Bayside has become one of the most vibrant spots in Queens. Its variety of cafés, bake shops, and coffee houses run the full gamut. From the vivaciously sociable to the quaint and comfortable, from franchised to family-run, Bayside offers an assortment as diverse and dynamic as the people it serves. Here is our list of 10 of the best.
Bakery, Cafe, Pastries, French, $$$
Paris Baguette prides itself on serving the freshest baked goods and homemade handcrafted treats. French aesthetic greets you at every turn, typified with the classic Marcel Marceau outfits for all its servers, complete with berets. Invited to watch Paris Baguette’s pastry chefs in action, the rear wall opens to a see-thru window where patrons can witness their next fresh batches of cookies, cakes, and pies emerging from several baker’s ovens. Their PB signature blend coffee is a smooth, medium blend, and Paris Baguette also offers a wide assortment of cool refreshments highlighted by a classic green tea mojito.
Paris Baguette, 210-22 Northern Boulevard, Bayside, NY, USA +1 718 279 0404
Martha’s Country Bakery
Bakery, Dessert Shop, Pastries, Dessert, $$$
Martha’s Country Bakery
Martha’s motto ‘Peace, Love, and Eat Cake,’ brings the countryside to the street-side. Since its founding in 1972, Martha’s Country Bakery has combined friendly service, smiles, and sweetness to Bayside. With locations also in Astoria and Forest Hills, Martha’s has become one of the neighborhood’s most popular late-night dessert destinations, blending the excitement of Bell Boulevard’s pubs with finely-crafted tarts, cakes, pies, and brownies baked fresh day and night. Their signature java blend is a smooth blonde roast with expertly roasted beans on the premises. The atmosphere is bright, warm, and inviting with a rustic country flare, making Martha’s Country Bakery one of life’s guilty pleasures.
Martha’s Country Bakery, 41-06 Bell Boulevard, Bayside, NY, USA +1 718 225 5200
Bean And Bean
True to its name, Bean and Bean puts the coffee bean center stage and boasts the richest, most all-natural brewing process. Bean and Bean highlights the world’s most popular beverage, with all-organic beans used within three days of being roasted, unlocking the highest flavor potential, and bringing the art of brewing coffee to a relative science. Patrons are treated to a variety of customary blends from Jamaica, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Hawaii, Tanzania, and of course, their rich Manhattan brew. Their freshly-brewed teas are made only from organically grown whole tea leaves. The coffee house’s décor is a reflection of its brewing motif, top-to-bottom reclaimed wood, rustic and relaxing.
Bean and Bean, 210-21 Northern Boulevard, Bayside, NY, USA +1 718 423 8083
Elite Pastries Café
Bakery, Cafe, Greek, Italian
Elite Pastries Café
Bringing fantastic Greek and Italian-style cookies and pastries, owner and operator Alex Gkountas prides himself on only using the freshest ingredients possible while serving Bayside for the last fifteen years. Elite Pastries Café is an eat-in or take-out bake shop, family-run, featuring a wide assortment of homemade cookies, tarts, cakes, and pies. Though Queens has many franchised localities for bakery goods, Elite Pastries maintains a loyal customer base within and outside of Bayside. Table side service provides a warm, inviting air for any who wish enjoy a cup of Elite’s medium blend coupled with some sweet-baked goodness popping fresh from the oven throughout the day. This neighborhood bake shop also adds its personal touch to custom cakes and pastry trays made to order.
Elite Pastries Café, 47-36 Bell Boulevard Bayside, NY, USA +1 718 423 4400
Cafe, Coffee Shop, American, European, $$$
Delicious fruit-topped and chocolate dipped waffles combined with a smooth medium brew makes Caffebene a vibrant new addition to Bayside’s café scene. The inspiration for this exciting Italian cafe actually derives from Pasqua Rosee, who opened the first coffeehouse in London in 1652. Caffebene carries this tradition of fresh and organic flavors into the 21st century pairing house-roasted coffee blends with modern favorites like the lemon mojito. This trendy café features a number of tasty java blends using beans imported from Brazil, Bolivia, and Papua New Guinea. All of Caffebene’s dessert treats and carving-board sandwiches are made from the freshest organic meats and produce holding true to a tradition of ‘farm to table’ flavor. If its Bayside location is any indicator, it is easy to see how Caffebene has achieved worldwide recognition.
Caffebene, 38-42 Bell Boulevard, Bayside, NY, USA +1 800 284 8053
Teaspoon Bake Shop
Bakery, Pastry Shop, American, French, Pastries, $$$
Teaspoon Bake Shop
Warm and inviting, Teaspoon Bake Shop brings the American country-style flavor to northern end of Bell Boulevard. Pastry chefs Alissa Levine and husband Josh Stern bring a fresh spin to American classics like chocolate chip cookies and apple pie made fresh on the premises, coupled with French country delights such as a variety of puffs and macaroons. Teaspoon also features cool summertime tastes with their fresh fruit popsicles. This family-run café provides a delightful alternative to larger, bustling establishments lining Bell Boulevard with relaxing seating, sweet aromas from the kitchen, and soft-lit seashell lamplight.
Teaspoon Bake Shop, 36-41 Bell Boulevard, Bayside, NY, USA +1 718 224 4626
Omega Coffee Shop
Cafe, Diner, Restaurant, American, $$$
Omega Coffee Shop
For over 35 years Omega Coffee Shop has held fast to a time honored motto ‘Where Good Food and Good People Come Together.’ Omega first swung open its doors to serve the people of Bayside in 1980, yet found their popularity required renovation from a small coffee and donut shop to include a greater dining area. In 1995 Omega Coffee Shop was expanded to accommodate the demand of its growing customer base. This classic Greek coffee shop pairs great food with a smooth medium roast coffee brew, addictively tasty and made to perfection each time. Omega provides a delightful combination of warm service in a friendly atmosphere, which has been a favorite amongst Bayside residents for over three decades.
Omega Coffee Shop, 200-07 32nd Avenue, Bayside, NY, USA +1 718 352 3925
Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, Cajun, $$$
A vivacious part of Bayside’s café and nightlife scene for nearly 20 years, Bourbon Street brings New Orleans fanfare to the metropolitan sector of Bell Boulevard. Top-shelf liquor and a wide range of on-tap beers are coupled with delectable, meticulously-prepared, made-to-order appetizers and entrees in this Bayside mainstay. Whether bar-side or in their warm and cozy dining area, Bourbon Street epitomizes the social swagger of its vibrant locale. Bourbon Street also offers Sunday brunch at the bar or beside a cozy fireplace. As if this Bayside delight could not get any better, Bourbon Street will be adding a unique dining experience putting customers top-side in their soon-to-come rooftop dining area overlooking Bell Boulevard.
Bourbon Street, 40-12 Bell Boulevard, Bayside, NY, USA +1 718 224 2200
Nadree Snack Café
The new kid on the block but certain to make a splash, Nadree Snack Café offers Korean and Japanese fusion flare in a quaint and comfortable setting. Straddled along Northern Boulevard, Nadree brings delicious and reasonably priced dumplings, noodles, and sushi rolls with a unique twist. From its entrees to its house salad, crafted with a homemade ginger dressing, Nadree will have little trouble dancing with the “big boys” of Bayside. The décor connects a retro air with an Asian touch that is attractive and inviting. The table-side service is friendly and attentive and when partnered with a wide variety of fresh dumplings, lightly crispy and bursting with flavor, it is sure to please.
Nadree Snack Café, 209-35 Northern Boulevard, Bayside, NY, USA +1 718 229 7200