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Sanford’s Reopens Tonight


Aug. 19, 2015 By Jackie Strawbridge

The highly anticipated, expanded Sanford’s Restaurant will open its doors Wednesday evening.

The restaurant, located at 30-13 Broadway, has taken over an adjacent space in order to add a whiskey bar and more than 50 seats.

Owner Christ Karalekas said that a soft-open phase with a limited dinner menu will run from Wednesday to next week. Hours during the soft open will be 5 p.m. to about 1 a.m.

The menu is still being finalized, but Karalekas said that butternut squash ravioli – “always a crowd pleaser” – as well as tuna tartare and prime steaks will be served.

Karalekas said a grand opening is expected to take place early next week. Sanford’s will no longer be open 24/7, but will offer what Karalekas called “late-night dining.” Full hours will be 8 a.m. to about 3 a.m., with breakfast, prix-fixe brunch, lunch and dinner served.

A major element of the expansion is the restaurant’s new whiskey bar, with 140 bourbons, 90 single malts and 35 ryes available, according to Karalekas.

“Whiskey is big. It’s very hot right now,” Karalekas said.

Owners hope to introduce tastings and theme nights in the future.

Run by Karalekas and his brother Gus, the restaurant has been in the family for the past 40 years.

Sanford’s expanded into the space that was formerly occupied by Broadway Natural, a juice shop.




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It’s not just about the jobs. There’s a culture clash. And the economics–the new, wealthy transplants make the neighborhood more expensive. That’s the point of the first poster.

Anonymous visitor

All you people do is complain about hipsters, yuppies & midwesterners on this new site. Don’t you have anything better to do with your energy?? To the person above talking about google or apple employees: What’s wrong with google & apple employees? Do you not use a phone or a computer yourself?? Are you that dumb?


I know, seriously. It’s like there was a time we encouraged people to get an education and a good job. Now we have people criticizing those that have an education and good jobs!

Save Astoria

Yeah you don’t care about the elderly or low income folk! You’re part of the whole trend to displace us all!

@ to John not everyone can become a Lawyer, Surgeon etc… to be able to afford the rents in the city so there must be affordable places, but you dont care about the poor only greed. Profits over people!


It’s disgusting to see these trust fund brats using Daddy’s credit card ruining Astoria’s vibe.

Save Astoria

I miss the Old Sanfords. Cheap good food for people with low or fixed income. Now it caters for people that work for Google or Apple.


While I agree with your first sentence you lost it at the second. They are catering to hipsters and the new high-rent paying residents of Astoria.


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