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Jaguar Cafe, a New Greek Bar-Restaurant in Astoria

ASTORIA – Upon entering the Jaguar Cafe Bistro Bar, 37-10 31st Avenue in Astoria, the layout is reminiscent of some of the most inviting cafes of Athens. The decor, the tables, the lighting, and even the location of the bar, with the music at a controlled volume and two TVs broadcasting Greek sports, also imbue the space with an Athenian vibe.

The big surprise, however, is in the back where a courtyard which is still under construction, is expected, in a few weeks and as the weather warms up, to become one of Astoria’s new popular hangouts for lunch, dinner or drinks, not only for Greek-Americans, but anyone in the area, with DJs and parties on Friday and Saturday nights. Jaguar Cafe Bistro Bar, at the corner of 31st Avenue and 37th Street is a great, new option for coffee, dining, and drinks.

“We wanted to bring that warmth, that game that you find in Greek shops, like the cafes we grew up in, in Kypseli, Kolonaki, and elsewhere,” Constantinos Orfanos, who, together with his business partner, Vasilis Nisiotis, gave flesh and bones to the idea of a cafe-bar restaurant with a European aura.

Constantinos Orfanos and Vasilis Nisiotis at Jaguar Cafe Bistro Bar in Astoria. Photo: TNH/ Christodoulos Athanasatos

“Vasilis and I have been in this field for many years. As long as we have been here, we have not seen a combination of coffee, food, atmosphere and music, like in the Athenian shops and our islands when we go to Greece. In Europe and Greece we have shops with nice atmosphere and this combination of music and food,” Orfanos then noted, while Nisiotis states that the goal is to create a hangout “from morning to night.”

“If you go back to New York and Astoria, you can see a lot of nice shops, restaurants and clubs, but rarely a neighborhood store that has that character. Open from morning to night with nice food, to enjoy morning coffee and come back in the evening to eat, drink, listen to music. To become your haunt from morning to night. Something that is also missing is the backyard, to be outside and feel that you are and you are not in what we call the ‘concrete jungle,’” said Nisiotis.

The interior of Jaguar Cafe Bistro Bar in Astoria. Photo: TNH/ Christodoulos Athanasatos

The menu also highlights European flavors, under the supervision of the experienced chef Angelos Sakellariou. With a particular inclination towards French cuisine, Sakellariou completely agrees with the two businessmen in terms of the trademark menu item- the crepe, salty and sweet, with different flavors and care than is currently available at a simple New York creperie.

“First of all, we have very different crepes from the ones you are used to in the market. There are even traditional French recipes. For example, crepe Suzette is hard to find even in France. It’s a crepe cooked in orange caramel. Certainly, the trademark is the crepe, but I would 100% recommend the tuna tartar and the Jaguar club sandwich,” Sakellariou said.

Regarding the price, Orfanos noted that the general philosophy is that the Jaguar Cafe appeals to all tastes and moods, in a welcoming environment without discounting quality.

A delicious crepe at Jaguar Cafe Bistro Bar in Astoria. Photo: TNH/ Christodoulos Athanasatos

“We are open to everyone and want to keep the menu as accessible as possible. It was our idea to be open for everyone, and for those who want to drink a coffee and sit or someone who wants to open a bottle of champagne at the bar or in the backyard,” concluded Orfanos.

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