Dessert week is over and I’m doing my best to eat “real” food at “real” restaurants, but then the reality of living in New York City caught up with me once again. Walking down the street in the East Village I passed a small cafe named Tarallucci e Vino that had a dessert display case as beautiful as any I have seen. After stepping into the cafe and realizing there was no way I was leaving without trying some of their beautiful desserts, I was reminded of the true beauty of New York City. A great place for dessert is not just found at the big names like MarieBelle or Balthazar, but at all of the neighborhood shops conveniently located on almost every corner of this great city (this cafe does stock MarieBelle chocolates by the way).
I ordered a custard fruit tart (it was morning so the fruit made it seem acceptable for breakfast) and a cafe au lait, my favorite. I picked up a newspaper and sat in the corner of the cafe, feeling miles away from the snow outside. The clientele was typical for the East Village, and there were customers speaking French, discussing architecture and hiding behind Mac laptops. The cafe was appropriately playing music by the band “Kings of Convenience” and I thought this name perfectly summed up all that this cafe, and New York, is about. Of course this convenience comes at a price, which I was reminded of when my bill for a custard fruit tart and cafe au lait came to $7.75, but it’s still exciting to know that in New York City there’s a great place on every corner waiting to be explored.
Tarallucci e Vino
163 First Avenue (at 10th Street)