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Restaurants & Bars

Upper East Side, unhyped pastries, snacks...

omnidora | Oct 24, 200902:08 PM    

Anneliese Pastries 1516 First Ave, First and 79th - 212 396 9961

I've been ducking in here between errands, maybe twice a week. It's a nice clean local shop that nobody seems aware of - the anti-Magnolia. Three self-serve tables for those who wish to grab a snack or a coffee. Everything is rather homey and it's often empty on weekdays. A big assortment of cookies, cake slices, tarts, and pastries. For light snacking, they offer soups and empanadas. They've been in business since at least 2001. It's a decent place to pick up a box of small cookies when you need a quick house gift.

A few items do not appeal on a visual basis alone. The selection may be uneven if you compare it to the haute offerings at Lady M. Probably not a destination joint. But it's affordable, fresh, local fare that makes me feel good about my neighborhood. Good for takeaway, for coffee with a friend, or a break between chores and deadlines.

I don't eat chocolate, so I can't tell you if the chocolate items are any good. Perhaps someone else can comment on that!

Items I have tried:

Peanut butter cookie - would like it to be saltier and less sweet, but it satisfies a childhood longing.

Oatmeal raisin cookie - not bad. Fresh.

Macadamia cookie - Too sweet for me. Will have to try again to decide though! Good texture.

Strawberry shortcake - They have this whole ($24) or by the slice ($5). Satisfying. Good. Not too sweet for me. Have had this twice. Real cream. Will probably spring for an entire cake at some point.

Mocha butter cream roulade - too rich for me! Maybe I just needed to have a smaller piece.
Wasn't sure if that was really butter cream. Will not try again.

Asparagus soup - what's not to like? Normally, I would want cream in my asparagus soup, but I'm having it as a healthy prelude to cream-filled cake, so this is a wise choice.

Pumpkin tart - Just had it today. Perfect filling - was expecting it to be too sweet and it was just right! Pie crust nice. I will have this again.

Beef empanada - For some reason, I thought it was under salted, Will have to try again and see if that was a temporary thing.

I'd like to know if others have tried Anneleise or other similar spots! I looked around to see if my comment belonged elsewhere and couldn't find an existing topic. Hope this is appropriate!

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