Sugar Rush: Double Cream Cake at Simon Sips

Sugar Rush

Your daily dose of something sweet.


Double Cream Cake

20090320-simonsips-interior.jpgCoffee shop are aplenty in the East Village, though there always seems to be room for just one more. The latest addition is the two-month old Simon Sips on 1st Street and 1st Avenue, a coffee shop that merges the casual neighborhood vibe of Abra├žo on 7th Street with the seating room of Everyman Espresso on 13th Street. But unlike those two, Simon Sips is open until late at night with a Greenmarket-driven menu that changes on a daily basis. From sandwiches and salads, to wine and duck confit, the cafe is conducive to a full meal or snack—whichever catches your fancy. The glass pastry case though, is worth a few extra glances.

On a Wednesday afternoon, we spotted fennel bundt cake, rectangular cuts of bread pudding, and an exceptional moist looking date and walnut number. A fig creation—think Fig Newtons, only wider and more delicate—is their best selling pastry. But we fell for the wedge of Double Cream Cake, much akin to a classic butter cake with a fine melt-in-your mouth crumb and crisp golden surface that borders on flaky. A steady influx of regulars and new customers keep the place steadily occupied, and the owner himself has been there on every visit, surely a sign of a place that cares.

Simon Sips

72 E 1st Street, New York, NY 10003 (at 1st Avenue; map)