A Savory Upside
A new cafe-confectionery hybrid on the Upper West Side
We’re always on the hunt for legitimate pastry stops around the city, and the Upper West Side has a new name for our go-to list: Sugar and Plumm, which bakes one of the best almond croissants we’ve ever had.
As you first enter the shop, a takeout coffee bar serves up classic treats--colorful macarons, maple scones and the likes--from renowned pastry chef Pichet Ong, and an adjacent nook sells both candy standards and house-made confections from master French chocolatier Thierry Atlan. (Alice & Olivia even had Sugar and Plumm cater its recent spring collection preview.)
The sit-down café dishes up a pretty outstanding menu from Michelin-starred chef Steven Ferdinand, such as the must-try waffles ($14), stacked with eggs and either pulled pork, fried chicken or ham. (We also loved the lemon-ricotta pancakes so much, we’re whipping them up for Thursday’s Recipes edition.)
Although the café may not qualify as a low-key environment, with its whimsical, candy-themed interior best suited for entertaining families or out-of-town guests, the wide range of French-meets-American fare has definitely caught our attention. And we’ll be back for you, almond croissant.
377 Amsterdam Ave. (at 78th St.); 212-787-8778 or sugarandplumm.com