Are Doughnuts the new Cupcakes?

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photo courtesy of Dough

The collapse of Crumbs Bake Shop signified the cupcake craze may have ended. Not that the love of cupcakes is gone but that the never ending buzz over cupcakes may be over for now…until someone makes some kind of hybrid cupcake.

New Yorkers have stopped waiting in long lines for cupcakes and are now sugar-hungry for the doughnut. It’s almost three years later and a line still forms as early as 4am outside Dominique Ansel Bakery for the Cronut. In October 2014, Dough opened it’s second location in the Flatiron District and found lines around the block during the week of the grand opening.

Coffee Chronicles: 88 Orchard

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I was attending a Cigar Tasting at Maraya Cigar recently in the Lower East Side. The cigar shop just happened to be across the street from a coffee shop, 88 Orchard, and since I was a little early and hungry, I checked it out.

 88 Orchard is on the corner of Broome and Orchard Streets – it’s a shop with no storefront signage. Despite its lack of markings, it’s a glass-enclosed coffee shop so it’s easy to find.  The coffee shop has a few tables and seating along the window – about enough seating for 16 to 18 people. If you want to sit and surf the Web, the coffee shop has free Wi-Fi – when you can get on it, it can take awhile to log on if there’s heavy usage since there’s no access password needed.

88 Orchard isn’t you’re regular coffee shop. There’s a variety of food on the menu. Surprising enough to satisfy any foodie. Along with a good variety of pastries, they have made-to-order sandwiches, omelets and serve a selection of beers and wine. So if you’re not in the mood for coffee or tea, you can have a glass of red wine. The coffee shop even has a ‘happy hour’ featuring some house specials.

“Smack” in the West Village: Milk & Cookies Bakery

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It’s been a mild winter in New York City this year. But on those rare, cold days, what’s better than a big, moist cookie packed with chunks of flavor with a hot cup of chocolate or coffee? Tucked away on a narrow side street in the West Village, Milk & Cookies Bakery is worth a visit. The small shop has a few tables if you want to sit and enjoy its baked goods.

The bakery has a laundry list of items on the menu that are made on-site, including: 15 different types of cookies, ice cream sandwiches, brownies, cupcakes, cookie bars, whoopie pies, marshmallow squares, coconut macaroons and creamed filled cookies. Milk & Cookies also offers a variety of flavored coffees and teas, along with carbonated drinks and, of course, milk and hot chocolate. My favorite items in the bakery are the cookies – the chocolate mint, dark chocolate toffee, milk chocolate caramel and peanut butter chocolate. They have two new cookies that please my need for salty and sweet. The salted oat surprise has a top layer of sea salt that blends surprisingly well with the oat cookie, and the bacon smack (I mentioned this cookie in a previous post) – what’s better than candied bacon in a cookie!

photo: The Daily Meal

photo: The Daily Meal