I don't get to the outer boroughs enough. It's sad and silly. There is so much amazing stuff out there, beyond the island of Manhattan. A foodie friend of mine introduced me to an awesome panini restaurant in Astoria called Il Bambino, and I was beyond grateful. It's worth the short subway ride.
If it is nice out, you can take a seat in their pleasant backyard and then order the baby string beans ($9). I would have to say the best string bean dish I've ever had. Topped with toasted bread, shaved parmesan, and a truffle vinaigrette, they are to die for.
Truffled egg salad and speck crostini ($6.50), is an orgasm waiting to happen. Order it.
A panini of cappa ham ($11), bbq creamed onions, piquillo peppers, pecorino, and spicy mayo, is sweet, spicy, and absolutely wonderful. Panini perfection.
You may as well end with a panna cotta served with chocolate frosted flakes, and you can thank me later.