I went on a little quest for bakeries, coffee and chocolate - since, firstly, I like baked goods, and secondly, it would allow me to try more places. I was short on time (2-3 days) and there were only a certain number of proper dining establishments I could visit. Pastries I can fit in between - breakfast, morning tea, afternoon tea, supper, you get the point.
So here's a quick overview of what I had on my whirlwind NYC bakery "tour":
|Chocolate and Pear Tart from Once Upon a Tart|
|Apple tart from Ceci Cela|
|Old-fashioned Apple Pie from the Little Pie Company|
I was waiting to go into the musical that I went and got student rush tickets for, so I took a little walk around the block. Right next to Esca (to which I later went for post-show dinner), this is a really low-key kinda place. No faff, no frills, just lots of pies and baked goods. Bought this "mini" apple pie (about 6 inches diameter at the rim), without really thinking about when I was going to eat it (how typical of me - I'm just a prolific food shopper). Ate it on the plane, eventually. Maybe I'd left it for too long and I should have put it in the oven, coz the pastry had gone a bit soggy and probably expanded with the moisture. So I ended up scoffing mouthfuls of soggy shortcrust before I could get to the apple. A decent pie, I suppose, but let's just say I wasn't crazy about it. The coat guy at Esca seemed to want to try it (I'd left the bag with him along with my coat) so I guess it's pretty famous...?
Unfortunately I didn't have the patience to take photos of their uber scrumptious choc chip and double choc chip cookies. I just had to eat them right then. There were crumbs all over my mittens, scarf etc. but did I care? This kitchy, country-kitchen lookalike also seems to do a thriving trade in sandwiches (you can see them being made right behind the front counter). Their salads didn't look bad either. Next time, next time.
Once Upon a Tart
135 Sullivan St (between Prince and Houston)
Tel: +1 212.387.8869
55 Spring Street (between Lafayette and Mulberry)
Tel: +1 212.274.9179
Little Pie Company
424 W 43rd St (near 9th Ave)
Tel: +1 212.736.4780
120 Prince St (between Wooster and Greene)
Tel: +1 212.941.0111