Sugar Rush: Greek Pastries at Oasis Cafe & Bakery

Sugar Rush

Your daily dose of something sweet.

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[Photo: Kathy YL Chan]

Far down on Northern Boulevard in Flushing is Oasis Cafe & Bakery, a longtime neighborhood favorite. Greek pastries are the highlight, so look past the challah, tiramisu, and chocolate cake and look for the last case in the rear of the cafe. There's you'll find the classics—baklava and kataifi, in full size and miniature wedges. Get the full-size for the baklava, generous on both walnuts and almonds, but get the mini ones for kataifi; single biters, they boast a higher proportion of honey syrup-laced shredded phyllo. My single favorite item here is the galaktoboureko (pictured above), a classic Greek pastry of creamy semolina-based custard tucked between golden layers of phyllo. There's just a hint of orange in the custard, each silky mouthful a perfect contrast to the syrup-drizzled phyllo. Next time you venture out to Flushing for an Asian food run, consider going a bit further on Northern Boulevard and finish on Greek sweets.

Oasis Cafe & Bakery

19630 Northern Blvd, Flushing, NY 11358 (map) 718-357-4843
oasiscafebakery.com