Over the past few years there has been a cupcake war raging on this long and skinny slab of mayhem on which I write. I still see lines around the block outside one over-blown West Village institution that serves up these little round soldiers. I have had many of them in my day and most are ho-hum. Whatever. Fine. BUT, there is one establishment that makes a cupcake that literally blasted my boots off the first time I dug in. Ladies and gentleman, may I present to you the Pistachio Cupcake from Sugar Sweet Sunshine.It is (or, usually, they are) the best confectionary creation I have ever stuffed in this flapper of mine. Seriously. It’s ridiculous. The cake is perfectly…I’m about to say it…moist and tastes almost as if you’re downing a bowl of that amazing instant green pudding your mom used to whip up when you needed something sugary. And then you have the perfectly buttery “Moose” on top with a sprinkle of genuine roasted pistachios. The combination makes for a wonderfully nostalgic and sublime culinary journey that makes my taste buds and eyeballs spaz in unison every time I enter this warm and welcoming cake shop. If you’re not into those little green nuts, every other cupcake at Sugar Sweet squarely slams the competition so make sure to try them all. They also have incredible cakes, pies and puddings that all feel as if they just came out of Grandma’s oven. No highbrow here. Just damn good down home darn sweet cooking.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank and salute all the city employees and neighborhood volunteers out there working hard to make things right after the hurricane. And there’s no question that when the going gets tough, coffee is a critical wingman. We are lucky in this fair city to have access to some of the best bean blends around, and we’ve assembled a list of our New York favorites for when a java jones strikes. (And there’s no shame in having a third cup.)Supplier: Oren’s Daily Roast
Blend: NYC Blend.
Profile: “A tough resilient blend. Full, rich body and subtly sweet, with huge aroma.”
Blend: Red Hook Blend.
Profile: “Blended with three of the richest coffees in the world. Roasted in the European tradition to produce a strong, assertive drink with long aftertaste.”
Supplier: Union Market
Blend: Williamsburg Blend.
Profile: “Roasted in the New York style – darker than American roast, lighter than Viennese – for full body and flavor.”
Supplier: Gorilla Coffee
Profile: “Our Signature blend. We change it frequently but are always on the pursuit of compiling a flavor profile that is balanced and sweet.”
Blend: Midnight Mollie
Profile: “Rich, smoky, dark and powerful blend of smooth caramel -chocolaty Indonesian and sweet fruity Ethiopian beans presented in a most assertive French roast. Not for the timid.”
What’s your favorite? Let us know.
UPDATE!!! How could we have ever forgotten this one?
Blend: Mudtruck Blend
Profile: “Pure New York City Fuel. Beautifully Rounded, Sweet Cherries, Rich Cocoa. Intensely Flavorful Daily Brew.”
Ready for a strong statement? 4 and 20 Blackbirdsin Gowanus has hands-down the best pie in Manhattan. If you have a holiday (the caramel apple is our favorite for Thanksgiving) or special occasion and want to truly blow your friends and families minds, then pre-order any one of their amazing pies.