The past weekend, I spent an afternoon helping my friend pack for her big move to Brooklyn. Over the years, I have seen her neighborhood of Long Island City transform with the openings of noteworthy new restaurants and beautiful coffee shops. We took a break before packing and headed out for one last horrah in her neighborhood.
Sweet Leaf Coffee and Tea is definitely worth the trip across the river. The salon-like sitting room creates a great environment to sip on a cappuccino and perhaps a slice of their rich chocolate cake.
(A frothy cappuccino)
(The Sitting Room)
Manhattan might have Ladurée, but Long Island City has Little Oven, a gem of a bakery located a bit off the beaten path, but totally worth the trip. The white tin ceilings and crystal chandelier also create a salon-like feel. There are so many different flavors of macaroons to choose from like Orange Pink Peppercorn, Cherry Blossom and Cassis.
(A chandelier creates an inviting environment)