Jul 29, 2009

Hamptons Sweet Summer Guide

When running away from the city this summer, bring this list of fresh, tasteful sweet tips with you. Here are some great places for you to have delicious treats:

For gelato:
Saint Ambroeus - go for their gelato and pastries with or without a meal.
30 Main St, Southampton

Cita Nuova - have the gelato either with iced tea on the counter, at the table after a relaxing lunch or at the bench in the side walk. Absolutely refreshing.
29 Newtown Ln, East Hampton

For old style ice cream:
Scoop du Jour:
you’ll feel like a child looking at a large selection of ice creams and toppings. Hot fudge is highly recommended.
35 Newtown Ln, East Hampton

Candy Kitchen – the oldest ice cream place of the Hamptons has the best blueberry ice cream, creamy and tasty. No need to try their food though.
2391 Montauk Hwy - Bridgehampton

For coffee and muffin:
Golden Pear - choose between seating inside the store on their little tables or on the bench in the side walk to have their flavored coffee and muffins.
99 Main Street - Southampton
111 Main Street - Sag Harbor
2426 Montauk Highway – Bridgehampton
34 Newtown Lane - East Hampton

For decadent bread:
Levain Bakery – opens only at summer time. Go for their delicious brioche with chocolate chips.
354 Montauk Hwy Wainscott

For candy cravings:
Dylan’s Candy Bar: it’s summer time, relaxing time, kids time, candy time!
52 Main St, East Hampton

For cakes and tarts:
Citarella – so that you don’t go to your friends house empty handed, Citarella offers delicate and tasty tarts and cakes.
2209 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton
2 Pantigo Road, East Hampton
760 Montauk Highway, Watermill

For sweet fruits:
EECO Farm - among others in the region, the East End Community Organic Farm sells organic fruits such as peaches and blueberries in a charming store right off the road. They also have great smoothie combinations.
55 Long Lane, East Hampton

Jul 21, 2009

Momofuku Ko

This 12-seats restaurant requires patience and persistence to score a reservation. At 10am precisely 6 days in advance, you must enter in the website and try to get a slot for this unusual but very successful restaurant. The young chef David Chang offers a 2 hour dining experience: 8 courses in a counter that reminds a sushi bar. The kitchen is open and the chef cooks everything in front of your eyes. The only choice you have is to say which food you are allergic to. The rest, leave it up to Chef Chang`s ingenious creativity.
Momofuku Ko
163 1st Avenue
(212) 500-0831

Jul 17, 2009

Murray's Cheese, pasta, bread, honey, nuts...

This cheese paradise on Bleecker Street offers the most amazing selection and a trip into decadence. You begin by filling your shopping basket in the cheese counter, making sure to taste a thin slice of the each and every one. Then you go to the cooked and cured meat section, where ham and salami aren’t simple: they come spiced, with herbs, from Spain, from Italy . . . Then you go to the pasta section and buy it by weight, the best way to match the perfect pasta to the perfect recipe. You might think this is it but on your way to the cashier you’ll find yourself lost looking to the fresh pastas, cheeses and yogurts at the dairy counter and to a beautiful selection of honey, jam, dried fruits and nuts, just a perfect combination. Don’t forget to pick up some freshly baked bread right next to the exit.

· 254 Bleecker St. (between 6th & 7th Ave.)
(212) 243-3289
· Grand Central, 43rd St. & Lexington
(212) 922-1540

Jul 15, 2009

Spotted Pig

Just a few years ago, a PUB was synonymous of cheap beer and below average food. This fact has dramatically changed when Chef April Bloomfield opened Spotted Pig in the West Village in 2005. She coined the new trend of "Gastro Pubs", where a cool vibe meets artisanal beer and great non pretentious food. Ask to be seated downstairs, and while you wait (YES you will wait) ask for a cold “Brooklyn Local 1” (made in the nearby neighborhood). Then order the mouthwatering Burger, covered with Roquefort, delicious and juicy. Finish the meal with the flourless chocolate cake, it has a subtle and light texture, with intense chocolate flavor. Once named the best chocolate dessert in New York.

Spotted Pig
314 W 11th St # 1
(212) 620-0393

Jul 7, 2009

Churros con Chocolate

This traditional sweet fried dough is a remarkable souvenir of hispanic childhood. Although not easily found in NYC here is a place where you can delight yourself with it: at Boqueria Restaurant, either on their location in the Flat Iron District or in Soho. Their Churros come warm and crunchy with hot chocolate sauce on the side to be dipped in. A very happy ending to the various tapas presenting the cuisine of CatalunĂ£ and other Spanish regions in a laid back and attractive atmosphere.

53 West 19th Street
171 Spring Street

Jul 6, 2009

Dylan's Candy Bar

This store is a dream come true for children around the world, actually not only children, parents also go crazy. They have the most delightful assortment of candy ever. Owned by Dylan (Ralph Lauren's daughter), who was inspired by the colors from her childhood memory when she saw her father doing all those cashmere sweaters and colored shirts. The store has a private party room, party favors, fashion apparel and the latest addition, beauty products. In the summer, the line for the ice cream is long and requires patience, but take the chance and go, it’s delicious. Also, sit down and take a moment to enjoy the thrill and happiness shown in every kid's eyes while choosing which Candy to taste first. It's a nice way to escape "grown up" issues for a brief period of time.

Dylan's Candy Bar
1011 3rd Avenue
(646) 735-0078

Jul 2, 2009

European Cafe

Cafe Angelique is a place that makes you wish every day is a Sunday, where you can sit down, have coffee and sweets and just let time go by.
Opened in 2003 by Jerusalem-born Isaac Ben Avram, this European-style coffee bistro offers you delightful pastries and sandwiches for your coffee break, lunch or even a late snack.
Not to be missed: the croissant ham and cheese sandwich and the eclair au chocolat.

68 Bleecker St
(212) 475-3500