I know I haven’t written in ages, but it’s just the fact that I haven’t really found anything tasty around the Upper East Side that is new to me. Sure, there’s Alice’s Tea Cup and a few Le Pain Quotidiens around my area but seriously, why should I write repeats of myself? Yeah, I do admit I went overboard with Bouchon Bakery for a while, back in the days that I was at college in the Upper West Side, but now I learned my lesson from sounding so redundant (and obsessive).
Anyways, last Thursday I managed to get my butt out of bed early for the sake of getting myself a decent or good cup of cappuccino. I do have my standby at Sicaffe but I want a change so I’m willing to schlep my half-sleepy self over to Gimme! Coffee in Nolita.
After paying and waiting less than a minute for my cup of cappuccino, I finally took my first sip of milk-froth, laced espresso. I loved every drop that I consumed – it’s perfectly balanced: not too milky, not too bitter; with subtle fruity, acidic notes lingering on my palate.
Happy and caffeinated, I thought to myself as I’m walking down Spring Street, “Why not go to Balthazar Bakery for breakfast?” I remember viewing Robyn’s photo about their pastries recently, I craved their donut. I entered the small, packed bakery and got myself a pistachio donut to go since it’s take-out only and I have to go to work in the Upper East Side in 15 minutes!
Getting in at work on time and settled down at my desk, I took out my breakfast and savored every morsel of this delicious pistachio donut. It’s a cake donut, a light texture but has substance, topped with a sweet icing, topped with crunchy, chopped, roasted pistachios. Mmmm…if breakfast was like this every morning, I don’t mind getting out of bed early for this breakfast run.
New York, NY 10012
80 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012