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Arsi's Patisseria in Sunnyside

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Arsi's Patisseria in Sunnyside

Sunnyside Spy | Jul 29, 2003 11:40 AM

This place has been open for about a year. I believe the owner is Greek and his wife, Armenian or Romanian. What I love about this place is what I love about Queens. Simply put, this is a family that cooks for the local neighborhood. No fancy chef creating a menu and no artistic presentations. Just great homemade food.

It is a little cafe, off the beaten path. Along 47th Ave between 40th - 41st, I believe. About 12 seats.

My favorites are the Cheese Pie, for $1.50, which is a big HEAVY flaky slice of great pie which will probably fill you up alone. Also nice is the Spinich Pie for $3. They will also make you sandwiches of your choosing.

The thing that's a little confusing is that there isn't a real menu. Just an 8 1/2 x 11" xerox of some dishes they wrote down. Mostly you just look behind the counter and see what they're working on... and you ASK for some. Or you look behind the glass of the case.

My wife & I love the Arsi salads. A big salad consists of a huge plate of fresh greens/ vegetables and topped with sprinkled feta and olive oil. Delicious and TOO big for even 2. For only $5???

What are those crunchy sticks with the salt sprinkled on them that are only seen on the weekends? He told me but I can't remember foreign words well. Grab some if you see them.

Great assortment of desserts baked on premises. Romanian newspapers and magazines scattered about. Cheap eating is done well here. A great suggestion.

Joe

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