Enjoy Every Bite
Lite Bites & Grill
3191 Steinway St, Astoria
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Credit Card: Yes, all major
Sometimes, you want to sit and enjoy a meal, but you don’t have time for a long process. You need to get seated quickly, order quickly and receive the food quickly. For those in a rush, but who can afford to spend 20 minutes getting lunch, Lite Bites & Grill is the way to go.
Found at the intersection of Broadway and Steinway in Astoria, the bustling diner was the perfect place for my friends and me to go before heading over to the nearby movie theater on Sunday. As we entered, the place looked packed with patrons, but our waiter immediately headed over to my group and got us seated.
Looking over the menu, I could not help but notice the variety of delicious options for an affordable price. It included breakfast wraps bursting with ingredients, omelets of every flavor, several daily soup specials, inventive brown rice bowls and mouth-watering pitaninis. Nothing I saw on the menu went above $20.
As we waited for our food to arrive, I looked around at the simple, yet tasteful décor. Lite Bites feels like a combination of a classic diner and a modern eatery. While there is no outdoor seating, you can have the next best thing by grabbing a window seat.
In seemingly no time at all, our food arrived. I stuck with a bagel and a blueberry muffin as I was only looking for a quick snack. When I saw what my friends ordered, though, my relatively full stomach suddenly felt hungry again. One of them got the Silver Dollar Pancakes, which looked so delicious that I’d equate them with gold instead. The three pancakes were stacked on top of each other, dripping with maple syrup, dabbed in butter and covered with powdered sugar. A few strawberry slices on top completed the package.
Another friend was in the mood for lunch and was rewarded with a delicious western burger. The BBQ sauce smothered the cheddar cheese and bacon that topped the burger. It looked great, smelled great and given how quickly my friend ate it, must have tasted great too.
Everything about Lite Bites was on the ball, from the service to the food. We left having definitely found a new favor eatery. If you are in Astoria, I definitely recommend trying Lite Bites out. Chances are high that you’ll enjoy every last bite.
- Joe Marvilli