PLAN DATE: WEDS / APR. 11
Astoria Coffee is run by a couple of love birds, so what better way is there to begin date night? This bright, adorable, and culture-hungry cafe grew out of a whole bean delivery service, and the effort from the owners is in the details. It’s a cozy, minimalist space with bold splashes of color and art all over the walls and an amazing collection of coffee from all over the country. It’s the perfect place for a pick-me-up (which is always a necessity in NYC).
Once you’ve gotten your coffee fix, make your way over to Akrotiri for some upscale Greek cuisine. New to the area, but already loved by the locals, Akrotiri has owner Chris Kouvaros and Chef Nicholas Poulmentis pulling the strings, whipping up a predominantly seafood-centric menu, including highlights like Taramas Lava Me Trufa (black taramasalata, herring roe, truffles, and squid ink) and Htapodokeftedes (fried octopus balls) in a bright atmosphere with quirky Edison pendant lights serving as a notable centerpiece over the bar.
30-04 30th Street, Astoria
idk tip: Taste-test your way through samples from all of their many roasters (just be wary of overdoing it on the coffee buzz).
29-20 30th Avenue, Astoria
idk tip: For dessert, try the Mosaiko—assuming you’re as obsessed with Greek chocolate biscuits and mousse as we are.