Paris On Main Street: Blé, Café & Bakery

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Opened in July of this year at 63-65 Main St., Blé dominates the corner space that was formerly occupied by Yamaguchi. After seven years of vacancy, Theodore Maniatis, who has a long career in the bakery business, decided with his partner, Maria Kapsokavadis, to open Port’s newest gem. The couple spent three years renovating the space and creating a menu that features both Greek and American pastries, as well as breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes.

Blé owners (right) Theodore Maniatis, who has a long career in the bakery business, with his partner, Maria Kapsokavadis. (Contributed photos)

Blé is French for “wheat,” and that grain lies at the heart of the menu at this new Port Washington cafe-bakery.

The modern and airy, European-style urbane design dispels any memories of the sushi bar or of the AT&T store that adjoined it. Half of the store is given over to a vast counter where pastries, cakes, pies, tarts, breads and grab-and-go sandwiches are displayed. The other half is an airy dining room with table service. In the middle are a communal table and two enormous glass display cases that look like they were built for jewelry but, instead, show off an array of sparkling Greek confections such as baklava, kataifi, walnut cake and loukoumades, along with Italian S cookies, American chocolate chip cookies and sandwiches. There is a full menu of pulled, dripped and shaken coffee drinks. They also have a full coffee/expresso bar with a variety of coffee drinks, teas, and smoothies.
The dining room has a separate menu featuring breakfast dishes (eggs, French toast, crepes) plus sandwiches and salads.

Blé Café’s vast counter where pastries, cakes, pies, tarts, breads and grab-and-go sandwiches are displayed.

Port Washington News gives kudos to owner Theodore Maniatis, who overcame a life-threatening illness (Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma) and poured his energy into opening his new café, featuring two chefs: one pastry and one sous chef. He and his wife live in Port Washington, and daughter Lillian attends Weber. “We feel very much a part of this community and we’re so grateful to all the kind wishes patrons have given us,” says Maniatis.

Blé Cafe & Bakery has become a popular spot for locals and tourists alike. They are known for their delicious pastries and friendly service. If you are looking for a cafe with a European-style atmosphere and a delicious selection of pastries, Blé Cafe & Bakery is a great option. Note: Beer/Wine permit pending!

Hours: Monday through Friday 7 a.m.-9 p.m. | Saturday and Sunday 7 a.m.- 10 p.m. Websit: blebakery.us