leah EvansJanuary 22, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The food is wonderful though a bit pricey with smaller portions but it's all the quality of what's going into it. Sweet potatoe fries and dipping sauce are amazing. The staff = The best of any bar.
  • Nicholas B.
    Nicholas BeckJuly 17, 2013
    specialty cocktails like the Blueberry Lavender Mojito and Saffron Sour that would feel at home in a more upscale environment, but taste even better in the bar's relaxed setting.
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew ChungJune 2, 2013
    In the land of Greek food and Beer Gardens this gastro pub does it well; and it's less pretentious then a similar place in Brooklyn would be. Indication of food quality: even the veg-burger is good.
  • Josh M.
    Josh M.September 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're in the mood for something a little sweet yet strong, ask for a Dirty Dude, aka the Dirty Scotsman. An homage to The Dude made with scotch. Perfect sweet note to end on.
  • thewandering1
    thewandering1February 16, 2014
    Great food, great bartenders. Sidle up to the bat and get a smoked chipotle Bloody Mary with any of the amazing egg sandwiches for brunch.
  • cathy c.
    cathy crisisJuly 25, 2016
    charred quesadilla and spiced tater tots were dope. cowabunga cocktail should have been better but not a lot of spice or tamarind flavor. overall, excellent time.
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronApril 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The place looks like ur local dive bar and would never guess the food is amazing everything I ordered was good the fries are a must great selection of beers too
  • Charles ..
    Charles .August 14, 2013
    Everything was amazing. Saffron sour,strawberry jalapeño mojito,corn on cob,wings,chilled apple carrot soup,lamb ribs,veggie burger.
  • maura j.
    maura johnstonAugust 28, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The corn on the cob, coated in cheese and paprika and cilantro, is amazing. (The pork tacos are sadly a bit overseasoned; the pork marinade is more BBQ-appropriate.) good strawberry-basil daiquiri too
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah CamutSeptember 1, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    My fave neighborhood spot in Astoria. The atmosphere and food are great. You must try the French Toast, it's delicious!
  • Rory P.
    Rory ParnessOctober 12, 2014
    Excellent brunch. The caramelized onion jam in the prosciutto and brie omelette adds a nice touch of savory sweetness
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkFebruary 1, 2012
    Down some beers while garage rock plays at this low-key neighborhood pub. Join the locals chilling at the bar over an American or international brew. Read more
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah CamutDecember 8, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    My favorite local spot in Astoria. Great atmosphere and food's really good. You have to try the French toast!
  • Shinta P.
    Shinta PradaniJanuary 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The coolest place in the neighborhood. Once featured on Food Network for Diners Drive In & Dive! Food is excellent. Ribs apps and veggie burger are a must :)
  • VI
    VIJune 9, 2010
    love this place!! The pulled pork-when they have it so so good and the only place i can find my Duvel beer. This is a place if POE was alive, we would have hung out and had beer together!! Read more
  • Will S.
    Will SchollAugust 26, 2014
    Good burger with meat from the nearby butcher. Friendly service. Waitress was cheerful and attentive. Nice beer specials.
  • NoniShaney @missversatile
    My favorite bar in Astoria. Great drinks, awesome people and amazingly helpful staff-food is a good buy too.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 7, 2013
    A popular neighborhood gastropub with a seasonal cocktail list more enterprising than you'd expect
  • Humberto M.
    Humberto MartinezJuly 11, 2011
    Hip little place in Queens that reeks of Seattle. If they're serving Tröegs Java Head Stout, you MUST try it. Amazing coffee beer.
  • Christopher L.
    Christopher LebronAugust 25, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Brie and egg sandwich at brunch is super tasty. They also do a pretty great espresso.
  • Danny G.
    Danny GarciaMay 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I can't recommend the food here enough. By sheer random happenstance (not really) the drinks can and will pair perfectly with the entrees. Mix it up!
  • Nora G.
    Nora GomezFebruary 23, 2012
    Great beer selection. They play great music most of the time. I have to admit I miss living a few blocks away.
  • Constantine L.
    Constantine LeonardosMarch 29, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Good...good. Drinks.....tasty. Staff....fantabulous. Great place to birth a hangover and treat it later.
  • Dave G.
    Dave GershgornOctober 26, 2017
    The chicken wings are amazing, good music, $4 beer and $5 well drinks for happy hour.
  • Chuck M.
    Chuck MonsantoFebruary 19, 2012
    Might be the best veggie burger I ever had! The fries are off the hook! Try the smoked Bloody Mary!!
  • Keith K.
    Keith KerrJanuary 7
    They cook the eggs in the bacon 👌. Their side salad is great!
  • C L.
    C LoMay 19, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    The veggie burger and tater tots are the best. I dream about this veggie burger.
  • Douglas C.
    Douglas CajasMarch 23, 2014
    Chicken tinga is quite nice as is the veggie burger. Burn provecho!
  • Manasa V.
    Manasa VedulaJune 15, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Things to order: egg and cilantro sammie, grilled cheese and herb fries. A great neighborhood haunt.
  • Michaela T.
    Michaela TFebruary 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The corn on the cob is freaking delicious. Also, the Swiss chard sandwich is a yummy veg option
  • Suhas S.
    Suhas SreedharAugust 3, 2013
    The Saffron Sour is the best drink you'll ever order.
  • Greg R.
    Greg RazzanoMarch 28, 2015
    Chicken wings...spicy and delicious. They play great rock n' roll here.
  • mgsweeten
    mgsweetenFebruary 28, 2015
    Burgers great, tater tots an old skool fave, and always good specials!
  • Joe S.
    Joe SobelMarch 17, 2012
    Great beer selection, and try the grilled cheese or veggie burger. It's worth the stop.
  • Jms D.
    Jms DnnsAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    I eat the egg & brie sandwich almost every Saturday. It's that good.
  • Andre R.
    Andre RibeiroJune 2, 2013
    What a great sidecar. Make sure to ask Tommy if you need a drink with a special touch.
  • Nancy N.
    Nancy NotoDecember 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the hot apple cider with bourbon or rum. Cozy and delish.
  • James G.
    James GreenAugust 23, 2015
    Brunch burger is awesome. Try the Rum Maple Egg Creme.
  • Marissa S.
    Marissa StuartMarch 29, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing cocktail and beer list! Always get dessert.
  • Tracy S.
    Tracy SolorzanoJanuary 10, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Food is good and cheap but the place is small so lots of bumping into etc
  • Sean S.
    Sean SmithJanuary 24, 2015
    Tasty food and super friendly staff as this neighborhood hole in the wall.
  • Janine V.
    Janine VeazueApril 7, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Awesome tunes, even better wait staff and beverages! Who needs the beer garden when there's Sparrow?!
  • Victoria U.
    Victoria U.February 26, 2015
    Great mixes drinks and good pub food. Loud but romantic.
  • Richard M.
    Richard MoyleMay 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Cilantro egg sandwich with goat cheese and bacon. Do it.
  • Brian J.
    Brian JonesOctober 29, 2013
    Nice little place to relax and have a beer. Awesome food too.
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