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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Avenue Café – 30th Ave and 36th St

The waitstaff at Avenue Café has uniforms that match the awning -- this sounds awful now that we’ve written it down, but it’s actually rather cute. Not as cute as retro "Mel’s Diner" inspired dresses would be, but since Avenue café doesn’t even serve grits (and thus threatening customers with grit-kissing would be pointless) the matching t-shirts are good enough. As far as we can tell the hostess is free to dress as she wishes. If we owned Avenue Café we would impose a company-wide “no lace leggings” rule in order to rein in her Lindsey Lohan inspired fashion choices.

Brianna (who, as you may remember, holds the title of resident Greek expert due to spending 10 whole days in the motherland last summer) does not recall a plethora of light-up walls from her travels, but they certainly are popular here in Astoria. Avenue’s offering is less offensive than most… but it’s still a (huge) light up wall. MTV2 was playing on the flat-screen but the club music spewing forth very, very loudly from the millions of wall-mounted speakers was from some other source. Our hatred of lace leggings plus these complaints about the loud devil music might be the evidence that we are approaching 30 at a much too speedy clip.

We ordered frappes ($3.75) and the small mezze sampler. The sampler consisted of fried cheese, pita, grilled chicken, cucumber, tomato, olives and two items we had never heard of (Lautza and Loukanico) which the nice waitress informed us were smoked pork (turned out to be basically fried ham…) and some type of sausage. The frappes seemed to have a heavier coffee flavor than most-- which Amy liked and Brianna didn’t (odd since Amy is usually the more wimpy coffee drinker). We had mixed feelings about the food: The sausage, the cheese and especially the ham and cheese rolls stacked on cucumber and tomato slices: YUM! The chicken (dry), the fried ham (fried ham?) and the olives (how can olives lack flavor?): blah. We decided to top of our evening (and thighs) with a nutella crepe with vanilla ice cream (~$6) which was wonderfully delicious (but really how do you ruin nutella crepes?).

Service was a little spotty— we had finished our water and frappes and even after we asked for more water it took quite a long while to appear. However, the waitress was very nice, and even came back to correct her first explanation of what Loukanico was. The patronage was mainly young and attractive—possibly the club-going types that would enjoy the music that was giving Amy a headache and making Brianna reminisce about why she doesn’t like dance clubs. There was one women wearing an inexplicable top…it was like a tank top with a very wide cowel neck sown over the top… but otherwise everyone was much hipper than us.

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Food: 3.5
Service: 3
Patron Attractiveness: 4
Wait Staff Attractiveness: 4.5
Ambiance: 3.5


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  • At 3:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said… a former non-Greek Astorian (lived for two years on Newtown Ave) I definately appreciate your tour of the Greek Cafes in Astoria. I sadly no longer live in Astoria(I have since moved to Ethiopia and now Honduras). But it is still fun to remember good old Astoria.

    Have you checked out No Name Cafe?? Good sandwiches.

  • At 3:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said… a former non-Greek Astorian (lived for two years on Newtown Ave) I definately appreciate your tour of the Greek Cafes in Astoria. I sadly no longer live in Astoria(I have since moved to Ethiopia and now Honduras). But it is still fun to remember good old Astoria.

    Have you checked out No Name Cafe?? Good sandwiches.

  • At 7:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    U guys have to know that you are located in Astoria NEW York and not in Cyprus.i came twice with friends and im not coming back again.buttom line,you ignore everybody else ecxept the Greeks.long term you will regret!

  • At 3:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    AS the other person above me mentioned,, service is usually pretty crappy. while people wait for their drinks/food/bill/change, these waiters/waitresses stand around talking to their friends at some table. and the manager/owner has to stare at everyone with creepy looks. used to like it better a few years ago, before they renovated the place. P.S. that yellow backlit wall is too bright. dimming the place down might actually make it all a better atmosphere.

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  • At 11:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    as a greek Cypriot- born and raised in Astoria my whole life and I like to say i am way too in the greek scene. To the person with the dumb comment- being greek or not has nothing to do with the way people will act toward you. being annoying and picky and obnoxious might get you crappy service.
    the service is sometimes slow but you dont go to a cafe and expect to have everything in the snap of a finger. it is a laid back environment and you go there just to hang out. that is the way it is in that cafe and if you dont liek it then dont go. I go there a lot and being greek really has nothing to do with it. Its all about being friendly and talkative.

    I HATE when people say that waiters are rude because they aren't the same nationality. I am a waitress at a restaurant and i know for a fact that it really has nothing to do with it. i cant speak for everyone, but the majority of people will treat the customer as they are being treated.

  • At 6:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I was just wondering, you that you wrote all these "good" comments about avenue cafe, how many times u've been at the place? U can't just write all these defamating comments for a plece you don't really know....the waiters/waitreses are trying their best to serve you people. The owners are people that definetely won't look at their staff with weird looks as someone mentioned above, they are polite and above all talkative. I will agree with the person above that no one is forced to go at the place. Personaly i've been there several times and evrrything was just excelent...

  • At 10:17 AM, Blogger CC Salsera said…

    Avenue cafe is one of my favorite spots in my neighborhood. I love the new decor as it reminds me of a trendy place in europe and makes me look forward to greece this summer. Its a great place to hang out and catch up with friends as well as good for coffee dates! The music and food are great and the waitstaff can be nice when its not too busy otherwise they can come off as being curt!

  • At 9:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i like it, its a nice place to just hang out.

  • At 10:49 PM, Blogger josh said…

    I think the Hostess has the biggest endowment ever bestowed on a women and the best kabose amtrack has ever railed on this side of the Hellgate. If she wasnt employed at Avenue the Jambaz who own the joint would be deep in the red cause the food, service and decor really suck.

  • At 11:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Avenue is one of my favorite places to go!! The food, the company, i go there almost everyday!!! Someone who goes there once realy should not comment on what is a good place or not and if you are greek or not. B/c if you really knew what you were talking about you would notice that not all the waiters or waitresses or anyone else who workds there are greek!!!! People need to open their minds and eyes to see that ther is another world out there except America and New York.

    The person who said that they went to Greece for 10 days really did not see anything, b/c Greece especially has imagination the clubs, caffes, restuarants, etc. always have a phenominal exotic and different look. There is nothing a matter with the yellow lights i think there is something wrong with rude Americans who go to places and complain about every little thing!!!!

    I know most of the waiters/waitresses and they work there asses off, the place gets so packed at times they try the best they can and as someone has commented before it is a caffe it is a laidback atmosphere, so don't expect the service to happen at the snap of your finger, who made you that important!!!

  • At 6:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Greeks are beautiful but the Cypriots are a bunch of short, hairy creatures that have a very sneaky look to them. Stop with adulterous know who you are hairy number two..

  • At 3:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    horrible service. i went there 3rd time this saturday night and i couldnt believe the service. made us wait forever for food after taking order. then we ordered coffee and cake and after making us wait for 15 minutes they come back telling they do not have cake which we ordered. then on top it they do not accept credit cards. i mean in these days you expect big decent places to accept credit cards. at the end, i will say crappy service. make u wait forever and cash payment only are low points for this place. on the other note, those guys who clean up the tables fater u leave or serve u a glass of water are pretty good. we dropped a fork off from table and within seconds this guy comes with a fresh pair of fork and knife...

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  • At 9:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    They dont accept credit cards cause they refuse to pay there fair share of taxes. Not only are they robbing there customers with overpriced garb...they're doing the same to US govt. Shame on you'z!


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