When my trip to Whistler was cancelled last week due to snow, I had three unexpectedly free days. When I first spent time in the city & then moved here permanently, I would spend 5-6 hours per day walking the streets and falling in love. Then I started working on 27 different things and flying away on trips. I became that dreaded word...BUSY, just like everyone else working really hard in this city. But on this precious free day, I decided to walk from Houston Street in the Village, with my end point being Two Little Red Hens on the Upper East Side.
I walked through Curry Hill, where the smell of curry wafted through the air at 27th & Lex. I browsed in Kalustyan's, considered the best source for Indian & Middle Eastern spices in the city.
When I arrived at the 59th Street Bridge, I discovered the best Food Emporium in the city, or Bridge Market. The space is huge and architecturally stunning, as the underside of the bridge is actually the ceiling. There's even a piano and tables on the second level. The best part? There was barely anyone in the store when I went in and I didn't have to punch anyone or mutter curse words under my breath as I shopped.
From there, I pressed on to Two Little Red Hens, a famous bakery on the Upper East Side known for their red velvet cupcakes. I was especially excited to see that they had mini cupcakes. The best bites of a cupcake are the first ones, and with mini ones, you can try a few. Especially after walking 90 blocks in the cold.
And yes, they're famous for a reason. Highly recommended.
Check out this fun post on Serious Eats on The Best Cupcakes in New York City.