Astoria, Queens, boasts an ethnically diverse community, which is also reflected in its wide range of restaurants and coffee shops. Here are the best cafés where customers can try original drinks and homemade pastries.
Tea Plus Cafe
Cafe, Asian, $$$
Asian influences abound at Tea Plus Cafe, where visitors can sip on Matchapressos (that’s part matcha and part espresso) alongside homemade green tea mille crêpes. There’s also a cozy space with plush armchairs—an ideal place to have a good conversation or to finish work.
Astoria Coffee bills itself as “your neighborhood coffee shop,” and locals appear to agree. Though its list of roasters is expansive (it features roasters from across the U.S.), the menu at this popular café is small. Expect straightforward drinks such as lattes and Americanos.
The original creations at OK Cafe are imaginative as they are delicious. The café’s “only found here” food and drink items, which include the Coffee Soda-Pop, Spicy Mexican Mocha, and cold brew popsicle, have earned recommendations from Gothamist, Huffington Post, and Astoria locals.
Find a taste of New York (and plenty of Astoria locals waiting in line) at Madame Sou Sou. Here, donuts and cookies come courtesy of Doughnut Plant and Sarabeth’s, respectively, while coffee drinks are prepared by Sou Sou’s friendly owners and staff.
Bring your Williamsburg-based friends to this Astoria coffee shop, where hipsters will feel right at home amongst Kinship Coffee Cooperative’s photo-adorned walls and laptop-packing patrons. The simple coffee drinks here fuel countless conversations on the Williamsburg-versus-Astoria debate and are a point in favor of the latter.
In New York City’s Greek capital, even something as simple as coffee and a pastry can be executed with Mediterranean flair. Family-owned Cafe Boulis serves Greek and locally roasted coffee alongside homemade loukoumades (honey-filled fried dough with a choice of toppings), traditional spinach pie, and more authentic Greek grub.
The all-American classics at Martha’s Country Bakery were made to be enjoyed with coffee. Red velvet layer cakes, sour cream apple pie, and vanilla cupcakes pair perfectly with an equally traditional beverage menu featuring American coffee and espresso drinks.