The Sparrow Tavern

Bar and American Restaurant$$$$
Astoria, Astoria
  • 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)
    James G.
    "Brunch burger is awesome."(3 Tips)
119 Tips and reviews
  • burgers
  • brunch food
  • Bloody Marys
  • french fries
  • good for dates
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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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Leah E.
    Leah EvansJanuary 22, 2012
    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.
  • maura j.
    maura johnstonAugust 28, 2010
    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
  • 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).
  • 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
  • Josh M.
    Josh M.September 25, 2012
    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.
  • 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.
  • Sanders K.
    Sanders KeelMarch 27, 2013
    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!
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronApril 9, 2012
    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.
  • 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.
  • Shinta P.
    Shinta PradaniJanuary 27, 2013
    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 :)
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah CamutSeptember 1, 2013
    My fave neighborhood spot in Astoria. The atmosphere and food are great. You must try the French Toast, it's delicious!
    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
  • 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
  • Will S.
    Will SchollAugust 26, 2014
    Good burger with meat from the nearby butcher. Friendly service. Waitress was cheerful and attentive. Nice beer specials.
  • 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.
  • Katie S.
    Katie SafreyMarch 9, 2010
    if meat isn't your thing, they have the BEST veggie burger in the neighborhood. The manouri and rosemary pilaf is also amazing
  • Danny G.
    Danny GarciaMay 23, 2013
    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!
  • Sarah C.
    Sarah CamutDecember 8, 2013
    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.
  • 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.
  • Beer Goggins G.
    Beer Goggins GogginMarch 9, 2010
    Tasty brunch and pretty decent beer selection but I suspect that they don't clean their tap lines too often -- only downside.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Gab2y
    Gab2yMay 30, 2014
    I used to come here more. But they never give baybacks because they're a 'gastropub.' Forget it. I'll go some where else.
  • Constantine L.
    Constantine LeonardosMarch 29, 2013
    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!!
  • Christopher L.
    Christopher LebronAugust 25, 2014
    Brie and egg sandwich at brunch is super tasty. They also do a pretty great espresso.
  • Michaela T.
    Michaela TFebruary 11, 2012
    The corn on the cob is freaking delicious. Also, the Swiss chard sandwich is a yummy veg option
  • 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...
  • Melody E.
    Melody EwingJanuary 25, 2011
    Shannon is the best bartender! Tell her Melody sent you. The Rosemary fries are amazing, btw.
  • Douglas C.
    Douglas CajasMarch 23, 2014
    Chicken tinga is quite nice as is the veggie burger. Burn provecho!
  • 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:
  • Jamie T.
    Jamie TMay 29, 2011
    Lamb ribs are AMAZING!! beware the small portion size though ... Def get something on the side.
  • Manasa V.
    Manasa VedulaJune 15, 2012
    Things to order: egg and cilantro sammie, grilled cheese and herb fries. A great neighborhood haunt.
  • Andre R.
    Andre RibeiroJune 2, 2013
    What a great sidecar. Make sure to ask Tommy if you need a drink with a special touch.
  • C L.
    C LoMay 19, 2014
    The veggie burger and tater tots are the best. I dream about this veggie burger.
  • Tracy S.
    Tracy SolorzanoJanuary 10
    Food is good and cheap but the place is small so lots of bumping into etc
  • Suhas S.
    Suhas SreedharAugust 3, 2013
    The Saffron Sour is the best drink you'll ever order.
  • mgsweeten
    mgsweetenFebruary 28, 2015
    Burgers great, tater tots an old skool fave, and always good specials!
  • Lori P.
    Lori PAugust 15, 2011
    Really good, high quality food for a bar. Also, nice selection of beers.
  • 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! :-)
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 7, 2013
    A popular neighborhood gastropub with a seasonal cocktail list more enterprising than you'd expect
  • Greg R.
    Greg RazzanoMarch 28, 2015
    Chicken wings...spicy and delicious. They play great rock n' roll here.
  • Nancy N.
    Nancy NotoDecember 2, 2012
    Get the hot apple cider with bourbon or rum. Cozy and delish.
  • Joe S.
    Joe SobelMarch 17, 2012
    Great beer selection, and try the grilled cheese or veggie burger. It's worth the stop.
  • Sean S.
    Sean SmithJanuary 24, 2015
    Tasty food and super friendly staff as this neighborhood hole in the wall.
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