Not everyone at Serious Eats HQ was on board with this treat, but I was all about the "honey toast" from the newly opened Cafe Zest by Zaiya in Midtown. Essentially a 2 inch slab cut from a pullman loaf of white bread, the inside gets squared before honey and sugar is dropped into the cracks. The inside is fluffy and sweet enough from the little waves of sugar and honey (but not overly so). You would think the outer crust would be dry and hard, but it ended up being much tastier than it looked. Not the sweetest of sugar rushes, but I can't imagine a more perfect piece of toast to enjoy with a morning cup of tea. Cafe Zest is owned and operated by Cafe Zaiya (on 41st Street between Madison and Fifth Avenues), and you can get the honey toast there as well.

Cafe Zest by Zaiya

148 East 47th, New York NY 10017 (nr. Third Avenue; map)


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