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‘Retro-futuristic’ coffee and dessert café opens in Astoria

Photos courtesy of Gossip Coffee

People won’t be able to stop talking about one new coffee and dessert café that opened its doors in Astoria Monday.

Gossip Coffee, located at 37-04 30th Ave., has opened for business and calls itself the first retro-futuristic coffee and dessert café in the western Queens neighborhood.

The shop comes from duo James Paloumbis and John Bortolis, who are the partners behind MexiBBQ, located at 37-11 30th Ave.

Its interior, referred to as following a “Googie-style architecture” as seen in “The Jetsons,” features plush lime green and sky blue arm chairs, and high-top chairs lining the wall-mounted bar. The site is decorated with bags of the shop’s signature coffee, wheat-grass planters, and retro memorabilia.

Patrons will also be able to enjoy an outdoor deck filled with wooden benches, colorful plants and trees, and yoga mats hidden to the side for whoever is looking for some time on their own.

gossip coffee inside

Gossip Coffee offers 10 rotating blends of coffee along with 10 different cold teas served on tap such as ceylon sonata, masala chai and peach oolong. All drinks are made on site daily, and prices range from $3 to $5.

For visitors looking to satisfy their sweet tooth, the café features an extensive selection of pastries – including doughnuts made fresh daily by Chef Scottish Francis Legge, who was dubbed the “Donut King” on season five of Fox’s “MasterChef.”

Some of the doughnut flavors, which will be $4.50 each, include prosciutto and stout – which was what got him the nickname by “Master Chef” host Gordon Ramsay – orange creamsicle, lemon poppy seed, and doughnut holes rolled in espresso and chocolate bits. Every day, there will also be a 10-doughnut supply of the Gossip Doughnut, which is a caffeine-infused chocolate doughnut topped with a gold leaf that runs for $10. The doughnuts are made twice daily.

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Lemon poppy seed (back) and orange creamsicle.

The site also includes an entire rice pudding bar, featuring a rotating selection of nine different flavors of rice pudding at a time. Puddings are available in four different sizes: the four-ounce Teaser, eight-ounce Selfie, 16-ounce Date and 32-ounce Entourage.

Gossip Coffee is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, call 718-440-8792.


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