Posts Tagged ‘New York City’

by guest blogger Anne Colvin

Gianduja ice cream

How do you pronounce Gianduja? “John-doo-ya,” according to the Van Leeuwen ice cream website. What’s in it? Dark chocolate and hazelnut paste. Mmmm.


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See the borscht Caitlin tried at Veselka and the ham and cheese brioche she picked up at Corner Cafe and bakery in Manhattan.

And check out the tortilla pizza she and her aunt made during her trip.

See a map of Caitlin’s and Sarah’s postcards to each other.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Borscht is often served a bright pink color with a dollop of sour cream, but the borscht at Veselka was more pure tasting with no cream, except if you specifically ordered it. The recipe, which I peeked at in the Veselka cookbook my aunt bought after falling in love with this soup, includes beets, pork, beef broth, carrots, celery, potatoes, cabbage and lima beans. And I think the green garnish is dill.

Red letters over the kitchen say “Veselka is love.” When I asked our waitress what Veselka means in Ukrainian, she said “rainbow.” And rainbows hold special significance for me.

I visited: Veselka, a 24-hour Ukrainian diner in East Village. Established in 1954, it specializes in pierogies (fried or boiled), stuffed cabbage, blintzes, kielbasa and borscht.

I tried: Among other delicious things, a small bowl of the borscht.

Why it stood out:When I walked into Veselka, every table was dotted with one or two bowls of borscht, but honestly,

I ordered a small plate each of boiled and fried pierogies, with fillings including mushroom and sauerkraut, potato, spinach and cheese and sweet potato. Each plate came with sides of apple sauce, sour cream and butter and onions and cost $6.95.

I wasn’t the one who ordered the traditional Ukranian beet soup. My Aunt Marci did, and after only one spoonful, she was happily howling her “My god, this is good” approval. She eventually walked out with the Veselka cookbook, for sale at the diner (and online), tucked under her arm.

It cost: A small bowl is $4.75; a large bowl is $6.25

Find out more:

My Aunt Kay, Aunt Marci and I share a Ukranian heritage. We’re all about the pierogies, stuffed cabbage and borscht at Veselka.

144 Second Ave.
East Village NYC, NY 10003
There’s also a newer location on East First Street just east of Bowery.

*$6 Snacks is a recurring feature that reviews an area eatery’s snack — for $6 or less. Look at a map of the places we’ve tried. Help our map grow by submitting your own review. Find out how!

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by Caitlin Saniga

I fell in love with this pastry the moment I laid eyes on it. And it was the perfect snack after a long day of sightseeing in New York City. The brioche had a hint of sweet to it but was balanced nicely with the ham and cheese.

The bakery also offers custom orders on cakes for any occasion.

I visited: Corner Cafe & Bakery in New York City during a trip to see my aunt. I visited the bakery portion of the operation, where they stock a sparkling display case with pies, cakes, cookies, cupcakes, sweet breads and other sweet and savory baked goods, including my favorite, the brioche.

I tried: The ham and cheese brioche, a fluffy, buttery pastry — almost like a croissant — stuffed with thinly sliced ham and cheese

Why it stood out: I had just spent a long day in the city and needed to refuel a bit. The brioche looked like a luxury snack with a bit of protein to tide me over until dinner.

My aunt also picked up a couple of cupcakes and muffins. I took one of the blueberry muffins on the bus trip back home and was glad I had it. It seems the bakery does a nice job on both sweet and savory goods.

It cost: $4.50 (Insider’s tip: If you visit the bakery toward the end of the day, you can score great deals on cupcakes and brioches. I bought this ham and cheese brioche and scored a free regular brioche when I visited about 5 p.m.)

Find out more:
Corner Cafe & Bakery
1645 / 1659 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10128
There’s also a location at 1246 Madison Avenue in New York.

*$6 Snacks is a recurring feature that reviews an area eatery’s snack — for $6 or less. Look at a map of the places we’ve tried. Help our map grow by submitting your own review. Find out how!

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