about

Communitea

Communitea, established in 2005, is located in the Hunters Point neighborhood of Long Island City, Queens, New York. It was founded by partners Kafia Saxe and Lloyd Canning with the intent of creating a casual "third place" to enjoy a really good "cuppa," to share a delicious meal and to gather together for a community event!

We invite you to linger over brunch on our patio or unwind after work with local craft beer or kombucha on tap, or grab a quick breakfast or lunch with friends! Communitea is a hub for everyone no matter what their preference. Cheers! 

 past

History
  • 2005, opened our doors on Vernon Blvd and 47th Ave in a corner retail space built in1931 that was originally a family-owned pharmacy. We served the long-time locals, tourists and new residents for nearly a decade in that location, creating lasting friendships. During that time Communitea was featured in many network TV shows and films including Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's comedy "Baby Mama," "Ugly Betty," "Elementary," and "Person of Interest." It had a reoccurring role in the series  "Gossip Girl" as Vanessa's cafe. 

  • 2015, moved to our current location: a former luncheonette dating back to 1934. We kept the skylights and the Mid-Century facade and fashioned the space into a modern luncheonette with a checkered floor and  "Atomic" double-cone wall sconces. We outfitted our antique Postal Telegraph clock with red neon from Kenny at Krypton Neon to complete the look.

  • The community showed us love by voting us TimeoutNY's Most-Loved Coffee Shop in Queens from 2016-2018!

  • 2017, started our event nights: Poetry Night, Craft Club, Blood Bingo, Chamber Music and Art Shows.

  • 2018, film location for TLC's " I Am Jazz".

  • 2019, hosted the first annual LIC Art District Art Crawl & Holiday Market.

  • 2020, closed temporarily March - June due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. Opened the back patio for outdoor seating; launched our website and shopping cart.