Promising pastry in dessert-challenged Kips Bay
Since this neighborhood has nary a real cafe or decent bakery, I'm pleased to report that a new bakery/cafe called Cafe Indulge has opened on the corner of 2d Ave and 31st St, directly across from the Loew's Kips Bay theater.
My experience is limited so far, but they seems to put out pretty decent (read: very good for this area) pastry. This is patisserie, not boulangerie--no bread. The best of what we tried were the fruit tarts (persimmon and sour cherry, among quite a few choices) and a huge, crisp chocolate meringue--almost the size of a calzone--with a nice touch of cinnamon. Devil's food cake and a chocolate dipped macaroon were okay, but could have been moister and a little less sweet. Among the offerings we didn't try are muffins, brioche, eclairs, flourless chocolate cake, cheesecake, pots de creme, brownies and other bars, and various cookies. It's mostly individually-sized stuff, but there were full-size fruit tarts and flourless chocolate cakes for sale, and they were taking orders for Thanksgiving pies. Apparently it's all baked on the premises.
It's a pleasant, if slightly cramped, little place, done in warm woods and copper tones, with a bunch of tightly-packed little tables and a cute, if geographically challenged, mural of a Seine view of Paris. Refreshingly, real dishes and flatware are used for orders taken in the cafe. I have not tried the coffee or cappuccino yet. Prices are average and reasonable. Currently, at least, they're offering a 10% discount if you show a movie ticket stub.