N, Q at Astoria-Ditmars Blvd.
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Shore Blvd. to 75th St., Astoria Blvd. to 20th Ave.
The experience they gained working at their father's restaurant in Greece seems to have helped the Panagiotopoulos brothers turn Igloo Café into a neighborhood favorite. A humble blue storefront opens into a long space—wide front windows cool the main dining area, which leads to an airy atrium and an outside patio. Along with funky, cartoon-like paintings, a crumbling plaster wall turned gold art piece covers the brick walls. You’ll find the requisite vinyl and seventies-style patterned booths, but the comparisons stop there. On offer are fresh-squeezed fruit and vegetable juices and a coffee/ice-cream bar with super-premium Sedutto ice cream and Seattle's Best coffee. There’s also a bevy of oversize baked goods. The menu itself is comprehensive yet simple: Breakfast favorites like banana pancakes and omelets are served all day, along with sandwiches like warm chicken pesto paninis—and addictively salty waffle fries.Recommended Dishes
Igloo salad, $9.95; seasoned waffle fries, $3.50