Cafe Triskell is really fucking romantic

This past week was cold, and kind of snowy, and we were in search of a cozy dinner spot where we could relax and linger a bit. Cafe Triskell on 36th Avenue came immediately to mind with the added bonus that it is totally fucking romantic.

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First off, it’s French and everyone knows France is romantic with all those wines, chocolates and iconic phallic structures. It also specializes in the cuisine of a particular place in France – Bretagne (Brittany) – where the chef/owner is from. This isn’t like slapping hollandaise sauce on something and calling it “French,” this is regional specialties available right here in Astoria.

In particular, that regional specialty is a Buckwheat crepe, and what the hell could be more romantic that sharing a crepe? I wanted one with cheese, but totally compromised (romantic!) and ordered the slightly more healthy Spinach and ground chicken crepe my girlfriend wanted. The crepe was delicious, and the presentation, a delicate folded envelope, like a love letter to your beloved (hyperbole!).

Our server was well versed in Triskell’s impressive selection of French wines and beers that we hadn’t heard of before, and trying new things is always romantic. He rolled off luxurious descriptions and, because he’s the expert, I let him choose the beers for me. There’s nothing less sexy than an inflexible know- it-all.

The only thing more romantic than sharing a crepe is sharing a dessert crepe. Our wise server suggested his favorite, with drizzled chocolate and toasted almond (pictured above), a sublime dessert in a neighborhood with no shortage of great sweets.

Last, and maybe best, is the ambiance. They never rush you at Triskell, they want you to leave full and happy. The restaurant is full of whispering couples hunched over small tables filled with food, solo diners who are totally secure with dining alone (snap those people up if they’re single!), and small groups of friends laughing, bickering over the check.

At Triskell, the food is great, the love is palpable. Go there.

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