Gummi Worm Goblets & Cookie Jar Milkshakes: Sugar Factory’s Best Food & Drink Porn

Meet Sugar Factory: Meatpacking’s new brasserie/explosive dessert spot where 36oz bubbling cocktail chalices full of lollipops and gummi worms land on the table, and hot fudge-drenched, submarine-sized, red velvet sundaes take up the width of your lap. It’s the classy, marble-bar-chandelier American brasserie that refuses to grow up. Meatpacking’s first and only outrageous dessert palace where the entire dinner kitchen is open until 4am all weekend long. 

But what else can you expect from a restaurant that comes direct from Vegas, and has already attracted to its NY location celebs like Kevin Jonas and the NY Giants?  Sure, Sugar blasts Taylor Swift music, and there’s a good chance you’ll find a 16-year-old girl in Lululemon leggings picking out candy necklaces by the entrance’s candy shop, but with a list of 32 goblets, cosmos, and (Reese’s & s’mores) martinis – Sugar Factory is primed for late-night, sinful, post-Bagatelle action. And with downtown’s longtime lack of a charm-and-impress-your–date place like Serendipity, it is with great pride and pleasure that we welcome Sugar Factory to NYC. Now get in on some food & drink porn.

The Red Velvet Sundae That Takes Up The Width Of Your Lap.

The Must-Order Chinese Chicken Salad.

The Very-Easy-To-Finish White Gummi Goblet.

The Chocolate Cookie Jar Milkshake Stuffed With Oreo Cookies, Caramel, & Hot Fudge.

The View Of The Sexy Bar(tender).

When Attempting To Be Healthy: The Pan-Roasted Salmon & Asparagus.

The Fondue Finale: Pound Cake, Gummi Bears, Brownie Bites, & More.

Cupcake Crawl Across Manhattan: NYC’s Sweetest New Pursuit

There are pub crawls, there are babies’ first crawls, and now there are cupcake crawls. In a city with cupcake shops as ubiquitous as gay bars, and double-decker Sex and the City tour buses, it’s shocking that it’s taken so long to adopt a crawl devoted to the frosted, crumbly-on-a-bad-day, chocolate-filled-at-its-best treats. Alas, now it’s happening, and SugarTooth Tours is pioneering the movement. Starting next Wednesday, April 17th, the official “Cupcake Crawl Across Manhattan” commences with its three-hour crawls happening most Wednesdays through Saturdays, from 2pm to 5pm.

Three hours of consuming large quantities of cupcakes from six of NYC’s top cupcake shops takes stamina and a steely will to uncover the city’s finest desserts, but lucky for you, there’s a good deal of walking (and some subway action) involved on this pursuit – giving you the time to reflect on all you just consumed and come to the most mindful and informed decision. And also "burn calories."

I don’t want to spoil all the fun, but you can bet that (my favorites) Sweet Revenge & Billy’s Bakery are stops on the tour, among some other surprises. Wear sweatpants, come hungry, leave suga-buzzed.

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New West Village Bakery Brings Back The Charm

Spending the morning at a little corner café with a good book and steaming coffee sounds like weekend bliss – until you look around and realize your escape looks like more like a laptop-scattered, Facebook-festered battlefield than the picture of neighborhood quaint. But on the corner of Waverly Pl. and Christopher St. sits a newcomer who offers that 19th-century charm: Bien Cuit, flanked with whitewashed wooden tables, long, front windows, buttery ham and cheese, and chocolate croissants – and no connection to technology. And since we know Bien’s Wi-Fi-less days are temporary and numbered (sigh), it makes a day spent there even more pressing.

If you’re a Brooklyn resident, you’ve probably heard of the café before, most likely linked with words like “the bread,” “pastries,” “like Paris,” and “addiction.” With its first location in Cobble Hill, the owners seek to maintain the same vibe as Bien’s BK counterpart.  However, when placed in the West Village, the café-bakery takes on a whole different feel, more European, as if a page from a Bronte book was brought to life.

Though the menu teems with savory-sweet breakfast pastries like almond paste-poppy seed tebirke, maple yam Danish, and almond croissants,  the desserts and sandwiches hit the flavor extremes, with options like banana chocolate bourbon tart, and porcini and parsnip and roast beef sandwiches. And perhaps the best part is that everything, including the bread, is homemade and baked on-site at the Cobble Hill location, so every sandwich is guaranteed to have that fresh bread. Plus, since all the goodies are delivered fresh from across the river twice a day daily, they’ll most likely always have your favorites there waiting for you. But then again, as word gets out (whoops!), they’ll run out. So moral of the story: Go.

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