Wednesday, August 30, 2006
new york : post 8
I have to admit that I was skeptical about the cupcake craze that began some six years ago. Every city that I travel to somehow has a cupcake store. I have been to Magnolia and their cupcakes were definitely nothing to write about. So when my friend Phillip suggested we go for cupcakes, I was a little hesitant but I decided to give in and just go with the flow. We bought three cupcakes (red velvet, sour cream spice with walnuts and “devil dog” a cupcake topped with a marshmallow frosting) and a serving of chocolate trifle, which Matt and Phillip swear by. The buttercup bakeshop is simple in its approach to old-fashioned desserts. They produce favourites such as carrot cake, coconut layer cakes, red velvet cakes, cheesecakes and a host of other comfort desserts. The cupcakes, cakes and desserts here are simple and satisfying, they don’t pretend to be anything other than what they are.
973 Second Avenue (Between 51st and 52nd Sts)
212 350 4144
With three locations and fourteen years of being in the bread business, Amy’s Bread is a reliable venue for all your bread needs. They have a good selection of breads, which include: organic, whole wheat, black olive, rosemary, sourdough, semolina and a range of specialty breads. Since I was having lunch alone, I had one of their Tuscan sandwiches, which contained proscuitto, provolone, tomatoes, lettuce and herbs. I also sampled their seeded, black olive and semolina, raisin and fennel twists. If you love bread as much as I do, stop by and pick up some bread from Amy’s.
250 Bleecker Street at Leroy Street
212 675 7802
Fleur de Sel, a well known New York restaurant, French cuisine. Try their amazingly priced 3 course $25 or 4 course $42 tasting menu at lunch. I had the 4 course tasting and it was fantastic.
5 East 20th Street
212 460 1900
La Bergamote, a good and reliable French patisserie with the standard fare.
169 9th Avenue
212 627 9010
Three Tarts, the store is half collectibles and half edibles. The edibles include: cookies, petit fours, parfaits, sorbets, tarts and chocolates.
164 9th Avenue
212 462 4392
Oms/b, rice ball café with a small selection of desserts.
156 East 45th Street
212 922 9788
I hope that these posts will help you on your next trip to New York.
See more pictures of my New York Dessert Adventure.