1030 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY, 10025
at 111th St.
By JRCitron on 1/19/2013
Been frequenting this little corner of coffee, pastry, cake, and European tranquility(?) for a long time and have never been disappointed. Whether it's the warmed, buttery morning croissant and hot coffee to start my day or maybe what I like refer to as a Hannah's special (my mother would ask me to box up several cinnamon, raisin danish and bring them down to Florida when visiting), or the scrumptious assortment of cakes and cookies--my afternoon and evening's delight with more fresh coffee of course--I always end up happy and smiling, my taste buds pleasantly assaulted, appeased, and appetite for such sweetness sated. And about the honor system, paying at the counter when leaving? I don't get it. But it works. I kind of like the idea, actually. It adds to the overall hubbub good feeling this little place exudes. And, oh, yes, I'm crazy for the servers; lovely, a tad distant and why not, they're busy, yet thoroughly efficient when calling out customers'names to match orders in so many different accents, a representation of the ethnic diversity of this big, wild, and crazy metropolis. I'm home. What more can I say?!
By pazyfe1962 on 12/31/2011
twice I have visited this bakery and twice their deserts are horrible. they are stale and horribly tasting, don't waste your time and money going there. I visited this bakery about 3 years ago I was attending a family gathering and I did not want to go downtown to Veneiro's, bad mistake the cakes were hard, stale and so darn sweet that they made your stomach turn. Ok so I went there 12/30/11 again, gave them the benefit of the doubt, first of all they only accepted cash, by the way this is a sign of a business that is soon to close, and i purchased some cookies and pastries, the cookies were ok, bt the pastries were nasty, stale, hard and horrible. I will never go to this place again.
By nycandre on 12/21/2010
Just wish they move a little with the time and use less sugar in their pastries - or use a healthier alternative. Ohterwise, yes, a neat place. Maybe a ban on laptops would help keep it truer to form, but just a matter of time for eReaders or less obtrusive laptops become standard. For an outside view google (with quotes) "Some things are good to find unchanged"
By jpdemers on 11/10/2010
I've been a happy customer for 30 years. 'Nuff said?
By jlara on 3/1/2010
the best coffe in the UWS. delicious pastries and a lot of charm. nice service, you can stay for as long as you want without getting the "I don't mean to be rude, but..." that so often seems to be Manhattan's restaurant mantra.
By jinjaa on 2/8/2010
This historic little coffee shop is always teeming with students and professors from nearby Columbia, giving it a delightfully academic, yet constantly busy atmosphere. It's incredibly cozy in the winter, and the tables outside always go fast on a nice day. The pastries can be a little dry, but the cookies are always awesome! Free refills on coffee if you stay, else you can wander across the street and sit in the park. Also, the system of paying is quaintly archaic - order, they bring your order on a little tray and then you go back and pay. Can make everything take twice as long, but adds to the experience. Recommended!
By Anna1 on 11/20/2009
Prices are great, quality of pastries is fantastic, and there is lovely outdoor seating. Try the baklava, macaroons, chocolate croissants or just the daily suggestion from the ladies behind the counter.