Pam and I were feeling like coffee and cake so we went to Veniero's, before meeting up for dinner and sightseeing at Top of the Rock. Veniero's is a mix between a bakery and upscale cafeteria, with a rather cozy environment, affordable light dishes, cakes that will appeal to your eyes and your stomach too and good coffee.
One thing that should be said about cake in the US and cake in Sweden is that cakes in the US are "airier", fluffier, moister and richer in flavor than the ones in Sweden, possibly because the American cakes have more butter (and I like that!)
Favorite Dish: I had a *big* slice of strawberry shortcake. This cake reminded me of the cakes I used to eat when growing up.
This is the place to search out if you want moderately priced, excellent quality Italian baked goods. It's a little off the beaten tourist path, but if you're anywhere close, GO THERE!
Favorite Dish: Cannolis, and ricotta cheesecake- they bake it in a large block and you tell them how big a piece you want, pay by the weight.
As you enter Venerios your mouth starts to water at all the yummy pastries. You have your typical Italian favorites to choose from and you can either order to take away or enjoy your pastry at the dinning area in the back of the bakery.
Definitely take some of your favorites home. My two favorites have to be the millefolgie and of course the sfogliatelle. Whenever I am invited to a party or need to purchase a cake or great pastries, Venerios is where I head to. I've bought my daughter her baby shower cake here as well as Ferni's birthday cake and most recently, Prince Leo's 1st Birthday cake.
Our favorite is the strawberry shortcake!!!
Favorite Dish: The caffe latte with either a millefolgie or a sfogliatelle. YUM
Veniero's is an institution. On the eve of any holiday, the line stretches out to the street. There's also a small cafe.
Favorite Dish: Their mini pastries are incredible. I love all their cheesecakes, particularly the Italian cheesecake and the Amaretto cheesecake. The almond torte is sublime. And I never leave without a box of pignoli cookies.
Veniero's has been serving Italian pastries for over 100 years, and well deserves its reputation.
You can choose to take away a wide selection of sweets from the deli counter, or if you want to relax with a coffee you can queue for a table in one of its two dining areas.
Favorite Dish: The pinoli cookies and sesame seed biscuits. I also love tiramisu, and the one here was pretty good.
We stopped here after a meeting down the street. Dessert was the word of the day. What an amazing place. Although we had a minor problem with the busboy clearing things too early i watched him in the mirror go right to our waitress and tell her what happened. She then offered to replace the item. So they did care. Would definitely go back.
Favorite Dish: Dont know what the specific items we ate were. I didnt order. But we did share.
Well known for its cakes which are ordered by people worldwide, Veniero's maintains a small, unassuming store front well on the east side of the Village that it has occupied since it first opened. The history alone adds a certain magical air to a Veniero's visit.
The entrance leads you into a narrow front section of the store. To your left, a wall of Italian cookies, cheesecakes, and a waiting staff that would feed you an entire cheesecake to make sure that you liked it before they'd sell it to you. To your right is a cooler containing a variety of cakes including their infamous strawberry cakes. Layered with fresh cream, light white cake, and slices of bright red strawberries, it has been my birthday cake of choice ever since I moved to New York City.
Towards the back, patrons will find a seating area to enjoy a bit of dessert along with a variety of beverages. This area never seems to be busy when I've visited but I've heard that weekends are usually the high point of activity. When it comes down to it, most people visit here to do take out.
Veniero's is really for those who are denizen New Yorkers willing to hike to the far side of the Village for some tasty treats or for day-trippers looking for a luscious take home treat after a long day of walking about the city.
All in all, you won't be disappointed. Great selection, reasonable prices, and friendly wait staff will ensure a successful experience
Favorite Dish: Try a variety of their italian cookies to take home. See one that you've never tasted before? Just ask the clerk who's assigned themselves to you to let you have one for taste. The service clerks here have never balked at my requests to taste something before buying it and often press me into trying a variety of things, not to increase my purchase, but to simply see me enjoy the food. Also on your list of items to try should be a slice of the Sicilian cheesecake. Plain or with cherries baked into the cake, this cheesecake comes in the shape of a brick which the clerk will slice like it was butter. A few bites of this rich delight will be enough for a lifetime so don't let your eyes think for your stomach and order a small portion. The regular (NY Style) cheesecake is a high quality for sure if you want to play it safe; the flavor rich and succulent with a smooth texture.