You are reading

Italian/American restaurant opens on 34th Avenue

CJSSept. 12, 2014 By Michael Florio

A couple with deep Astoria roots opened a bar/restaurant on 34th Avenue earlier this month.

CJ’s Restaurant & Pub, located at 43-04 34th Ave, combines the qualities of a conventional local bar with a restaurant offering American and Italian cuisine. The establishment is fairly large, with room for about 100 bar/restaurant goers.

The menu includes traditional America fare—such as burgers, Buffalo wings, mac and cheese, and fries. Additionally, it offers Italian favorites, such as fried ravioli, fried calamari, baked ziti, penne vodka with spinach, pulled pork sliders, meatball parmesan sliders and shrimp scampi.

The bar area, which is long and narrow and separate from the dining area, is best described as “your neighborhood bar,” said co-owner Sandra Murphy. The bar has one television, although there are plans to add two more.

Murphy said her Italian/American restaurant fills a void on 34th Avenue.

“There is definitely a need for Italian-American food in this part of town,” she said.

Murphy grew up on 41st Street in Astoria, the same street as her husband Joseph Parrino, the co-owner. The couple now lives in Woodside – although their parents both still live in the neighborhood.

The pair originally had their sights set on opening a restaurant on 30th Ave but the rent was too high for their liking.

The 34th Avenue location was their second choice. Previously, it was a Greek bar.

cjsbar

email the author: [email protected]

One Comment

Click for Comments 

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Op-Ed: This Year’s State Budget Must Prioritize Climate, Jobs, and Justice for New York

Op-Ed, Jan. 30, By Assemblymember Jessica González-Rojas

In a time of rampant economic inequality and environmental injustice, it is easy to feel defeated.  Here in Queens and across New York State, however, communities are organizing for a better future. New Yorkers from different backgrounds and with different lived experiences are proving that we can build community, organize, and create a future that reflects our shared values.