- 202 Café
75 Ninth Ave., 646-638-1173
As you might expect from a proper British operation, Nicole Farhi's in-store café excels at teatime treats like scones and Chelsea buns, all available to go from the tantalizing takeout counter. The tea cake—a subtly spiced confection that could potentially usurp the dominant position of coffee cake hereabouts—is what hooks us: moist and tender, enriched with almond flour, and garnished with caramelized apples and slivered almonds. Whole cake available by special order.
Best Tea Cake
From the 2006 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).