Anyone who knows me knows I rarely eat dessert. I actually had to create a new category for my site, ‘Dessert‘, for this entry. Here’s Judy gnawing with her sweet tooth… —-Jeffrey Tastes
Neighborhood: East Village
13 St. Mark’s Pl
(between 3rd Ave & Astor Pl)
Manhattan, NY 10003
It smells like someone tossed bagfuls of sugar in the air here. Sugar so fine it stays suspended in midair. Like you’ll walk out later with sugar in your ears. That’s the kind of sweetness I’m talking about.
The place has a bunch of long tables with rugs of artificial grass concentrated underneath. No one else can see you happily swishing your feet back and forth on that thing, so have at it. When it’s crowded, you may be seated with other people at these tables. I like people. Do you like people? No worries. There’s also individual seating facing the window for when you don’t like people.
We were confronted with an unprecedented buy one get one free deal here, so we went whole hog and got six different pastries to share. Every single one was sprinkled with a generous amount of sparkly iridescent sugar. I was relieved when my friends assured me this was not the glitter you use in craft projects.
My favorite pastry was the one with persimmon on top and rice pudding on the bottom. They were all good to excellent, except the dry vanilla cupcake. (See pics for salivary gratification.) Yuzu foam, used in several of the pastries, is now my junior high crush of the week. Someone should bottle up and sell that crack. —Judy Ruminates