The West Village is one of New York's more receptive neighborhoods to lingering breakfasts, from busy coffee shops to lazy cafes, no shortage of all-day bistros and a wealth of bakeries. So where do we go to start the day while we're there? That depends on the mood: doughnut or croissant, French scrambled eggs or Cuban heuvos rancheros?
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Some of the sweets at Bosie Tea Parlor are more evocative of fine dining restaurant than neighborhood tea shop. Case in point: this chocolate-orange-chai brownie cake, which you'll want to taste slowly to appreciate all the layers.
When Bosie Tea Parlor opened up almost two years ago, it gave pastry chef Damien Herrgott complete creative freedom to build a menu of classic French desserts with just enough touches of contemporary, urban fun. In that time the tiny spot has built up a healthy roster of regulars, and tables are getting harder and harder to snag during certain hours. Herrgott is largely to thank, and his work is garnering him more attention of his own, like the Dessert Professional Top Ten Pastry Chefs of 2012 nod. We snagged some time with Herrgott to chat about why he left his patisserie-owning family in the east of France for New York-via-Paris, and what we're still getting wrong about those pretty little macarons we hate to love so much.
Bosie Tea Parlor is no stranger to intensely flavored sweets, but if you want something that'll actually pair well with their tea, go for the Tea Time.
Pastry Chef Damien Hergatt is giving the Mont Blanc ($6.50) a modern update at Bosie Tea Parlor.
Green tuna might not be the most appealing sight. But it's green for a tasty reason: tarragon pesto. It's a bright, clean-tasting pesto mixed with dijonnaise for some creamy fattiness and a mustard bite. But don't be fooled; this is a fishy one, best reserved for sardine fans and the like.
Avocado and banana make an unlikely but intriguing pairing at Bosie Tea Parlor.
Dessert Professional's Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America gathered at the Institute of Culinary Education last night for an evening of incredible sweets.
For the food alone, afternoon tea isn't a steal. With prices starting in the 20s and running up to the 50s, taking tea is more of a special treat where you pay for the atmosphere as much as the food. And, of course, the luxury to lounge around for hours with no bother—an experience that is well worth it. Today we give you our eight favorite places for afternoon tea in New York, from luxurious hotels to casual tea shops.
As we learned during our epic taste test, not all macarons are created equal. And if you're going to spend several bucks on a two-bite treat, you might as well get the best. So here are six macarons that we can't stop thinking about from a few of our favorite bakeries.
In the Serious Eats Neighborhood Guide series, we've asked SE editors and staff to tell us about where they eat in their own neighborhoods. Here's Sugar Rush columnist Kathy YL Chan sharing her go-tos in the West Village.
Never mind that pumpkin macaron shell you see in the photo. Halloween may be over, but that Pumpkin Cup is still worth a visit to Bosie Tea Parlor on Morton Street.
The Cobb Salad Panini ($12) is a balance of rich flavors tucked tidily between two rectangular cuts of a crusty loaf, somewhere between a baguette and ciabatta.
Whether you plunge your fork straight in for all the layers and cream in each bite, or peel it off, layer by layer—that's up to you.
The Chocolate Chai is offered hot, iced, or latte-style—I prefer the latter especially when the weather calls for thunderstorms. Chocolate shards and black tea are mixed with a spice blend rich in cardamom, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon.
Just a touch sweet and offered in flavors of vanilla, matcha, chocolate with fleur de sel, and a playful, nutty oatmeal and raisin combo, there's a version to please everyone.
Keep an eye out for the Matcha Eclair, the delicately crisp pate a choux filled with a luxurious, supple matcha cream.
Could it be possible that the city's best afternoon tea is also the city's most well-priced afternoon tea? Welcome to Bosie Tea Parlor in the West Village.
Macarons made with a shop's own line of loose leaf teas seem to be all the rage these days.