One of the best things about winter in New York City is the enticing array of bakeries and cafes where you can warm up with a delicious treat and a hot coffee, making the pursuit of coziness a culinary adventure. Luckily for residents of ARO’s no-fee apartments in Manhattan, Midtown West is teeming with bakeries and cafes where the cakes and croissants are some of the best in the city, and the people-watching is an all-day affair.
Start your morning at Bibble and Sip and take your coffee and breakfast with you to Central Park to stroll under the falling leaves and fill your lungs with crisp late-autumn air. Owned by International Culinary Center graduate Gary Chan, who also has a background in design, this bakery cafe has desserts and baked goods that are as lovely to look at as they are to eat. Combining French and Japanese influences, the most sought-after items here are the cream puffs and the macarons, although Izzy Chen of The Infatuation writes, “I’m also a big fan of the matcha pearl egg tarts, mostly because of the chewy boba that’s embedded in a jiggly matcha-flavored egg custard held together by a buttery and flaky crust.” It’s a sweet and innovative way to get on the matcha bandwagon and perk up your senses.
There very well may be no better place on earth to combine breakfast with an early-morning holiday shopping jaunt than The Shops at Columbus Circle. Fuel up Parisian-style at Tartinery, which places you a stone’s throw from dozens of holiday shopping favorites like Coach, Cole Haan, and Williams Sonoma. Pair their Egg and Smoked Salmon Toast with a latte made with Irving Farm beans, and you’ll be ready to start crossing names off your holiday list with energy to burn.
To give your mornings at ARO the feel of living in a Parisian hotel, order from Le Pain Quotidien, which delivers baked goods, espresso drinks, and full meals right to your door in Midtown’s best approximation of a French room-service breakfast. Try a mocha or an organic Belgian hot chocolate with a Liege Belgian waffle and fresh fruit salad or dive into the classic basket of pastries and croissants.
Within walking distance of your ARO apartment, you’ll find the first Asian-inspired Italian bakery in New York City. Baker Antonio “Tony” Park’s Angelina’s Bakery recently opened in Midtown East offering exceptional baked goods transformed from family recipes passed down through generations. And who doesn’t love enjoying a special treat while helping a good cause? Try the special edition “Broadway Bombolone” (Italy’s version of the doughnut), all proceeds go to The Actors Fund helping those in the entertainment industry affected by the pandemic.
If you’re interested in learning more about ARO’s no-fee apartments in NYC, where the sweets of the season are always at your doorstep, contact our team today!