Restaurant Review: Grand Cafe (Queens, NY)

Another restaurant review from Recipes4theWeek. The Grand Cafe restaurant was not on our radar of places to visit but we happened to be in the area and in need of brunch. So, what did we think of this random stop? UH-MAZE-ING! (Amazing!).

We walked in and it was relatively busy. The hostess greeted us right away and told us it was about a 5-minute wait. However, the 5-minute wait turned into no wait at all because we chose to sit at the bar.

The ambiance was cool, very fresh and retro. You walk through a revolving glass door, right into the dining room, which is pretty big. The room is sectioned off but still open concept. To your right, you’ll see a juice bar and the bar is in the back left corner. It’s long and seats probably 20 people. We got a spot in the corner; cozy and perfect for people watching.

The bartender was attentive and came right up to us upon sitting. They have an extensive cocktail list ranging from your typical breakfast mimosa to some fancier gin and whiskey drinks. If you’re not feeling frisky and ready to drink, they also have a variety of coffee drinks and juices to choose from.


Now let’s talk about the food. The menu was extensive and our mouth’s watered as we waited. This was partially because we were hungry but also because everything sounded so good. This is what we got:

The Nutty Pancakes – Absolutely delicious buttermilk pancakes with Nutella, walnuts, and bacon crumbles. Served with a side of maple syrup. We finished the whole plate.

Baked Mac n Cheese – This is listed as an appetizer but it’s plenty for a meal as well. Rich, creamy, traditional mac n cheese. We also finished the whole plate.

We weren’t planning on stopping but it was probably one of the best brunches we had in awhile. From the atmosphere, seating, cocktails, and food we really enjoyed our experience. We’ll definitely be back and we suggest you try it too!