Lefkos Pirgos Cafe – Pastries, Greek Style

After a night full of garlic, wine and a pre-dessert, what could cap off a girls’ night better than a visit to a traditional mom and pop style Greek bakery?
 Besides Joh Hamm…sadly, we couldn’t get him in Astoria.
 What we could get was Greek TV, a Greek staff and a plethora of Greek pastries at Lefkos Pirgos Cafe. Be aware – you come here for the food, not the atmosphere, which is casual and relaxed with a tough of “EAT YOUR DINNER,” from the slightly haggard servers. If you take pictures, they will yell at you, and if you ask for the name of the sweet you are eating, they won’t tell you. Who cares? Grab a table and chair and relax for some of the best desserts this side of Athens.
 Be sure to get a slice of the Baklava. And by a slice, I mean the mammoth hunk they will place in front of you. Layers of flaky phyllo dough are alternately crisp and moist, sandwiching a fatty, slightly savory melange of mixed crushed nuts, spicy with cinnamon and cloves. Honey envelops the entire pastry, making it all sweet and melding with the spices. You might think that you can’t finish the whole thing, but I bet you will be able to.  It is huge and it is delicious.
 Galaktompoureko – cream filled pastry soaked in honey syrup. 
It was about this time that I stopped thinking about Jon Hamm, because nothing could be more delicious than this. Dense, creamy filling was less sweet than it was tangy and rich – like a cheesecake with a whipped consistency. The phyllo dough provided textural contrast and the sugary syrup added the necessary sweetness to the dish. This was like a very ripe brie with honey – sweet, smooth, satisfying. 
And now, my favorite…These tiny nut cookies. I wish I knew their name, but in the absence of a name, I will just call them what they are – little bombs of heaven. They are heavy, rich and incredibly sweet. Loaded with nuts and those same aromatic spices. Small but packed with flavor. 
Lefkos Pirgos Cafe will never win for decor. It will never be the most cutting edge place in town. But what it does, it does exceptionally well. Well worth a visit if you are in the neighborhood.
And on a night that you can’t get Jon Hamm…it makes a darned good substitute.


  1. As long as the food is good, I don't really care about the service or decor, unless it's a cafe I want to spend hours in. That Galaktompoureko looks crazy good! But how on earth do you pronounce that! It's all Greek to me.

  2. Yay! Thank you for making this Greek girl happy with all the yummy Greek restaurant reviews! Ok, the darker nut cookie is called a melomakarono and the one with the powdered sugar is called a kourabieh. Or, you can just call them crack, your choice. Thanks for the great reviews and recipes. I always love checking your blog.

  3. Fritos and Foie Gras says:

    @Sophia-Haha I hear you, girl! I just pointed enthusiastically, because I had no idea how to pronounce it! But these desserts were all great!
    @Cathy-thank you so much!!! My cookie dilemma is solved! And thank you so much for reading. Your kind words mean a lot to me!!!

  4. Seeking Brad says:

    I was lucky enough to be a part of this dessert field trip from heaven. When Ms. Fritos and I decided to do the ordering for our girlfriends while they waited on the patio we told them we would just get a "sampling" of things… they should have never let the two of us do the ordering. We had FOUR huge desserts for FOUR already stuffed ladies. You bet your butts we finished them ALL.