Thanks to everyone who came down to Craftacular this past Saturday, and welcome to all our new followers! We had a fantastic time putting faces to avatars, meeting new friends like Seamus from Brooklyn Brine (one of the coolest people you’ll ever meet), and Gabrielle Hamilton (of Prune), who was one of the nicest, most down to earth chefs I’ve encountered in a long time. Definitely a day I’ll always remember.
Also, thanks to everyone who helped my latest Nona Brooklyn column go viral, including The New York Times and San Francisco Weekly! Now I’m stressed out about writing this weeks installment. If you have suggestions on topics, post to our Facebook page, because so far all I’ve got is six sentences on why I think panda bears look like they’d be delicious even though they’re super cute, which I know isn’t going to go over well.
Now I’d like to turn your attention to a new location we quietly started last week…..a secret Starbucks (who doesn’t like secrets?). How, you ask, can a Starbucks be a secret in a town where there’s about a million of them? Well, this one is in a hotel in Tribeca, and it’s not branded a Starbucks- it’s called the Link Cafe at the Sheraton Tribeca.
Link, or Super Secret Starbucks, is still regulated and inspected by the Starbucks corporation, offers almost all the same drinks, but the food is chosen by the hotel. Meaning that we have managed to finagle ourselves into Starbucks! (BOOYAH!) And as a plus- this one isn’t ridiculously crowded like all the others, meaning no lines and places to sit. But remember, its a secret……..
Clockwise from front: Chocolate Cheerwine, Funky Monkey, Coconut Custard, Chocolate Caramel Pretzel
CHOCOLATE CHEERWINE: Chocolate Cheerwine cake, chocolate buttercream, chocolate Cheerwine ganache, Cheerwine simmered cherry
FUNKY MONKEY: Banana chocolate chip cake, peanut butter buttercream, banana chip, chocolate ganache
COCONUT CUSTARD: Coconut cake, pastry cream buttercream, roasted coconut
CHOCOLATE CARAMEL PRETZEL: Chocolate cake, salted caramel buttercream, crushed pretzels, ganache & caramel drizzle
CAFE AT SAM’S BAKERY- 94th Street off 3rd Ave, Bay Ridge
THE CUPCAKE STAND: Fifth Avenue between 60th and 61st, Sunset Park
CRESPELLA CREPE & ESPRESSO BAR- 321 7th Avenue at 9th Street, Park Slope
QATHRA: 1112 Cortelyou Road, Ditmas Park
TAZZA CAFES- Henry off Atlantic and Clark off Henry, Brooklyn Heights
RADISH- Bedford Ave off N8th, Williamsburg
CAKESHOP- Ludlow btwn Stanton & Rivington, Lower East Side
LINK CAFE @ THE SHERATON TRIBECA: 307 Canal Street, Tribeca
SCHNITZEL AND THINGS: Third Avenue between 44th and 45th, Midtown
JOE: COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY- W. 120th btwn Broadway & Amsterdam Avenue
*Note: Not all locations receive all flavors. The flavors recieved are determined by each store’s management, not by us. If there’s something in the upcoming rotation you want to see, let them know directly