Start your day at the end of the line at QWNS Cafe!

“Start your day at the end of the line” is the motto at QWNS Cafe, a boutique bakery and café in Astoria that launched in January 2018 by long-time hospitality professionals Tim Pappas and Dino Philippou. The name was derived from the fact that the eatery is located directly outside the Ditmars Blvd train station (the last stop on the W and N lines in Queens).

QWNS Cafe specializes in homemade pastries including vegan and gluten-free options. All items are made daily from scratch by experienced pastry chef and winner of Food Network’s Sweet Genius, Chef Michael Romano. With a passionate heart and bright mind, Chef Romano began his journey at QWNS Cafe pushing the boundaries of modern desserts and savory dishes. He continues to think outside the box, creating a repertoire of unique items that you won’t find elsewhere.

QWNS Cafe prides itself in using only wholesome ingredients, including organic sugars and flours as well as local and organic produce in all baked goods and menu items. The team focuses on the well-being of the community by paying close attention to health restrictions and dietary habits. When QWNS Cafe opened this past winter, Astorians rejoiced, explaining to the owners that they previously had to travel far to find a café with the options they were looking for.

Signature vegan dishes include the Vegan Croissant made with homemade Vegan Butter, and The Vyro, a vegan gyro that pays homage to Astoria’s Greek community. Other signature dishes include the Whole Egg Frittata with tomato onion jam on a homemade croissant, and an assortment of pastries such as Blackberry Corn Cookies, glutenfree Banana Tahini Muffins, and Almond Butter & Blackberry Tarts, along with modern takes on classic favorites like avocado toasts, grain bowls, organic burgers, and more.

QWNS Cafe is open weekdays 6 AM to 9 PM, and weekends 7 AM to 9 PM. There is a full lunch and dinner menu, along with a brunch menu on Sundays from 10 AM to 3 PM. Coffee is provided in an exclusive partnership with the famed Joe’s Coffee in Brooklyn, and there is Kombucha on tap!

The café itself has a modern, yet cozy and rustic design, with incredible artwork including a wall-sized mural of the W and N subway lines. With a welcoming atmosphere and plenty of space to dine, the eatery attracts Queens’ locals and commuters alike, offering a perfect place to catch up with friends, do some work, or simply enjoy a morning cup of joe.