Rating: 3 paws out of 5
Spent:.$12 per person
Chain: Yes, Astoria, Forest Hill and Bayside
Date Friendly: Yes
Note: Open late.
41-06 Bell Boulevard
Bayside, NY 11361
Just off the Long Island Railroad Bayside stop, this guy need to seek some shelter, but there are only bars all around. Many of them are full of cougars too, but wait, this guy smells the sweet smell of cakes, pastry and coffee. It so dark and cold, but the glow of the window is so inviting. Will this guy get a warm place to get his fix? Let’s see.
The interior is very stylish and reminds you of an European like cafe. There are comfortable table and chairs. The benches here are a little tight if you are on the heavier side but nether less, everything is pretty clean. The place generally is not too noisy, good for conversation between long lost friends or bffs.
The menu is easy to read and is clear. There are a lot of items to choose from and may take you a while to decide what you may be in the mood for. Many of the cakes and pies that they sell whole are also available in slice or mini version. There are no description of the coffee drinks, so you may need some coffee knowledge beforehand, but don’t fret, the waitstaff here are pretty friendly and able to explain each one, if needed.
Spinach Pie is pretty much the only savory item you can get at the bakery and surprising, it is very good. The crust is very light, flaky and crispy. The filling ratio of spinach and cheese is practically perfect. The spinach pie is an excellent choice if you want to also want a small dinner / snack with your desert.
Mix Fruit Tart , the pastry has a yummy flakiness. The filling that they have within the tart is very tart, I though it was a bit too tart. The fruit on top are sugar glazed which help balances out the filling.
Red Velvet Cake has a moist spongy texture with a mild coco taste. The cream cheese icing is not overly sweet and held on to the cake well. This is a decent representation of a southern treat.
Carrot Cake was very moist with the carrot filler, cream cheese icing is sweet and works well with the cake. By the way this carrot cake tasted, I don’t think it very healthy for you. If you like carrot cake, this one won’t disappoint.
Lattes here are made well. Depending on the barista that is on duty, you might get some fancy latte art. The espresso is well drawn and the cups feel that they are heated to the proper temperature. The hot drinks always came at the proper temperature.
Peppermint Latte show up near the end of year during the holiday season after Thanksgiving. They are just the normal lattes with peppermint, sprinkles and whipped cream added. If you like mint in the coffee like myself, you should enjoy this one also.
Mississippi mud pie is super chocolaty. It reminds me of a rich chocolate pudding. If you like smooth cluster like chocolate, you will enjoy this. Be warned, get something not as sweet to cut it like coffee or water.
Caramel Macchiato, Macchiato preparations vary from place to place. At this place it very close to a latte and have a drizzle of caramel syrupy. I think they poured the espresso into the milk vs the milk into the espresso latte method. It has a stronger coffee taste than a latte but much sweeter from the caramel. I would consider this drink as the next step deeper into coffee world if you are used to mochaccinos.
Red Velvet Cupcake – The cupcakes here are decorated in many forms depending on the day that they are made. The red velvet cupcake is pretty much are like the cake slice version with an extra generous topping of icing. I am pretty confident that the recipe is the same if not very similar. The cupcake is a good choice if you want a smaller portions of cake. The slices of the various cakes are sometimes very generous.
White Chocolate Cheese Cake is smooth, creamy, and tangy. No complaints of the sweetness or the general taste of this pastry.
Apple Pies come in smaller version and are heated up before served to you. The warmness of the pie enhances the taste of the pie and is a nice touch. Since this is a mini version, there is more crust than usual than a big slice. The filling is semi solid and not super runny or gooey. The filling is also not overly sweet.
The Green Tea Latte is one of my favorites. It is a drink that is pre-sweetened, with latte like milk and a smooth mild green tea flavor. This drink does not have the briskness of a brewed tea. If I had to guess, I think this drink is made with matcha. Matcha is a Japanese green tea powder that is commonly used in sweet deserts and drinks.
The espresso is drawn well and smooth for cappuccinos. The portion of espresso, hot milk and froth are correct for a wetter type. The froth structure is strong and has a velvety texture. The drink is also topped with a generous dash of nutmeg for the added flavor enhancement.
Pumpkin Pie here is good, too bad it not year round. The spices and sweetness is just right and hit the spot whenever you looking for some holiday pie.
Pumpkin Cheese cake has a very similar taste to the pumpkin pie, but with an extra richness and creaminess. Also another recommended item to try when possible.
Raspberry Ice tea here is mild and unsweetened. You can tell there is a berry flavor present in the tea and not very brisk.
Cafe au Lait is coffee that is with steamed milk. Coffee at the bakery is pretty fresh, smooth and mild. It is not bitter but at the same time it is not flavorless.
This bakery does not have anything that is overly special or have certain ridiculous good bakery items. All the items are very fresh and place is really clean. While dining here, you can see that many of the items are made on site and are rotated often. There nothing here that I would say that taste bad at all that I had tried. It’s pretty much a very good place to chat while having coffee and a tasty treat.
- Sugar Coma (weddingbee.com)
- Let me eat cake! (ask.metafilter.com)
- Gluten Free Carrot Cake Recipe (mademan.com)
- Nigella Almond Carrot Cake (mickirose.wordpress.com)
- Derrick: Ben & Jerry’s Carrot Cake (rodzillareviews.com)
- The Icing Carrot: Things That Matter, Some Of Which I Can’t Explain (blurts.wordpress.com)
- Miss Roben’s Carrot Cake Breakfast (mickirose.wordpress.com)
- Holy Cacao Sweetens the Austin Food Scene — Irresistible Cake Balls, Frozen Hot Chocolate, and More Make this Gourmet Trailer the City’s Most Delicious Dessert Destination (prweb.com)
- Recipes for Health: Flourless Carrot Cake (nytimes.com)
- Dining In l Dining Out: Carrot cake (mysanantonio.com)