NEW YORK, NY — Yesterday, you got a glimpse of my savory adventures. Now, get a taste of the sweet side:
City Bakery has really fun, original baked goods, including a fabulous pretzel croissant. Yes, a flaky, slightly denser version of the traditional French pastry, only here it’s coated in seeds and a sprinkling of salt just like a pretzel. It’s addicting.
So is the “baker’s muffin,” a sort of monkey-bread in muffin form that’s showered in powdered sugar. It’s buttery and tastes like a cinnamon candied apple.
We bought three cookies (chocolate chip walnut, dark chocolate chocolate chip, and dark chocolate peanut butter chip) at Levain Bakery and boy, did our arms get a workout as we carried them around.
That’s because each of these cookies weighs in at 6 ounces. Monster in size, they almost resemble major muffin tops.
I dare anyone to eat an entire cookie in one sitting.
Big Gay Ice Cream
Sure, you’ve seen the Big Gay Ice Cream truck rolling through many a Food Network show.
But there’s also a storefront now, too, in the East Village.
Expect a line no matter when you go.
It does lives up to the hype. I had the “American Globs” — a Marge Simpson-like swirl of vanilla soft serve sprinkled with sea salt, rolled in crushed pretzels, then dipped in a bath of chocolate. Creamy, crunchy, sweet and salty, it’s a meal unto itself.
Il Laboratorio del Gelato
Hand-made in small batches, the gelatos here come in such unusual flavors as butternut squash, Guinness, and wasabi.
I couldn’t resist trying the rosemary and the basil ice creams. Smooth as can be, they were infused with the vivacious flavors of the herbs. While rosemary can be a strong herb to work with, this gelato had the perfect balance.