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2 german girls review greek cafes in Astoria Queens

Monday, October 30, 2006

Flo- 30th Avenue and 38th Street


Why is the name of this cafe spelled incoherently (unless the accent means something)? The word "Flo" only works in two contexts:

1. "Kiss my grits," said Flo as she turned on her heel and went back to the kitchen to demand a raise from Mel
2. Aunt Flo better show up soon or we'll be buying diapers.

Both of these are inappropriate when discussing Astoria cafes (sadly in the case of the former, thankfully in the case of the latter). We assume that this cafe should be named "Flow" though we're unsure exactly what is flowing.

For some reason Brianna didn't expect Flo cafe to be as tacky as other Astoria cafes, from the outside it looks kind of innocuous and unassuming (almost like the building used to be a Jamba Juice -- much like Lefkos Pirgos used to be a white castle). Luckily, inside Flo is as just as euro-trashy as any other cafe (seriously people- don't even bother to comment about how ethnically insensitive we are, there is no way to defend multicolored glowing walls.). We were able to sit outside thanks to the presence of powerful heat lamps (one of the great ironies of the cafe scene for us is that we can sit outside in October but not in June) which made for a more authentic people watching experience (Brianna saw a 17 year old boy in a black fur coat -- it's hard to top that).

Flo has a fairly tiny menu of coffees, sandwiches and a few desserts along with a fairly extensive list of cocktails, (all $9) wines and martinis (all $10) -- including a cocktail temptingly dubbed "B.O." which contains sugar, orange, Bacardi O, 7up and orange juice -- all of which one would think would smell nothing like human sweat.

Their menu is heavy on the pork loin which you can get at least 4 different ways -- Brianna felt that this was a sign that pork loin was some sort of house specialty so she ordered the pork loin sandwich ($8.50). Amy is boring so she ordered a BLT ($5.50 -- cheap!). Both sandwiches came with potato chips (seemed like Ruffles) which was a little odd, but we enjoyed the excuse to consume fried, salted food in the place of vegetables.


At first Brianna was very impressed with the pork sandwich (the pita it came on was really fresh and the sandwich had a yummy olive tapanade spread on it) but the more she ate the more boring it seemed -- there was a lot of meat and (perhaps
influenced by an over consumption of potato chips) she was wishing for some greenery. Amy's BLT had a plethora of iceberg lettuce, which she thinned out a bit, and an extraneous piece of bread separating the bacon from the lettuce/tomato layer (thus avoiding a meat vs. vegetation war -- bacon HATES lettuce). The bacon was nicely cooked and a little smoky, and the sandwich was yummy and tasty in its simplicity (that's Amy for "boring," she just won't admit it).

No frappes were consumed by us at Flo, but after dinner we did decide to have seasonally appropriate drinks (Amy suggested we could get free espresso at her house-- one of the perks of being married is a beautiful new espresso maker--but that seems to defeat the purpose of this entire project). Amy had hot chocolate ($4.50) and Brianna a cappuccino Viennese (= with whipped cream, $4). The hot chocolate was described as "pure chocolate", so Amy was expecting something like she would get at City Bakery (if you haven't tried their hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows you should stop by next time you're in the Flatiron), but it was less dense than that-- and in Amy's opinion better. It came with a single marshmallow on a spoon. For the first hot chocolate of the season, it was a treat. The cappuccino was so-so -- the whipped cream was obviously from a can which was a little disappointing and it covered up any foam (in Bri's opinion the best part of a cappuccino). The cappuccino also came with a small chocolate chip cookie on the side.


We were seated by a cute Greek waitress, but all other server interaction was with a cute non-Greek waitress. The second waitress was *extremely* attentive -- after she took our order she stopped by to make sure we didn't need anything else, then after we got our food she stopped by see if it was ok, then 10 mins later she came by again to check if we needed anything else. Then, between dinner and coffee, she spent a long time making sure our table was very clean. Our huge egos almost had us believing that this website had finally come through and made us famous, but then they brought us a regular check with no discount. We're pretty sure once we're famous we'll get free food. But if when you go there you don't get exemplary service, perhaps you should start a blog reviewing cafes in Astoria.

Awesome Astoria Activity:

Once you finish your frappee, you can burn off those unwanted pounds at the NYSC! (sorry, it was dark out and the picture isn't very clear)













Ambiance: 3
Patron Attractiveness: 2.5
Server Attractiveness: 3
Food: 2.5
Service: 3.5 (though bordering on stalker-ish)

29 Comments:

  • At 8:37 PM, Anonymous alia said…

    so, when you're done doing cafes, may i recommend thai places?

    there are so many, and i don't know how to choose...

    elephant thai
    bangkok tasty
    thai angel
    all those other places...

    pad thai eating astorians neeeed you,
    alia

     
  • At 9:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    babe look at the french dictionairy and you will see what flo means???!!!!

     
  • At 9:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    and what about the music?.you didnt like it .cafe its a place for relax .have a drink talk with your friends.im sorry but im a big fan of Flo and i think its the best cafe in astoria with the best service and music way better from the other places.i recomment next time try the famous espesso shake ,the flo wrap,freddo cappuccino.riesling white wine,.stra/rasberry mojito and listen the sound

     
  • At 10:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    IF YOU WANNA ENJOY THE FOAM NEXT TIME ORDER PAIN CAPPUCCINO AND NOT VIENNESSEWHICH IS WITH WHIPPED CREAM

     
  • At 4:23 PM, Blogger amy said…

    I tried several french/english online dictionaries (after having taken 4 years of high school french, I try not to have one around the house), and even after learning how to make the accent on my keyboard (look! fló!), after several attempts I was still getting messages like this:

    French English
    fló No matches found


    so, what does it mean? Really, I'm curious. Totally non-snarky. :)

     
  • At 10:30 PM, Anonymous murph said…

    Can you please settle a bet between me and my girlfriend? Did Lefkos Pirgos used to be a white castle? I thought the same thing the first time we passed it. Or were you joking around.

     
  • At 9:43 AM, Blogger Brianna said…

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  • At 9:44 AM, Blogger Brianna said…

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  • At 9:45 AM, Blogger Brianna said…

    murph -- I believe this is still a mystery. If you look at the comments from our
    Lefkos Pirgos review
    :
    you'll see that:
    1. "Lefkos Pirgos" apparently means "white castle" in Greek
    2. Lefkos Pirgos has been in the neighborhood forever
    But no one seems to know if:
    3. The Lefkos Pirgos building once housed a white castle.

    If you can figure this out and let us know you'll be our hero.

     
  • At 4:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Nice idea man

     
  • At 4:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Nice photos... reminds me of my old days in Thailand.

     
  • At 4:11 PM, Anonymous Anna from Poland said…

    Ha ha ha I hope that you gave nice tip bacause the owners don't pay the waitress for his job :P

    Big hug for all employees in Flo Cafe and my customers fom Anna :)
    Good Luck :)

     
  • At 6:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    FLO is the best.great owners and stuff.the best servise in Astoria.

     
  • At 6:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hey Anna how are u.im a friend of you.i think both of the guys (owners) they are nice.im one of the employes and i love my boses.not only me.everybody here .thats why we been working at FLO for long time

     
  • At 6:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    WHAT A BIG ISSUE.THE N A M E.R U KIDDING ME.COME ON GUYS WAKE UP.USE YOUR IMAGINATION.FLO ITS A GREAT PLACE

     
  • At 6:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    AMY if you dont like it dont go.maby they dont like u either.ITS ALWAYS PACKED THOUGH

     
  • At 6:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    this place is amazing busy.sometimes im wondering if i should open a cafe myself!!!

     
  • At 1:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hi amy i've been at flo cafe lots of times and i'ved been amazed with the place it remindes me of greece olso about the coffee it one of the best i;ve had in astoria

     
  • At 1:28 PM, Anonymous Anna from Poland said…

    A friend of mine? Witch one? Whatever I send you big hug my friend :)

    One thin - if you tell me that you love the owner (the small one, you know who) it will be shock to me :P

     
  • At 1:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Lefkos Pirgos mean White Tower. Like the White Tower in Thessaloniki.

     
  • At 1:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Sorry means.

     
  • At 3:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ama de saresi mori mhn xanapas panos elladara 30/6/2007

     
  • At 4:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    There are no toilet seats on the toilets. They haven’t replaced any of the toilet seats for months. Most of the customers do not seem to mind, because they are all pigs and they live that way. If they don’t have toilet seats and you have to sit on the porcelain, would you want your mother to go to that toilet? How did they pass health department inspections? That is a violation, maybe they bribed the health inspector, because they had more to cover up.

     
  • At 8:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    OMG I thought that the last guy was just being mean with the last review. There are no toilet seats on any of the toilets. That's so disgusting. I watched customers and staff go in and out of both bathrooms all night, and non of them seemed to care at all. Yuck! Come on girls, I though men were pigs, guess they just stand up. I guess that guy was right. I couldn't even drink my drink, I was so disgusted. Don't the owners get embarrassed when they bring their girlfriends?

     
  • At 1:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    WE ARE REALLY SORRY ABOUT THE INCOVENIENCE FOR THOSE THREE WEEKS.THE TOILET SEATS ARE BEING REPLACED 3 DAYS AGO.AFTER THE RENOVATION SOMEBODY FROM THE "PIGS" THAT YOU MENTION ABOVE DESTROYED THE BATHROOMS (THEY BROKE THE TOILET SEATS.THE LIGHTS,THEY ALSO STOLE THE CRYSTALS FROM THE WALL LIGHTS).THIS TOILET SEATS WAS SPECIAL ORDER .ITS NOT A PLAIN SEAT BECAUSE OF THE AUTOMATIC FLUSH FOR THE WATER.IT TOOK US 3 WEEKS TO GET IT.WE APOLOGIZE ,ESPECIALLY FOR THE GIRLS AND WE PROMISE NOT TO HAPPEN AGAIN
    BEHALF STAFF & MANAGEMENT

     
  • At 9:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    who the hell goes to these places anyways? Im in astoria 4 years now and havent been to any of the placs on these lists. How come taverna 26 isnt on here? Why would you spend so much money on cap food and medium wine. Just save your money and go to greece.

     
  • At 5:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    GIALELH OTAN SE VRW THA SE TSAKISW

     
  • At 5:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ARTEMIS,KOSTA... ELPIZW NA TA PATE KALA KAI NA MHN KRYVOSASTE AKOMA APO TON GIWRGO!KALH DOYLITSA! KARGIOLHDES!

     
  • At 9:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    anna from poland its ania my nr 3477127199 call me!!!!!!!

     

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