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May 12, 2008 08:50 PM

ISO pistachio muffins

not that I particularly need the caloric intake, but I find myself longing for the ones they used to sell at the now closed Italian cafe located across from the NYPL on Fifth Avenue around 40th Street. They were a stunning green color and tasted so yummy. Anywhere know where these can be purchased?

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  1. There's a deli type place that has them on 3rd around 32nd, or's near the new 2nd Avenue Deli, and I want to say it's on the same block as the McDonald's over there. It's pretty non-descript but they have cookies in the window, and the counter has rows of muffins.

    They make the radioactive green pistachio muffin with the pistachio pudding flavor you're looking for. They are seriously delicious even if something is a bit unsettling about them.

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    1. re: sugartoof

      Thanks, sugartoof. I guess your screen name is apt!

      hhmmm, pistachio pudding flavor? I didn't recognize that flavor in the ones I had but I'll have to check out the ones you mentioned when I'm in the neighborhood.

      I agree, there is something unsettling about them. I think it's the unusual shade of green ...

      1. re: uwsgrazer

        Well the flavor was unusually familiar to me, and I couldn't place it. I decided it was pistachio pudding but maybe that's not it... curious to hear if they're the same style you're looking for.

        1. re: sugartoof

          sugartoof, I gather the consistency of the cupcake you're referring to isn't pudding-like at all, it's just the flavor. The ones I'm thinking of definitely didn't have any sort of pudding-like center. It was all cake-like, only very moist because of that oil in the muffin, I'm sure. The only other time I've found the muffins was at a deli in Boston, a number of doors down from the Rowe's Wharf Hotel.

          1. re: uwsgrazer

            No, no pudding in the center, it was a straight up green muffin. It just had the same flavor unique to pistachio pudding that you don't really find in say pistachio ice cream.

      2. re: sugartoof

        I believe you are speaking of the Blue Flowers Cafe on 57th St and 5th Ave actually. It's directly across from McDonalds on 57th. Its in between 5th Ave and Madison! Enjoy the muffins!

        Blue Flowers
        5 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017

      3. It's a long drive but the Stop & Shop in Baldwin Place has great Pistachio Muffins (border of Putnam & Westchester). NYC really lacks great muffins - I'll be sure to check out this place on 3rd and 32nd though!

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        1. re: wingman

          I wouldn't say this place makes great muffins.... they just have a couple unusual flavors, otherwise they're probably using the same mix half the city uses honestly.

          There was a huge muffin trend during the 80' wasn't as bad as the cupcake craze today but almost.

        2. Probably even less calorie-friendly, Sugar Sweet Sunshine on the LES has pistachio cupcakes my friends and I find addictive. Think of it as a pistachio muffin with pistachio frosting.

          1. By the way - the place I mentioned is long gone.

            I've seen the muffins elsewhere since, and think of this post. They look like they're all made with pistachio pudding in the mix. You could probably duplicate that at home with a muffin mix, and the pudding combined.

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            1. re: sugartoof

              I know that the Guy & Gallard located on 7th & 36th St. has them, so I would assume that all their other locations carry them as well.

              Guy & Gallard
              469 7th Ave, New York, NY 10018

              1. re: fragnet

                Yup...Guy & Gallard on 7th and 29th has them as well. Never tried one, so can't testify to the quality.

                1. re: rifkind81

                  I was literally standing in front of the Guy & Gallard on 34th between 5th & Madison this afternoon. I even peered in and checked out their cookies. I guess I will have to venture into the shop the next time I'm in the area and purchase a pistachio muffin. I'll be sure to report back!

                  Guy & Gallard
                  120 E 34th St, New York, NY 10016

                  1. re: uwsgrazer

                    I finally got around to buying a G&G pistachio muffin this afternoon. It's been so long since I had the original ones that got me hooked on pistachio muffins in the first place, but I would say today's muffin was pretty good. I kind of feel as if it wasn't on par with the others but it's really hard to compare, at this point. It was so rich (oily) and had a bit of an unpleasant aftertaste (maybe it was the walnuts in the cake?). Actually, it was less of an aftertaste and more just leaving a bad mouth feel afterwards, if that makes sense. On the plus side, I do love that bright green color! and it is a different taste to the standard fare. All in all, it is nice to know where I can get my fix, if need be, so thanks to 'hounds for filling me in!

            2. not the same thing but "le pain quotidien" has a pistachio tart which may get you close...