Sullivan Street Bakery

Every day calls for coffee, but some days, you just need a latte. And not a fake, sugar-filled, 7-11 style “Skinny Cow Mocha” that comes out of a push-spout on a “coffee” machine, but real espresso poured over steamed and foamed milk. Enter Sullivan Street Bakery.

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SSB is actually known for their no-knead bread, from which they make excellent pastries, pizzas, and loaves of all shapes and sizes. I wasn’t very hungry so I stuck with the drink and some fancy-sounding pastry with a name I didn’t know how to correctly pronounce. While the pastry was sweeter and smaller than what I had hoped, the dough didn’t disappoint. Being a former barista myself, I was also able to appreciate the latte art and the over-looked essence of being able to sit down, relax, and slowly sip the steamed beverage.

That snack cost me just under $10, and while I expected to pay more for that than something comparable at Dunkin’ Donuts, I thought it was a little much for such a small lunch. Regardless, the experience of sitting in a corner of a cutesy bakery sipping on an overpriced, frilly drink while reading that morning’s AM New York (something’s gotta give) was just what I needed. I visited the Chelsea location, but Jim Lahey also owns another (the main) SSB location in Hell’s Kitchen and a renowned pizza restaurant, Co., also in Chelsea.

[Art] is All Over

I apologize in advance for the NY posts on West Chelsea that are to come in the next few months. There may or may not be an excessive amount, and this post will serve as my one and only forewarning/apology. Moving on.

Last week, my friend and I hit up the Affordable Art Fair. This display showcased exhibitors from all around the world and specifically highlighted pieces under $1000. Although a $850 painting is still pretty steep for my wallet at the moment, there were some cool pieces, and the crowd was excellent for people-watching. I definitely wouldn’t mind coming back to this in future seasons, especially if I’m looking for a unique piece of art and have a few extra G’s to spare.

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