Leli’s Bakery & Cafe: An Astoria Gem
Last month as I strolled home along 30th Avenue, I discovered Leli’s for the first time.
This cafe brings a breath of fresh air to Astoria, offering a taste of the outside world.
It is a spot that manages to be both cozy and spacious, buzzing and customer-oriented, filled with eclectic but comfortable decor and a range of delicious treats, some traditional and others unique.
On Sundays, it is filled with families brunching, students studying, and friends meeting over coffee.
Drinks ordered to stay are served in adorable mismatched colorful cups and saucers. But the real appeal is the food. Pastries both sweet and savory, a huge array of cupcakes and cakes, and a case filled with cookies tempt friends meeting over coffee.
Astoria has plenty of bakeries and cafes, but few have the ambience that Leli’s does. It begs you to come inside, sit down, and rest a while.
Leli’s opened to great popular acclaim in November 2012. I am looking forward to several other new openings in the neighborhood– a rumored Korean restaurant on Broadway and 29th St. and a new venture, the Shady Lady, also on 30th Ave (and 36th St.)