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New York: The King of Convenience

Entry way and display case at the cafe

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)
(212) 388-1190

Custard fruit tart


Susie says on March 13th, 2005 at 2:29 am:

Where’s Andrew in all this…? Where’s his cafe au lait?

Barbara says on March 13th, 2005 at 10:40 am:

I just found your blog a few weeks ago and have enjoyed it so much. I lived in NY as a child and your posts bring back memories of the city. I’ve added you to my list of favorite blogs.

Barbara says on March 13th, 2005 at 10:44 am:

Oops, I mis-typed my url. Here is the correct one.

Kelli says on March 13th, 2005 at 11:20 am:

As always when I don’t share my adventure with Andrew, he was busy with some other responsibility of his (in this case, work). We usually go back and have more together later :)

Susie says on March 13th, 2005 at 1:39 pm:

OMG! You mean to tell me that Andrew is not following you around 24/7 – TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE!! :)

janet says on March 15th, 2005 at 3:43 pm:

yay.. this is one of my favorite caf├ęs in the city. just stumbled across here through a gothamist link. love the site esp the design. keep posting!

carol says on October 29th, 2005 at 5:47 am:

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