Fantasy Pastry tour of NYC
I am taking a friend from Cambridge Mass on a tour (3 days) of NYC through it's bakeries and patisseries. I need a list of not to be missed places and what they specialize in.
I am looking for the full spectrum from best cupcake to the fanciest and tastiest and most expensive. From Cupcake Cafe to St. Ambroise and everything in between.
She wants to leave in a baked goods coma!
I think you misunderstood. Levain makes excellent scones. The cookies are good, but their scones are truly wonderful. Also, scones are NOT hard if properly made, try one from Levain. Then you'll understand my post. Levain sells far more than cookies. They also make a great banana bread on certain days.
Payard Pâtisserie (French pastries, chocolates) http://www.payard.com/categories.php
Financier Pâtisserie (French pastries, cakes) http://www.financierpastries.com/menu...
Veniero's Pasticceria & Caffé (Italian pastries, cookies, cakes, coffee) http://www.venierospastry.com/cafe.html
Petrossian Cafe (best croissants IMO; French pastries) http://www.petrossian.com/boutique-Ne...
Sage cupcakes at Dean & DeLuca - best cupcakes
1032 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10021
342 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003
35 Cedar St, New York, NY 10005
182 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019
Dean & DeLuca
75 University Pl, New York, NY 10003
Dean & DeLuca
1150 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10028
I disagree. I was just there last night.
You can't go wrong with the fruit supreme (I have some in the fridge now - excellent, as always), zuppa inglese, strawberry shortcake, or grand marnier cakes. The miniature pignoli tortes are also fantastic.
In general, I'm not a fan of cannolis or Italian cheesecakes, so I can't vouch for their versions of either of them, if that's what you're looking for.
I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree on this one (which is fine, since I hate having to wait online when I'm in there).
But to the OP, if you're in the East Village, I'd suggest you at least stop by and take a look. Even if you decide not to get anything there, there are a number of other choices within walking distance, a few being:
Tarallucci e Vino (1st Ave & 10th St)
Blackhound (170 2nd Ave - 10th/11th Sts
Chikalicious (10th St, 1st/2nd Aves)
De Robertis' Pasticceria (1st Ave - 10th/11th Sts))
Also, are you just planning to visit places in Manhattan?
If you are willing to travel to the other boroughs of NYC, you should also post your question on the Outer Boroughs board for more suggestions. (There are a host of Greek pastry shops in Astoria, for instance, where you'll find some treats that you won't see in Manhattan.)
176 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009
Tarallucci e Vino
163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003
170 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
203 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003
re: jen kalb
Agreed. I just went back to De Robertis yesterday after a very long absence. There are better choices.
Veniero's is one of them, but they are still undergoing renovations (yesterday the front counter area was dark because the main lights were out -- even so, there was a crowd of people, each waiting for his/her number to be called). And some of the cakes have been looking a little off lately -- I wonder if regular staff have been on vacation.