Mon-Sat, 8am-7pm; Sun, 9am-6pm
C, E at Spring St.
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With a few tables and chairs scattered casually on the sidewalk, and a few more in its roomy tangerine-colored interior, this laid-back specialty shop is a convivial spot for bag-toting consumers to recuperate with a cup of coffee and a snack. Originally a wholesale warehouse in Long Island City, the café has built its reputation on its tarts—both the sweet and the savory. Diameters range from five inches to nearly a foot so these flaky-crusted confections can be consumed alone or with a friend. Decorated muffins and cookies (some shaped like school supplies) round out the bakery selections, while, for heartier eaters, a variety of sandwiches and salads are served on the premises.