Alpha Astoria

2 german girls review greek cafes in Astoria Queens

Sunday, October 15, 2006


There have been some changes afoot in the Astoria café scene.

It seems Lefkos Pirgos is doing some renovating. Rapture on took this picture without being attacked by any old ladies (we hope your luck has held and no evil curse has since manifested itself). A few changes to the décor that we’d like to see:

  • An even fancier cake stand (perhaps with the addition of some neon lights and fog)
  • A make-over for Old Mrs. Grumpy Pants (maybe looking good would make her feel good too).
  • Signage clarifying the “ok to photograph” areas in the café.

Byzantio is no more. One assumes their ongoing battle with Zodiac to be the top café on the corner of 31st St and 28th Ave was finally lost when we stopped by and proved that yes, American girls are bitches. We’re sorry Byzantio. On the other hand: Congratz to Zodiac, you’re number 1!!!!!.

Santorini Café on Steinway has closed which we are all for because we have never been there and this make one less café we have to review (though, realistically another café will likely pop-up in it’s place thus brining us back to even).

An update on our future:

Athens Cafe -- 30th and 32nd
Omonia Cafe -- Broadway and 33rd
Kolonaki Cafe -- Broadway and 33rd
Zodiac -- 31st and Newtown
Byzantio -- 31st and Newtown
Lefkos Pirgos -- 23rd Ave at 31st
Park Kafe -- 30th and 30th
Wassi Coffee Lounge -- 28th and 37th
Plaza Cafe -- 30th and 29th
Grand Cafe -- 30th and 37th
Avenue Cafe -- 30th and 36th
Santorini -- Steinways and ?? (no longer exists= done to us!)
Galaxy -- 30th and 37th
Locale -- 34th and 33rd

To Do
Cafe Bar -- 36th and 32nd
Cavo Cafe -- 31st and 42nd
Flo, -- 38th and 30th ave
Elite- 28th and 32nd

Yes ladies and gentlemen, you read that right. Only four cafes left on our once grandiose list. The end is in sight-- though our summer goal may have come and gone, rumor has it that we might be done before winter officially starts!


  • At 1:28 PM, Blogger Jenn said…

    heads up on Cavo. Its not really a cafe, more like a full blown expensive restaurant and lounge.
    me and my bf took my mom there and dropped over $150.

  • At 10:25 PM, Blogger amy said…

    thanks for the warning! My husband already calls this my expensive hobby. :)

  • At 7:57 AM, Blogger themikestand said…

    Amy: Husbands who want to play with endless amounts of Apple products shouldn't throw stones. Or sumthin'.

    Kudos to you guys for getting featured on !

  • At 1:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    There is a new cafe opening on 42nd Street and 31st Ave, not sure of the name. Also, have you reviewed Wassi? How do you chose which cafes to review?

  • At 3:18 PM, Blogger Brianna said…

    We did review Wassi -- you can read about it here:

    We're not picky about which cafe's we review, our list was made up from reader tips. We'll have to scope out 42nd and 31st. thanks for the tip!

  • At 8:45 PM, Anonymous Mr. Amy said…

    two comments...

    first, on the above post... Byzantio and Zodiac weren't battling.... they were owned by the same people (at least that's what my sources told me)

    Second... it's not just Apple products... it's anything shiny.

  • At 8:20 PM, Blogger AnJaka said…

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  • At 9:06 AM, Blogger mia said…

    I feel like byzantio did this very same thing around a year or 2 ago. closed, gutted, reopened looking suspiciously like I imagined the whole closing/gutting phase.

  • At 11:59 AM, Anonymous Sasha said…

    your husband should be glad you haven't picked up scuba diving or flying lessons as a hobby. mine would be thrilled is all i wanted to spend money on was coffee and pastry (financially speaking of course)!

  • At 5:37 PM, Blogger Ziomal said…

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  • At 7:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Is anyone familiar with a cafe?
    known as "The Astorian"? If so, where is it located? Thanks!


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