Situated next to the Long Island Railroad Station in Queens’ Kew Gardens neighborhood, Odradeks Coffee is a relaxing little café that offers both basic and unique options. This spot has been in business since November 2011, and is open seven days a week. A diverse crowd frequents this coffee house, such as commuters, meeting-goers, locals, artists and writers. As Odradeks is next to the LIRR station, they post a convenient dry-erase board that informs customers of the next train going into New York City’s Pennsylvania Station.
Odradeks gets its beans from 49th Parallel, a roasting company based in Vancouver, British Columbia. They sell all of the standard espresso drinks, like Americanos, lattes and cappuccinos, as well as drip coffees and frappes. The owner, Jake, recommends Odradeks’ mocha latte. Rather than adding massed-produced syrup for the chocolate flavor, this café has a special machine that dispenses Belgian dark chocolate used for mochas and hot chocolate. Though the most popular drink is the basic latte, Odradeks also creates an array of “Shotties," a mixture of espresso and ice cream. For edible options, they sell pastries, cookies, bagels and sandwiches, smoothies when it is hot, and soups when it is cold.
Inside Odradeks, there is an arrangement of love seats, tables and chairs. They offer customers free wireless internet to do work if they bring their laptops. The outdoor seating arrangements are also quite pleasant when it is warm. However, for customers who are sitting outside to hold meetings with colleagues or have coffee talk with companions, they will have to take a momentary pause when the noisy commuter trains roll by on the tracks.
Combining the relaxing atmosphere of Kew Gardens with the high standard of roasted coffee beans from the Pacific Northwest, Odradeks offers customers a place where they can sit and reflect, or pick up a sufficiently-caffeinated beverage to perk up before they head back on the LIRR into hectic Midtown Manhattan.