by Adam Kuban, 07/16/2013
Photo: Christine Cluff
Astoria is largely residential but does offer some unique shopping experiences. Among them is LoveDay 31, which specializes in vintage clothing and jewelry from local designers. Astoria has always been family-friendly but is experiencing a baby boom of late; the boutique babyNOIR serves the littlest of residents, offering unique New York–inspired baby wear (think black dresses and hand-printed garments). Getting back to food, two must-see grocery destinations are Titan Foods, a Greek grocery store so beloved that regional expats arrange tour buses to visit the shop and stock up on food, and Muncan Food Corp., a charcuterie that initially specialized in Eastern European sausages but soon began re-creating the cured meats of other countries in response to the culinary leanings of Astoria’s panethnic population. Alongside its original Serbo-Croatian sausages are chorizo, made at the request of Muncan’s Mexican employees, and pork-free products, for the neighborhood’s Muslim residents.