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Best Coffee in Queens? Baruir's Wins Praise

By March 8, 2006

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Baruir's, a Sunnyside coffee shop and roaster, has won the award for Best Coffee Shop in Defiance of Starbucks from the 2006 Independent Food Festival & Awards.

The Amuse Bouche blog writes that Baruir's roasts its own coffee and has since opened in 1966 by the Nersesian family:

Baruir's is a sort of open secret among an inner circle of outer borough New York food cognoscenti. You will not find it in the Zagat Gourmet Marketplace, nor among the usual lists of New York coffee haunts, most of which are trendily forgettable.
Stop by for fresh roasted coffee or a cup at a place that was a gourmet shop for Greek and Armenian essentials before the term gourmet shop was invented. The iced coffee is served with ice cubes made of coffee, and that means no diluting, just coffee taste.

The Amuse Bouche review prompted me to stop by Baruir's, and I got to say the coffee is excellent, not over-roasted or bitter, but a great coffee flavor. Also they sell good dried fruit and chocolate covered coffee beans, along with plenty of imported jams and foodstuffs from the Mediterranean and Near East.

Note - Baruir's is a not a coffee shop so much as it is a shop for great coffee. There's only a couple small chairs for sitting and no tables. You're better off getting your coffee to go.

  • Baruir's Coffee, 40-07 Queens Blvd, Sunnyside, 718-784-0842
  • Subway - #7 (local) to 40th St/Lowery St in Sunnyside


July 26, 2006 at 7:27 am
(1) Mariam says:

it’s the best coffee shop i’ve ever been to. All the best Baruir!

July 13, 2008 at 10:24 pm
(2) Mike says:

Freshest and best tasting coffee

March 3, 2009 at 12:22 pm
(3) Emma says:

I love this place. I know it’s a cliche to say this but it really is one of the gems of Sunnyside.

March 15, 2009 at 5:57 pm
(4) Randy says:

There is a new coffee and tea house in LIC called Sweetleaf. Sweetleaf has the best coffee in LIC by far. Sweetleaf uses Stumptown coffee and pull awesome shots on a La Marzocco espresso machine. They r located at 10-93 Jackson Avenue across the street from the Pulaski Bridge.

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