We Upper West Siders need to get creative when it comes to getting our food truck fix. I’ve occasionally seen the Treat Truck on Broadway, but mostly the city’s new food vans leave the UWS out in the cold. In fact, if you live north of Columbus circle–other than the reliably delicious Super Taco on 96th between Broadway and West End–you’re pretty much out of luck when it comes to truck cuisine.
Until food truck purveyors discover the Upper West Side, there are neighborhood nooks you can turn to. Take Levain Bakery on West 74th Street. Levain is bigger than a food truck–but not by much. You reach the teeny place down a short flight of stairs. The smell of sugar and butter hits you full on before you even step inside the diminutive bakery. There, you’ll find cookies, scones, cakes and the like.
I gobbled up an oatmeal raisin scone. Buttery and flaky, it was delicious. It didn’t take much to convince myself that with all those whole grains, I was downing a healthy snack.
If you’re spending time on Long Island this summer, Levain also has an outpost on the East End, in Wainscott.
167 West 74th St.
New York, NY 10023
2123 874 6080
If current obesity rates are any indication, sugar is embedded in our national DNA. For an in-depth look at the history of sugar in American culture and society, check out this talk by Francine Segan on her new culinary history, America’s Sweet Tooth.
The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden will present “America’s Sweet Tooth,” a lecture by author and food historian (and Culinary Historians of NY member) Francine Segan on Tuesday, November 18th, at 6:30 PM.
“America’s Sweet Tooth” is whirlwind tour of the history of sweets in America, complete with samplings of historic sweets and dessert wines (provided by Admiral Imports). Segan also explores the tradition of passing down recipes; the history of cooking instructions as matriarchal gifts; the effects of sugar rationing on food preparation and more. An accompanying pamphlet written by CUNY-Kingsborough English professor Dr. Jane Weiss describes the use of cookbooks and recipes as early forms of mass media in the 19th century.
Tickets are $15 for Museum members and $18 for non-members Reservations are required and can be made at 212.838.6878.
The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden is located at 421 East 61st Street between York and First Avenues. Nearest subway: N, W, R, 4, 5, 6 at the 59th Street/Lexington station.