Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Cafe Boulis - Loukomades to Die For
Tonight, I had the distinct pleasure to try out an Astoria sweet institution otherwise known as Cafe Boulis. Known for its famous loukomades dessert (aka Greek donuts), I was eager to see what the hype was all about. Happy to say that Boulis satisfied my sweet tooth and then some, I'll certainly be going back and buying some of these sweet goodies in bulk.
Situated just around the corner from the Astoria Bookshop, Boulis Cafe was the perfect place to stop after tonight's reading of Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking. While it's just a small storefront, it's hard to miss from the street, as the signage is nice and bright.
Once you walk in, you're welcome by a narrow but cozy space that emanates with amazingly sweet smells. You'll notice a display of pretty desserts such as cookies, baklava, cakes and other yummies, which are modest in volume but look oh so inviting. The fresh loukomades are made to order in the back of the cafe to make sure they come out piping hot and fresh. Although they have a few tables out front in the semi-covered seating space, my friend Emily and I sat inside on the elevated counter stools. Since it was a little late, we were the only ones in there and enjoyed some peace and quiet.
Loukomades - The piece-de-resistance here was truly stellar, and something I'm already dreaming of getting again. Shaped unlike the traditional donut holes, but instead looking more like a donut with a hollow middle, they were the lightest, airiest loukomades of their kind. Each bite was truly a pleasure and exposed the airiness inside. The outside was slightly crispy and glazed perfectly in a delicate simple syrup concoction and then sprinkled with cinnamon. A light dusting of powdered sugar added that extra indulgence, which we certainly weren't opposed to.
Service and Cost:
While the service isn't as sugary sweet as the loukomades, the staff is relatively nice and accommodating. I like that we were left alone to enjoy our sweets and didn't feel the least bit rushed to leave.
Loukomades are affordable!
6 pieces- $4
12 pieces - $8
24 pieces - $15
3 Sticky Mmmms
Cafe Boulis - 31-15 31st Street, Astoria NY 11106
N/Q Train to Broadway