Thursday, April 24, 2008

Kafene - All Day Breakfast and Burger Joint

Kafene - 23-08 Hoyt Avenue South, Astoria, NY 11102
N/W Train to Astoria Blvd

Another fun spotting by Miss Margot, who jogs around the hood, doing double duty--staying in ship-shape and scoping out Astoria's new fooderies. Kafene happens to be somewhat near my place so I decided to take a detour there this morning before going to work. 2 words--so cute! Margot and I will be checking it out properly and treating ourselves to some of their grub, which smelled mighty fine.

Kafene is small and used to be a hangout for the old--literally older men--called Jerry's Place. It remains rustic and homey looking but has definitely been spruced up. There's one guy behind the counter by the name of Constantine. I'm not sure if he cooks and serves but it sure looked like it this morning. He was sweet and so welcoming when I came in--a toothy smile on his face, ready to make me the breakfast of my dreams. Maybe soon. Real soon.

The menu is displayed outside and is a fusion of American and Greek eats. Here's a glimpse of it. The prices look phenomenally cheap! Check it out on a lovely day--they have outdoor seating and they're open late, until 11p.

From the Grill: (served with hand-cut fries, lettuce, tomato and onions)

Greek Burger...$5.75

Italian Burger...$5.75

Western Burger...$5.75

Healthy Euro Toast...$4.25...Make your own option, add bacon...+$.75, add grilled chicken...+$1.50, add hummus...+$1.00

From the Sea:

Crabcakes (3)...$5.75

Shrimp (6)...$6.75

Salmon Burger...$7.75

All Day Breakfast:

2 eggs with bacon on a roll with coffee...$3.00

Greek Omelette...$4.50

Western Omelette...$4.00

Another positive is that Astoria Park is directly across the street--you can head on down after your meal.

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  1. had brunch at kafene this sunday - it was wonderful. the manager (owner? manager? not sure..) was quite nice, served us complimentary mimosas with fresh fruit all morning, and said they're having a big wine night soon.

    theres a wine bar inside, dj booth, etc. apparently its open til 2 or 3 am every day..

    will be checking out the scene 'after hours' soon..

  2. That sounds divine. I will have to get myself over there. I heard more good things from Meg--I'm so jealous!

  3. We happened upon Kafene by accident one evening after I had some dog training clients nearby. The service was friendly and the food delicious. We ordered the house red wine by the glass which was a generous portion. We had a goat cheese salad and crab cakes, and baba ganoush (eggplant salad) that was accompanied by delicious crackers, of which we wished there were more as we ran out! Everything was presented in a visually pleasing way and tasty. We will definitely go back. The only thing was that the music indoors was a little loud, but after several requests, the hostess got it down to a tolerable level, and never became impatient with our requests. The table service was very friendly, and our waitress chatty while being non-invasive and respecting our privacy, a nice balance. Afterwards we grabbed coffee and hit an art gallery in DUMBO as we were near to that area as well. Great location, nice restaurant.

  4. Well i had brunch with a girlfriend at kafene and i had a pretty wierd time.The food was good but the places was dirty and very tall waiter smelled like he was drinking.The places is cute but has a very unproffesional vibe and its been 5 different things in the past year makes you wonder.

  5. That's horrible Jenny! Just more proof that this place is not up to par with some of the good cafes in the hood. Personally, I'm not a fan at all!



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