Pancake bites. Portable pancakes. However you want to frame it, mini Danish pancakes filled with apple caramel, berry jam, and ham & gruyere are now in NYC with today’s opening of Sugar and Plumm’s new Back Room.
The Back Room neighbors the main recently-opened Sugar and Plumm shop in the West Village – and both shops are filled with Plumm’s signature whimsy, towering brownie sundaes & waffle-and-bacon sundaes, and dollops of whipped cream. And also deliciousness.
Which brings us back to the pancakes: known in Denmark as "ebelskivers" and at Plumm as Danish pancake "pops," the morsels practically ooze with fresh savories & sweets, like chocolate nutella and spinach & mushroom combos.
And unlike the usual flat, mega frisbee-sized Danish pancake (photo here), they’re manageable, like more substantial donuts. Get a little baggy of them still-hot, and you can just pop-em in your mouth and stroll down Bleeker St.
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Upper West Side’s whimsical bistro/bakery/café Sugar and Plumm opens a second location today in the West Village that’s truly the sweeter baby sister getting all the attention. Smaller-sized and with less of a bistro bent, this new downtown spot is more of a carry-out operation, making it that much easier to justify “just running in for something real quick" – that something being a flaky chocolate croissant, banana chocolate macaron, or towering brownie sundae. And if you too enjoy some attention, grab one of the few stools in the front, and give passersby a fine view of you shoveling dollops of whipped cream.
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Passover is a passed-over holiday. Next to the glossy, commercial, egg-filled Easter, it definitely gets the shaft. And that’s a shame too, because a holiday celebrating the deliverance of Jewish people from slavery in Egypt really deserves its own aisle in Duane Reade. Nonetheless, some extra-special shops in NYC are taking pride in the holiday in the sweetest way possible by baking up fresh morsels of deliciousness. Chocolate is involved. Here are our favorite Passover desserts:
Russ & Daughters: This iconic LES specialty shop, open since 1914, is the go-to for the old-fashioned Passover classics : chocolate-dipped macaroons, fruit slices, flourless chocolate cake, and chocolate-covered jelly rings.
Tribeca Treats: Their chocolate buttercrunch matzo famously flies off the shelf, so order ASAP.
Jacques Torres: For creative matzo covered in the city’s top chocolate, head here. The dark chocolate-covered matzo comes in plain, peanut butter, and their signature “Wicked” spicy coating.
Sugar and Plumm: Passover cookies are the star of the show at this whimsical UWS dessert spot, with pasti di mandorla cookies and chocolate kiss-satchio cookies alongside chocolate matzo buttercrunch.
Patisserie by Francois Payard: Can’t choose? This French bakery offers a 48-piece assortment of almond petit fours, along with meringue kisses, and flourless chocolate walnut cookies.
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