Cheap Eats: Il Bambino in Astoria, Queens
Look past the pastries for a panini surprise...

Il Bambino
Soup and Sandwich
Price: Inexpensive

34-08 31st Avenue
(Near 34th Street)
Queens, NY 11106
(718) 626-0087

For a super-sized cupcake on the side of your panini, stop by Il Bambino for lunch. Appearing at first as simply a bakery, one must look past the muffins, brownies, and bundt cakes to find a panini paradise. The soup and sandwich menu is extensive, so find what combo sounds most filling to you, and order something sweet on the side. Our favorite is the baked potato and leek soup, which is served with a plentiful piece of garlicky pesto bread, perfect for dipping and a steal at only $5 to fill-up. At night, Il Bambino changes into a BYOB, candlelit eatery- thus keeping the ambience high and the price low.