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Watawa in Astoria, NY

Queens, New York is known for its diversity and for the foodies, there is no shortage of diverse food in Astoria, Queens is known for having a plethora of places to eat. There are so many places to choose from that it could become very difficult to nail down one. One place that has become a favorite of mine is the Japanese restaurant, Watawa.

I actually stumbled upon this place because the amount of restaurants in Astoria can leave anyone in a tizzy. Watawa is located on Ditmars Blvd. in Astoria, Queens. It is a pretty big place too! There are two sides to the restaraunt. Each side has its own atmosphere. One side seems casual and the other side seems more if you were on a date. The decor is beautiful. In good weather you can be seated outside.

One side of the restaurant ©2015 HollyDayz
One side of the restaurant ©2015 HollyDayz
Beautiful area in Watawa ©2015 HollyDayz
Beautiful area in Watawa ©2015 HollyDayz

The food is really good. Of course many people order sushi, but they also have cooked meals. I am not a sushi fan so I typically order the shrimp tempura rolls, which I love! A couple of times I have also ordered the hot sake. I enjoyed that as well. I have had the opportunity of tasting other people’s food and what they had was great.

Shrimp Tempura and some shrimp fried rice ©2015 HollyDayz
Shrimp Tempura and some shrimp fried rice ©2015 HollyDayz
Hot Sake ©2015 HollyDayz
Hot Sake ©2015 HollyDayz

They have an amazing lunch special as well! Between 11am – 4pm you can get some amazing deals. I have ordered two rolls (shrimp tempura of course.) It also comes with miso soup and a salad. All for $8.50. Three rolls, miso soup, and salad cost $11.50. So not only does Watawa have great food, but it is affordable. Even if you can’t make it during lunch, it is still affordable and filling.

If you are ever in Astoria, NY you should make sure you stop by Watawa. You will not be disappointed. After you eat you can take a nice walk around Astoria. Grab dessert at Watawa or any of the other amazing places around the area.



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  • Nicole

    Mmm since I’ve been living in the Middle East I haven’t tempura in ages. This looked like a nice find to stumble upon.

    • Holly Dayz

      It was a nice find. Yummy place. I had some great california rolls in Dubai.

  • Rattles and Heels (@RattlesandHeels)

    I think I know where I am heading for lunch today Holly! Thanks for the recap, I love Sushi and I love hanging out in Astoria.

    • Holly Dayz

      Very welcome! I hope you enjoy it if you do go. It has a great atmosphere. Astoria is awesome.

  • Tyra

    The food looked delicious. Wouldn’t think Japanese in NYC so this is a great find! And I love tempura!

    • Holly Dayz

      It was very delicious. Shrimp tempura is sooooooo good!

  • kp3reloaded

    I love Japanese food, so this place looks right up my alley! And that shrimp tempura roll and shrimp fried rice looks delicious!!!

    • Holly Dayz

      They are so good. i was thinking about it today and how much I wish I had some from there.

  • Paula McInerney

    Wish I read this before we were there recently. There is always next visit.

    • Holly Dayz

      Aww well hope you go back to the area soon so you can try it out.

  • ramblingtart

    This sounds fantastic. 🙂 I really love hot sake too. 🙂

    • Holly Dayz

      It was really good!

  • Lauren

    I love tempura too! This is my first time visiting your blog so I feel I should also say I love the blog’s name, fab play on words 🙂

  • Ms Frugal Ears

    Frugal Japanese lunch specials! Sounds great.

  • Fiona @ London-Unattached

    Looks excellent. I like sake – all sorts – and tempura. I’ve been to NYC but never ventured to Queens! Looks like I should go back again

  • Hitch-Hikers Handbook

    Sounds tasty! If I ever make it to this part of the world, I should visit the place during the lunchtime hours for sure! Thanks!

  • Rosemarie of Travel and Beyond

    Sounds really delightful especially the hot sake!

  • authenticfoodquest

    What a great find! Looks like a great place and really affordable prices. Especially for NYC. Noted and saved for a future travels to the Big Apple. Thanks for sharing this find 🙂

  • The Food Avenue

    I love shrimp tempura too!

  • nadiamc

    Even after living for a year in Japan, I still haven’t developed a taste for sake. But I do love Japanese food!

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