Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Double Dutch Espresso

NYC is filled with charming streets in every neighbourhood! This past weekend we explored South Harlem, and I loved strolling down the quiet, tree lined streets! It felt like a nice escape from the sirens and city noise in Chelsea.

We stopped at a charming café called Double Dutch Espresso on Frederick Douglas and 118th. It's close to Morningside Park and seemed to attract the academic and creative crowd! This spot is the classic neighbourhood coffee joint. They serve counter culture beans and my drip coffee was fruity but not overwhelming!

The coffee shop looks deceptively small from the outside but it's actually very spacious with plenty of seating, and a cozy antique vibe with exposed brick! If you walk all the way through the cafe you'll find a backyard patio outside. There is free wifi and some pastries and sandwiches to help you power through a few hours of productivity!

Travel Tip: Check out the famous Apollo Theatre, and grab brunch at BLVD Bistro to satisfy your craving for southern comfort food.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Tisserie 55

Tisserie bakery is a wholesale bakery located in Union City, New Jersey. They primarily serve the hotel and restaurant industry in the NJ and NY area. In addition to serving hotels and restaurants, they cater to offices for breakfast meets or special events.

Tisserie has one retail location - called Tisserie 55 - in midtown, connected to the Park Central Hotel on 8th Avenue between 55th and 56th. We stumbled upon this café while apartment hunting! They have long hours and are open 7 days a week from 7 am to 8 pm.

I was immediately drawn to the antique lighted sign, and as soon as I walked in I was invited by the welcoming smell of coffee and freshly baked goods. I also loved the overhanging lamps which create such a warm atmosphere! The café is quite spacious inside with plenty of seating and free Wi-Fi. They serve all kinds of coffee as well as muffins, scones, pastries, empanadas, quiches and other savory treats. I also saw some soups and sandwiches on the lunch menu. We ordered a breakfast sandwich on a croissant and had some Stumptown coffee to get us fueled for a day of exploring our new city.

Travel Tip: Check out a show at Carnegie Hall which is just up the street, or grab your coffee to go and stroll through Central Park!