The Breadbox Café welcomes the community into a modern space with exposed brick, fresh-baked bagels, healthy salads, and friendly people. The menu emphasizes freshness, using locally grown and organic produce when possible, grinding their own meat, and baking bagels fresh from scratch each morning. Smother a dough ring in your choice of cream cheese ($1.95+), or pile on the lox, cream cheese, tomato, and onion ($7.95). Sandwiches, including the vegan veggie with avocado, shitake mushrooms, sprouts, and pepper relish on ciabata ($8.95), and the steak house with chopped short rib on a brioche roll ($11.95), fill the empty hollows in hands and bellies. For a refreshing mouthful, forkdive into a salad, such as the tuna nicoise ($11.95) and farmer's country, a plate piled high with lettuce and organic veggies, spiced walnuts, blue cheese, and apples ($9.50). Breakfast is served all day.
While it’s listed by TimeOut New York as one of the city’s “best coffeeshops for doing work,” Sweetleaf is also a quintessential Queens hangout. Located in a 19th-century building with exposed tin walls and ceiling, the shop has a turntable with vinyl records, Old World-style furniture, and expansive windows that open up to Long Island City. Sweetleaf has made a name for itself as one of the few shops in Queens brewing Stumptown Coffee Roasters beans. Meticulously made espresso is its other strength—baristas use a Florentine La Marzocco machine, and digitally weigh each espresso shots to ensure extra-precise drinks. Sweetleaf’s Ice Rocket Fuel drinks blends iced coffee with chicory and maple syrup, while its hot chocolate includes homemade marshmallows. Pepper pear goat cheese scones, coconut oatmeal cookies, and other pastries are also available to balance the caffeinated beverages.
The friendly baristas at Communitea brew aromatic teas and coffees alongside savory breakfast and lunch dishes. Saunter in to sample organic and loose-leaf teas ($1.75–$3.50), which come brewed fresh by the tender, caring hands of an actual staff member. Sugary baked treats ($2.25–$2.75) such as scones come house-made each day, and solid-food opponents may wish to sip a fresh-fruit smoothie ($4.50–$5.50). If heartier rations beckon your belly, nosh on the rotating selection of salads ($4.50–$8.50), sandwiches ($7.50), or paninis ($7.75). For individuals looking to start a tea colony in their home, each staff member is happy to dish out the hottest tips on the tastiest and safest tea-making methods.
Java Treats' baristas craft specialty coffee and fresh sandwiches to sate breakfast, lunch, and dinner cravings. Espresso drinks including cappuccinos, lattes, and icy blended coffees keep synapses buzzing, preventing patrons from using plates of fresh sandwiches or melty paninis for quick bread-pillow naps. For heartier fare, nothing-fancy dinners with succulent roasted meats pair with classic sides to lavish palates with a spectrum of home-cooked flavors. A convenient online ordering system lets customers pick up their morsels or have them delivered, helping diners enjoy the savory fare over work lunches, outdoor picnics, and while babysitting other people's sandwiches.