March 2, By Staff Report
Coffee lovers and residents with a sweet tooth have a new cafe to try.
Poésie Café, located at 102-10 Metropolitan Avenue, opened earlier this week and will be holding a special grand opening this weekend that goes from 5:00 pm Friday through 11:00 pm Sunday.
Throughout the weekend, customers will be able sample fresh juices and smoothies for free.
The cafe is owned by Kew Gardens resident Alexandra Rodionova, who first began construction at the location in early December. This is her first business.
“It has been a dream my whole life to open up my very own café,” Rodionova, who is from Russia, said. “I have a degree from back home in restaurant service and hospitality, but here in this country, my dream will come true.”
The café was originally only going to focus on serving high-end coffee. However, she decided to broaden the cafe’s scope and has added a menu that includes lunch and dinner options– as well as sweets.
“We know that sometimes our neighbors want a relaxing and atmospheric place to go to for lunch or dinner, and this way they can get more than coffee during their visit,” Rodionova said.
Rodionova is bringing in food items from bakeries throughout Queens, as she aims to offer her guests a variety of options. Pies, for example, are being baked and delivered by Stolle Bakery, which operates out of the Falchi Building in Long Island City.
The cafe is offering American classics like apple, cherry and mixed berry pies. It is also offering rabbit, salmon, and chicken & broccoli pies for those looking to have a full meal.
While the pies are being baked in Long Island City, tiramisu, chocolate and strawberry cheesecake is being brought in from Omonia Bakery in Astoria.
Sandwiches and salads will be added to the lunch and dinner menus in the near future, but soups, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and croissants are currently available all day.
In addition, gluten-free, kosher and GMO-free macarons will also be on sale, which Alexandra said she was especially careful in selecting.
“When macarons are made or kept incorrectly, the outside is too soft, and the inside is not soft enough,” she explained. “I went through many samples before making sure I ordered ones that were just right.”
Rodionova said she also plans to add wheat grass shots and individual honeycombs for purchase.
The café can currently seat 18 guests, with a family friendly section in the back with board games and television.
Hours of operation are:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday to Sunday: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm