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The Best Rugelach and Croisaants: Two New Bakery/Cafes Open on the Upper East Side

Rugelach via flckr by by Soup Spoon Blog

Two new bakery/cafes have opened in the last several months on the Upper East Side. Le Moulin a Cafe, a French spot on York Avenue between 76th and 77th streets, serves up some of the best croissants I’ve eaten in the city. Plenty specializes in homey desserts like rugelach and crumb cake, along with cakes and cookies.

Le Moulin a Cafe

Forget all those leaden faux croissants on offer at your neighborhood bodega. Instead, head for Le Moulin a Cafe. The cozy spot opened over the summer when it started dishing up croissants that are as flaky and tender as any I’ve had in France.

The reason? Nicholas Lecuq, the co-owner, imports frozen dough from Brittany. Lecuq’s chef then bakes the dough in-house. Who would think pre-frozen croissants could turn out so well?

The weekday morning I stopped by, the place was hopping. Stroller moms who had dropped their kids at the Lycee Francais de New York across the street, flooded the cafe’s tables. Neighborhoods folks were stopping by too. And I’ll bet there’s more than a few NY Presbyterian docs–cholesterol be damned—who are sampling Le Moulin a Cafe’s offerings as well.

In addition to pastries, there’s a menu of quiche ($10), salads ($11-$12), and entrées (skirt steak with fries ($21) and the like, and wine is coming soon.

Plenty

If it’s old fashioned cakes and cookies you’re hankering for, Plenty is your spot. Arrayed in glass cases, the pastries are pretty much like grandma used to make—and there’s a reason for that. Jessica Weiss, the proprietor and a lapsed MBA, earned her chops baking alongside her grandmother Hannah, one hell of a baker judging by the fare at Plenty.

The crumb cake was light and moist with a buttery, tender topping.  Delicious but not for me.  For me, the chewier and doughier the cake, the better. The rugelach?  I wish that my grandma who’s ruglach were reliably uneatable, had taken some lessons from Hannah. Plenty’s were flaky and not too sweet, just about a perfect bite.

Along with these homey standards, Weiss also offers chocolate cake ($4.75), cinnamon sugar donut muffins ($1.75) and homemade Oreos ($2.50). There are whole cakes for $35-$40 that can also be ordered by the slice.

The place sports a few tables and you can purchase various coffees and teas to go with your pastry.

Le Moulin a Cafe
1439 York Ave
New York, NY
212  288 5088

Monday – 7 am – 9 pm
Tuesday-Thursday – 7 am – 10 pm
Friday – 7 am – 11 pm
Saturday – 8 am – 11 pm
Sunday – 8 am – 9 pm

Plenty
1457 Third Avenue (82nd Street)
New York, NY
212 628 2110

730 am to 730 pm 7 days/week

 

 

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Cascabel, the Mexican Spot, is Slated To Open This Week on the Upper West Side

Cascabel to open soon on the Upper West Side. Photo: Laura B. Weiss

Update: Manager Luce now says Cascabel will open Thursday or Friday, June 30 or July 1.

Cascabel, the popular Upper East Side Mexican spot, is slated to open its new Upper West Side spot soon, possibly in the next few days, according to a manager at the restaurant who identified herself as Luce.

The new outpost, at 2799 Broadway (corner of Broadway and 108th Street) with its trendy menu of tacos, carnitas and other Mexican favoties, is sure to be a hit with Columbia students looking for a moderately priced bite to eat. The place also has a full menu of cocktails.

Will the Upper West Side joint be as noisy as the one across the park? We’ll have to wait and see.

And will Cascabel give Mama Mexico, just down the street at 2672 Broadway, a run for its money?

Let me know what you think of the new place.

Cascabel (Upper West Side)
2799 Broadway (Broadway at 108th Street)
NY NY 10025
212 665 1500

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Fairway to Open Up on the Upper East Side

Upper East Siders may finally be able to shed their grocery store inferiority complexes now that Fairway is scouting a new store location at 240 E. 86th St., between Second and Third avenues.

Photo: Fairway.

Photo: Fairway.

According to Crain’s New York Business, the Upper West Side specialty grocer has its eye on the 60,000 square feet of space that recently housed Circuit City and a Barnes & Noble.

For Upper East Siders, Fairway’s arrival would mean grocery store deliverance. No more schlepping on the crosstown bus to pick up well-priced bottles of olive oil, imported cheeses and other Fairway goodies.  Question: if Fairway roosts on the Upper East Side, what’s left to distinguish that neighborhood from the hood across the park?

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Hanukkah Food Event: Italian Jewish Culinary Traditions Discussed at Upper East Side New York Synagogue

Just in time for Hanukkah, food writer Leah Koenig will discuss Italian Jewish culinary traditions at a program being held at an Upper East Side synagogue. Did you know that Italian Jews are credited with popularizing eggplant, fennel and pumpkin as far back as the 2nd century BCE? Koenig will discuss how some traditional recipes—think Carciofi alla Guidia, or deep fried artichokes—have attained iconic status in Rome, Italy’s largest and oldest Jewish center.

Roman fried artichoke. Photo:by chingers7 via flickr.

Roman fried artichoke. Photo:by chingers7 via flickr.

What: Culture in the Cucina. Koenig will explore Italian Jewish cusine. She’ll also provide Italian Jewish Hanukkah recipes and tips on where to find Italian Jewish foods in New York.

When: Sunday, Dec. 13 at 2 pm.

Where: Park East Synagogue 164 E 68th St. Presented by the Jewish Historical Society of New York

How much? $5 admission

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Recently Shuttered Upper West Side Bruno Ravioli To Migrate to Upper East Side

When Bruno Ravioli closed its Upper West Side store on for good Sept. 25 it was a sad day for neighborhood pasta lovers. But the Upper West Side’s loss will soon be the Upper East Side’s gain. Bruno will be opening a new uptown shop at Madison and 98th Street, according to company owner Jim Puliatte.

Photo: Bruno Ravioli

Photo: Bruno Ravioli

Why did Bruno’s abandon its longstanding Upper West Side storefront, situated on Broadway between 78th and 79th streets?

“The lease was up,” explained Puliatte, the third generation of his family to run the beloved Italian food business. Bruno’s began over a 100 years ago when its eponymous founder opened his first emporium peddling homemade pastas, sauces, and Italian delicacies.

“It was a sad day for us,” Puliatte said of the day the Upper West Side store was shuttered. “We begged the landlord to work something out,” he said, adding that with the rent expected to shoot up “42 or 43 percent, you’re out of the box.”

According to Bruno’s web site, the company’s founder, Bruno Cavalli, was said to have compared his business ethic to that of the post office. He was quoted as saying “Neither snow nor sleet nor hail nor rain…. The RAVIOLI must go out!!!”

That’s no longer the case for Italian food-craving Upper West Siders.

Bruno Ravioli Locations

STUYVESANT TOWN
Main Catering Office

282 First Ave.
New York, New York 10009
Tel. 212 254 2156
Fax. 212 254 2380

GRAMERCY
387 Second Ave. (btw. 22 & 23 St.)
New York, New York 10010
Tel. 212 685 7666
Fax. 212 685 7204
Mon – Thurs: 8am-9pm
Fri – Sun: 8am-8pm

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