1999-06-30 / Restaurant of the Week

Dining Review

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hristo Kouvaros undertook a six-month construction project to transform an old pharmacy into a lavish European cafe, complete with marble floors, cherry wood tables and chairs and a real embossed copper ceiling. The result, directly across the street from Athens Square Park, Plaza Cafe and Patisserie is planned so every seat indoor and out provides prime viewing for people watching and concert enjoyment, evident when we arrived at the cafe one summer evening and found a concert in progress. Sparkling clean glass display cases hold a variety of confections that will make your mouth water._Artfully prepared fruit tarts and pastries look more like sculptures than delectable comestibles and there are dozens of varieties of hand-decorated pastries, cookies and cakes. In addition, Plaza Cafe makes custom made cakes and ice cream cakes for any imaginable occasion._A child’s birthday party will be the talk of the town with favorite characters from the Rugrats, Disney,_Barbie or Sesame Street on a personalized ice cream cake._Weddings, graduations and anniversary parties will be extra special with a hand-designed cake from_Plaza Cafe and Patisserie._Choose from numerous designs or create your own designs, fillings and icings.

If you don’t fancy cake, Plaza Cafe has light and fluffy chocolate mousse, cool and creamy creme brulee, homemade egg custard and rice pudding as well, topped with whipped cream, if you like. Strawberry Jello tempts the pickiest eaters. A selection of Greek pastries contains layers of phyllo pastry dripping with honey and chopped nuts. Rich, imported chocolates from around the world rest on top of the cases to tempt with their aroma._Plaza Cafe will also create gift baskets to send to friends and family for any occasion.

This airy cafe is open from seven o’clock in the morning until late in the evening so that diners can enjoy its delicious coffees, teas, breads, pastries and more. This relaxing, airy cafe is the ideal spot for a steaming cappuccino and warm croissant or bagel for breakfast. In the afternoon, get a "pick-me-up" from their iced coffee drinks. My favorite is the coffee frappe, whipped until it’s cool and frothy. Purchase a loaf of freshly baked bread to take home for the evening meal and then after dinner, take a stroll over to 30th Avenue and 29th Street for unforgettable desserts, coffee and conversation with friends. Listen to the music or the crowds of passersby and enjoy the cafe life in Astoria.

Plaza Cafe and Patisserie is the newest place to see and be seen in. Enjoy all the delicious cakes, pastries, tarts, cookies, puddings and ice cream it has to offer._Don’t forget the custom made cakes and ice cream cakes for your next occasion._Gift baskets are available and the doors are open from 7 a.m. until late in the evening for your pleasure.

Plaza Cafe

and Patisserie

29-02 30th Ave.

Astoria

(718) 726-2447

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