Just got back from there as well. My other half had to leave early, but we had started chatting to the people at the table next to us and they asked me to join them -- so I had a right good time. :mrgreen:
We only sampled a few of the apps (guacamole and chips, fried oysters, and calamari), but they were all delicious. The oysters were a real stand-out. I usually prefer my oysters raw, but these were done perfectly so that they were still, oh, oyster-y inside, with a light, crispy crust. The blue tortilla chips with the guacamole were really first-rate. The dips with the calamari were tasty and bit unusual (one was chipotle with a really nice smoky flavour and I think the other was lime), but the calamari themselves, while good, weren't anything unusual.
Our new friends got the soft salmon tacos and the short ribs. Both were pronounced excellent, and the short ribs looked absolutely amazing - and smelled heavenly. Definitely on my to-try list.
Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable (and cute!), although he admitted that he was there only for the night - he's usually at Agave. I got the impression from the moment I walked in that that was true for the majority of the staff.
A lot of the mixed drinks sounded great - and I'm not much of a mixed drink person, but I do have to recommend the delicious (and deadly, if pricey), special margarita made with agave nectar. They've got a great tequila menu as well, including tequila flights.
I thought the liquor prices were on the high side for Astoria, and the app prices as well, but the entrees were generally between $20 and $25 -- not cheap, but not sky-high, either. There were two shepherd's pies on the menu -- one was $14, and the other was $15.
Just saw krocker's post as I was about to post -- yes, by the time we were leaving around 9:45, it was PACKED. Almost not a seat to be had, and I think they have 55 tables (tables, not seats) - we saw a list at a waiters' station. They have at least 72 seats at two-tops along the sides that can be combined in numerous ways to seat larger parties, plus a number of larger tables in the middle, not including the bar area at the back.