This is a relatively new restaurant in Astoria, and it is easily one of my favourite places for a relaxed atmosphere. It can be best described as a gastropub. The bar’s wood panelling and brick wall give it a cozy, homey, down to earth feel; and the wait staff is as friendly as can be. The place serves up some amazing dishes centred around sandwiches as its name suggests – and you can choose from more than thirty options. Each meat is prepared in-house, which is a big deal considering the size of the joint.
The Sandwich Bar is one of those places where I personally get the same thing every time because it’s just amazingly delicious. That special sandwich is stuffed with hot porchetta, arugula, honey mustard, and some house sauce that I cannot for the life of me figure out what’s in it. Porchetta is an Italian tradition: a heavily seasoned, savoury, fatty, moist pork roast; it’s a meal that needs to be experienced first hand.
The Bar also lives up to the title by having numerous beers, wines, liquors, and cocktails listed on their menu. My friend tells me that the Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale is great, a light ale with the slight taste of bourbon to finish. I’ll tell you my opinion on that subject in a few months.