About us

About us

 

OK Café was founded in 2014 by Predrag and Giselle Grncarski, fulfilling their dream of owning a cafe together. While Giselle is from Minneapolis and Predrag from Belgrade (giving them different ideas about coffee and cafes), they both agreed that their home of Astoria, NY would be the perfect place to make their shared vision a reality. Now with two school-age daughters they enjoy the deeper connections to the neighborhood which owning a small business brings. OK Café has grown to be a wonderful meeting place for neighbors and friends, both old and new.

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Just a slight turn off Ditmars Boulevard sits this petite cafe and coffeeshop that becomes a cozy, empanada-serving wine bar at night. With barely room for ten to sit, if you play it right, you can have the whole candlelit place to yourself.

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When they came back, in 2007, Starbucks was the only coffee option, so they found themselves spending a lot of time clutching cups in hip Brooklyn shops.
“When we were first married, we thought about starting our own business”, Giselle says. “But we couldn’t get it off the ground. Since then, we’ve always been looking for the right moment.”

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The coffee is delicious, too—they are using Counter Culture coffee, and I was there when the rep from the company was present teaching the new staff how to best use the espresso machine and work with the coffee itself. I was lucky enough to have a latte made for me, which was fantastic. They make microfoam just the way I like it—rich and creamy. And since it’s summer, look for iced coffee, including New Orleans cold brew!

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The cafe also boasts a “Kyoto” cold brew coffee maker that takes 14 hours to make one pot. “It oxidizes the coffee in a way that gives it a smoky flavor,” Grncarski said. “Only the lucky few who get here early enough are allowed to have it — we don’t even put it on the menu, because we will run out.”

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