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Cafe Bar in Astoria

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Is Cafe Bar still around? I went there a couple years ago and it was good- going back out to work there and was curious how it is, if it's still around. Thanks.

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  1. cafe bar is still around and while some absolutely adore the place, other swear that it has gone downwards.
    I still find it to be quite busy so try for yourself and tell us what you thought

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    1. re: Lisa

      The only way in which it's gone downhill is that it's crowded most nights (always on weekends). But the food is still good -- esp. the roast pork and halloumi sandwich.

    2. The service can be absolutely atrocious. The first time I went for brunch, the food was great (some kind of Mediterranean breakfast) and the service was OK, but when I returned with friends, it took us about an hour to get menus.

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      1. re: Kerry

        Same experience here.
        There are a couple really nice people there and some really rude servers as well.
        This, in addition to how smoky it gets (they allow you to smoke while you're eating outside), the somewhat cheesy atmosphere and what I think is just so-so food, I won't go back, even though I am in the area all the time.
        I prefer my gentrified coffee shops/cafes more along the lines of Aubergine in Woodside, Cafe Henri in LIC and Communitea in LIC.

        1. re: tracyk

          love communitea. They are super-friendly too.

      2. Cevabdzinica Sarajevo is just a short block up on the same avenue, if you care for some good inexpensive bosnian food and save CafeBar for drinks and people watching.

        1. I live close by and decided to go last night with my boyfriend. I ordered the gorganzola salad with chicken and he had the cuban sandwich. The salad was -ok- something tasted off- don't know if it was the cheese or some weird green they put in there, but something threw the salad's taste off a little bit. He said his cuban sandwich was good. For dessert-the tiramisu was amazing- but a little small, and my crepe with banana and nutella was good- except for the powdered sugar and cinamon on the top, which again, ruined the taste. (I'll stick to Avenue's crepe! mmmm) The total came out to about 40 bucks. Not bad- but a little pricy for a small dinner.

          The service was very good-there was one waitress that took care of everyone and she did a good job at it. It's a little tight though, so if you don't like smoking and you want to sit outside, it may be hard to escape the smell of it. The AC inside was really high, so bring a sweater.

          1. Went there for brunch today- the Four Grain Pancakes (mixed berry) were excellent, I would not get the French toast again. Service was lousy. More fun at night for people watching.