New Cafe on Foster Will Be Konstantino’s La Crepe et la Vie


Konstantino's Rendering

We’ve learned that the new cafe that’s coming to 1715 Foster Ave, between East 17th and East 18th Streets, will actually be a creperie, and much more.

Konstantino’s La Crepe et la Vie is the project of neighbor Konstantino, who owned a shop on Newkirk Plaza about 15 years ago. He plans to offer crepes and some other prepared foods, plus he’ll have a section of the space devoted to Greek dry goods like olive oil. Additionally, one side of the space will be dedicated to curated antique jewelry.

The rendering above shows what to expect from the outside, and below is the interior of the shop, which is surprisingly spacious, with high tin ceilings.


Konstantino is currently in the construction business, but is looking forward to getting back into what he used to do. He plans to be open by Thursday, March 7, which happens to be his birthday.

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  1. Do we have to roll out the “gentrification” banner every time? How about
    taking note that, as mentioned in the article, Konstantino had a
    business on Newkirk Plaza 15 yrs ago?

  2. Wild guess – that business did not sell crepes.

    But regardless – if we don’t roll out the gentrification carpet, how will we get all the self-righteous old-timers to squeeze their sour grapes?

  3. YAY! This is way better than another Fried Chicken place. I love Crepes! Although, I wouldn’t mind having a Greek restaurant around here either! Good Luck!

  4. Olive Oil! So excited! Now I can bribe my kids with dessert crepes when I need to purchase something 🙂

  5. Didn’t he have that store that sold bread, olives, coffee, etc.? And a few vegetables? It was lovely, but didn’t have enough items that people would need everyday to get enough business to support itself. I hope he doesn’t make the same mistake twice, because it sounds wonderful.

  6. Yeah dry goods is fine, but what’s jewelry got to do with food… However I’m sure that despite the quirky combination the store will be welcomed with open arms by all neighbors. I surely look forward to trying a crepe!

  7. Yay! It will be nice to have Konstantino back in the restaurant business in the neighborhood. The last incarnation of his place on NewKirk Plaza was a fish restaurant, as I recall.

  8. The original Konstantino’s on the plaza was a nice try at a combo fish market and deli with prepared foods. People welcomed it at the time. It only lasted a year or two. Nobody screamed gentrification. The owner Kostas is a mediocre contractor by most accounts, but he is a decent cook. By the way, I almost never post here bec. I am appalled by the hostile dialogue between the supposed old timers and newcomers. The neighborhood is constantly been in flux. I’ve been here for twenty years and back then we welcomed new businesses into the neighborhood, esp good places to eat…

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