The Sparrow Tavern

Bar and American Restaurant$$$$
Astoria, Astoria
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  • 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)
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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
    Upvoted Jun 17
  • Gothamist
    GothamistMay 23
    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
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • NoniShaney @missversatile
    My favorite bar in Astoria. Great drinks, awesome people and amazingly helpful staff-food is a good buy too.
  • Will S.
    Will SchollAugust 26, 2014
    Good burger with meat from the nearby butcher. Friendly service. Waitress was cheerful and attentive. Nice beer specials.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • Douglas C.
    Douglas CajasMarch 23, 2014
    Chicken tinga is quite nice as is the veggie burger. Burn provecho!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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?!
  • 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.
  • Richard M.
    Richard MoyleMay 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Cilantro egg sandwich with goat cheese and bacon. Do it.
  • Victoria U.
    Victoria U.February 26, 2015
    Great mixes drinks and good pub food. Loud but romantic.
  • 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
  • Lori P.
    Lori PAugust 15, 2011
    Really good, high quality food for a bar. Also, nice selection of beers.
  • Jamie T.
    Jamie TMay 29, 2011
    Lamb ribs are AMAZING!! beware the small portion size though ... Def get something on the side.
  • Examiner.com
    Examiner.comApril 13, 2011
    One of the coolest unheard of establishments in the area. The Sparrow is also host to an ongoing film project, called the 3 Cubed Film Festival. Read more
  • 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.
  • Brian J.
    Brian JonesOctober 29, 2013
    Nice little place to relax and have a beer. Awesome food too.
  • Michael S.
    Michael ShapiroDecember 4, 2016
    Best fish and chips I've had in NYC.
  • Katie S.
    Katie SafreyMarch 9, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    if meat isn't your thing, they have the BEST veggie burger in the neighborhood. The manouri and rosemary pilaf is also amazing
  • Josh F.
    Josh FriedlanderMarch 9, 2014
    Quartered potatoes are not home fries. My Americano was bitter drop coffee. The pulled chicken eggs were OK. Nice interior.
  • Siddharth K.
    Siddharth KrishnanOctober 1, 2015
    The olives and the hummus. The cocktails are great!
  • Melody E.
    Melody EwingJanuary 25, 2011
    Shannon is the best bartender! Tell her Melody sent you. The Rosemary fries are amazing, btw.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceFebruary 3, 2012
    Village Voice is excited to have The Sparrow Tavern at the 2012 ChoiceEats food fest! Full list of restaurants here: http://ow.ly/8QjDQ
  • Loren B.
    Loren BeckmannMarch 30, 2015
    I love it here. Their Brunch is the best.
  • Ian S.
    Ian SavilleAugust 16, 2011
    Amazing brunch food, but also great for a beer late night
  • Mitch M.
    Mitch MJune 1, 2013
    The fries were divine, but the winner was their taste in music.
  • Mike L.
    Mike LongHairJune 9, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The Tacos ,veggie Burger .pretty much everything.
  • Mark A.
    Mark AbsherAugust 12, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the Corn On The Cob...to die for!!!!
  • Jen K.
    Jen KoontzMarch 21, 2010
    I highly recommend adding a side of cinnamon toast to whatever you order... it's worth the $3.50...
  • Steve M.
    Steve MannelMarch 24, 2012
    Here's a tip, don't ask for substitutions or you'll get the stink eye. My kinda place! :-)
  • Kristin R.
    Kristin ResurreccionMay 25, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Brunch it up with speck & eggs and a chipotle Bloody Mary!
  • Gab2y
    Gab2yMay 30, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    I used to come here more. But they never give baybacks because they're a 'gastropub.' Forget it. I'll go some where else.
  • Deborah B.
    Deborah BeardenFebruary 19, 2016
    Brunch burger was great, bloody mary was too.
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BitnerJune 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Sparrow is always a good time. Mike and Jena are wonderful.
  • Annemarie D.
    Annemarie DJuly 22, 2014
    The fries, tater tots, and corn are whats it about...
  • Kathy T.
    Kathy TuznikMarch 10, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Bloody Mary. So so so good.
  • Nat W.
    Nat WeissMarch 20, 2014
    Best food we've had out in a long time
  • Peter C.
    Peter CrysdaleFebruary 16, 2013
    The cocktails aren't as good as the prices suggest..
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 28, 2014
    Check out The Sparrow Tavern as seen on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Read more
  • Alla C.
    Alla ClevaJuly 10, 2012
    sweet potato fries are amazing, tater tots a very close second...
  • Abbe L.
    Abbe LewisJanuary 30, 2016
    Sure awesome with a friendly staff and great music.
  • Beer Goggins G.
    Beer Goggins GogginMarch 9, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Tasty brunch and pretty decent beer selection but I suspect that they don't clean their tap lines too often -- only downside.
  • Michael S.
    Michael SolomonSeptember 19, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Tommy used to work on the docks. Union's been on strike he's down on his luck, working at the Sparrow Tavern.
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkOctober 18, 2011
    You won’t need a vintage costume at this Boho-friendly rock pub and performance space.
  • Aislinn S.
    Aislinn SmithApril 8, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Obviously the best spot 40 feet away from our apt
  • Hollie S.
    Hollie SickJune 20, 2015
    The portions are small and expensive but the quality is good.
  • Courtney M.
    Courtney MorrisOctober 26, 2013
    This is the place i met the woman i would marry....doesn't get better than that
  • Stephen R.
    Stephen RuizJuly 23, 2012
    Best place to stop pre/mid/post Bohemian Hall
  • Brian S.
    Brian ShawJune 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The corn on the cob is amazing!
  • Janene O.
    Janene OttenDecember 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I don't know Michael S. but I'd like to buy him a drink. His tips are tops!
  • Pennylane Y.
    Pennylane YilmazDecember 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    I love the grilled cheese, and get a mothers milk stout!!
  • Dan L.
    Dan LangleyOctober 25, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Smoked Mary - Chipotle Bloody Mary. 'nuff said
  • Leah E.
    Leah EvansJuly 20, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Bartender Jenna can bench press Barback Brad. Legendary.
  • Sanders K.
    Sanders KeelJune 2, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    My man Jay knows his music but don't ask about movies...
  • Amy L.
    Amy LeggeJanuary 4, 2015
    The French toast is amazing!
  • Lauryn S.
    Lauryn ShoremasDecember 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I'm here very often come by and I will definitely know u
  • Rob R.
    Rob RighthandDecember 11, 2015
    Drinks & fish & chips
  • Ish N.
    Ish NazmiJuly 16, 2010
    Get the hot toddy in the winter. They use honey!
  • Leah
    LeahSeptember 19, 2011
    Have the Woodchuck Hard Cider. It's a great fall beer.
  • Mike W.
    Mike WimsattFebruary 28, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Delicious Bloody Mary.
  • Sanders K.
    Sanders KeelMarch 27, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Andy knows all and Sniffles the mouse needs to come back...
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica LimFebruary 28, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    bloody mary's and poached pear is a MUST...mm, and they have Magic Hat #9 :)
  • AJ H.
    AJ HallOctober 11, 2015
    Brunch burger with bacon!
  • VI
    VIDecember 13, 2011
    ! Make sure to try the specials
  • Ruby G.
    Ruby GuOctober 30, 2011
    Best tater tots ever
  • Ana P.
    Ana PavNovember 15, 2014
    The grilled cheese sandwich.
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